Television has been more of my muse (and way to pass time in pain) this week, as opposed to film. Either way, it is still meeting my need to have deep emotional relationships with fake characters, as opposed to those in the real world. Woo! I win at everything!
True Blood Season 3:
I’ve only watched three episodes of this new season, so I can’t judge the season fairly, but come on! I thought the first round was quite sharp and entertaining, but the writing went seriously awry in the second season. So far, it’s been a non-stop sex fest, but when was it ever not? True Blood hasn’t been doing it for me this season, but I keep watching it for Eric – because he’s so pretty!
The IT Crowd:
Season 4 of this show just started, and the first episode was a laugh a second!! This is easily one of my favorite shows of all time. I think I will always have a crush on Roy. The role-playing businessmen scene was one of my favorite in the series!
This movie is a mash-up of all romantic comedies, and anyone who sees the poster will know that instantly. Even so, I’m going to push aside my judgmental nature for these things, and review it on how it made me feel. I was sick, curled up on the couch, and this made my heart grow four sizes. It helps that Matthew Goode is a dreamy piece of man candy.
Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog:
My favorite thing ever. If you haven’t seen this, put it as the number one thing on your to-do list. If Neil Patrick Harris wasn’t a gay man, I would stalk the hell out of him. So much love .
Apparently this post is all about my fictional loves – time to go see the boyfriend stat!
I am not unfamiliar with Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D. He is the author of one of the most important health books on my shelf – From Fatigued To Fantastic.
This book was recommended to me following the initial suspicion that I was suffering from Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and Myofascial Pain Syndrome. It helped explain these illnesses to me, and reassured me that I wasn’t crazy (which is what most doctors I had seen regarding these symptoms had claimed). Many treatments were proposed throughout the course of the book; D-Ribose being the most prominent. I started taking D-Ribose more than a year ago, and I can say that it has been a very useful addition to my pill and vitamin arsenal for lessening my symptoms.
On to the point, I am here to review Dr. Teitelbaum’s new book, Beat Sugar Addiction Now! I consider this a great time for such a publication, as so many individuals in the Western world are eating mostly sugar and white flour in their processed foods (claiming it not to be an addiction, when the opposite is true).
He breaks the book down into four types of sugar addiction:
- Type 1 – “Sugar as an Energy Loan Shark. Chronically exhausted and hooked on quick hits of caffeine and sugar.”
- Type 2 – “Feed Me Now or I’ll Kill You. When life’s stress has exhausted your ‘stress-handling’ adrenal glands.”
- Type 3 – “The Happy Ho-Ho Hunter. Sugar cravings caused by yeast/candida overgrowth.”
- Type 4 – “Depressed and Craving Carbs. Sugar cravings caused by your periods, menopause, or andropause.”
Dr. Teitelbaum explains how excess sugar in a diet can cause chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, pain, autoimmune disease, hormone issues, and decreased immune function (a fact I naturally found VERY interesting!).
There are neat quizzes at the beginning of the book so that you can figure out what kind(s) of sugar habit(s) you have, and then there is a special plan just for that circumstance. When I do the quizzes, I definitely have qualities of Type 1, Type 2, and Type 4 sugar cravings.
He then recommends that you cut out ALL sugar, unless you have severe withdrawal symptoms in which case you should have a nibble of dark chocolate or fruit. The best replacement sugar = stevia; worst replacement sugar = aspartame. You are allowed one cup of coffee a day on this diet, and then should switch over to tea.
Other great advice:
- Add vitamin powder
- Drink more water
- Get enough sleep
It proposes a variety of ways to stick to these lifestyle changes as well, which is something I find most health books lacking!
It tells me everything I should and shouldn’t eat in order to get my adrenal glands, regulating hormones, and immune system functioning better (very necessary it my topsy-turvy body).
It is the EXACT book I need to start my spreadsheet on foods that are low glycemic index, anti-inflammatory, and gluten-free.
I recommend to everyone, as I feel there is far too much pollution in our current food. A must-have book for anyone looking to increase their health!
- I feel like 18 kinds of miserable. Must not let sleep schedule get messed up.
- I had some of the knots worked on in my back and neck – after this, of course my entire upper body froze in a painful mess.
- Mosquito bites. My friends and I took a short walk to the beach and were swarmed!! Now I’m so itchy even though I used Afterbite!
- I’m attempting to get a part-time retail job as my Government job totally fell through. I should know better. I’m either going to have to find work on the Internet, or wipe my resume and see if anyone will take pity on me for never having worked consistently…
- My lack of productivity in the last few days for sure – my head is just soooooo fuzzy. I’m going to force myself to do something creative tomorrow.
- I need to learn to eat more often in smaller serving sizes rather than twice a day and stuffing myself.
- I ran out of How I Met Your Mother episodes . Now I need to find another tv show.
- How much work it is going to take to make a spreadsheet of the foods I should be eating and the meds and vitamins that I should be taking…
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So do tell everyone! What has been getting you down this past week??
It probably seems like I haven’t picked up a book in forever on this blog. Lately, I have been having a case of the memory that forgets everything before you even start.
However, I did manage to get through the Pulitzer Prize winning Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides.
This was a book about Cal, formerly Calliope, and the explanation of how the child became a hermaphrodite through his family history, reaching back several generations of family incest.
One can understand the choices that the elders make in marrying family initially, and that is what makes the story all the more tragic. These people had fear for their actions, and this anxiety proved true.
The only problem was, Calliope had been raised to the point of teenage girl, before ever finding out that she had a predominantly male genetic structure. When her family attempts to have her “fixed,” she runs off and assumes her new identity as Cal.
It is an epic story and an excellent read. If I could ask for more it would be to further learn about the identity crisis that Cal had, although it does explain the loneliness that he feels throughout the course of his life.
I think that just about anyone with invisible illness can relate to those with combination genitals. Just because we aren’t of the norm, does not mean that we are not real people with real feelings. If anything, the book made me feel even more accepting of the unknown.
I highly recommend.
I sometimes wonder if I will ever feel confident in regards to my healthcare.
I saw my psychiatrist today, and it felt like he was aggravated with how little progress I am making. In my opinion, I’ve made nothing but progress. Those who know me well have seen me grow into a wiser and more well-controlled young woman.
My doctor claimed that I haven’t been doing his breathing exercises (which I have – but like everyone else, I have a life to focus on too…). In addition, he stated I need to keep better track of my symptoms so he can weed out the psychological ones.
I know it isn’t blatantly being called crazy.
I know he means well and that the brain can be incredibly powerful.
I know he wants to help.
I know the only way to get my medications is by co-operating.
I’m giving myself a pat on the back for how far I’ve come along. The medical system should celebrate any success in humane treatment of suffering creatures, not simply strive for the existence of only one right answer (in my personal opinion…).
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I just watched Under Our Skin.
This was one of the most powerful things I have had the opportunity to witness in a LONG time. Chronic Lyme Disease is often contemplated alongside illnesses like Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia. As someone who has overlapping symptoms, I’m naturally going to be curious about a film that investigates the disease further.
I love the tagline: “There’s no medicine for someone like you.” All of these people have gone through years worth of torture – seeing doctors and being referred to psychiatrists. Doctors seem to think that no one gets that sick and has their blood tests come back reasonably normal!
All of the investigations of the doctors successfully treating the disease, only to be sued by the medical boards and lose their practices, literally BLEW MY MIND. So much conspiracy is involved with the financial ties and medical documentation regarding Chronic Lyme Disease.
No matter what, if you have had an illness where you have been treated this way by a doctor – YOU SHOULD SEE THIS FILM! We have to fight for our rights as patients.
And that is all.
I’m always amazed that I watch so many movies, but this week was no exception!
Toy Story 3:
I was so excited to go see this movie!! The night it opened, I lined up at the theater. This movie made me laugh hysterically, and I bawled my eyes out through the last half hour. There are some potent emotions that are put to amazing use in this film. No flaws. Grade A+ movie. Everyone watch this as soon as you can! So much love for this trilogy!!
She’s Out of My League:
I went in with low expectations for this one, and ended up laughing hysterically along with my other friends. When you are watching this film, you feel like you’ve seen it before. It is like a mash-up of every other awkward romantic comedy ever made. Even if it isn’t anything new, it is still highly entertaining. Worth the time .
Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela – that alone should be reason enough to take the time to watch this film. This is the story of Mandela bringing together the whites and blacks following the end of apartheid by creating hype around the national rugby team. This is a sports story, but it really is just part of the tale of a GREAT MAN. Wonderful.
Drop Dead Gorgeous:
Hilarious. Messed up. Satire central.
It’s not normal, but it’s a lot of entertainment on a rainy day. Plus, it is the best of the 90s teen actresses!
Okay, recommendations time! I loved the Tom Petty album that was recommended by Sonja last week so music counts too!!
Okay, I’m going to try something a little different for my post today. A little game for me (and possibly for you…); something to see how I actually think of myself.
25 Adjectives I Would Use To Describe Myself At This Current Moment:
- Fuzzy (in the brain, not on my body…just FYI haha)
- A Survivor
- A Blogger
- A Homebody
- Equal parts country and city girl
- Fragile (the boyfriend likes to joke that I’m made of glass!)
- Needy(ish) [I hate saying that, but it's true]
- Easily overwhelmed
- Frugal, with expensive taste (sadly)
- Reasonably intelligent
- Easily inspired
- Socially awkward
- Fiercely loyal
- A supporter of invisible illness awareness
- Information addict
- Honest (to a fault)
What words would you use to describe yourselves? To describe me even?