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Food Journal, Day 4

6:00 woke up, still really tired. feeling dried out and hot. Psyllium water and back to bed

7:30 woke up a bit more rested. Strained BM, but at least there was something.

I felt a bit agitated, took some Ashwaganda to relax and let go a little. Seems to help.

8:45 Breakfast: in a hurry. 5 macadamia nuts, 3 oz sautéed salmon, 1 cup steamed chard, dollop of sauerkraut and sourcream

10:30 1 pint chicken bone broth

12:00 a little walk around the block, feeling constipated again, but no movement. Getting more motivated towards being sugar free and rebuilding my gut.

Another reason to quit sugar.

“The classical herbalists wrote in full sentences and complex paragraphs. I like that, today everything is in short sound bites. I think this is because, we all eat sugar now and our brains are too agitated to think in long, intelligent thoughts.” Paul Bergner.

12:20 1 cup green smoothie: I made about a quart of smoothie (1 1/2 cups kefir, 1/2 cup blueberries, 1/2 cup strawberries, 1/2 head romaine lettuce, handful of garden greens: dandelion, mallow, chickweed, 1/4 cup whey protein, 1 Tbsp bee pollen, 1 Tbsp chia seed)

1:30 Lunch: 4oz salmon, 1 cup chard, dollop of sour cream, 1/2 cup kraut, 2 cups smoothie

I gave away my dark chocolate stash to the other herbalists. Feels good. Even the jerky with corn syrup is gone now.

4:00 spicy, orange herbal tea with psyllium

6:00 feeling a bit jittery after class. Hungry, need a snack.

1 cup kombucha with chia and vitamineral green, 1 go raw bar (sesame seed, banana, coconut, dates, spirulina 4 g sugar) Settled my energy somewhat, but my belly feels a bit weird. I wonder about the bananas and dates.

Finally back home, in my element, I get to make dinner.

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Chicken and root veggies roasting in the oven. My Opa’s favorite Gurkensalat (cucumber salad) marinating in salt, pepper, olive oil and vinegar. Time to catch up on rest and relaxation with a little Prince and Sun Ra.

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8:22 and now for the evening feast: 1 chicken drum stick and thigh, 1/2 cup root veggies, 1 cup cucumber salad, evening supplements and water. Cascara sagrada and burdock.

9:30 off to bed, actually didn’t get down until 10:15

Sugar. I have talked a lot about sugar and how I shouldn’t eat it. But I still have been, a little here and there. Honey in apple pie and birthday cake, a few pieces of dried fruit with sugar on it, Thai food last night had sweetness in the sauce and the appetizer had some sweet, roasted coconut flakes on it, and I’ve had wine several times this week.

The results that I ascribe to that are agitation, hot, flushed, itchy face, constipation, irritability, tension, achy joints and muscles, low back pain, over excitement that leads to lack of sleep.

So, after sitting in herb class all weekend and learning about the importance of eliminating irritating foods from our client’s diet I’ve decided to give my body a break and do 6 weeks of really no sugar (including alcohol) and gluten. They say the little bit that we sometimes let slip in can cause a really big immune response.

I’m going to use the New Moon in Gemini with the eclipse energy to get motivated. Today I’ll do a thorough symptom check list to give me a reference point and then evaluate it at 3 weeks.

I’m also considering following the Gaps diet as I work to rebuild my gut lining, so hopefully in the long run it will be more resilient. GAPS which stands for Gut and Psychology Syndrome, is a method of rebuilding the intestinal lining and flora in a gentle way which helps people with digestive issues, food sensitivities, allergies and a range of psychological problems including Autism and ADD. It has a lot of similarities to the Paleo diet with more of a focus on consuming bone broths and fermented foods. There is a full diet for ongoing consumption and an introductory phase for deep cleansing and healing of the gut lining. I’m going to read the book and then potentially do a few weeks of the intro diet to reset my system.

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