You are welcome Sabine!
I have had a few hard days. Not too sure why, just feeling a bit down and unmotivated and hopeless. I have been trying to regain my perspective and remember that I have already lost a bunch of weight, and I am feeling better (even on a bad day) than I ever did on SAD.
Yesterday I had brusselsprouts again for dinner. I made a point of taking an even smaller helping, chewing really well, and it wasn't as bad but I still got stomach ache and bloating. Now, however, I am not 100% sure that it was the brusselsprouts as I had a lot of nuts (again) and even quite a bit of cheese - raw but not particularly aged. So, I really don't know if it was the sprouts or the overindulging in the other things that caused my stomach to feel upset. I guess the next time I have them I need to be sure that I have not been overdoing other stuff first. I want to know if they need to be avoided. Not doing too well on my research there huh!?
Today, didn't do much. Nasty weather - very windy, rain, snow, hail all mixed up together! Felt tired - up late again last night. I am doing SO badly with getting to bed on time. I have fallen off the sleep wagon quite thoroughly! I wonder if that is what has me feeling tired and low, mmmm, kind of silly if I look at it like that huh? I have been feeling like I am missing some nutrient, maybe it is the sleep one! I have been cruising for food, fortunately there is only primal food here so I haven't been eating crap (correction - the kids have Easter chocolate around but I don't want it, not what I am looking for!) I really think that the sleep is part of the missing link for me! Only as I have been writing this does it seem clearer. I am going to really try and make an effort to be in bed before 10:30 tonight and then work the time back a bit at a time until I am going to sleep much earlier. As a kid I used to be in bed by 8 pm and then up with the dawn and I felt great. Even before I got married I would wake up at about 5 am everyday, and to sleep by 9pm every night. I had loads of energy even though I had a bad diet. I know I am a person who needs more sleep, always have. However, I do find that if I go to bed before DH (most of the time) I will fall asleep immediately. BUT, when he comes to bed I almost always startle awake and then can't get back to sleep! Drives me crazy! And he is not noisy at all - I am just hyper sensitive to the slightest noise or movement or glimpse of light. Sometimes I wonder if it is all the years of night duty that has affected me and then of course the kids. But I think that if I just make an effort to get to bed about the same time every night hopefully my body will settle into a better rhythm. I do find that taking a melatonin helps me when I wake up and can't get back to sleep. But, I don't like to have to take them so much.
I want to try and track every amount of everything I eat tomorrow and get a feel for whether I am doing ok for macronutrients etc. I don't have a great example to model how much of each I should be getting and how much I am actually getting. This is for me to try and get a realistic picture of how much I am taking in and where I need to tweak my portions. Be interesting to see.
I need to head for bed, sleep well all, sweet dreams!