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    Mighty M, thank you, I appreciate that! I knew I was getting “real” benefits from doing this when my need for sleep medication was suddenly gone, overnight, without “sleep hygiene” or any of that other crap my doctor shoved at me each year at my physical.

    I have read that as metabolism goes up and the body heals, it is easier to go without eating for longer periods without crashing everything out. I’m not there quite yet, but I no longer have that feeling of needing to eat or I’m going to eat my arm!

    I was even going to go get a sleep study to prove that my brain did not know how to sleep, my doc automatically decided I had apnea (I guess anything is possible but my husband does not see symptoms of that in me at all), but I’m glad now that I didn’t go through all that trouble… it wouldn’t have shown anything anyway except for the patient being wide awake from 3 am on… and me possibly being put on some medication, when all I needed to do was eat the freaking food!

    in reply to: Not sure what to do now… #9511
    Finngarian
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    Sleep is a HUGE thing for me. If I don’t sleep I am a wreck, both physically and emotionally. Before I started eating more I was running, and if I slept badly the night before, my run was always horrible the next day – lead legs!! Tired! Freezing cold and exhausted afterward! Sometimes if I get poor sleep I will be cold no matter what I eat. I’ve had symptoms of fibromyalgia (which mimic symptoms of hypothyroidism – which have always been ruled out, but are also the same as symptoms of low metabolism) for 20+ years and they are slowly lessening from eating and sleeping more. I am active but do not exercise formally… I’m taking care of my kids now and we are going to be building a house!! So I’ll be exercising plenty coming up here!

    in reply to: Help! Can't tolerate the heat! #9510
    Finngarian
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    Oh it probably does… (have something to do with stressed adrenals) the heat stresses me out which in turn causes my body to have more symptoms.. I’m just not acclimated to the heat due to having lived in a cold place for most of my life… I’ve always blamed that, lol

    in reply to: Spontaneous weight loss? #9491
    Finngarian
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    Hello Mighty M,

    Thanks, I think! ;) That was a Finngarian original.

    I did have a lot of symptoms of body dysmorphic syndrome, and I’m not sure at all if that’s a true eating disorder or a branch of something else. I guess “it is what it is” (even though that phrase kinda bugs me), regardless of the label, it got me dieting when there was absolutely nothing wrong with my gorgeous 145 pound, 5 foot 7 curvy as hell body at the time, and made what was not at all a problem turn into a big one. :(

    in reply to: Help! Can't tolerate the heat! #9490
    Finngarian
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    I am going to delve back into my water-drinking habit for a couple of days here until this heat wave passes, I think I might be overdoing it with the salt too. My hands and feet were so cold though, but it could have been from the A/C, or just that the overheating put such a stress on my body. I’d love to see a post on summer foods. I’m going to “eat for cooling” here and see what happens.

    in reply to: Oral Contraceptive #9425
    Finngarian
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    Wow, that sounds really miserable! I guess I should count myself as lucky – I was on the pill for 7-8 years (with maybe 6-12 months off in the middle at one point), then off it for a bit, then back on it for another 7 years or so, then off it to have my babies… while I was breastfeeding I was on the progesterone-only pill… then back on the regular pill when my second child turned about 3… she is 6 1/2 now and I’m off it again for good. Looking back I did have several breaks from the pill so maybe that was good for my body… I’m 44 now and not going to go back on it at all at this point. I plan to hit menopause head on with no hormones.

    I’m glad you are feeling better. All of those things you mentioned sound like they were a definite strain on your body.. emotional stuff like breakups (it was work stress for me) really take a toll as well.

    Finngarian
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    sa230e, that’s interesting about your experience with amphetamines. I didn’t feel rested in the morning no matter what I did but I always chalked it up to fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome, which I developed after getting mono that went chronic.

    I am sure some of my fatigue was from caring for babies/toddlers who didn’t sleep, and I’m sure some of it was from the antihistamines I was taking to stay asleep. I could not take care of kids or function otherwise if I woke up for the day at 4 am. That was the trade-off. My doctor wouldn’t give me anything prescription to use long-term. I tried everything else I could get my hands on (supplements and otc stuff) but nothing worked as well as unisom.

    I should add that I “sleep hygiened” til the cows came home, even went so far as to avoid coffee, and of course that didn’t help me at all. I just needed to eat more, but didn’t know that at the time.

    I am finally, very slowly, starting to feel like I’m getting restorative sleep. It is taking a really long time, but I can’t expect this fatigue I’ve had for 20 years to lift completely overnight.

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    in reply to: Some trouble sleeping #9417
    Finngarian
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    I’m one of the folks who needs a bedtime snack, otherwise I wake up too early. It’s usually something small like a bowl of cereal, I’m not talking a full-on meal. I started sleeping again after needing medication to sleep for the past 15 years or so. Never thought I’d be able to sleep without drugs because I kept waking up at 4 am for the day if I didn’t take them.

    in reply to: Oral Contraceptive #9415
    Finngarian
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    Amy, I find it interesting that you are still recovering from having been on the pill so long. I’ve been off it for about 2 1/2 months and my body seemed to pick up right where it otherwise would have left off. Unless I’m so used to feeling like crap that it’s just normal and will continue to get better! ;) I don’t mean to derail the thread but I’m curious about what kinds of symptoms you had coming off it.

    Finngarian
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    I took Unisom for years (not the diphenhydramine liquid caps one, but doxylamine succinate – the small, blue tablet, it comes in two forms). I would generally sleep fairly well with that.

    Since I’ve gotten my body temp up, I don’t need that at all anymore. I used Unisom for over 14 years. I will take an Ambien if we are traveling, because I sleep poorly in strange beds. I’ve also used that in times of extreme stress, like when my best friend passed away last fall.

    I have tried other things (herbal stuff, melatonin) with very little success. My doctor tried to tell me that I was waking up for the day between 2-4 am because I was having a cup of coffee at 8 am. She has no idea that I needed to just eat more. I can’t wait to see her for my physical and tell her what I’ve done!

    I’m not saying that eating more will be the magical thing you need to do but getting my temps up to normal and eating more during the day sure has worked for me. It was literally such a shock to not need medication after so many years of never being able to sleep past 2-4 am.

    Thomas, thank you for the post about puritanism. Sometimes, until a person finds what will work, that person just needs to do whatever helps them to function. I am a crying, snotting wreck without enough sleep, and I can’t be a good mother, or a good human being. So I took pills for a rather large chunk of my life. I didn’t know about this, and the alternative would have resulted in child abuse.

    in reply to: Magnesium diarrea #9235
    Finngarian
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    Yep, mag can do that to you! :( I can get pretty painful leg cramps during the night and cal/mag can be good for fibromyalgia pain… but I can’t take it too many days in a row or I have issues too.

    in reply to: Hunger in Middle of Night #9234
    Finngarian
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    I’ve found that eating more, especially in the early part of the day, has pretty much stopped this from happening to me. I eat something dry, carby and salty, with something sweet, each time my hands or feet feel cold during the day. I tend to feel, and sleep, the best when I eat a good, hearty breakfast.

    in reply to: Stuck raising temperature #9233
    Finngarian
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    If I get poor sleep for one reason or another, it won’t matter how much I eat, I will be freezing. I’ve been doing pretty well with eating and having good temperatures but the other day I didn’t eat enough, and I did a lot of physical work that day. That night I slept horribly and was up at 5 am for the day. I made sure to eat a LOT that day, but by bedtime my feet were freezing and didn’t warm up until this morning! My temp was up nearly a whole degree after that. Also when I am really anxious about something, my hands and feet will be cold. Do any of these situations sound like they apply to you?

    in reply to: Recovering from eating disorders and kids #9208
    Finngarian
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    I’m taking notes on this thread. My 6 year old is off the growth chart for weight – however, she is very muscular (little bit of baby fat too, but she has HUGE thigh muscles), she is very active, tons of energy, doesn’t get sick often, and when she does, it’s a cold or short-lived stomach bug. She is a happy child. She loves sports and wants to do them all. She does really well at school, she is so calm compared to her classmates, she really cares about doing a good job. She loves all kinds of foods – from ice cream to cucumbers. She will grow up to be a stocky and strong girl who will be formidable at any sport she chooses.

    Like her mother before her, her weight will not be an indicator of her health. She will always weigh more than her peers, because she has such huge muscles!

    in reply to: Lazy Meals #9163
    Finngarian
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    I love English muffin pizzas! Didn’t think to do them on the grill though – bet that was good!

    I felt lazy today mostly because the heat index is over 100! I made some fried rice – I used medium grain rice (I like how it’s chewy) and I used carrot, onion, and one scrambled egg, fried the whole thing in coconut oil and really poured on the soy sauce. IT WAS SO GOOD. If I wasn’t so stuffed I’d have another bowl! I usually have the ingredients for this on hand and it makes me wonder why I haven’t made it in so long! (The coconut oil made the chewy rice nice and oily and slightly crisp from the hot pan – YUM!)

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