Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Hungover and Fortunate

I started a new history class last night. After much sitting still, there was 2 hours of heated discussion about politics. I LOVED it. It was a stimulant rush for brain. I came home at 10:30pm just humming with mental energy. I had so much to do, say, think and feel!

In fact, so many possibilities were in my energized reach that I made a mental to-do list, completely forgetting there would be other people at home. That single factor sent me spinning out of control. I was all revved up with no place to go and felt very surly. My husband helped with some of the chores but I eventually had to settle on reading by myself, lest I say something snarky (and undeserved).

Then I did a nose dive at 11:30. I crashed hard. It was difficult for me to pull the pieces together long enough to get my pajamas on and get into bed. The world seemed dull and slightly fuzzy

I woke up this morning feeling hung over. I wasn't hungry for breakfast (rare) and I had a very difficult time getting myself up and dressed (very rare). I'm fortunate in that my husband helped get our son the door without asking any questions.

I need one book for this class so I spent an hour wandering around Barns and Noble. I found the text without problem but couldn't really figure out what I was supposed to do next. A second fortune presented itself when I meandered into the psychology section: The ADD Nutrition Solution.

The ADD Nutrition Solution delves deep into the science of ADHD, brain function, and nutrition. There was discussion of the molecular make up of healthy and unhealthy fats, something I appreciated, but there were also tidbits anyone could easily apply to their life.
Example: saturated fats are bad. How we know? They're solid in our arteries. They're also solid at room temperature.

Serving suggestions based on age and sex and health (ie. pregnant, nursing) also seemed incredibly helpful. Daily meal plans and recipes made it into the the last chapters (ostensibly to make them easier to find).

I didn't buy the book but it's on my library list. In the mean time, I'm still going to see a neurologist next week. Food will help but I can't imagine getting to a place where I could manage my grocery budget (we've just switched to the envelope system), strict grocery lists, new recipes/menus and life without some kind of assistance. Maybe meds will help make the short term more manageable so I can get going on long term life changes like diet.

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