The 40 Hour Work Week – Thursday through Saturday

Well, if things were bad on Wednesday, they sort of went to worst on Thursday and back to bad on Friday.

I have to confess, I kind of abandoned the 40 hour work week on Thursday. Instead of going to bed at 10:30 pm as planned, I was awake until about 1 am. When 7 am rolled around (my morning deadline to quit cooking), there was no way I was getting up to make myself some eggs. Instead, I rose at 8 am and cooked myself some eggs. Mama and I had a site to measure in the afternoon and were famished when we got back. With no leftovers to heat up! So I cooked us lunch. In the middle of the day. Sigh. And I did some laundry. Double sigh.

I also missed the deadline on Friday morning. But I still cooked myself two eggs. But I didn’t cook for lunch. We had salad and leftovers. And I didn’t get back in the kitchen until after 6. So that went a little better.

Saturday went like a typical Saturday will. We had an event for our Camp Fire council. I ran out to Thompson Farms in Damascus to pick up a flat of Hood strawberries (the only ones worth eating!) and a flat of cherries (oh my!) and some apples (decent texture despite storage) and some assorted vegetables. I spent the rest of the day preparing them for dehydrating and freezing and doing my homework.

I would like make an excuse for my abandonment of the 40 Hour Work Week Challenge. The pollen counts were unbelievably high last week and my immune system responded accordingly. I pretty much felt like laying in bed all the time. This is the first year since childhood that I haven’t taken any drugs for my seasonal allergies. And my symptoms are actually better than last year when I was on industrial strength antihistamines. GAPS has made a huge difference in my quality of life, but I’m still not 100%. Especially when the pollen count is ridiculously high!

I’m also still figuring out which foods exacerbate my hay fever. Turns out, some foods contain histamine and some foods stimulate the release of histamine in your body. Not all of the foods on the list make me itchy, sneezy, and congested. For instance, I haven’t had any problems with fermented foods like yogurt, sauerkraut, or pickled asparagus. But I do have major problems with wine, cheese, and berries. I’m sure I have a problem with these foods all year round, but I only notice it when my seasonal allergies have already overwhelmed my immune system.

Here’s my wrap up of what went well, what went wrong, and what I’ll do differently next time. Oh yes, there will be a next time. I’m determine to beat this thing!

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