Category: Natalie (AB)
Eeeeeeee! I can not WAIT for summer to come. Spring is definately my favorite season but there's just no time right now w/ this job. Summer's going to be like heaven. All the time I need in the world to cook compliant things & clean the apartment & no screaming children.....sigh........
But until then.....there's LOTS to do & when you're stressed out it's hard to motivate yourself to do things around the house. My best motivator, fear, worked well on Monday when we had a surprise cousin sleep over so I spent 2 hours cleaning our bathroom. It was very fulfulling actually. My husband was amazed. "I didn't know you could clean like that!" I can, honey, but who has the time any more? I don't even have the time to read the other columns & post on the forums. I mean, one REALLY has to take time to regenerate themselves when they feel like they're drained of their life energy every day.
So, back to BTD. Some of the best things for stressed out ABs? Sleep, quiet time for ourselves......Chamomile tea really does do the trick too. I think it's the A side of us, though you're going to have to check the books on that one. The other thing I love is from the NAP website called Catechol. When you read LR4YT, you'll find out that we release the same stress toxins that O's do, cortisol. Not sure why.....we have very little in common with O's BTD wise but apparently, stress & anger is one of them. This happy little vitamin helps to null those effects - something all AB teachers need to keep from taking things out on the kids. They don't know any better (the 4 year olds at least) they mean well & try hard but, sometimes, you just wanna.....AAAAGGGGHHHHH!!! So, even though it's listed as a stress reliever just for O's, it works for us since we give off the same chemical. Nifty!!! I'm not sure what the Good Dr. thinks of the AB's using Catechol but it sure does work for me!!!
Well, the O in my life is having lots of digestive problems. Of course he eats lots of dairy & wheat......naughty O......& he's probably a nonnie (even more restrictive) so I'm trying to help other than just nagging......:-)
Psyllium Fiber helps O's but not as good as the A/AB lemon water (my O is soooo jealous!)
Dandelions are a diruetic according to the BTD encyclopedia but have a bitter taste. I've fixed them a couple times for the O, only to end up eating the bulk of them myself.
So....while looking up dandelion recipe's online (there are quite a few through google) someone brought up dandelion tea. GREAT IDEA. He loves tea! I bought a bunch of dandelion leaves from the veggie mart & boiled half of them with a bag of ginger tea (fresh ginger slices work too). & the O LOVED IT!!!
Ginger also helps with digestion & killed the bitter flavor of the dandelions. The dandelions killed the spicey flavor of the ginger so, both to our surprise, it was VERY pleasant! He had 2 or 3 cups that evening. Soon enough he was on the toilet..........Mission Accomplished! LOL!