Trudging Through the Narcolepsy Brain Fog

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One of the most frustrating symptoms of narcolepsy for me is brain fog – that heavy feeling on my skull that clouds my ability to think and react.  Brain fog is like trying to drive through heavy fog.  Since the view is obscured, you slow down.  You must try to pay extra attention to your […]

Sausage, White Bean, and Kale Soup

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I’ve been in a dinner slump lately.  Actually, I’ve been in a breakfast, lunch, and dinner slump.  Mostly because I’ve just been in a slump period.  With the change in seasons and going off medications this past August, I’ve been feeling in need of some comfort, some warmth.  I’ve had to adjust my expectations of […]

Tracking Food Intake and Exercise the FUN Way: Introduction to Slimkicker

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Recently, I was introduced to a fairly new website called Slimkicker to track diet and exercise.  Since I went on Xyrem back in May, it has become a necessity to track my sodium intake in order to make sure I don’t go overboard during the day so that I don’t have awful muscle cramps when […]

Operation ME: Change Starts with Me

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“No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking.” -Voltaire This quote was emailed to me today. It was a random newsletter, yet the quote was pertinent. Because I like learning about people and the reasons why certain historical figures are quotable, I turned to Wikipedia. I’ve read some of his writings, but I didn’t […]

Days 3-5: Over and Under… and Stay Away from the Dairy?

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I’m nearing the end of my first week of experimenting with the effect of carbohydrates to see if I can get more control over my narcolepsy symptoms.  (To read about the first two days and my battle against Halloween candy, click here.)   Some interesting things have happened over the last few days. On day […]

Days 1 and 2: Meat and Vegetables, Meat and Vegetables…Stay AWAY from the Candy

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I took the plunge yesterday and starting cutting those carbs. It wasn’t too terrible, other than I didn’t plan any snacks. By 10:00 yesterday morning, my tummy was rumbling. At the end of the day when I put what I’d eaten in my food journal, I’d barely consumed 1,000 calories. That freaked me out. Thanks […]

Attitude Adjustment

Source: google.com via Pamela on Pinterest     In my last post, I mentioned that I’ve been having a bit of a regression of sorts. The term I used was a “sickly, sleepy, slob” to be exact. I’ve been in a better place compared to where I’m at now. I’ve felt better. As frustrating as […]

A Rollercoaster of a Week

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When I was nine years old, my family went to Six Flags in St. Louis. It was there that I conquered my fear of rollercoasters and fell in love with thrill rides. My dad kept trying convince me to ride on the Screamin’ Eagle the entire day, but I refused. It seemed way too scary. […]

Black Bean Brownies – THE Best Gluten-Free Brownie

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I turned 29 on August 3rd. My husband tells me (jokingly, of course) that this is my last good year. It’s all downhill from here. The wrinkles start. Gravity starts to cause things to shift. If that doesn’t make you excited about turning 29, I don’t know what will. 😉 In all seriousness, it was […]

Slow and steady and gluten-free

It was a Thursday night in May when I decided to go on Xyrem.  I was driving through an intersection on my way home from work when a policeman also crossed the intersection perpendicularly to me.   He was already headed towards me before he turned on his siren or I wouldn’t have gone through my […]