Ok, so I'm making some headway in the department of health & allergies. Since the beginning of Lent (about 2 weeks ago), I've stopped eating sugar, yeast breads, and most mold-containing foods. And guess what? I've noticed that I'm not as sleepy, I have more energy, and I don't have any hypoglycemia. I'm not feeling perfect, but it's a step in the right direction.
On the weekends, I've given myself a little leeway to indulge. And I mean a very. little. bit. I do not go swimming in vats of high fructose corn syrup, nor do I feast on pounds of yeasty, moldy bread. But the past two weekends have left me feeling stuffed up and groggy. Today, for example, I feel like someone has shoved wads of cotton inside my sinuses and I'm feeling very sleepy after what I would consider rather mild indulgences of forbidden foods yesterday. This is good and bad, I guess - good, because I'm getting answers; bad, because it means I have to be fairly strict about what I can and can't eat. (I can still have occasional chocolate, and coffee doesn't seem to bother me at all - yeah!)
This is still huge, though, because energy and hypoglycemia are intimately tied to depression and depressive cycles for me. When I'm not suffering from the ups and downs of hypoglycemia, I'm not Crazy-Psycho-Mom. And when Crazy-Psycho-Mom isn't around, I feel pretty good about myself and my life.
Maybe one day I'll write my memoirs about how I emerged from lifelong depression by making changes in my lifestyle. I'll be rich and famous, and then I'll have a whole new set of issues to deal with.
But for now, I'm very glad I'm seeing changes in this one area of my life!