Let me tell you, my Facebook page was lighting up tonight! The Packers are well loved here in Wisconsin, even though I don’t watch football (and may be the only person in the U.S. who didn’t watch the game against the Cowboys) I was happy to see them win. Instead of watching football, I was cooking food for the week. Probably a much better use of my time. 🙂
When planning our menu earlier this week I was pretty pumped because at least two of the meals I chose I had everything I needed to make. I was gleefully rubbing my hands together thinking about all the money I was going to save. Pulling up to the check out counter I was still feeling somewhat confident given that my cart was not overflowing. Until I realized that the things we bought were expensive. I was quite bummed when we came in exactly at our budgeted amount.
Once I got over my initial disappointment and started analyzing everything I planned on making, I realized that we are still coming out ahead. Here’s the deal, for the “Year of Me” I’m concentrating on eating healthier. With that in mind, I have prepared breakfast and lunch for myself for the entire week. Given that I usually spend $8 – $10 a day on breakfast and lunch, that’s between $40 – $50 dollars a week that I’m potentially saving. Knowing that I was able to buy the extra food within my budgeted amount, that’s truly a win.
In my desire to be healthier and have more energy, I’ve been dissecting what my issues are. Constant fatigue, headaches and achiness are the norm (although since the holidays my headaches have been better). I saw a doctor over the holidays who did some blood work and recommended that I see a pulmonologist for my sleeping problems. My lab work showed that I was extremely low in the Vitamin D department (not at all unusual for women living in cold climates) so she’s started me on a high dosage supplement. As of yet it hasn’t kicked in but I’m keeping my fingers crossed.
I also did my sleep study this week although I’m praying I didn’t mess it up. I’m a bit worried that I may have turned the machine off in my sleep and erased the information when I woke up. I guess we will see on Monday! Most people would probably hope they don’t find an issue, but given my battle with sleep I’m kind of hoping that there’s something they can do. On a typical night I wake up about 6 times with at least one two hour stretch where I can’t fall back to sleep. I’m quite sure that’s one of my reasons for the fatigue. It seems like no matter what I do to help me sleep, I just can’t get through the night.
At the core, I believe that eating a cleaner diet will help a number of my issues. Over the last couple of years, our evening meals have improved drastically with the addition of Plated. Before we started getting boxes, a lot of my food contained processed foods instead of whole foods. Dinners are now mostly whole foods.
Of course, If I do have sleep apnea, eating better isn’t necessarily going to help that, but some of my other issues it definitely will. My next step in the “Year of Me” is to start an eating class in February. There were some other labs that came back with some not so great numbers (mainly the inflammation number) so I’m hoping that doing another step change in my eating habits will make me feel better.
So, for this week there is no breakfast or lunch out. Only whole food that has been made in my kitchen.