I think I'll stop tracking the days once I hit two weeks. I should be gluten-free for at least the rest of the month, since Hulky will be gone & I'll be trying the SCD or something like it. The strict adherence scares me...
Another rough night of sleep. I finished the ice cream last night (Ben & Jerry's vanilla w/ Heath bar, don't know what it's called) and had an episode of anxiety around bedtime. I talked myself through it, took a GABA Calm, put in ear plugs (Hulky was playing video games online w/ friends in the other room), and started dozing off before the GABA Calm had totally melted under my tongue. Since I swapped beds (to the pillow-top, we've been sleeping on my Ikea bed in the computer room all summer, it's much firmer) last night, I expected not to sleep as well, but I slept basically fine. I used to always sleep badly on the first night of a new "location" (travelling or just any different bed), but I guess that's changing now that I sleep more...efficiently? I did snooze with Hulky this morning, so no time for the neti pot. I think I'll get one of those little saline bottles so I can do the quickie version to loosen things up on lazy mornings.
Sleepiness combined with congestion = rough ride this morning. I felt like I had no air, like it was very humid out (hint: it's not).
I read all of Breaking the Vicious Cycle last night. I marked a ton of passages with little post-it tabs. I'll post some of the marked stuff later this week. Tomi, a lot of it made me think of you. It starts off with a history of celiac disease and various scientists' studies on poor digestion & health. It explains how carbohydrates get processed by the stomach & intestines (enzymes & absorption), as well as the different kinds of carbs (poly-, mono-, and di-sacchirides). There's a lot of testimonial information in it, which is reassuring, but none of the examples really fit my own issue. It's focused primarily on celiac disease, which is only an official diagnosis with certain criteria, such as certain stool types, damage to the microvilli in the intestines, & extreme weight loss/evidence of malnutrition. It also focuses mostly on diarrhea. When my gut isn't super inflamed & I avoid dairy, non-compliant ("non-paleo") can give me diarrhea, but I'm mostly usually constipated. Maybe this will still help.
I'm checking out the SCDLifestyle website today. I signed up for some free info and it sent a different intro diet than the BTVC book describes. It's dairy-free and seems easier to follow, though rather boring. In the beginning, it's just chicken soup (with veggies removed after cooking), pureed carrots, and watered down juice. Not sure at this point what I'll do, but I want to do all my shopping & cooking on Sunday.