Update – Day 20 Whooo

Hey Hey!!

Just a quick update…
Today is day 20 for me!! Almost 3 whole weeks!!

I feel so much better in so many ways!!
I can think so much more clearly now,
My memory has improved,
My reflexes are sharper,
My attention span has improved
My mood is better (no more psycho spin out Katie lol)
I have more energy,
FOOD TASTES BETTER (a big one for me),
I can smell again (this one is good and bad lol),
…and that’s just off the top of my head!

By biggest hurdle at the moment is still the sleeping thing!!

I have said before, but should mention again – I have had issues with sleeping (insomnia) for most of my life… Before giving up the green – actually before I even started smoking weed. This is the main reason I have always given up on quitting in the past.

When I sleep without sleeping pills, the nightmares won’t stop.

I went to my local GP this afternoon to ask for a referral to someone who might be able to help because while the sleeping pills stop the nightmares (or stop me from remembering them anyway), I can’t spend the rest of my life taking them!
When I take them it’s really hard to get up in the morning, and I am groggy and zombie like for the most part of the morning (pretty much the same as when I smoked)…

One of the things I have learned while researching different foods and their effects on our health is that many many medical issues (not all, of course) can be prevented, minimised and even cured with food, rather then antibiotics.
When I learned about this I decided to stop taking anything I don’t NEED, and to look to diet, exercise and lifestyle etc. for the answers.
This is one of my biggest motivations to stop taking the sleeping pills – or next I will be on a blog about ‘quitting’ the pills 😉

The Doctor gave me a referral to see a therapist and also prescribed me another kind of sleeping pill, which I will not actually pick up (I don’t think he understood what I meant by “I want to stop the nightmares WITHOUT pills” …
It drives me crazy that to them (Doctors) medication seems to be the answer for everything (though I know it’s their job, and they only know what they are taught) – I just wish I could find a doctor who understood the links between food and health, and saw that they go hand in hand, and didn’t just give me whichever drug will entitle him to the biggest kickbacks from the pharmaceutical companies that profit from their sales!!!  – sorry about the rant –

I don’t think there’s any kind of traumatic past experience or anything that could have triggered these issues, because I am luck enough to never have been through any overly traumatic experiences, but maybe they will be able to help nevertheless.

I will update again soon, just thought I’d better get this off my chest – so to speak 😉

At the risk of sounding like a broken record –  thanks again to Joe and Richie! You guys are an amazing inspiration and make it so much easier to get through the cravings and temptations – not I feel I have something to prove, and a Katie with a point to prove is like a dog with a bone!!

Peace, and stay strong x x

Oh and Joe I am working on finding someone, somewhere who might have some information or even experiences that can help ease your pain!!

3 Commentsto Update – Day 20 Whooo

  1. Hadil says:

    So I've been reading through all the posts and comments, and I'm so grateful to have found this blog and been given the opportunity to contribute to it. All three of you sound like amazing people, and just reading through your experiences is helping me cope big time.

    I'm restraining myself from commenting on older posts because it'll probably be redundant info but inspired by Katie's sign off in this post,I want to comment regarding your neck pain Joe: I've been in constant pain for a few months now after a car accident December 2012, and I've been seeing a physio therapist who does biomedical acupuncture, an osteopath and a craniosacral therapist. Needless to say that the sessions have been costing me an arm and leg, but they're really helpful. One thing that all of them have recommended is swimming; freestyle moderate effort swimming, but NO BREASTSTROKES! Swimming helps circulating the blood and it works wonders for the pain. Not 100% sure what styles to do/avoid in your case but I reckon it would the same as me? .. Also, I sleep on my tummy and have been doing that for the past 26 years, apparently that's really bad for the neck, one should sleep on their side or back. Hope this helps mate x

  2. Joe Kennedy says:

    So proud of you Katie! Your first 20 days is HUGE!

    I really hope that the nightmares subside and go away and that you can start to get some better sleep. Have you tried any natural herbs or supplements like Valerian or Melatonin? It's too bad that many doctors just want to write prescriptions, but from what I've heard, that's how they make money. Good on you for looking for an alternative!

    You are so right about foods being such a big part of how we feel and being used to cure certain problems. Much (most?) diseases and illnesses are actually brought on by bad diets. Here in the states, we have an obesity epidemic that is out of control due to our unbridled passion for eating fast and processed 'foods' many that have some terrible chemicals in them. Super sized portions are also a big problem. Most of us are addicted to a poison called sugar. (you may be able to tell that I'm very passionate about nutrition and have been a 'clean eater' for almost a year and a half.

    Keep up the GREAT progress Katie – you are a true inspiration!

  3. Richie says:

    DAY 20… Whooot whoooot…!

    Well done Girl. 😉

    Proud as punch 🙂
    (I heard that in the Scott Pilgrim vs the World Movie)(Brillant Movie in case you haven't seen it)

    Richie x

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