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    Big Sleep Issues

    "Starch insufficience might be a possibility. How is that related to sleep? Through insulin?" Absolutely carbohydrates are necessary in the process that is sleep. I wish I could copy and paste this flow chart, but please check it out. It shows the chemical flow from protein to melatonin (which regulates sleep). It's a very good display of how the hormonal process. However, the one thing it does not show is the the importance of the carbohydrates. Those lovely amino acids (L-tryptophan) and enzymes (5-HTP) cannot cross the blood brain barrier without the assistance of the presence of the carbohydrates. If those guys don't cross the blood brain barrier, the brain does not produce the seratonin which in turn does not lead to melatonin production. You know that big thanksgiving meal that makes you need a nap? It wasn't the tryptophan in the turkey! You could eat turkey all day and without the presence of the carbohydrates (sugars) no nap is coming! "why would I need supplements to do something as natural as sleeping when I am eating well, exercising, etc.?" When our systems break down from years of poor diet, poor sleep, poor exercise, too much stress, and on and takes a lot of time to rebuild. If you look at the chart I give the link for you see a flow. If at any one of the steps there is a clog, it messes up everything that goes from there down. Sleep and mood are greatly impacted by these hormonal processes. Have you ever seen an area where fire has taken out the forest? Eventually, nature gets it all back. I live in an area where there are regularly held controlled burns in the forest, but there are also regularly held plantings of seedlings. If man never stepped on that charred ground eventually you would never know it was burned. However, it grows back, rebuilds far faster with a bit of assitance. You'd never know which forest was which when all was restored.
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    day 28 - need encouragement

    Please consider some alternatives to prescribed anti-depressants! I could point you in the right direction to get some education on the alternatives and there are many. Things you should consider, or at least read up on include 5-HTP, St. John's Wart, Holy Basil, and Tumeric supplements. Do you take magnesium? Have you ever had your vitamin D level checked? This wouldn't be on a standard CBC panel. Deficiencies in either of these will certainly kill your energy levels!
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    Bulletproof Coffee: Did anyone else see this article today?

    I attempted to read the comments. However, the high level of ignorance quickly became intolerable! As a proud coffee fanatic the thought of butter in my coffee actually turns my stomach a little. But I think the premise is good. I believe I'm achieving the same with the coconut milk I put in my coffee each morning!
  4. I had sufferred with RH since about age 15. Looking back I think that snacking was in large part to blame (poor diet of sugar and grains did not help though!) Eating good portions of W30 compliant food was enough to kick the RH demon for me. I don't remember exactly the time frame, but I know it didn't take long to adjust. In fact post w30 (one W30 and one W60), that is a good indicator for me of how on track I am. It's only happened twice for me since the change in eating, but if I have a low blood sugar episode I know that means I'm getting too far off track! All it takes is a day where I eat bread; toast with my eggs + sandwhich for lunch= midafternoon drop. I know everyone's body is different. I hope W30 levels your system out as well as it has mine!
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    What do you drink?

    Try a fruit concentrate. I add a tablespoon of cranberry or cherry concentrate (100% fruit concentrate) to my water or sparkling water. I do it for the same reason; I still have a very hard time just drinking water. It doesn't add sweet it just adds flavor.
  6. JJB, Have you ever checked out Dr. Mercola has many interesting articles (and even a book called "Sweet Deception") on the topic of sweeteners (sugars as well as artificial).
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    Welcome Baby Atticus

    So So Sweet! Congratulations!
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    The crazy things people say

    That's like the gym I saw that had flyers up for "ice cream socials" and "pizza parties." SMH Job security for the gym owners I guess.
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    Hormones and things

    It's really only been a few months since you went off of hormonal BC to non-hormonal. It is definitely within the range of "normal" for it to take a good 6 months for your body to level back out. As long as the placement of the IUD has been checked and your certain it's safely there, I would not be worrying too much about the absence of a period. Also, it is a common experience with the copper (non-hormonal) IUD for women to have significantly decreased periods. When I say decreased I don't mean it doesn't come, I mean the duration and flow are significantly decreased. If I were in your shoes I'd just enjoy not having to deal with a period for now!
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    The crazy things people say

    Oh Nadia! That last few seconds cracked me up!! Too Funny!
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    Speaking of coffee...

    Joining this conversation a little late.... I second, third and fourth all the votes for coconut milk in the coffee! In my first whole 30 I learned, much to my suprise, I don't just love coffee I can and do love it more without any added sweetener! I live in Louisiana now. In my rural area wal-mart is my only shopping option. I assure you wal-mart does not sell a quality coffee. Thank goodness for the internet! Last year, my job sent me for training for a week in Seattle. I was like a kid in a candy store. I am not exaggerating when I say I went to a different coffee shop (sometimes more!) every day of that trip! I was amongst my people! LOL
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    The crazy things people say

    My closest friend and I agree on just about everything. Well, everything but food. She holds fast to the belief that fat is bad and calories mean everything. She's decided it's time "to start being good again." So the other night when she came over for dinner she knew I was baking salmon and had asked if I would be offended if she brought over her own sides. For many reasons, I told her I certainly wasn't offended. So as my family sat down to dinner we enjoyed baked salmon, confetti style faux cous cous, and asparagus cooked in ghee and fresh garlic. On her plate was a lovely piece of salmon and a sad little pile of plain brown rice. By those standards, I never want to "start being good again."
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    Sunday Meal Prep / New Recipe Ideas

    I second the "well fed" cookbook suggestion. I use several recipes from that book every week for my cook up. One of the things that I love about the cookbook is many of the recipes have several variations included to keep things from getting boring. I haven't made anything from that cookbook that wasn't just delicious!
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    Facial Skincare Routines?

    I "wash" & exfoliate with oil/sea salt. Fresh lemon juice is a fantastic toner and will clear up a break out in a day or two. Used to have a cabinet full of fancy creams and moisturizers and now just a little jar of coconut oil replaces them all. My skin no longer breaks out, it's soft, wrinkles around my eyes are less noticeable, and my friends want to know my secrets! If you're looking to go natural I highly recommend this book: Clean body, The humble art of zen cleansing yourself. From Amazon: Clean Zen, clean green! Clean Body follows the successful Clean: The Humble Art of Zen-Cleansing, by cleaning guru Michael DeJong. As with the first book, this is not merely about washing away the dirt: it embodies a mindset, a philosophy, an alternative to mass consumerism. DeJong draws from Eastern belief systems—especially the element theory in Chinese medicine and Asian cooking—and harmoniously balances five pure essentials in his recipes, using baking soda, lemon, olive oil, salt, and white vinegar as the basis for his all-natural concoctions. Including special, separate sections for men and women, Clean Body has ideas for everything from facial exfoliants and natural aftershave to moisturizers and creams for itchy skin, discolored knees, and smooth feet. EVERY part of the body, from head to toe, is covered. Show more Show less
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    Oh No!

    That was great Robin. Our stories are so similar! It's still funny to me that I thought sugar would be my biggest battle (hey I did grieve cupcakes too) and then it turns out that gluten is the devil! I still find moments of trying to bargain or even deny. Unfortunately my denial and one time indulgence led to a break out (almost immediately) on my chest so bad it looked like the measles. It's hard to deny that kind of evidence! Oh well, I'm a work in progress on these phases too. But I'm working on acceptance each day. Like this morning in staff meeting as I delightedly noshed on my brisket with a side of sweet potato mash, easily ignoring the stares of the donut zombies!