No Dairy, Caffeine or Chocolate?
I was having trouble sleeping last month so I decided to do a trial of not consuming dairy, caffeine or chocolate.
Dairy makes me all phlegmy so when I lie down it blocks my throat passage.
Caffeine may have been causing me to not fall asleep easily.
Chocolate has caffeine. Boo! Hiss! Decided to stop eating it, for a month anyway.
This all started on December 29th, along with my already mostly-in-place habit of not eating wheat products or processed foods.
Surprisingly, what I miss the most is…a nice cup of coffee, it could even be decaf, with cream and sugar.
Also surprisingly, I don’t really miss chocolate. I went out with a friend last night and we reviewed the dessert menu. All 5 offerings had chocolate (most had wheat too). I had no trouble saying, “nope, not interested.”
I also found that it’s much easier to say “No” now. Someone had brought in bagels and cream cheese at work. Before I might have said, well, maybe I’ll have a little cream cheese, and then would have ended also having a little bagel. Now that I’m not eating dairy, it was very easy to just say No to the entire offering.
I also like that I give myself complete freedom to have anything I want….and then surprisingly end up having what I want to want! I had not brought my breakfast to work today and had to get something in the (dairy-laden, gluten loaded) cafeteria. Walking in, I decided to have a (flour) wrap with eggs and maybe bacon. I used to get it with cheese, but absolutely knew I did not want that today. By the time I was ordering, it was eggs with sausage. No gluten, no cheese, no problem. Without a thought. I love it.
I also found this wonderful product that helped me through the holiday season.
This stuff is awesome! It tastes delicious and doesn’t leave that “not quite satisfied, but I shouldn’t have done it” feeling at the end. Too bad it’s seasonal. It would also make great ice cream. Next year…
So how am I feeling?
I have gotten compliments that I look good and that my skin is “so clear.”
I feel good. I don’t feel tired when I wake up. I go to bed at a decent hour instead of getting all those second and third winds that keep me up. I’m sleeping better for the most part.
Most of all, I’m proud of myself for making it a whole month, and continuing on…because it feels good.