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  • #16
    “Many health food stores are now selling melatonin, to induce sleep and “prevent cancer.” They have taken some information out of context, and don’t realize how dangerous melatonin is. It makes the brain sluggish, causes the sex organs to shrink, and damages immunity by shrinking the thymus gland. It is the hormone of darkness and winter, and is produced in the pineal gland by any stress which increases adrenalin. Adequate sun light suppresses the formation of melatonin.” -Ray Peat, PhD

    Even Mark doesn't like it. I think, gelatin is good enough at inducing a quick sleep, but when it's not magnesium and zinc before sleep helps too. Oh, and something with salt and carbs.
    It is the hormone of darkness and winter . . . You could write a book around that sentence. Melatonin sounds like bad news - forcing your body into a cycle it shouldn't be experiencing is probably a bad idea. I like my brain and sex organs just fine as-is. I think I'm going to try and just go with zero sleep aids for a couple of weeks and see if I can't get my body on some regular schedule again. No Unisom, Advil PM, wine etc and see how it shakes out. I'll keep taking the gelatin because I have it twice a day for different reasons - I never knew it could help with sleep.

    One lowly banana can put me to sleep. One awesome banana can make me cheer first and then put me to sleep.
    I have heard bananas can help with sleep AND they can give you strange dreams. Hmmm, so maybe my nightly cup of gelatin cocoa and a banana. Then I'll have something to report in that lucid dreaming thread. Well, actually, I always have lucid dreams, didn't know that was something you to train yourself to have.

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    • #17
      Warning: there will be pictures of my cat here. We spend more time together than I do with anyone in my family, because I work from home and well, he's a cat so delights in being in my business all day long. He routinely shuts my computer down while I'm working, noisily scratches the hell out of my chair during conference calls, knocks water glasses over onto my keyboard and positions his body to block both of my monitors while I'm trying to work. I think he wants me to get fired, so I can sit on the couch all day in case he wants to cuddle. If he knew that those salmon treats he's so in love with were purchased with job money, he'd probably be waking me up and herding me to the office in the middle of the night.

      But he doesn't know that - all he knows is that salmon treats are awesome and they live in the refrigerator. I made the mistake of shaking the little container with the refrigerator door open and he instantly understood. Cats are so smart but they don't bother with any information not of direct benefit to their selfish little selves. So now Fluffy knows the refrigerator is important, because it dispenses salmon treats. And it should magically dispense salmon every single time the refrigerator door is open, because he wishes it to be so. Sigh. So this is what happens every time the door is opened:

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      He will wait, perched right there, as long as the door is open. Another benefit that he is sure was designed solely for his comfort - it's nice and chilly in the fridge. It has AC and shelves of things he could knock over. It has salmon treats and I clearly don't want him in there. Basically, it is everything a cat wants and Fluffy has to be forcibly removed from his little perch every single time that damn door is opened. Moral of the story? Never show a cat where the treats come from.

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      • #18
        Al of my pictures are coming in upside down even when I rotate them, they still come in like that. Oh well.

        Today has been a good food day. Had the usual gelatin drink, then a few eggs with coconut oil, followed by strawberries and grapes. Went and did nails with my girlfriend, then went to lunch. There was a special tuna salad where they used seared tuna steaks instead of canned, then that was stuffed in a tomato. Super yummy. It also came with potato salad, but that was the red bliss kind that you get at a deli. Blah, not edible. Why would you have awesome seared tuna salad but not make your own potato salad? No matter, I just didn't eat the potato salad.

        Then went for a long walk - it is so hot here today! The kitty is not happy with the heat and hid under the kitchen table all day. It sure why he didn't go in the living room where the AC is, but he sure looks comfortable.

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        • #19
          Wow. I never really thought about what Melatonin does to your brain. I just did a little more research and yeah...that stuff is scary. No more for my family! :/



          Be healthy! Live well!
          Grok on! <3

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          • #20
            Hi Amy, yes glad Derp stopped in to give some advice. BTW, that's on awesome beard on your hubby in your thread.

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            • #21
              Just wanted to pop in and say hi - and that I'm enjoying your journal! Your writing is hilarious! I'm also in the northeast and spent this entire hot weekend at the kid's baseball game - so I feel your pain. :/ anyway - this may be my first post...will do a proper intro and perhaps my own journal at some point.
              Keep up the good work!

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              • #22
                Originally posted by ProjectT View Post
                Just wanted to pop in and say hi - and that I'm enjoying your journal! Your writing is hilarious! I'm also in the northeast and spent this entire hot weekend at the kid's baseball game - so I feel your pain. :/ anyway - this may be my first post...will do a proper intro and perhaps my own journal at some point.
                Keep up the good work!
                Hi ProjectT - thank you for stopping in! I am enjoying the journaling - found I'm not even using it that much for food tracking. Oh, we just had one hell of a thunderstorm, took the edge off the heat quite a bit. There was even some hail!

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                • #23
                  Yesterday was good food day, I think.

                  Bone broth with gelatin
                  3 eggs with mined onion cooked in coconut oil
                  Cup of grapes
                  Plum
                  1/2 cup chicken salad
                  Sardines
                  1 pink grapefruit
                  1 nectarine
                  Some roasted chicken, not sure how much. Just a couple of wings.
                  Green beans
                  Dagoba Mexican cocoa with gelatin

                  Sleep
                  Ugh. My 3 days long experiment into sleeping with no assistance from wine, Tylenol PM and the like has proven that I am a really fitful sleeper. Bright little dream segments where I feel like I'm not even sleeping. I only realize that I've slept when I wake up for the umpteenth time and realize I'm in my bed and not doing dream stuff. I should probably try to write it down. It's all gone now, but it was definitely clear right after I'd wake. I feel pretty rested but am hoping for longer dream segments as the nights go on.

                  No workout yesterday but I am playing racquetball tonight. Whee!

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                  • #24
                    Thanks Zanna! He's my fiancÚ. We're getting married next April! I love his beard, he's growing it out so he can braid it.
                    Sounds like you had a good day yesterday. Have another good one today!!!



                    Be healthy! Live well!
                    Grok on! <3

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                    • #25
                      A braidable red beard, pretty cool!

                      So I thought today would be a good food day - had all the usual suspects: eggs, fruits, sardines, more fruits, gelatin-based drinks. And I made a delicious ground beef curry for dinner - everyone devoured it. Served it with rice, which I haven't really eaten in a while. My stomach currently hates me. Should I blame the rice? I thought that was pretty innocuous, but maybe I'm wrong? Following it up with the Caramel Assault ice cream singing its siren song from the freezer is probably a galactically bad idea.

                      No workout today - I was so looking forward to racquetball, but baseball rules my world right now. Both kids play, and on different leagues, so it's really hard to keep to the schedule I like. I'll take a walk tomorrow, Thursday and Friday are baseball-free. There will be racquetball on Friday, dammit. I need to find more partners, so I can play several times a week.

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                      • #26
                        Ice cream would be gastronomical suicide for me lol.


                        Be healthy! Live well!
                        Grok on! <3

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                        • #27
                          I love the pic of your kitty stretched out on his back under the table! LOL Gorgeous cat.

                          Sorry to hear about the sleep problems. I had one of those "didn't know I was dreaming" dreams the other night. In the dream, I was laying in bed and something was wrong with my laptop. When I tried to check it out, a deck of cards, one by one, started falling out of it. I woke up thinking, "WTF?" then realized I'd been dreaming and had fallen asleep with my laptop on top of me.
                          "Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine

                          B*tch-lite

                          Who says back fat is a bad thing? Maybe on a hairy guy at the beach, but not on a crab.

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                          • #28
                            Ice cream would be gastronomical suicide for me lol.
                            I did not eat the ice cream Had some cocoa and went to bed. My stomach settled down before going to sleep - I'm thinking I probably just ate too fast on an empty stomach. I slept really well, actually.

                            Originally posted by JoanieL View Post
                            I love the pic of your kitty stretched out on his back under the table! LOL Gorgeous cat.

                            Sorry to hear about the sleep problems. I had one of those "didn't know I was dreaming" dreams the other night. In the dream, I was laying in bed and something was wrong with my laptop. When I tried to check it out, a deck of cards, one by one, started falling out of it. I woke up thinking, "WTF?" then realized I'd been dreaming and had fallen asleep with my laptop on top of me.
                            Haha, love the laptop dream. I have dreams like that all the time - the most common one is where I'm dreaming that I'm sleeping but about to fall out of bed. That dream will go on an endless sort of loop, with the falling on floor bit getting stronger and stronger until I wake up all disoriented thinking I'm on the floor. I've never actually fallen in real life during one of these dreams but its convincing enough to wake me up. Those dreams happen when I'm napping on the couch during the day. Kind of a "WTF are you sleeping for - its the middle of the day!" dream.

                            Another common one, before I started working from home, was for my dreaming self to concoct a reason that I wasn't going in to work. While asleep at 4:30ish in the AM, I'd run through scenarios, pick the one least likely to get me fired, then would call in to work and settle back into a deeply relaxing sleep. None of this is real, of course. I'd wake up in a panic, usually only 10 minutes late and it would mess up my whole day. The subconscious is a powerful thing

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                            • #29
                              No walk yesterday due to 1st playoff game for youngest son. They won, woohoo! All jacked up on victory and sunflower seeds, he happily committed himself (and me) to the All Stars team. This is not a baseball team for kids who want to have fun; this is serious business. You have to sign a contract that says the player will not schedule vacations, miss any practices or games, or behave in any way that might negatively impact the team's goal of being in the Little League World Series. Players may have been a 'star' player on their spring team; that doesn't mean you can actually play baseball nor will you be guaranteed any playing time. Players unfortunate enough to experience an an injury preventing play will be remembered posthumously with all fondness after they give their defective bodies up to the baseball gods in ritual blood sacrifice.

                              Poor kid, we are going to Florida the 20th - 25th. He might not make the team just because of that or maybe video submission of him not having fun while the kids back home are at practice will suffice. Sigh. I've tried to avoid committing to the intense summer traveling leagues for years now. It takes over the entire summer for everyone in the family AND its even more time I have to spend with the uber-intense parents who are usually on- board for this kind of thing. Maybe I'm anti-social.

                              In other thoughts, feeling pretty awesome health-wise. Backing off veggies, booze, sleep aids and late bedtimes has been oddly restorative. Who knew?

                              More baseball tonight - getting exercise has been difficult. No games tomorrow or practices, plus we are due for monsoon-like quantities of rain so racquetball will happen tomorrow night.

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                              • #30
                                Just wanted to pop in and say hi. I canned for the first time last year (my grandma gave me her supplies, including jars in ancient cardboard boxes), but just made applesauce. I hope I can make more this year and will use smaller jars so I can dish more out as gifts!

                                I totally understand your fear of the pressure cooker. I don't want it to explode . I know some people will let it run outside, just in case, which seems like a good idea to me. Nom Nom Paleo (blogger) uses one a lot and probably has some links to using them safely etc.
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