Day 16 –
Because I’m trying to forgo caffeine and give up coffee, today I bought some vanilla roast. I think I’m doing it wrong. But I really wanted to try something better and give bulletproof coffee a go. Of course, I haven’t found ghee yet, so it was my own version.
Also, because I’m really quick to notice patterns, I haven’t been going to bed at 8 and 9 lately. I’ve been staying awake longer and later, even with getting up early. That is not to say I can’t sleep, but rather I’m not crashing at 6:00 and trying to hold out until 8:00. I am in fact getting tired around 9 instead, and then winding down from there. But when I climb into bed, I’m out within at least 10 minutes.
Today’s shopping took a long time. Now that I’ve been through all the obvious foods for myself, I’m trying new things. And I shopped in two different places, which is so not like me. I’m a one-stop-fits-all kind of girl. Get in, grab stuff, get out.
I should note: not everything I choose is organic or grass-fed. I’d like to reach that point, but right now, price is an issue. The healthier and cleaner it is, the more it costs. Example: a regular whole chicken was less than $5. A free-range chicken? Over $10. As you can imagine, it’s kind of hard to always choose based on what is better for you. Which is why, for example, people hit the dollar menu at fast food rather than the farmer’s market. It’s more expensive to eat healthy. We all know it.
But when I see something like a huge bag of organic carrots for $3-something, I go for it. Or if the price difference isn’t too severe. Still, it’s hard to make your dollars stretch and make the best choices. Also hard when the selection of good foods is so small. The supposed gluten-free section at my local Walmart (I’m not getting anything from that section but I’ve looked at it) is a mere foot wide with barely anything kept in stock. Kind of sad. I think next week, I’d like to venture to The Asian Market and Whole Foods in Colorado Springs, since the selections in my small town are slim.
Oh, but it IS almost farmer’s market time, so I can’t wait to really jump into that this year!
Heath-wise: I feel pretty good. I woke up to another round of breaking out and a sty on my eye, but otherwise, I’m good. It comes in waves — good good good, then a little tired…but then good good good. My mood is still even, and my mental concentration is getting better and better. I’m feeling good about my future work if this clarity keeps up.
Day 17 –
Twenty-four hours later and I happen to glance at the vanilla extract that I bought yesterday and whoa! I almost stumbled! The bottle I looked at was approved, but for whatever reason, I grabbed the bottle beside it. It has alcohol AND corn syrup. Glad I looked first, but I have no idea how I ended up with the wrong one. Go figure.
I ended up working late last night. From home, that is. I closed down at 9:30, when my family returned from work, and I was surprised at how much mental and physical energy I still had. And yet, when I went to bed an hour later (after some reading for pleasure to wind down), I was asleep before I even had time to think about falling asleep. Then? Up shortly after 5. And ready to go.
My eye sty was gone when I woke up this morning, too. Weird, but glad to see it go. I don’t really have any complaints in general. I walked my miles, worked on several projects, and then had a steadyish night at my J.O.B. All good to go.
I did buy a package of LARABARs yesterday (with approved ingredients) so that I can take one with me to work each night. Just in case. I also cooked a whole chicken today for an early dinner before work, as I really don’t like the “hope I get off early enough” approach to dinner I took last week. Eating heavy later in the night is not my thing. Plus, it was pushing back my whole eating schedule. So this is a new approach for the nights when I work.
In the next update, I’ll share what has improved for me, what has stayed the same, and what I will be doing when the 30 days end.