Yes, my soul finds rest in God; my hope comes from him." Psalm 62:5
My body must be going through some type of change. Whatever it is, I don't like it! Yesterday, I ate a chocolate bar. The day before, I ate a handful of chocolate chips with a spoon of peanut butter. Yesterday, I chose not to work out. Instead, I took my son out to eat and I had lasagna and bread. This morning, I woke up at 2:30 am. It is now 3:20 am and I am up writing. Basically, I'm craving carbs, I have insomnia and I lack the desire to work out. I also feel emotionally unsettled. Both my brain and body are inflamed. They tingle. My ears are ringing. It's an uncomfortable awareness. That's the bad news.
The good news is that I don't have to stay stuck in this negative physical state. Over the last three weeks, I have learned to listen to my body. Doing this blog forces me to stop and think about how I am thinking, feeling and choosing. Oh my Lord, Dr. Caroline Leaf is so right! Being in my "Perfectly You" zone allows me to operate at my best. I may not always be making the best choices in the moment, but I am certainly learning how to process information so that I make better choices more often. Like Momma Joyce says, "I may not be where I want to be, but I'm certainly better off than I used to be."
My body is telling me that I am off balance right now. Something is off, and I have a feeling it's my serotonin levels. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter, which is a chemical signal between nerve cells, found throughout the brain and body. Serotonin is made from the amino acid, Tryptophan. If Trypotphan levels are low, then Serotonin levels will be low. Both of these substances help regulate digestion, sleep, skin and bone health, and mood.
My goal today is to boost my serotonin levels by eating tryptophan-rich foods like eggs, cheese, turkey and nuts. Other foods/drinks that boost serotonin levels include green tea and yogurt. Natural sunlight is also a booster. While there are other foods & activities that can help, I have decided to focus on these because they are readily available to me. So, here is my plan for today:
Plan of Action
AM Lifelong Vitality Pack, Probiotic, Thermogenic
Breakfast: Green Tea, boiled egg, apple & cheese
Lunch: Water & Spinach Salad (red onion, mandarin oranges and almond slices) & Thermogenic
PM Snack: Green Tea & Christmas Party at work - I will choose right!
Dinner: Water & Something light
PM Snack: Yogurt & Fruit
Try to Take a walk when I get home to get fresh air and sunlight