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I have been very, very busy in the past couple of weeks. On Friday I went into town, taking one of my precious days off work to ferry around one of our clients who is blind. She has been helping us to gather prizes for our annual raffle and she was sorrowful at not having been able to sell many tickets. I knew it would really brighten her day if I took her around to sell tickets and I have always enjoyed spending time with my elders. She is 79 years old and quite the firecracker. We ended up selling almost 700 tickets! She had an idea to go to the fire stations and one of the captains took an instant liking to her and rallied up his guys to buy tickets, and then set us up to go to another fire station where they beat the amount the first station had bought. It was a fun day, but essentially I lost an entire day at home so I feel like I'm behind on everything. I did however get caught up on my husband's accounting, and we had our weekly meeting so I at least accomplished that. But I really need a housekeeper to help me with the housework!
I had to take a nap yesterday and today, I have felt extra tired.
Next Friday I have to go into work for a twelve hour day to work the party. I have to be “on” for most of those twelve hours so it will be interesting to see how I do. At last year's party I was eight months into GAPS and feeling a lot better. I am still feeling better than I did before starting GAPS, but still on a quest for more energy.
I've started to take a digestive enzyme Enzymedica Digest Basic (this is my Amazon affiliate link) to see if it helps. It says to take one with every meal. I wonder if I should take one every time I eat? I have been nibbling today and wondered if I should take one every time I eat another little meal.
Anyway, I have read in more than one place if your stomach doesn't have the right bacteria or acids to digest it will take much of your energy reserves to digest your food. Digestive enzymes are supposed to help, but I don't know how long it will take.
I am continuing to use the bio-identical hormone cremes and I recently learned that for the second jar I will not use the cremes for the first seven days of the month in an attempt to “regulate” my periods. The woman I spoke with on this said if my body has more eggs to produce then I will begin to have regular periods, if not, she says going through menopause will be easier. I have committed to trying the cremes for four months, so we will see what happens.
So far I am still feeling calmer, but I do not yet detect more energy levels. It is so hard to keep up with everything… broth, ferments, cod liver oil, liver, etc. It just seems like too much sometimes. But I am still convinced that I will find the recipe for my personal GAPS cake.
The digestive enzymes were one thing that was recommended by the doctor who prescribed the bio-identical cremes, and he also suggested some B vitamins. I think I may start to supplement those next. I'm trying to do one thing at a time to see what works.
My air conditioning on my car is broken, and I just had it fixed in March. I am so frustrated by this, and I believe it is also adding to my tiredness. Thankfully my son let me borrow his car on Friday so we were comfortable while driving around to sell raffle tickets.
I had gotten back to eating a lot of fruit, so I stopped eating fruit on Monday the 18th and had no fruit for three days… then I had a banana on Thursday. And I've had some strawberries this weekend that my husband brought home (four pounds!).
This next week is going to be extra busy and stressful… and the next week will be really stressful at work as we attempt to begin entering our state billings in a brand new system. I will cope well, but I know I will be extra tired as a result. I am trying harder to get to bed in the evening as early as I can. I should be in bed already, but I took a late nap. I'm also very thirsty, I have not had much water to drink today.
So how are you doing on your GAPS journey?