When I sleep, I grind and clench my teeth - a lot. It has created all kinds of problems with my teeth and jaw. I've worn some type of bite guard for nearly 20 years now. A couple of years ago, my guard suddenly wasn't enough. I tried a lot of things to help me sleep better and be calmer including acupuncture which was very helpful, massage that felt great but I'm not sure helped much and mediation. (ETA: I mean Meditation not mediation. That would be fun - debating with my jaw "If you'll let me rest good tonight, I'll give you ice cream tomorrow." :-)
Also along the way, I noticed some changes in my sleep that didn't have anything to do with teeth grinding. Age was catching up with me! Oh how frustrating. So I did some research and found that I might improve things with some dietary changes. Believe me, giving up chocolate ice cream and soda were definitely the last things on my list I wanted to try.
Yet, it was one of the best things I've ever done. I try to eat a cleaner diet. I choose foods that have few ingredients, eat mostly things I prepare myself. It's been nearly a year since I had a single sip of soda and really don't miss it. I replaced the chocolate ice cream with a much smaller amount of fruit sorbet and have a fruit, oatmeal and Greek yogurt smoothie for breakfast every day. I so still eat some chocolate but with fewer ingredients. I do sleep better and I have more energy each day. This sounds so cliche yet it is true.
So this page reflects some of the things I tried in my quest to be a healthier and calmer in 2012.
I love undressed or raw chipboard. You can paint it, stamp it, color with a marker, cover with pattern paper and emboss it. It is one of the most flexible scrapbooking supplies. I haven't bought any new pieces in a long time because I bought so much a few years ago from Oriental Trading company and Stampin' Up!
One of the most important thing I learned about being healthy is to trust your heart and your instincts.
Thanks for visiting today. Tomorrow I'll have the last Paper Piercing Pack card and video.