For the most part, I’ve been staying on track with this new system: protein-filled breakfast and eating a little protein at most meals. Still, the most challenging part is social drinking. Although I’ve been able to keep my sugar intake low and I’ve been slowly adding more of the fermented foods, the alcohol has been really tough to give up this time.

I’m still working at it, however, hoping that this will be the week I can just say, “No thanks”. I also realize that writing every day is really helpful to remaining accountable to myself. I’m going to have to stay more committed to supporting myself in that manner.

Last night was a tough one. I couldn’t sleep. Something was really nagging at me. I lay in bed from 11pm until 2:30am trying to deep breathe myself to sleep. My brain didn’t want to shut down. I’m groggy and cranky this morning.

Arul Goldman is the Founder and Director of SanaVita.