Sunday, March 22, 2015

My new found sleep and how it's eased my fibro pain; plus chocolate chip zucchini mini-loaf

Misha strikes another relaxation pose.

Can you believe I am finally sleeping like Misha (our husky pictured above who is known for being a relaxation specialist)? Misha also has penned a book, entitled Misha’s Ultimate Guide to Relaxation. P.S. If you would like a free copy of Misha’s book on relaxation, send me an e-mail and I’ll send you an electronic copy.

How did this phenomenon happen that I now can enjoy sleep like Misha? If you are a fibromyalgia sufferer, you already know that sleep is a precious commodity. For me, sleep grew even more elusive after I suffered a fractured wrist and subsequent surgery in late fall.

Pre-accident, my sleep was far from perfect. Post-accident, sleep was as elusive as searching for water in the Sahara Desert. Everything that helped before (e.g. my Sleep Number bed, Vitamin B supplements, exercise, relaxation techniques) did nothing. Read more in this post:

What has made the difference? My healthcare practitioner recommended a natural sleep aid, called Kavinace-Ultra-PM. As a fibro sufferer, I am always looking for safe and natural ways to get better sleep and ease my fibromyalgia pain.
What is Kavinace Ultra PM?

It is a fairly new sleep formula from NeuroScience, Inc. I was told it contained melatonin and trypotophan. I joked I was going to get the same effect as you have after eating a hearty portion of turkey as part of a Thanksgiving meal.

But it wasn’t a joke. I actually fell asleep within 5-10 minutes of taking one Kavinace Ultra PM capsule. I have been taking Kavinace every night for approximately six weeks with the same results each time even when I traveled away from home and slept in a different bed. 

 I was hoping for eight hours of uninterrupted sleep but I’m overjoyed waking up just once during the night.  I usually wake up after 2-3 hours of sleep but am able to fall fast asleep right away. 

When I wake up in the a.m., I am a little groggy but it quickly passes. To me, grogginess is a phenomenon I haven’t experienced in decades. Grogginess is the most common side-effect associated with Kavinace Ultra PM, and some individuals have reported dependency on Kavinace Ultra PM.
Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread, mini loaf

Being able to sleep soundly is the best gift I’ve ever received. The more consecutive days of sound sleep I get, the better I feel overall.

I’ve been feeling so much better I really felt like celebrating the arrival of the first day of spring with a special treat---chocolate chip zucchini bread, mini loaf.
Here is what you need:

¼ cup grated zucchini
2 T. almond butter
1 T. almond flour
½ tsp. baking soda
1 organic egg
½ tsp. raw vanilla powder or vanilla extract (alcohol free)
Pinch of sea salt
½ tsp. powdered pure stevia powder
1 T. homemade chocolate chips (recipe here:

Here’s what you do:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a mini-loaf pan with parchment paper.  Grate the zucchini in your food processor. Add all the other ingredients except for chocolate chips. Blend until it forms a dough.
Spoon the dough into the mini-loaf pan. Bake about 10-12 minutes (check halfway through). Remove from the oven. Sprinkle on the chocolate chips. Allow them to melt. 

Once the bread has cooled somewhat, slice off a piece and celebrate the arrival of spring, and in my case, my great sleep for a change.

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