Since there have been questions about how I’m doing….
Last time I updated you, I had gained one pound. So if my pre-project weight was A, then I was A + 1. As of a very recent doctor’s visit, I am now A – 2. I lost three pounds in a month, which is negligible.
I attribute this to natural weight fluctuations of +/- 5 pound from water weight. It could be I’m not eating everything with the same excitement I had when I first started the project. Now I have trouble finishing all of the food. Furthermore, it could be explained by Spring weather as I am getting outside to walk more than a few months ago. I’d also like to point out that I’m working even harder to eat healthier outside ofschool.
The absolute number of what I weigh right now doesn’t tell you how healthy I am. Just like I discussed in the Framing Obesity post, I might weigh a whole two pounds less than I did more than three months ago, but I might be less healthy at the cellular level. At the end of June I’m going to get another panel done to see what if any changes occurred. Having the summer as a break is really critical to me getting through this year of school lunches!
I’m having very mild headaches that come on late afternoon/early evening. I find myself popping tylenol with dinner. In trying to brainstorm what it could be, I realized that I have been eating a little more chocolate here and there (Valentine’s and Easter). I was basically convinced it was the chocolate until I forced myself to cut it out and, well, low-grade headaches are still coming on. I’m going to drink even more water and see if that helps.
One Billion Live Bacteria
If you don’t want to read about my digestion — stop here. I changed my daily diet by eating school lunches and as a result I had a little more discomfort than before. I didn’t want to reveal that health info (IBS) to you guys, but I wanted to be honest about everything digestive. With those new tummy issues, I decided I needed a referral to a gastroenterologist. This particular doctor must be popular because I basically had to wait a whole month to get in. But I’m happy to report that it was worth the wait.
The gastro put me on this over-the-counter probiotic. I take one pill a day and each one contains a staggering one billion live bacteria. It is making a difference for me – I’ll leave it at that. And I think it will help me to be able to continue eating these meals without as many unpleasant side effects. I think that’s a good thing!?!
In case you were wondering I did not mention the project to the gastroenterologist because I just didn’t know how to phrase it. “So anyway since I’m eating school lunch every day…” or “Yes, so now that I’m eating school pizza once a week and…” or “Ever since I started eating processed meat for lunch…” How does one segway into that kind of discussion?
I feel very tired. I can’t say it’s the lunches though because I am basically working a full-time job, coming home to parent, to cook, and to straighten the house up, and then I sit down when everyone is sleeping and I blog. It’s like working a 16 hour day. I rely on getting naps in on the weekends to recharge.
Concentration and focus
I do find myself fading mid- to late-afternoon at work and I’m pretty hungry by 3:30 pm. I keep snacks in my car that I nibble on while driving home. I eat almonds, walnuts, and cashews as well as granola bars. The nuts give me protein to fill me up and balance out my blood sugar so that I can make it to dinner.
Like I have said before how I feel is not as important as how my students feel. Their lives outside of school are big question marks for me. I know some family dynamics for various students and I wonder what they are (or aren’t) eating when they get home. I just don’t know. I can only guess.