Day 40

My sleep has been so bad recently. My daughter has a cold and is waking a lot and I’ve had several bouts of insomnia.

It’s hard getting through the constant fog of exhaustion. It makes me want to slip back into comfort foods and drinks.

Then, out of the blue, last night was the most restful night’s sleep I’ve had in ages. It suddenly occured to me that I forgot to take my supplements yesterday.

When I thought about it, I realised I have been taking my supplements later and later in the day and my sleep has been getting worse and worse. I’m pretty sure something I’m taking is making me restless and wide awake at night.

I need to fix this as sleep is vital, and it also probably means that I don’t need the dose I’m getting. My research seems to point in the direction of B vitamins, so the first change I’m making is to stop the evening dose of niacinamide and boswellia. If that doesn’t fix things, I’ll start removing tablets until I sleep better.

The no wine thing is not going overly well. I had none on Monday but some yesterday. Today has been a long, stressful day with tired and poorly kids so I’m thinking about having a glass…

My eating today has been a bit crappy. I had pasta and cheese and a bowl of cereal for lunch. Then I bought a coconut water as a drink this afternoon while out and about and didn’t realise it has 15g sugar in it! 

And – the rash on my breast has been looking better this week. I really thought it was starting to improve, but today (it’s now 7pm), it’s itching like it hasn’t done for days and it’s all red again.

All in all, not a great day. But – where this kind of day would normally see me giving up and eating a ton of chocolate because it all just seemed too hard and bot wirth it, instead I have made a chicken and butternut squash salad for dinner and resolved to be more aware of my food tomorrow.

Small steps, big journey.

Day 37

My mood has really stabilised after the vortex of sugar withdrawal. I have more patience with the children and I am just happier.

My sleep is suffering still, waking and insomnia are a problem.

My joint pain is so much better. The joints are still horribly tender to touch, but basic movement is now fine, which is mountains better than where I was at the beginning (god, even getting up off the sofa was a total nightmare at the end of the day).

So, changes I’ve successfully made so far:

  1. Cutting out sugar
  2. Restarting exercise
  3. Eating a bit more home cooked food and a few less takeaways
  4. Supplement regime to help my arthritis

Changes I need to focus on, in addition to continuing the above:

  1. Better quality sleep
  2. Some strength exercises
  3. Cutting down the alcohol

Going to try not drinking Mon-Thu. Starts tomorrow.

Day 20

My joint pain is improving. Not just ‘I think it is,’ more like ‘It definitely is.’

My thumbs hurt less when I use my hands to do everything. And this evening I realised that standing up at the end of the day when I’ve been sitting on the sofa isn’t as painful. I don’t have to slowly unfold myself feeling like my hips are going to get stuck or crack under sudden movement. Tonight it was just hip pain, not frozen-hip-and-every-other-joint pain. The supplements are actually helping.

Today was also day 1 of no sugar. I made sure to eat a reasonable sized breakfast and lunch. I did it. No headaches so far, and only mild cravings.

The body responds slowly, that much I know (I’m three weeks in almost and very little has changed so far). But my motivation is still high. I have a long way to go and I am looking forward to the journey.

Day 3 – Supplements

I’m following Patrick Holford’s advice on supplements (see my resources page) for the next two months, while I work on getting my diet sorted out.

Patrick Holford says that supplements should supplement a good diet, not be a substitute for it. My diet has been fairly crap for a long time, so I’m starting with the high-ish doses that he recommends for lowering homocysteine levels and reducing the inflammation in arthritis (I have a homocysteine test on order, but don’t know how long the results will be and don’t want to delay starting my quest).

Homocysteine factors

Zinc picolinate 22mg (started 3 Apr 17)
Folate – ordered
B2 – (started 6 Apr 17)
B6 – (started 6 Apr 17)
B12 – (started 6 Apr 17)
TMG – (started 6 Apr 17)
Chelated Magnesium:Calcium 2:1 – ordered (magnesium for homocysteine, calcium for joints)

Joint support

Vitamin D – 1000IU
Boswellia – 400mg. Dropped to 200mg from 09.05.17
Niacinamide – 500mg. Dropped to 250mg from 09.05.17
DHA, EPA – 668mg, 332mg
(All started 3 Apr 17)

Other

Vitamin K as K1 and K2 – 75ug (started 3 Apr 2017)