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    jennor got a reaction from GreenNotebook in Whole30 and Ulcerative Colitis, anyone else?   
    Yes, I am a fellow UC sufferer! I did my first W30 in July-13 and haven't had a flare since. This diet works wonders for me. I am also on maintenance meds (Lialda and chemo) but I have reduced the chemo by 25% (supported by my gastro-entherologist).
     
    How are you feeling so far?
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    jennor got a reaction from nanette09 in NSAIDs for arthritis while on Whole30?   
    I don't have RA, but I have another autoimmune inflammatory illness (u.c). For me, 30 days was enough to feel that this was the start of something magical, but not enough to stop all medication and declare myself cured.
    For metabolic effects like insulin resistance it makes sense that results happen in 30 days, but autoimmune inflammation is sloooow. I have been eating this way more or less for 10 months now and I just reduced my immunosuppressants by 25%. I feel a lot better, my lab tests are better but I want to give my body time to heal and not risk aggregating the system with a flare. Just my thoughts on immune systems and patience.
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    jennor got a reaction from Mrs.Mathias in The self-care project (A post-W14 study)   
    You are doing so well! And you sound like you are happier, more at peace too.

    I've had an odd week. There are a lot of reorganization happening at my job. I am not directly affected at this point, but some friends will likely lose their jobs. It's been mentally exhausting and I haven't been sleeping well. My department might be reorganized to accommodate some new colleagues, as that part of the firm is expanding. It is just strange to know that we are growing, at the same time my friends are being layed off. My colleagues will know next week what will happen. The whole thing has affected my sleeping, with a number of nights of waking up at 3 am to ponder the uncertainties in life.

    Eating has been going well, which is almost surprising to me. I've had the occasional treat but kept it moderate and sticking to things that work for me. This weekend I bought some good chocolate and I have had a serving at night with a de-caf. For some reason I haven't had the urge to go crazy. I hope it sticks!

    Running is going well to. I am in my peak weeks of marathon training and my legs are tired, but I feel like I am not too worn down, just "in training". Yesterday was my second 20 miler and it went well. I feel like I can function the rest of the day after a long run too. Like yesterday we did some shopping and then had friends over for dinner.

    Yesterday, Saturday 2014 09 20

    Sleep: Not enough, but I had an early morng run to get done. 6 h 43 min. I still felt ok.

    Food:
    PreWO: 2 eggs, spinach, a little left-over sweet potato, mayo, coffee
    PostWO/breakfast: 2 fried eggs, more spinach, fresh fig, sweet potato, coffee
    Lunch: 3 eggs, spinach, fresh fig, a peach, mayo. This was kind of an emergency meal thrown together after getting home from shopping. The family ate while out, and when we got home I was almost shaky-hungry.
    Dinner with friends: gluten free sea food pizza, no cheese. Scoop of raspberry sorbet, de-caf.
    A few pieces 70% chocolate and another de-caf. Yum yum.

    Exercise: long run. 20 miles (32.3 km) at the crack of dawn. My legs were not fresh going I to the run, but felt strong through out. I am starting to feel like my body is adapting to the long runs. It feels good. Also - I am doing them with just water, no longer need gels or sports drink. Must be fat adaption!
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    jennor got a reaction from cottagequeen in wouldnt it be SO COOL   
    Darkbloodangell, or instead of scanning that ingedient list into your smartphone you could just scan it with your eyes, and if there is sugar you will immediately know that it is not compliant because a red flag would go up in your brain. Yes, that would be so cool!
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    jennor got a reaction from tangerine in Gaining weight over the years from eating this way   
    I am sorry, and I can definately understand your frustration. It sounds like you are eating really well. The only thing I can think is if you have trained yourself to eat large volumes and maybe your portions are too big for your current activity level and metabolic rate. I can tell you that I have to pay attention sometimes these days to my portion sizes as I can tell my body doesn't need quite as much food now as it did in my 20's. (I am turning 40 this year.) Also, I can afford to buy much more appealing food now than I could in my 20's, so I think I tend to eat more for the hedonic aspect now, versus before I just ate to survive and got on with my life.
     
    Are your portion sizes according to the template?
    If you reduce the size of your meals by say 25%, are you suffering from hunger or are you doing ok?
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    jennor got a reaction from cottagequeen in wouldnt it be SO COOL   
    Darkbloodangell, or instead of scanning that ingedient list into your smartphone you could just scan it with your eyes, and if there is sugar you will immediately know that it is not compliant because a red flag would go up in your brain. Yes, that would be so cool!
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    jennor got a reaction from Emma in I think other moms hate me.   
    But Peacefrog, are the examples you gave really of other mums disagreeing with what you do? They don't want to give their kids mayo full of sugar or plastic cheese and neither do you. You could totally bond over that.
     
    I am with Drtracyb and would totally go "Yes totally agree, but at last I have found a mild enough olive oil so that they will FINALLY eat my homemade mayo!" or "I know, I don't like Velveeta either. I found this great recipe for homemade cheese though, look!" You might end up with some new friends, or if not you at least get the chance pass on your cheese recipe to someone who shares your distaste for fake cheese.
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    jennor got a reaction from Beets in The Self Care Project 2015   
    Day 8 2015 02 05
     
    I can't belive it is day 8 already! I feel good. I have been focused on a) sleeping enough not snacking mindlessly. Especially the snacking I used to be really bad at. I'd be working in the afternoon and just routinely get up to get fruits at least twice. Now I try to drink tea instead, and also actually allow myself to get hungry. For some reason I have this fear of that I will get really hungry and that is just stupid. Getting hungry before eating again won't kill me. I don't need to constantly snack "just in case" there is no food ever again, or out of boredom or for relaxation.
     
    Sleep: I was sleepy when my Up24 woke me up at 4:55, but feel fine now. Just 3 more early wake-ups before vacation! 7h 5 min
     
    Food:
    Breakfast: 3 eggs, steamed spinach, coffee, fish oil caps
    Lunch: Beef chili, harissa, roasted butternut squash, big salad
    Dinner: Pulled pork, roadted parsnips and sewwt potato, big salad, Lara-type fruit and nut bar
     
    Exercise: 6.4 mi this morning. As much as it sucks to get out there at 5:15am, it is definately worth it! I love getting back home and heading into work with the exercise endorfines pumping and a good feeling of accomplishment. That sets the mood for the rest of my day. I also love picking the kids up after work and knowing that we can just enjoy sofa-time together the rest of the evening because I already got my run in!
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    jennor reacted to dfox in Half Marathon Soon, Low Energy   
    Meadow, everything you've said makes sense . . . . if speed isn't important. I felt okay in my race, I just didn't have speed. Because fats are slow release, I'm not getting the extra fuel for immediate use in a race. Simple carbs, like gels, are immediately available for the body, so you can run faster. Even before W30 I never trained with gels, but would use them in races because you can literally feel yourself speeding up within a minute or so of consuming one. It's just a matter of what's important to the runner. When I run each morning I don't care how slow I am. When I'm running a race with hopes of qualifying for Boston, anything goes, and those gels - as much as I hate what's in them - do help. They aren't pre or post for me, they're for during.
     
    When done with the whole 30, in 12 days, I will continue for probably an additional 15 days to allow my body to fully adjust to this way of eating. Since it's still a little difficult for me, I imagine 30 days will be just enough to get my body into the groove, so I don't want to start introducing other things until then. I might learn that I my speeds will start increasing without simple carbs - if not, rice is coming back (I'm a paella chef, so rice is hard to give up).
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    jennor got a reaction from praxisproject in Sick of Justifying My Diet   
    I just say I have an intestinal disorder and need to eat this way to stay healthy. If someone questioned it in a not-so-nice way I'd just say that it is my choice and they don't have to worry, I am doing fine. The less fuss I make about it, the less my food choices will provoke others.
     
    Also, I never judge somebody else's food. And I think that is key.
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    jennor got a reaction from Sandshil in My period is back after 7 years of no-show!   
    Dear ladies, I just have to shout this to the roof tops somewhere, and I figure this is the only subforum where it wouldn't be too weird to bring it up.
     
    So, 7 years ago I was diagnosed with an autoimmune illness (ulcerative colitis) and at the same time I also go pregnant with my first daughter. After having her I was put on strong immunosuppressants but still experiencing flare-ups regularly. My period also never came back. I had some spotting in the summer of 2011 after trying a low carb diet. The diet made my tummy better, but it was just so uncomfortable and not appetizing to me, so I gradually went back to regular "healthy" grainfilled eating. Since I obviously couldn't get pregnant we had to get medical help to get pregnant with our second daughter and I had her in april 2012. The pregnancy was difficult and I think it was because I simply wasn't healthy enough to carry a child, I just tricked my body into doing it with hormone therapy. Since then no period.
     
    Last July I did my first Whole30 and I have done a couple of them since and stayed pretty strict paleo.
    3 months ago I had a bleeding. I felt different but I didn't want to celebrate too early in case it was just some spotting. Well, since then I have been completely regular! I am not having anymore children, but it is still a huge thing for me that my body finally feels healthy enough to have a period again. I honestly never thought that would happen!
    It might be a weird thing to celebrate but... yiiiipppie!    
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    jennor got a reaction from praxisproject in Sick of Justifying My Diet   
    I just say I have an intestinal disorder and need to eat this way to stay healthy. If someone questioned it in a not-so-nice way I'd just say that it is my choice and they don't have to worry, I am doing fine. The less fuss I make about it, the less my food choices will provoke others.
     
    Also, I never judge somebody else's food. And I think that is key.
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    jennor got a reaction from GFChris in Help please, IBS, bloody stool   
    Yes, I was. I would have a few weeks/months of feeling good, then I'd have an episode where I would get diarrea and bloody stools for a week/weeks. It would take me a while to put the pieces of the puzzle together because as you said, I did heal in between episodes. They would come more and more frequently though, and last longer. In the end I got a fever and ended up in the hospital. I was lucky that I did, I can see now in hindsight.  If you are flaring it is pretty easy to diagnose with a colonoscopy. Now my illness is under control. I take two types of medicines and I stick to the Whole9 type of diet/life style but for the first time in years I feel healthy.
     
    I will be honest with you - Find a doctor. Solve the budget issues after. Borrow the money if you have to. If you do have IBD, you need a colonoscopy and medication. Nothing is worth more than your health.
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    jennor got a reaction from GFChris in Help please, IBS, bloody stool   
    Yes, I was. I would have a few weeks/months of feeling good, then I'd have an episode where I would get diarrea and bloody stools for a week/weeks. It would take me a while to put the pieces of the puzzle together because as you said, I did heal in between episodes. They would come more and more frequently though, and last longer. In the end I got a fever and ended up in the hospital. I was lucky that I did, I can see now in hindsight.  If you are flaring it is pretty easy to diagnose with a colonoscopy. Now my illness is under control. I take two types of medicines and I stick to the Whole9 type of diet/life style but for the first time in years I feel healthy.
     
    I will be honest with you - Find a doctor. Solve the budget issues after. Borrow the money if you have to. If you do have IBD, you need a colonoscopy and medication. Nothing is worth more than your health.
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    jennor reacted to MrsStick in Replacement for Traditional Cookie Baking   
    I have to disagree with you a bit, MeadowLily. Hopefully I can explain myself well enough you can understand where I'm coming from.
     
    The suggestion that we should buy our friends/family/coworkers coconut shreds, aminos, oil, and vinegar...just doesn't work for me. Everyone is in a different place, and you giving them a gift that, honestly, most wouldn't even know what it was, let alone how to use it without significant amount of research is rather crass. If you have a paleo pal then absolutely, by all means, get them the expensive coconut aminos so they can have Asian-inspired foods. But giving, say, your mailman a bottle of coconut aminos for Christmas (especially if you don't include a recipe card with your favorite recipe using it...but honestly, even then!) is just plain wrong.
     
    The problem is that you can't make someone care any more or less about what they're eating. It's why the Hartwigs say you should never try to force someone else into doing a Whole 30, why you shouldn't just tell every random stranger about the program. They'll tune you out, ignore you, avoid you in the future.
     
    Giving someone a "Whole 30 compliant" ingredient like you suggested isn't going to work for, say, my mother. She 100% will. not. try. new. foods. Even if I make them for her in her house and everyone else eats it in front of her, she won't try the parsnips in my roasted veggie medley. If I bought her coconut aminos they'd go into a shelf in her pantry and only get used when I visit every few years (which might be nice, but is 100% no the point of a Christmas gift). It won't make her try a Whole 30, won't help to spread the word about the program in a positive manner, and will actually probably do more harm than good.
     
    Christmas is about treating others nicely, giving them things that they will appreciate. A sugar/salt scrub would be nice, as was discussed above. A delicious candle would be nice. Even a Paleo treat, which you can give them and actually join them in eating (since I'm guessing, for most of us, we don't get to eat the treats other people have like 99% of the time) would be fabulous. Bonus points - if it tastes good, they might ask for the recipe and maybe you can get them to stop eating one of their less-healthy treats and instead eating one that's more-healthy. It's not perfect, but if your Paleo cookies inspire Aunt Edna to make gluten-free cookies with dried fruit and a touch of honey instead of her "starts with 1.5 cups of butter, adds 1.5 cups of brown and white sugar" chocolate chip cookies, isn't that a win? And you're still keeping relationships alive to be further influenced by you in the future.
     
    TL;DR: the holidays, even according to the Hartwigs, are a time to relax and not worry about being 100% compliant if you haven't made a deliberate decision to do a Whole 30 over the holiday. Love those around you where they are, not where you think they should be. And please, don't waste your money buying expensive Whole 30 ingredients for those who wouldn't appreciate them. Save the money and buy them for yourself and laugh during your next Whole 30 about how much you enjoy having (insert item here).
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    jennor got a reaction from almcc in The self-care project   
    Still here, just very busy and then tired at night this week. Today is Friday and I look forward to coming home to enjoy a bowl of steaming seafood paella (made with cauli-rice instead of regular rice) and starting the weekend off! 
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    jennor got a reaction from drtracyb in Daughter with aspergers/egg allergy   
    Wow, I am shocked at the condition at which the kids are supposed to eat in that school! Is that the norm where you live? How on earth can the kids eat real food in school if their food is to be stored at room temp and no access to heating it? And no proper lunch break, just two snack breaks? It sounds designed to eat only shelf stable snack foods all day long! What a terrible way of teaching the little ones about proper meals.
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    jennor got a reaction from almcc in The self-care project   
    I DONT HAVE CANCER! The biopsy results are back, and it is not cancer. I am so happy and grateful! Today is a day to celebrate. :)
    Day 7
    2014 11 06
    Sleep: I slept though my alarm, or it never went off. This has happened twice now and I am starting to feel like maybe I need to set a second alarm besides the Jawbone? Luckily both days have been days where I didn't have to get up super early, so I wasn't late. But still! 7.5 h. Was awake for a while at 4 am.
    Food:
    Breakfast: 3 eggs, bowl of roasted root veg, chipotle sauce and coffe.
    Lunch:
    Dinner:
    Exercise: about to head out for a celebratory run.
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    jennor got a reaction from almcc in The self-care project   
    I DONT HAVE CANCER! The biopsy results are back, and it is not cancer. I am so happy and grateful! Today is a day to celebrate. :)
    Day 7
    2014 11 06
    Sleep: I slept though my alarm, or it never went off. This has happened twice now and I am starting to feel like maybe I need to set a second alarm besides the Jawbone? Luckily both days have been days where I didn't have to get up super early, so I wasn't late. But still! 7.5 h. Was awake for a while at 4 am.
    Food:
    Breakfast: 3 eggs, bowl of roasted root veg, chipotle sauce and coffe.
    Lunch:
    Dinner:
    Exercise: about to head out for a celebratory run.
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    jennor reacted to praxisproject in Snacking - Is it important not to?   
    If you haven't made homemade mayo yet, it's a great fat source
    Use it in salads, throw some on your eggs in the morning, mix it with tinned tuna or salmon.
     
    Immersion Blender method - you need an egg, 1 cup of olive oil (extra light, not the dark stuff), a lemon or lime and a little salt
    http://thehealthyfoodie.com/fail-proof-home-made-paleo-mayo-whole30-compliant/
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    jennor reacted to AmyS in Snacking - Is it important not to?   
    Along with all of the above thoughts, please keep in mind that Whole30 is not about white-knuckling your way through hunger between meals. What we don't want you to do is that thing we in our society call "snacking" - which is mostly just a way of saying "you don't really get to eat, but if you're not virtuous enough to handle the hunger you can have a small amount of this nasty thing which won't fill you up and will make you feel worse about yourself." Snacking ain't your friend. If you're hungry between meals, eat another meal. Really. Just eat.
     
    We do want you to aim in the direction of three full meals per day, because it's best for your hormones. If you're not there yet, that's OK. Eat. Also, depending on where you are in your cycle, your body may ask for more or less food. Example: I eat six extremely full meals in the days before my period. Then as my cycle begins, my body has to be convinced to eat more than two meals per day. That's just me, but many women report changes in hunger level depending on where we are in our cycles. We've been taught that this is just self-indulgent, but really we just need to eat lots and lots of food before our periods.
     
    You might also look at your activity levels - if you are very active, you'll need to eat more, and include a pre-workout meal of protein and fat plus a post-workout meal of protein an carbs.  Also if you're nursing you're going to basically eat your fridge every day.
     
    I hope you're seeing a theme here: eat. Food is good. 
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    jennor got a reaction from found.in.nature in The self-care project   
    I want to get this started!
     
    I just ran my 9th marathon and now I am in recovery mood. Training has been going well (despite small children with runny noses and me being on  immunosuppressants), yay! I have been pretty strict paleo since July last year, when I did my first Whole30 and realized that when it comes to my ulcerative colitis, It Starts With Food. Or at least, food matters. I have since done one more full Whole30 and several Whole10-14s when I fall head first into too much dark chocolate.
     
    Since I am a goal setter, I of course had to sit down last night with a pen and paper and articulate what I hope to do with this round of Whole30. Some thoughts I have are:
     
    Work on the stress-food (sugar) connection. Put a leash on my sugar dragon. Or really, chocolate dragon. Food is not stress relief! Be mindful in my eating. Sometimes I eat without even thinking, just as a distraction or a mental break. Drink more. Replace some of that mindless snacking with a nice hot beveratge. Now that it is getting colder I can enjoy liquirice root tea, green tea, camomille tea, de-caf or even a cool glass of water instead. Sleep more. This is a constant balancing act. With two small-ish kids nights can be unpredictable. My husband is also a night owl who easily forgets that I have to get up to work 1½ hour before he dose in the morning. Give my body the best recovery I can. I know that my tummy gets upset when I eat sugar for example, and I want to give myself 30 clean, calm days of healthy food. That will be my early x-mas /holiday gift to myself.  
    Let's do this!
     
    I'll be back later to log my food for the past days.
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    jennor reacted to CrazyGypsyLady in Confessional   
    Happy Halloween!!
    It's amazing how much of a difference 10 extra minutes of prep time can make in the morning! Or in my case how much of a difference a LACK of 10 minutes can make. I certainly was pushing my limit by hitting snooze that last time and my food options for the day reflected that.
    Breakfast was the same deal as yesterday: bacon, brussel sprouts and a half sweet potato. I skipped the coffee -no time- and chugged a bunch of water instead. I quickly prepped another garden salad, this time adding a half can of tuna (which I've since learned is not nearly enough protein for a serving) and the sweet onion dressing yet again.
    Breakfast was eaten on the bus again and again I sincerely apologize haha. I had exactly 7 minutes before starting my barista shift after arriving. I quickly donned a set of devil horns, wrote my name: 'The Devil' in chalk marker on my name tag. I then spent 6.5 hours surrounded by sugar. Syrups, pastries, sauces and the likes. When I did my Whole 30 earlier this year, I was working as a barista full time and I was a grumpy mess most shifts. My mantra at the café is this:
    "Those drinks/pastries are none of your business!!!"
    This worked like a charm most days and I'm hoping it does again because to be honest, day 2 involved A LOT of inner turmoil and bartering with myself. But I kept it on the straight and narrow, drinking a couple black americanos and a ton of ice water. I still felt hungry on my first break and ate a serving of organic dried apple rings and roasted salted almonds. A bigger breakfast would have prevented the need for this snack - see, I'm learning here haha!
    When my lunch break arrived I was totally ready for my salad. While I munched I had the opportunity to chat up the benefits and reasoning behind my Whole 30 with a coworker who has been on the fence about starting one which was really rewarding for me.
    Being that it was Halloween, our normal supper routine was tossed out the window. The husband and kids had subs (that smelled sofaking good) and I made myself a nice skillet. Two eggs, two small new white potatoes, onion, chopped kale, bacon, red pepper fried in rendered bacon fat. Topped with Franks and small avocado and promptly inhaled.
    Cue trick or treating. This was the first year I, as a mother was banished from taking my sons (10&12) out so I begrudgingly sent them out to have a blast with their friends. The doorbell, Facebook posts full of spooky goodness and cute kids in costumes kept me busy but by the time my little ghouls arrived back home I was famished again.
    My husband had prepped some 1/4 lb beef burger patties for our lunches the next day so I snagged and heated up a couple, topped with roasted garlic aoili and a side of baked sweet potato with coconut oil, freshly grated nutmeg and cinnamon. I was happy to see posts from Whole 9 in my FB news feed telling ass of us Whole 30ers to stand strong and make awesome choices. And I did. *phew*
    I'm hoping to get to a place soon where I'm eating the right amounts of proteins and fats. I'm confident that I'll eat a substantial amount of veg as I love love love it and always fill my plate with it's goodness.
    I managed to pass out hard on the couch watching a documentary on Netflix around 10pm. Because I'm a party animal like that.
    Overall, I feel really good about my day. If only because I stuck to my guns and not a single Tootsie Roll or Twizzler made its way past these lips.
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    jennor got a reaction from Emma in I think other moms hate me.   
    But Peacefrog, are the examples you gave really of other mums disagreeing with what you do? They don't want to give their kids mayo full of sugar or plastic cheese and neither do you. You could totally bond over that.
     
    I am with Drtracyb and would totally go "Yes totally agree, but at last I have found a mild enough olive oil so that they will FINALLY eat my homemade mayo!" or "I know, I don't like Velveeta either. I found this great recipe for homemade cheese though, look!" You might end up with some new friends, or if not you at least get the chance pass on your cheese recipe to someone who shares your distaste for fake cheese.
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    jennor got a reaction from Derek` in Journey to a better me   
    Derek, I just found your log! I am so impressed with the work you have done and are doing still. Wow!
     
    You asked about melatonin before. I use it sometimes at a pretty low dose when I have trouble sleeping. I usually take 3 mg or 1.5 mg. I think it helps me fall asleep, but also stay asleep so that I don't have those early wake-ups. I do feel a bit groggy in the morning when I first wake up if I take 3 mg. I think it is a good crutch, but not something I would take every night, since it is in fact a hormone with many more effects than just to promote sleep.
     
    Happy belated birthday to you!