Hi Michel. I really empathise with you . I'm also new so can't advise you on the lifestyle but like you I've been unwell and am doing baby steps too- listening to both my body and mind as in me they are also both closely linked. If I can help in anyway please feel able to ask. I think you have made a great start and am full of admiration for you attitude.
it all sounds so healthy and you sound so well. We both started about the same time and we both seem to be really benefiting from it. like you I feel great. I'm not sleeping as much (i was exhausted all the time before) but my sleep is better quality and i feel refreshed when i wake. it is exciting for people like us. Eating your way to health feels really good.
You might want to look in to the connection between thyroid and mental illness; Ray Peat writes a lot of good stuff about it:
[url=http://raypeat.com/articles/articles/thyroid-insanities.shtml]Thyroid, insomnia, and the insanities: Commonalities in disease[/url]
I'm so pleased for you Michiel, it must feel like a 2nd chance at life.
Also it is useful to know that coffee can REALLY have bad side effects on people, and it's not as benign as we like to assume. (I love the stuff but try and moderate my intake)
I think I found out I really cant stand diary, including butter, all though I am not sure about the butter.
What I am going to change is doing a tiny exercise only once a week instead of once a day. It is just not worth it how bad my sleep gets, how much stress it delivers and consequently how unstable I get.
I think I only need one month of very good sleep to be a new me!!! So lets not sabotage that with sport, coffee or diary. I might stop sporting till july just to see.[/QUOTE]
Sounds like you're doing well, Michiel. Well done you. I think it's great that you can pick up on what is and isn't working for you.
Ref the exercise, yes, if you're finding it is derailing you mentally then probably a good thing to reduce it. Also, bear in mind that primal fitness suggests lots of just moving about, so maybe some longer walks or gentle bike rides with just one gym session or prints or something per week.? That way you get to move your body and get sunshine (if you have any over there ...) and feel good about not just sitting around and you're still moving towards those abs and back muscles. :)
I've had to drop dairy completely. In my case I had acne for 35 years and while I didn't think it bothered me, living without it is so much better, I have no worries if I never have cheese or ice cream again and I've even adapted to drinking teas withut milk!
Glad to hear things are still going well. Sounds like you're finding a good balance between sports and fitness and the way that feels best mentally. We're all doing the same thing to a lesser extent - finding the balance between feeling good and looking good, and we all have different influences at play. I'd agree that mental balance comes first because when you feel good mentally you can work on other things.
Interesting about the inflammation and white blood cell count. Would your doctor give you copies of the test results so you can see the actual figures? I've asked for copies of all my blood tests so I can look up any areas of concern for myself and see what might be causing them. :)
Michiel, I just wanted to offer my support and say that you're definitely making the right choice. I've never had psychosis, but I was on SSRIs and a cocktail of other prescription medicine for most of my life (which I blame for my complete lack of episodic memories), and I completely agree that the psychiatric medicine makes you dead inside. I think that living primal and not taking mind/mood-altering substances are really two sides of the same coin.
And by the way, fantastic artwork.
sounds good just keep a watch on the cycling, Mark S mentions that it easy to expend more energy than you intend when cycling.
I've recently started drinking green tea with lemon. Tea has a big diuretic effect on me and I'm not drinking much coffee now (not by intention- i just dont fancy it often now) but i miss a warm drink. Green tea doesn't make me pee like ordinary tea.
I like reading by candlelight before bed too, to give my mind/body a chance to 'wind down'. :)
try some lavender oil on your pillow or in a candle