My dad said yesterday that I was being very quiet on my blog. Yep. This time it’s because I’m being very quiet in my life. I’ve been struggling with sleep, allergies, joint pain, and illness that might or might not have been gluten reaction, and so doing very little. The big events of my days have been dragging myself out of bed to play ball with Sophie, then putting myself straight back into bed. But I started feeling better on Friday — three whole days ago! — so maybe I’ve broken out of the cycle of immune system over-reaction. Fingers crossed.
I’ve been reluctantly debating returning to the strict Auto-Immune Protocol diet. Extremely reluctantly. I know it works, but oh, it is so hard. On the other hand, it’s hard to feel sick all the time, too, so… trade-offs, right? The things that I know I should give up are soy, dairy, nightshades and all traces of sugar. But if I go strict AIP, I also have to give up rice & eggs. Ugh.
Obviously, I’ve done it before, so I know it can be done, but it’s not fun. And I would so miss my regular sushi. Or, I should say, my regular onigiri, because I’ve moved on from sushi to onigiri, which for me is basically just the same ingredients folded up in nori (seaweed) instead of rolled in nori. This weekend’s best onigiri: goat cheese, strawberry, basil, and a sprinkle of black pepper. I bet it sounds weird, but it was delicious.
Other delicious food of this weekend:
As you can perhaps tell, I am extremely reluctant to return to the strict AIP diet. On the other hand, I’m also extremely reluctant to continue feeling as sick and low-energy as I’ve been feeling, so… For the moment, I’m just going to cut back on white rice — it’s a high glycemic index food, so I think it’s the “sugar” that’s causing the joint pain that’s making it hard for me to sleep, and try to up my probiotic intake. More kombucha, maybe even some sauerkraut or other fermented foods. Still, it is, of course, the best time of year to do strict AIP, because there are so many good vegetables available. All of the above — the kale, zucchini, pea pods, carrots, green onion, and basil — came from Saturday’s farmer’s market. Yay for the farmer’s market! And probably better sooner on AIP than later. If I’m going to do it, the sooner I start, the sooner I get it over with. (It’s an elimination diet, so 30 days strict before starting to add foods in again.)
In other news… nope, I’ve got nothing. Sophie Sunshine continues to be a very good girl, albeit highly unsympathetic to me not wanting to get out of bed; Arcata continues to be beautiful; and I continue to love my tiny house. For the first time in my entire life, though, I’m ready for the solstice to come and go, because the days are LONG right now. It’s light well before 6AM and well after 9PM. I guess in 2020 I was too distracted to notice, and in 2021, I was on the road headed east. I love my skylight and windows, and the sunlight they let in, but I’ll be okay when that sunlight starts showing up closer to 7AM.
And I guess since I’m feeling better, I should probably get back to work. I’ve got an audiobook waiting for me to listen to it and words to write. I’ve been stuck for days on a question that I can’t believe I never answered before: how exactly did Lucas (Dillon’s dad) start working for law enforcement? Well, I’ve mostly been stuck because I haven’t felt well, but that’s the place where my stuck-ness landed. Perhaps I will figure out the answer today.
Cynthia Johnson said:
What gorgeous food..I’d dine with you regardless of any food plan I was on… and how Dad’s can prompt us to sit up straight and take notice..I am so glad you’re dad is still on this earth. Rest and do what feels right. Off in the T for a few days in the mountains early next week. Be well~
Enjoy your T time! I miss Serenity, although gas prices are so crazy I know I wouldn’t be going too far.
Cynthia Johnson said:
Thank you~ everything is a consideration now… I hope this all passes quickly. Time to let those sore bones rest while the country does as well. Take care~ hugs 🙂
Insights into my own lagging periods, notwithstanding stiffness and join pain. Thanks for sharing this. And I hope your question about Lucas’ dad is answered very soon as I am anxiously awaiting the next Tassamara book!!
It’ll happen! I don’t even think the answer is all that important, I just need to let go and move on. Congratulations on your own movement, too — I hope your house sells quickly and your move goes smoothly!
Barbara L Gavin said:
The sun rises here at five past five…all damn month, give or take 3 minutes.
You know I love my sunrises, but man, I wish it didn’t have to be cloudy for me to sleep til six.
This morning I resisted strenuously — it was full daylight at 5:15, and I just closed my eyes and pretended it was an afternoon nap. 🙂
Sue Sheetz said:
I need your type of food…..mainly Keto…..take care of YOU!!! I know you feel like you’ve done nothing but in reality you’ve allowed your body to partly heal itself. Try the one food at a time withdrawal…..hopefully it’s not as bad as you think 🤔. Hugs and Prayers 🙏❤️🙏❤️
I think that’s what I’m going to do, although not quite one food. I’m going to try eliminating nightshades, sugar, and white rice and see if that can get me back on track. Fingers crossed! Thanks for the sympathy. 🙂
Wow, that is strict! I’m trying to get back on the keto/intermittent fasting bandwagon, which is the only way I’ve found to manage type 2 diabetes without meds.
Have you tried fasting for a week? The first day or two is tough, but after that the hunger pangs go away and I become really energetic. I find it’s a great way to hit the reset button and see huge progress fast.
I have never tried fasting for a week and am not even sure how one could. A week is a long time to go without food! Although that does sound like an efficient reset — eliminates ALL the things. And yes, AIP is super strict, but it’s an elimination plan — 30 days, then you can start re-introducing. I’m unenthusiastic about doing it again, and I keep remembering new things that I’d have to eliminate (no coffee, no oat milk, no peas because no legumes…), but it did help me enormously several years ago. It really changed my life.