Daily Archives: April 14, 2015

Rain, rain go away…


I find rainy days dark and gloomy and detrimental to my mood. I don’t like being out in the sun, but I want to be able to see it. I don’t think I am pissy tonight. My son says I don’t look pissy LOL!

  • I have had all my water for the day. 
  • 2 hours after lunch my sugar was 169, had a ham and cheese sandwich. My before bed number is 118. It has been 4 hours after dinner which was a chef salad, too much salad dressing. I am getting better with my diet and my numbers. 
  • Probably have an early night again tonight. Have to take my night medications before I lay down to read. Don’t want to forget them.

My Latuda has finally been approved, but still hadn’t gone through at the pharmacy and they have to order it. I have a copy of the faxed approval. What a mess that was. 

Tessa

4-wheeler fun… (non-fiction)


We had a 4-wheeler and the kids loved it. We lived back on a lake with plenty of woods and trails to ride through. Usually they were fighting over it or trying to get it away from their dad. This day dad was washing the vehicles and I don’t remember where the girls were. So our son who was under 12 years old was riding it.

All of a sudden he comes tearing up the long dirt road and swerves into our driveway at the end and stops it and jumps off and runs into the garage and then into the house. My husband and I looked at each other wondering what was going on. Just then a cop car comes down the dirt road, stops and looks the 4-wheeler over. He then gets out of the car and walks over to us.

He wanted to know who had been riding it because it fit the description of the complaint they received. My husband yelled at our son to get outside. He comes haltingly out of the house.

He asked the cop what happened? It seems that a 4-wheeler fitting that description had been out on the regular road and doing donuts and stuff. If ridden on the road it needed a plate and insurance, which we didn’t have. He was supposed to be on the trails through the woods next to our house.

The cop then seriously looked at my son and said, “Son, we have a complaint filed from the people on the other road saying that you were riding up and down the road and doing donuts. If that complaint is filed than you will not get your license until you are 21 years old.”

My husband assured him he would take care of it and headed over to talk to the people. Thankfully he was able to get them to drop the complaint. That didn’t get him out of punishment though. No 4-wheeler riding for quite some time.

Now if the kid had been smart he would have hid the 4-wheeler in the garage and not himself. The cop would have probably just continued driving.

Tessa

Didn’t get the worm today….


I didn’t get up early enough to catch worms. All those early mornings, late nights and not many naps finally caught up to me and I slept till 10:00 AM today. This is normal. I go through not much sleep for days or weeks or months (possible mania?) and then crash. Not a bad crash though. I usually crash for 24 hours straight or more.  This I can accept.

  • I took my blood sugar fasting as soon as I got up and it was 116. Now that is still within a decent range without being too low and my night times are getting lower after eating. So splitting the pill seems to have done it’s job and is a help.  By getting up late though my pills are off schedule, but since most of the time I used to take the morning pills at 5 PM or later this is still better for my body.
  • I just chugged at least one bottle of water so far and the detox, plus inhaler so except for the adrenal support which I am supposed to take an hour after waking, all pills and medications caught up.
  • I just finished my shower and except for one day I managed to shower every day and that is a big deal for me. I am working so hard on changing things for the better I hope that my moods don’t interfere and put a halt to my progress like they did to the cleaning of the hoard here in my room. Not to mention the other room and the closet in the hall. The bathroom is not full, just dirty from having a son who is 27 and comes home from work filthy.

As to my real mood I am unsure. I am looking forward to something. If it doesn’t happen then I might sink into depression. Might anyhow. I no longer seem to have control them since I had to drop my anti-psychotic down.

I have 90 messages still to wade through and went through some a few minutes ago. I am almost up to 90 followers already and there is the other blog as well still getting followers. Hard work keeping up, but it makes me happy.

Tessa

This Is What Sugar Does To Your Brain – By Carolyn Gregoire


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We know that too much sugar is bad for our waistlines and our heart health, but now there’s mounting evidence that high levels of sugar consumption can also have a negative effect on brain health — from cognitive function to psychological wellbeing.

While sugar is nothing to be too concerned about in small quantities, most of us are simply eating too much of it. The sweet stuff — which also goes by names like glucose, fructose, honey and corn syrup — is found in 74 percent of packaged foods in our supermarkets. And while the Word Health Organization recommends that only 5 percent of daily caloric intake come from sugar, the typical American diet is comprised of 13 percent calories from sugar.

“Many Americans eat about five times the amount of sugar they should consume,”Natasa Janicic-Kahric, an associate professor of medicine at Georgetown University Hospital, told The Washington Post.


It’s easy to see how we can get hooked on sugar. However, we should be aware of the risks that a high-sugar diet poses for brain function and mental well-being.

Here’s what you need to know about how overconsumption of sugar could wreak havoc on your brain.

It creates a vicious cycle of intense cravings.

When a person consumes sugar, just like any food, it activates the tongue’s taste receptors. Then, signals are sent to the brain, lighting up reward pathways and causing a surge of feel-good hormones, like dopamine, to be released. Sugar “hijacks the brain’s reward pathway,” neuroscientist Jordan Gaines Lewis explained. And while stimulating the brain’s reward system with a piece of chocolate now and then is pleasurable and probably harmless, when the reward system is activated too much and too frequently, we start to run into problems.

“Over-activating this reward system kickstarts a series of unfortunate events — loss of control, craving, and increased tolerance to sugar,” neuroscientist Nicole Avena explained in a TED-Ed video.

In fact, research has shown that the brains of obese children actually light up differently when they taste sugar, reflecting an elevated “food reward” response. This suggests that their brain circuitry may predispose these children to a lifetime of intense sugar cravings.

It impairs memory and learning skills.

A 2012 study on rats, conducted by researchers at UCLA, found that a diet high in fructose (that’s just another word for sugar) hinders learning and memory by literally slowing down the brain. The researchers found that rats who over-consumed fructose had damaged synaptic activity in the brain, meaning that communication among brain cells was impaired.

Heavy sugar intake caused the rats to develop a resistance to insulin — a hormone that controls blood sugar levels and also regulates the function of brain cells. Insulin strengthens the synaptic connections between brain cells, helping them to communicate better and thereby form stronger memories. So when insulin levels in the brain are lowered as the result of excess sugar consumption, cognition can be impaired.

“Insulin is important in the body for controlling blood sugar, but it may play a different role in the brain,” Dr. Fernando Gomez-Pinilla, the study’s lead author, said in a statement. “Our study shows that a high-fructose diet harms the brain as well as the body. This is something new.”

It may cause or contribute to depression and anxiety.

If you’ve ever experienced a sugar crash, then you know that sudden peaks and drops in blood sugar levels can cause you to experience symptoms like irritability, mood swings, brain fog and fatigue. That’s because eating a sugar-laden donut or drinking a soda causes blood sugar levels to spike upon consumption and then plummet. When your blood sugar inevitably dips back down (hence the “crash”), you may find yourself feeling anxious, moody or depressed.

Sugar-rich and carb-laden foods can also mess with the neurotransmitters that help keep our moods stable. Consuming sugar stimulates the release of the mood-boosting neurotransmitter serotonin. Constantly over-activating these serotonin pathways can deplete our limited supplies of the neurotransmitter, which can contribute to symptoms of depression, according to Dr. Datis Kharrazian, functional medicine expert and author of Why Isn’t My Brain Working?.

Chronically high blood sugar levels have also been linked to inflammation in the brain. And as some research has suggested, neuroinflammation may be one possible cause of depression.

Teenagers may be particularly vulnerable to the effects of sugar on mood. A recent study on adolescent mice, conducted by researchers at Emory University School of Medicine, found a diet high in sugar to contribute to depression and anxiety-like behavior.

Research has also found that people who eat a standard American diet that’s high in processed foods — which typically contain high amounts of saturated fat, sugar and salt — are at an increased risk for developing depression, compared to those who eat a whole foods diet that’s lower in sugar.

It’s a risk factor for age-related cognitive decline and dementia.

A growing body of research suggests that a sugar-heavy diet could increase risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease. A 2013 study found that insulin resistance and blood glucose levels — which are hallmarks of diabetes — are linked with a greater risk for developing neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s. The research “offers more evidence that the brain is a target organ for damage by high blood sugar,”endocrinologist Dr. Medha Munshi told the New York Times.

Some researchers, in fact, have even referred to Alzheimer’s asType 3 Diabetes — which suggests that diet may have some role in an individual’s risk for developing the disease.