March 7, 2016 at 4:00 am
We’re constantly getting feedback from our bodies, in all
sorts of ways. We might feel tired or cranky for seemingly obvious reasons such as a late night;
overdoing it over the weekend, stress, etc. Over time, I’ve learned that some of the signals my
body gives me can be tied to daily rhythms. The most dramatic instance of this for me is a dip in
mood and energy in the early to midafternoon, and is definitely exacerbated by whether and
what I’ve eaten. Now I stash granola bars in the glove compartment, my desk drawer, and
backpack to ensure if that dip starts to try to curb it; otherwise I become irritable, feel a bit foggy,
and am generally unpleasant company. Do you experience episodes during the day when it
seems as if you are “hypoglycemic” or your blood sugar is low? What does that feel like? Do
you do anything to try to avoid it? #dailyfeedback
March 7, 2016 at 2:31 pm
My daily “low time” is around 3:00pm. I am usually thinking of preparing dinner, so I’ll grab some candy and head to the kitchen. By the time its time to eat a good, healthy dinner I’m full of candy. And so starts the circle.
March 8, 2016 at 1:18 pm
I try not to mitigate low blood sugar with sugar – though that’s really hard to not give in. I used to have those high and low cycles all the time, but now I make more of an effort to pack protein into my snacks (I eat a lot of nuts). Interestingly, because of that high/low cycle, I found I developed a strange food insecurity, I never wanted to be “caught out” without snacks so I started hoarding them. It also meant I was eating my snacks when I didn’t actually need them (and you know what happens then). I had to find a way to bring back the balance. I started noticing that the snacks may have solved one issue (low blood sugar, brain block) but created others (heavy lump in my stomach or upset stomach).
I once had a massage therapist tell me “our bodies will always prevent us from doing what we are not supposed to do”. We just have to listen.
March 8, 2016 at 1:21 pm
I wish my body would speak a little louder!!
March 8, 2016 at 5:19 pm
I’m like you AppleStrudel, I take raw, unsalted almonds with me everywhere and I eat them whenever I need to throughout the day. I was diagnosed with hypoglycemia many years ago and my doctor told me to combat a bout of low blood sugar by eating a teaspoonful of peanut butter, or a small amount of plain yogurt, or some avocado. Those are all great if you are at home but they are not as portable as nuts. Nowadays I always carry an ounce of raw almonds in a Ziploc bag in my purse. (Yes, I weigh them because they have a lot of calories and fat.) I don’t let myself get to the bottom of the blood sugar curve anymore. It is so painful for me – my heart races, pressure builds up in my ears, I perspire profusely and feel like I will pass out (I have actually passed out from this! In a steam room at the gym! I woke up under a cold shower where the he-men gym rats had taken me!) – so I try to eat at more frequent intervals. But sometimes I can’t or I have errands or other obligations that get me off-schedule.
I will eat a quarter- to a half-ounce of raw almonds to keep my blood sugar constant if I feel like it is becoming unstable (usually from what I have eaten earlier); or a whole ounce if I am running errands, and stopping to get a meal is not convenient or economical. While the nuts have a lot of calories from fat, I don’t have to worry about a spike from eating candy or something with a lot of sugar. (Which as you probably know, will be followed by another drop which could be worse than the initial one.) The almonds help me to keep an even keel and don’t cause me to have cravings like snacks with sugar or refined starches.
I have learned that for me, protein with some healthy fat is key to maintaining my blood sugar level. Everyone’s blood sugar is cyclical but this is something I personally have to be very careful with because hypoglycemia can be a precursor to diabetes mellitus, which runs in my family.
#hypoglycemia #diabetes #passingout #nutstoyou
March 8, 2016 at 5:26 pm
Seems that the massage therapist was referring to: #bodywisdom
March 10, 2016 at 2:19 am
I forgot to mention that the main (and most obvious and annoying) symptom of hypoglycemia for me is shakiness.
March 7, 2016 at 7:33 pm
Some intuitive voice, in the fall, when questing answers guided, you don’t listen to your body – listen. I began to observe beyond the daily chronic headache that came back, and realized, I was in an enormous amount of pain, but given my history, tended to push through it. My whole body began t0 shut down, and in December it felt like my body was dying. Through a series of listening, journalling, and following counsel from someone to be pro-active and do research, I gained a sense of what might be up. I had to fight for the tests I thought would be beneficial – and thank goodness I did. Aneurysm repair. I observe the memory of the rainbow today in my mind, the grumbling of my stomach, the warmth of the cat on my lap, a sore throat, fatigue, pain behind my eyes, right shoulder pain, difficulty breathing deeply, jaw pain/tension, glorious freedom from other aches from weeks before and happiness welling up at being able to do a 1/2 mile walk today, when 3 weeks ago, walking 20 yards was pushing it. I listened to my body, and after a light supper, a warm epsom salt bath, I got horizontal and am relaxing questing this new formula: grace + gratitude = balanced flow.
March 8, 2016 at 4:40 pm
What an amazing health journey you have had! This illustrates so many good things we can do for ourselves and our health: quieting down to pay attention to what our bodies are telling us, getting information intuitively through journaling, and of course research, research, research. Advocating for ourselves – because we only have one body and really, no one else is going to do it for us. And finally, your self-care of light exercise, eating right, and pampering yourself with an Epsom salts soak. These are all things that I, too, have done in my quest for wellness as well, with positive results.
I know that writing in my journals when I have had health issues has illuminated information which I could take to my doctor and use as a springboard for drilling down to the core diagnosis. I love your new formula and I’m glad to hear that you are now in “balanced flow”.
#self-care #self-advocacy #journaling #balancedflow #writingtoheal
March 8, 2016 at 4:49 am
It does seem that sometimes our bodies really have to yell before we listen. What a beautiful formula, and one that I’ll carry with me. I wonder how we can capture it with a hashtag?
March 8, 2016 at 5:58 am
I’m not sure it’s exactly body listening, but I find that I lose things when I’m stressed. It took me a long time to make the association. I’d find myself misplacing everything from keys to kids (just kidding about the kids). I realized that I needed to slow down, be more mindful of myself and my actions, and just allow down time for recharging. Attention to breathing and light meditation was also good. Now I can catch myself right away and avoid losing things and creating even more stress because of that. #stress #mindfulness
March 8, 2016 at 7:31 am
I can definitely relate to this – when I’m stressed/tired/distracted, my actions become much more automatic and much less mindful. I read a great book years ago, “Playing Ball on Running Water” that helped me focus more on actions with mindful intention. #mindfulintention
March 9, 2016 at 2:04 pm
After having my car totaled 5 weeks ago, I spent 2 days regrouping, then did some freelance work involving use of rental car and worked on acquiring another car. I had to ignore school, and the last few weeks of trying to address that have been awful. But, succumbing to norovirus, and then getting walloped with allergies — this tells me I am not heeding slow-down messages well.
very sad about having this quarter ruined after a lot of effort, but there’s other lessons in there for me. Just so much I can do. The program I am in is far away, and this all may be a lesson in how I need to arrange my life.
March 9, 2016 at 3:37 pm
Sometimes it seems like it’s all about slowing down and listening to the messages. #slowingdown
March 12, 2016 at 3:34 pm
Listening today to my body: fatigue, headache, low mood, eating to spite no appetite, and I took right action acting on what my body has whispered for a few years – adrenals, adrenals, adrenals. My most recent notion is that sometimes western medicine seems like a combo of dysfunctional politics and dysfunctional religion, and rather than give my power away to someone with a degree/training, and wait until they find the chapter/verse/persuasion from their view, to simply flow with treatment. Ask the healer in my own body. So, today, ordered something for adrenal support and support of the HPA axis. Each time I take right action in this way, and simply educate myself, then act, my body begins to respond in kind. Perhaps the power of the placebo, or perhaps, the wisdom of the body.
March 14, 2016 at 2:56 pm
I had a recent bout of shingles, and ended up having to go to the week-end clinic, but first I contacted my PCP’s 24 hour call-line. The nurse asked me to rate my pain on a scale from 1-10, I replied that I thought it was about an 8. She advised me to use a cool compress, take some ibuprofen and lay down for “about an hour” and see if things got better… she said she thought if my pain wasn’t a 10, it wasn’t likely to be shingles. She had me wait on the line while she input my symptoms in to her online algorithm, and asked 3 times if I was sure I hadn’t been bitten by a spider – clearly she was looking for the chapter/verse for my diagnosis. #healerwithin
March 14, 2016 at 5:17 pm
Holy mackerel! I had shingles when I was 28 and I know how much that feels. Wow!
I think also, this notion of pain, there is this concept of pain body. I think our physical bodies can also connect to something larger than us. Also, if one is empathetic, one has the capacity for one’s physical container to feel another’s pain and listening to one’s body can also be a form of listening to a larger body. I remember visiting a friend who was in the hospital with some severe issues and I came down with a syncope, which is basically, taking on the other person’s symptoms, and I was checked into the ER. Also, I think, if one has been exposed to circumstances that aren’t experienced by the general populace, one’s pain scale level might be different. I got that when looking at a pain scale chart recently in the ER. I thought, oh my goodness, looking at the faces, what I am saying is 1 is actually a 3 – developed a whole new pain chart that I think actually could be useful diagnostically. On my to do list – to write this up.
March 20, 2016 at 7:58 am
That was my thought too – a need to contextualize the pain scale – maybe even having a preliminary question that asks, what pain would you rate a 10? Then the provider would know how to frame your responses. #fixthepainscale
March 15, 2016 at 6:20 am
I think that triage nurses are sometimes trained to minimize or downplay issues. I’ve had this experience several times both myself, and in caring for my children. I had hyperemesis with my first pregnancy and lost a lot of weight, but the nurse had a measure — if I hadn’t lost X number of pounds, it wasn’t hyperemesis. The fact that I threw up EVERYTHING, including the much-recommended toast, crackers, and jello (consumed as instructed), and that I was dropping weight from my already small 115-pound frame, wasn’t relevant. In the end, my husband had to go to a book store (pre-internet!) and figure out what was happening and what to do. I’ve had my children’s symptoms dismissed, too (one ultimately turned out to have pneumonia and the other strep throat — different occasions). I know they have to follow certain rules, but I wish they would respect our intuition about bodies for which we are the experts. #intuition #medical-establishment #triage #rules
March 20, 2016 at 8:02 am
Yes, and as you point out, respect mothers’ instincts, too. I don’t have children myself, but witnessed my mother being a better diagnostician than some pediatricians when it came to her kids’ ailments (seems very similar to your experience, Midan). #motherknowsbest #patientadvocacy
March 14, 2016 at 5:09 pm
Listening to my body, I quit journalling all the symptoms every day, but I am seeing a new GP tomorrow, and listened to my body carefully so I could give her the list. The fine art of navigating the system – I am going to focus on two things that are verifiable and avoid the elephant in the room. Now that I know the reverse lordosis in the cervical spine can be treated I will ask for support for that. I can ask about the skin growths on my face that my body is telling me I should not ignore. Today I listened to my interconnected body. I walked to a creek 10 minutes away. I sat on a warm rock. I felt the warmth of the sun. I listened to the song of the creek. This is me. This is my greater body. My greater interconnected body is a thing of great wonder, majesty, mystery, and mischief. In these places body aches and pains seem irrelevant. But, because I want to live a bit longer, I am questing restoration of the body. Before I get there, I think I need to shift. I need to dig deeper and ground into what wants to emerge and flow through me in this next chapter of life. Time of change.
headache – hurts to press on head as well – top of head towards back, pain increases when stress increases.
pain behind right eye
right leg cramp when walking, then left leg right flank pain
Right abdominal pain
nausea, low appetite
dragging left foot (tripped over toe the other day, stubbed left foot when walking today)
low mood – bummed about health and sister
dry cough (spouse has this too – been ages had this)
pain just above ankle, back side
pain in right foot, outer edge
difficulty finding words in AM
red spots on body (spouse has this too)
growth by eye want to question about
low body temperature (97.4, am – has been this way for months, not getting as chilled though) rapid aging
hair loss: pubic, scalp, eyebrows, under arms, legs
difficulty coping with stress
difficulty regulating temperature – hot and flushed (12:41)
tremor in left hand, a bit in right
bi-lateral shoulder burning type pain
pain right ribcage
pain in my throat, under my chin
March 21, 2016 at 8:32 am
For me, getting in touch with my body rhythms has taught me that mornings start slow; mid-mornings to early afternoon are somewhat-to-very productive; somewhere between 2-4 p.m. is the roughest/lowest dip of the day; early evening is somewhat productive; anything after 7 p.m. is a miracle; and bedtime is 9-9:30 p.m. but it seems as though I get my second wind as soon as my head hits the pillow. Regular snacks throughout the day (peanut butter with a banana or celery; nuts; olives; or granola bars) keep me from getting shaky/sweaty/nauseous. If I’m caught out and about without a snack between 2-4 p.m., it’s not pretty. #mostproductivetimes #portablesnacks #planaccordingly #planahead
April 11, 2016 at 8:50 am
Wow!! Whoa! I feel that MyndiR you have written the holy grail synopsis of my life biorhythm! Truthfully this is what I have found majority of my lifetime and have tried to ignore it because those around me seem so much more energized and with increased vitality. I’ve classified myself “low energy” for decades to try to explain these feelings instead of respecting the very rhythm that is mine and wishing it to be some other kind of way. I do feel the combination of factors on my levels of productivity and such, as well as external and internal temperatures, but I don’t think I ever accepted my rhythm for what it is and narrowed it down like this. #totallystruckinawe #thanksfortheadvicetoplan
April 13, 2016 at 6:09 pm
I ask my body what I want to eat, at every meal, every day. I allow myself my favorite foods, that might not be so healthy for me on a regular basis, and recognize why then I need comfort. Still, during this process I am measuring what is “good” for me and what will need to be worked off in some way, shape or form. What green food can I fit in later? And am grateful for 2 different hardy protein drinks I can slip into my menu at any time.
When I’m not going back to sleep at 2 am, I get up. I start my day, journaling, meditating, writing and watching the sun rise. Sometimes, it seems impossible at 8 am that I’ve put in half a “work” day already but I keep chugging along until my body says, “time to crash.” I have the luxury of making my own time and space, within reason. I follow my body’s desire and don’t try to push. I lie down, don’t set the timer unless I have dinner plans. My body doesn’t take too long to refresh, at the most 2 hours. And still, I get to bed before 10 pm. #trailingmyheartdesire
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