Thursday, April 21, 2011
I just thought I may want to add a posting, in case anyone is reading this thing, about a few key days in this 17 day diet journey that I thought were significant.
DAY 3 - This day is significant cuz I spent most of it sick to my stomach with a headache and lying around. Upon further investigation I realized that this is the day that my body withdrew from carbs and sugar. I loved carbs and sugar. Give me potato chips with that crunch and salt and I'm yours forever. And dark, creamy chocolate...need I say more.
I watched a really good show on OWN network called Addicted to Food where there was an overweight 20-something year old who on Day 4 of eating healthful foods at this Texas clinic showed the same symptoms that I was having on Day 3 of eating clean. She had it bad...throwing up, nausea, cramps, headache, etc. Thank you, Lord, that I was not as bad off as she was. Made me realize that this carb/sugar American diet can't be very good for you.
Today is Day 19 for me and looking back I still readily remember my cravings for chips and chocolate ...okay I admit that I still have them every once in a while. I ate a few corn chips yesterday and they made my mouth feel gross then it hit my gut and did not feel good to me. Same with a couple of M&M's that I ate a few days ago...felt gross in my mouth and they made my teeth scummy. Hah! Who would have thunk! I am not sure how long this will last, but for now I don't have any interest in carbs/sugar.
DAYs 10 till now: That's when the heart palpitations started. Now, it could be that since I am on both thyroid (mine is too low) and high blood pressure medications may have something to do with it. (And, yes, I did go see my doctor who said that my blood work shows too much thyroid...so he cut back on my meds! Thank you, Lord!) I did a study of my food and nutrition intake since beginning the diet and realized a few things.
First, if you don't eat enough calories your body will go into starvation mode and it can affect your heart. Second, lack of potassium in your diet can affect the rhythm of your heart. Third, lack of magnesium in your diet can affect your heart as well as affecting elimination (fancy way to say poop).
With these results I purchased some vitamins, ate a banana, and upped my calorie intake even though I was not hungry.