March 22, 2017 by Courtney
I realize it’s Tuesday, but I didn’t have a chance to blog yesterday so I’m going to share some things today.
Yesterday was a long, exhausting day, but it was great in a lot of ways. I have made some decisions to possibly help with anxiety and my own digestive issues.
After Karis’ doctor told us to eliminate wheat, reduce dairy, take probiotics, and increase water and fiber for anxiety and her digestive issues, I talked to my counselor about it and she asked why I wouldn’t try it as well. She read me some studies that point to lowered anxiety and depression with eliminating gluten. And dairy makes my stomach hurt. My counselor has been doing this for 30 years so I trust that when she says it works, it works. Then I talked with a friend here that is gluten free and she said it decreased anxiety, panic attacks, and depression. So we’ll see!
I talked with my dietitian about it and she said we can try it for a month (well, she said 3 weeks but I think a month is better) and see how I feel. I can then add them in one at a time and see if it affects me.
So that’s what I’m going to do. I’m eliminating dairy and gluten, adding in fiber and probiotics (also encouraged by my dietitian), and drinking lots of water (mainly because I’m taking lithium now and you have to drink lots of water with it).
Yesterday I ordered some good probiotics and fiber (Garden of Life brand) as well as probiotics for Karis (just Vitacost brand). I also take fish oil and a whole foods multi vitamin.
Now the question that I asked myself and my dietitian has been very adamant about is that I don’t view this as a weight loss diet, but as a way to feel better. I don’t think I’ll lose weight… I’ll still eat intuitively (eat when I’m hungry until I’m comfortably full). I won’t focus on eating “good foods” vs. “bad foods,” but just foods that make me feel good. I’m not planning to lose weight at all. My goal is health. Lower weight does not always mean good health (lots of studies show this!).
And now that Karis is home I will be better about hiking. It was hard to convince myself to go alone.
I also did EMDR and wow it brought out a lot of things that I can work on and process. I have decided to not go into details about these sessions because it’s very personal. Just know that I think this will also help my anxiety and increase emotional connection with my family and friends.
I’m trying to be the best me that I can be. Closer to Jesus, positive body image, healthy, feeling good, lower anxiety and depression, better mom and wife, etc. And I’ve gotten back to my daily routine which helps so much.
I’m soooooo grateful for spring!
I’m grateful that Karis has been so excited about school.
I’m grateful for a way for Karis to study God’s word at her level.
I’m grateful that she got up on her own this morning, got dressed, made her bed, brushed her hair and teeth, and filled out her planner for the week using my lesson plans!
(Yes her handwriting and spelling aren’t great…)
I’m grateful for coffee (even when it’s decaf with almond milk), water, spring scented candles, and my new Happy Planner!
I’m so grateful for the Bible study that I’m doing. It is more in-depth than any study I’ve ever done, as you can see by my marked-up Bible.
I’m grateful that she’s enjoying school (mostly… she hates writing and it brought her to tears today).
I’m soooooo grateful for a neighbor that is loaning us so much! We are using her math DVD’s, fraction overlays, and blocks (Math U See); history (Story of the World); and now writing (Writing with Ease). She is saving us so much money.
Along those lines, I’m learning to do this homeschool thing much cheaper this time! Instead of spending the $400 that I originally told my hubby I would need to spend (to get all of the stuff I wanted), I have only spent about $125 (Math U See Delta student books, Apologia Astronomy notebooking journal, Easy Grammar and Daily Grams, and some Teachers Pay Teachers stuff).
I’m currently creating a Geography unit based solely on free stuff that I found on Pinterest! This is fun!