Why Busy and Mental Illness Don’t Mix

So, I mentioned in my last post that I’m having some issues with my hands/wrists/shoulders. The numbness at night has almost completely gone away, but now I’m experiencing tingling and increasing amounts of pain during the day, particularly when I do a lot of typing/knitting/coloring.

You know it’s bad because I haven’t knit in three days. Not one stitch. (I’m not sure how I’m still functioning.)

I got x-rays this morning on my neck and shoulders, because the chiropractor thinks the pain is radiating from that area rather than originating in my wrists/hands. I honestly don’t care where the pain is coming from as long as we can figure it out and fix it.

Anyway, this is all by way of saying, that I’ve been using my allotted typing time to work and that hasn’t left a lot of time for posting here. I will try to do better!

I owe you an update about the Whole30 too. I’m six days in to my Whole30 eating plan and I’m doing okay. The problem I’m encountering is that I’m not eating enough calories. For breakfast today, I had a red pepper, a hardboiled egg, and some grapes. It was tasty and healthy, but an hour later I was hungry. I’m not sure if this is because my hormones are screwed up or because I’m actually not eating enough. I was full after breakfast, so maybe I just need to eat more often? Clearly, I don’t have it all figured out.

I’m not supposed to be hungry on the Whole30. It’s not supposed to be a diet, but rather a lifestyle change. And the creators, Dallas and Melissa Hartwig, encourage people to eat as much as they need to feel satisfied. So, I’m definitely doing something right.

A side effect of not being satisfied is that I get tired and depressed in these weird cycles throughout the day. I’m not craving sweets very much, but because of these weird cycles I am craving carbs and snack type foods that I know will fill me up and make me “feel better”.

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I received my copy of It Starts With Food (written by Dallas & Melissa Hartwig) yesterday and I’m hoping that it holds the answers to the issues I’m having. I’ll let you know what I find.

In other news, I’m busy. Very busy. Busier than I have been in a long time. I’m working on a new project, volunteering to help maintain and build a new website. I’ll tell you all about it tomorrow (probably).

It’s very difficult to stay in touch with how I’m handling my life when I’m so busy. I don’t want to get out of bed in the morning, but I have to because there are things that need to be done. And I find myself sitting and doing nothing whenever I have any down time. It’s almost like my depression hasn’t gone away, it’s just waiting until I have a moment to breathe to present itself.

Also, I’m getting sick of staring at screens all the time. I’m so glad I got It Starts With Food in hardcopy. It’s my oasis right now.

What’s your oasis from a busy, screen-filled life?

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4 thoughts on “Why Busy and Mental Illness Don’t Mix

    • Shawna, I’ve tried a few different “diets” over the last several years. I did the South Beach Diet, The HCG Diet, the Paleo Diet, and now the Whole30. The Paleo diet and Whole30 are pretty similar, but Whole30 is more strict. Whole30 is the least expensive of all of these diets. Here’s why: you just have to focus on buying whole foods: veggies, fruits, and meat. They recommend that you buy organic, grass-fed, locally-grown, etc, but it’s not a requirement of the diet. So, if you can only afford “standard” veggies, fruits, and meat, it might even be cheaper than your current grocery bill, because processed foods tend to be more expensive.

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