Hello there! I hope you have had a fantastic week! The air quality here in SLC has been at unhealthy levels for several days so I have been spending a lot of time cooped up inside. I am looking forward to a day trip to the mountains this weekend to get some fresh air! What do you have planned?
In typical Friday fashion, here are some of my faves from this week:
I have dealt with insomnia on and off for the last 10 years. I used to have more of an issue with falling asleep and now it is more with staying asleep. I downloaded the free Calm app to try meditating before bed. I sometimes do a short guided meditation but I prefer to listen to the app’s sleep stories at bedtime. It has become my routine to start the story when I lay down in bed and most of the time I fall asleep before it is over (the stories are about 15-20 minutes each). This is pretty amazing for me as it used to take me an hour or longer to fall asleep. While Calm is free to download, you will only be able to access some of the content without paying for the full version.
My symptoms flared up at the beginning of this week and I really didn’t feel like eating much for a couple days. I usually rely on liquid calories and pureed foods when my stomach is upset/full/nauseated so I was happy to remember I stocked up on coconut water! It doesn’t provide very many calories (only 45 per 8 oz. serving) but every little bit helps. Bonus: it has natural electrolytes to keep you hydrated. I don’t have a preferred brand, I just make sure the only ingredient is 100% coconut water. I found two of these one liter bottles at Marshall’s for only $2 which is at least half the price of what you would find in the grocery store!
Your 9-Step Guide to Recharging This Holiday Season article:
Dealing with a chronic illness can cause a great deal of stress. Pile on additional external stressors and it can be too much to handle. This article gives 9 realistic ideas for unplugging from technology and working on self care. These ideas don’t just have to be limited to the holiday season. You can apply them anytime of year when you need a little break.
Eating for Gastroparesis cookbook:
Do you have this cookbook? If not, I highly recommend getting a copy. Whether you have had gastroparesis for years or were recently diagnosed, this book gives a great overview of gastroparesis-friendly foods. The recipes suit various dietary restrictions like gluten free and low FODMAP. I made the Beef & Vegetable Soup this week (minus the beef because I didn’t have any) and it is delicious!
Life Lessons from the Movie Elf:
Elf is my favorite holiday movie. Even though I have seen it at least once per year for the last 10 or so years, it makes me laugh every time! A recent post on Positively Present outlines 10 life lessons from Buddy the Elf. I think we could all benefit from being a little bit more like Buddy who has a great attitude no matter the situation.
PS if you are ever having a rough day, make sure to check out the other posts on Positively Present. Dani often posts links to articles on various topics from self-care to stress relief to positivity.
Enjoy your weekend!
Question of the day:
What are you loving this week?