Josh, I'm not worried about sugar in general, esp. in the form of starches, but right now I'm still supposed to be avoiding it so I don't feed any yeast in my system. I've only just adjusted my dose of C. Away so I need to see how I feel as this week continues before I consciously add sugar back. I'm still going to eat that yogurt I bought though It's also just more cost efficient, sadly enough, to avoid sugar in any form, even from whole foods.
Paul, thanks for commenting! On posture: I will check that site out! It's such a simple thing, but it can be so difficult to consciously remember to keep your head up, shoulders down etc. Stretching things out will probably help. On probiotics: I'm taking this probiotic. It just makes your water taste a little stale, if you don't mix it with anything else, definitely not unpleasant. I have a serving (1/4 teaspoon) with breakfast and dinner. Within a couple of weeks, I suddenly felt a lot more clear-minded, as though it was much easier to think. The initial super positive response didn't last, but overall I feel like the probiotic has made a positive impact on my mental health. On Theanine: somebody popped into my journal a couple of times and recommended Theanine for anxiety. I'm not sure how much of an impact it's had. It's the one thing that I take that I have a hard time remembering to take! I did feel like it helped with my anxiety, but there are always so many other factors in my life that I don't feel like I can accurately gauge whether it's helped or not. I just ran out and am not going to bother getting more for a while. When it comes down to it, I feel it's worth taking a bottle regularly to see if it makes a difference, since it's good for thyroid support anyway.
Thyroid testing is probably next after allergy testing. I'd like to see if a full thyroid panel would be possible, and if I could get my iodine levels could be tested. It never hurts to get a baseline right? Even if everything comes back OK.
Today I am listening to one of the bonus Paleo Summit interviews on cholesterol. It's amazing how incorrectly people understand cholesterol! I had dinner with my parents last night and was happy to hear that they do have a sense of how limited doctors can be, in that they give the same generic response about a lot of things simply because they are usually not specialists in any particular area. Your average doctor is there to give you an idea of an issue, to determine whether tests are warranted, and to point you in a direction for further testing, research, etc. I don't think they should even be allowed to comment on "diet and exercise" unless they're a nutritionist or cardiologist, and even then, they're probably going to be very inaccurate about the effects of food and cholesterol etc. on the body. It would be a step in the right direction: teaching people to take their health in their own hands. This can be dangerous, sure, with people not realizing they're really sick until it's too late because they think their homeopathic remedies are having an affect, but if we start early, maybe there will be more people accurately gauging when they really need to stay home or get themselves to a lab by the time I'm retiring I want to enable my hypothetical future children to live as healthy a life as possible on their own means.
Boyfriend and I rocked on the food calculations front last week and we have enough meat to last us till we leave on vacation next week, I think! Not enough veggies though, so I will have to badger him about going out sometime this week. I like broccoli, but I'd like to get something non-cruciferous too! I'm not very good about eating a variety of veggies because Boyfriend doesn't like sweet foods in dinner, so that rules out some things, and he doesn't really like salads (not that I make them ever anyway).
I am still anxiously awaiting the arrival of my period. 1 week late from expected hormonal disruption, 1/2 week late from when I would have gotten it anyway. I'm not actively worrying about it, like I might have in the past, so I don't think any stress is pushing it off, but that kind of makes me worry more heh.