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Winter is Coming …..

on October 5, 2017

 

Summer

Not that we had a summer in the UK this year.  The local council possibly voted on it and decided it was too much effort.  Due to the lack of summer in July and August, and a colder start to September, my body went into winter mode early this year.  I can’t understand why I find the hot flushes easier to deal with in the heat of summer, and harder in the winter months.  I’m already in my “cardigan on, cardigan off, cardigan on, cardigan off” phase of controlling my hot flushes.

The nights are the hardest though.  During summer I had a air-con unit on the go, and I slept really well.  As the temperature dropped, it got put away again but my bedroom is still regularly hitting 24 degrees despite a cool outside temperature.  I sleep at night with the windows open and a fan on.  I’m waking up regularly as I’m too hot and look over to find my husband wrapped in the duvet shivering.  He has been away the last couple of nights, so I had all the windows wide open and the fan on. My bedroom dropped to 18 degrees and I slept great.

Vit-D

The other problem for me and winter is the fact I suffer from Vitamin D Deficiency.  It was diagnosed about 3 years ago and I take Vitamin D throughout the winter. Although the last blood test showed I was still deficient even on the tablets.  I used to start the tablets and a light-box around this time of year, but because of the lack of sunshine, I started in September.  My body is only just now adjusting.  This means I’ve had a really poor diet for a couple of weeks as I go through feeling tired, fed up, sore, hungry, grumpy, mood swings – the usual Menopausal Symptoms.  I know my diet impacts how my body copes with things like stress, but as soon as I start down the bad diet road, I can’t stop.  I’ve just eaten too much sugar, so my ability to deal with stress disappears, the hot flushes and sleepless nights increase, I’m more tired as I’ve not had a good enough sleep and the whole cycle starts again.  I know what poor eating does to me and yet I can’t stop it.

Today I’m making an extra effort to start all over again.  If you read between the lines, it says “I’ve officially eaten everything in the house which contains sugar and I’m making an effort not to replace it, so I can get my body sorted out.”

So here we go again, the 2-3 days of suffering as my blood sugar level drops and I battle the usual lethargy and mood swings which accompany that.  In the long run though it will help my stress levels, my hot flushes and my insomnia.

If I can work out why I binge eat bad food and find a cure, I figure I’ll be a millionaire within weeks.

 

 

 

 

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2 responses to “Winter is Coming …..

  1. 1. To quote Billy Connolly, it takes the average Scot two weeks to turn from blue to white.

    2. Why not give Paul McKenna’s hypnosis tracks a try to get the weight under control?

    3. Winter is coming? Pah, I prefer Summer is A-Cumen In, made (in)famous in The Wicker Man film, starring the dancing Britt Ekland, pounding against that bedroom wall… Er hang on, I’m getting hot flushes, too. 🙂

  2. I presume, no sunburn while in Iceland? BTW, see my latest blog article.

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