It's been a bit of a mixed-bag week; quite busy, some non-food issues going on, and some days when I could care less about sticking to "healthy eating", though I've stuck with my gluten and refined sugar free stance. I didn't make time to exercise, but overall my sleep has been better than it was.
I've finished reading "Grain Brain" by Dr Pearlmutter, and have started reading "Accidentally Overweight" by Dr Libby Weaver. The body is a truly fascinating and complex creation - every thing going on inside it and by means of external influences have profound and far-reaching effects on various body and mind systems. The more I learn, the more I realise how important it is to not just focus on food, but work on all the other important areas that influence mental, physical and emotional well-being.
Some things I'm thinking about now - the effect of adrenaline and cortisol on the body - especially in regards to stress, weight and sleep - and the importance of understanding the serotonin/melatonin balance in regards to mood and sleep.
I have been reminded of the importance of good routines, especially regular bed and wake times, going to sleep before 10pm, and getting up at a regular time, and beginning the day with a walk or at least some time spent in the sunshine/daylight. Now I need to develop an action plan to make these things happen with reasonable consistency.
This week we also tried a few new recipes, had fun building our own pizzas, and I found some useful food products.