Monday, March 31, 2014
The past month has been really hard for me, as I've been struggling with a depressive episode. Last week, I finally saw a psych(iatrist) and had my med adjusted (she just upped it by 100mg), and I'm now on a 5-day happiness streak! I feel that I'm "out of the woods" now, and I'm hoping that this mood improvement lasts.
Besides changing my med, I've been more proactive about taking care of myself. Some of the changes I made:
*walking ten minutes out and ten minutes back in the morning for a total of 20 min of walking in the sunlight since exposure to sunlight helps regulate my mood
*making sure to take my multi-vitamin, omegas, and B-complex to help my mood
*remembering to eat throughout the day so I'm not running on empty
I think that these simple changes, along with the med change, really make a big difference in dealing with my Bipolar Disorder. Has anyone else read the book Take Charge of Bipolar (which is where I got this advice)?
Sunday, February 23, 2014
It's been a long hiatus, but I am back on Sparkpeople! This week my focus is getting in more vegetables and more protein. Here is my menu plan for this week:
Black eyed pea & green cabbage curry with mustard seed, cumin & yogurt
Leftover Thai eggplant zucchini curry
Harira (chickpea & lentil stew with onion, celery, tomatoes, turmeric, ginger & rice)
Leftover black eyed pea & green cabbage curry
Moroccan vegetable stew
Mystery meal = ???
Lemony Snicket (a mild chickpea curry with lemon juice, onion, garlic & part of a Shaan)
Leftover Moroccan vegetable stew
Leftover Lemony Snicket
Yum! This is making me hungry. Today was my last hurrah before I give up coffee and sugar. Wish me luck!
Wednesday, January 01, 2014
Happy New Year everyone, and Happy Birthday to me. :) Today, I'm turning 32, "the year of the heart" (in Hebrew, "heart" is "Lev" and the numerical value of the letters that spell it, lamed and bet, equal 32).
May you all increase in love and strength this year, and celebrate many successes!
Friday, December 27, 2013
I'm combining Sparkpeople's Official Tame Your Sugar Addiction Challenge with an 8-week program to eliminate sugar that my wife found on a food blog.
So the first step is to monitor my current sugar intake to find out how many grams of sugar I'm currently consuming on a daily basis. With soda, my daily total is coming out way too high, but if I were to eliminate soda, the total would be under the "legal" limit (25g).
My current plan is eliminate soda and replace it with a small cup of coffee in the morning. I generally put two teaspoons of sugar in my coffee, so that's a mere 8g of sugar compared to a 12-oz Coke's 39g (!)
I'm excited about making the switch, especially because I have been waking up with a metallic taste in my mouth similar to the aftertaste of Coca-cola. Yuck!
Ideally, I would want to eliminate sugar and caffeine entirely to get off the wheel of sugar/caffeine cravings and bingeing. But somehow I can't seem to give up my morning beverage ritual. Especially in the winter, a warm cup of coffee in the morning is very soothing. I know I could switch to tea with a similar effect, but I've never been a huge fan of tea.
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