Will I Ever Get Good Sleep?!

The past month has had its ups and downs. Some days I’ve felt a lot less pain. And other days I just want to chop off my leg…surely that would be less painful than what I’m currently dealing with?!! 😋 The worst part about all of this is the restless nights. I can have pretty good days; and then, as soon as I get into bed, the throbbing/constant pain is back…what gives?

My husband and I actually have a deal that as soon as I am pain-free while lying down he will grant me a whole day in bed to catch up on the 2.5 years of restless nights…and I AM SO READY for a restful night AND day.

While I believe my doctor knows what he’s doing…the “ah ha!! I’m finally on the road to recovery!!” is wearing off. It must be the sleepless nights getting to me.

So at my next appointment, I tell my doctor exactly that – I feel okay most days (besides the unavoidable flares), but the nights are dreary.

He immediately decided that it must be my liver function. Something about how the human body does most of its detoxing at night; and if I am having pain at night, it must be my liver not being able to properly get rid of toxins. He verified his theory by pressing on a spot on my foot that hurt like hell…which I guess is directly related to my liver…weird…

After a few adjustments to my spine, I left his office with a new supplement (well, technically, they were out of stock so I went back after the weekend) for liver detoxification and an assignment to email him a 7-day food journal. So much fun. And, getting to be so so pricey.

Hopefully I will see some improvement in my sleep soon. Sleeping through the night without any pain sounds like an absolute dream come true.

If anyone is curious about what I typically eat these days, I have included my 7-day food journal below. He just wanted rough quantities. I didn’t actually measure anything out. I am thinking he might tell me to nix the coffee and wine, but ate and drank how I have been eating and drinking since introducing foods from Phase 2. I am curious to see what he has to say.

Day 1
  • Breakfast:
    • 3 scrambled eggs
    • 1 cup cooked broccoli
    • 1/2 cup coffee
  • Lunch:
    • 1.5 cups shrimp & fish coconut curry (cooked white onion, carrots, mushrooms, baby broccoli)
    • 1/2 cup cooked riced cauliflower
  • Snack:
    • handful raw almonds
    • handful raspberries
  • Dinner:
    • 1.5 cups beef & chicken chili (kidney beans, pinto beans, tomato, beef broth),
    • 1 cup green beans,
    • 1 glass red wine
6-8 glasses water
Day 2
  • Breakfast:
    • 2 scrambled eggs
    • 1 chicken sausage & 1 tablespoon cooked white onion
    • 1 cup cooked broccoli
  • Lunch:
    • 1/2 cup chicken
    • 1/2 cup potato,
    • 1/2 cup cooked carrots,
    • 1/2 cup cooked beets
  • Dinner:
    • 1.5 cups beef & chicken chili (kidney beans, pinto beans, tomato, beef broth),
    • 2 cups raw cauliflower,
    • 1 glass red wine
  • Snack:
    • handful raw almonds
    • handful raspberries
6-8 glasses water
Day 3
  • Breakfast:
    • 2 scrambled eggs
    • 1 cup green beans
    • 1/2 cup sweet potato
    • 1/2 cup coffee
  • Lunch:
    • 1 cup ground turkey
    • 1/2 cup cooked carrots
    • 1/2 cup cooked beets
  • Snack:
    • 1 hard boiled egg
    • handful raw almonds
    • handful raspberries
  • Dinner:
    • 1 cup beef chili (kidney beans, pinto beans, tomato, beef broth)
    • 1 cup raw radishes
    • 1/2 glass of red wine
6-8 glasses water
Day 4
  • Breakfast:
    • 2 scrambled eggs
    • 1 cup cooked broccoli
    • 1/2 cup sweet potatoes
    • 1/2 cup coffee
  • Lunch:
    • 1/2 cup chicken
    • 1/2 cup potatoes
    • 1/2 cup raw radishes
    • 1/4 cup cooked carrots
    • 1/4 cup beets
  • Dinner:
    • 1/2 cup chicken
    • 1.5 cups cooked baby broccoli, onion, collard greens
    • herbal tea
6-8 glasses water
Day 5
  • Breakfast:
    •  2 scrambled eggs
    • 1 cup cooked broccoli
    • 1/2 cup sweet potatoes
    • 1 cup coffee
  • Lunch:
    • 3/4 cup ground turkey
    • 1 cup riced cauliflower
    • 1/2 avocado
  • Snack:
    • 1/3 cup pineapple
    • few raspberries
    • handful raw almonds
  • Dinner:
    • 2 cups beef, onion, collard greens, and sweet potato soup
    • herbal tea
6-8 glasses water
Day 6
  • Breakfast:
    • 3 scrambled eggs
    • 1 cup cooked broccoli
    • 1/4 avocado
    • 1 cup coffee
  • Lunch:
    • 3/4 cup chicken
    • 1/4 cooked baby broccoli, collard greens, onion
    • 1/2 cup raw radishes
    • 1/4 cup raw cauliflower
  • Dinner:
    • 1 cup beef
    • 1 cup cucumber
    • 1/2 cup sweet potatoes
6-8 glasses water
Day 7
  • Breakfast:
    • 2 eggs sunny-side up
    • 1 slice turkey bacon
    • 1 cup broccoli
    • 1/2 cup coffee
  • Snack:
    • handful raw almonds
    • handful raspberries
  • Lunch/Dinner:
    • 1 cup beef
    • 1.5 cups cooked brussel sprouts, carrots, onion, bell pepper
    • herbal tea
6-8 glasses water

 

 

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