Sunday, September 23, 2012
Since early August when I joined SparkPeople I have been doing my best to eat "clean" - no preservatives, artificial colors, flavors, etc. and I've been fairly successful. The biggest thing I noticed (besides physically feeling much better) is my mental/emotional state has been terrific! Upbeat, positive, CALM.....AND THEN......Friday I fell off the wagon. I had a horrible day at work and the break room had junk food (as usual) and I ate some. After work I went grocery shopping and I bought junk food. For dinner Friday night I had potato chips, grapes and an ice cream bar:-(. By Saturday morning I had a headache and felt sluggish and grumpy. I skipped breakfast and went to work where I ate black jelly beans for lunch. By 2 pm I was too sick feeling to do anything but go home. Over the next few hours I continued the downward spiral - eating 3 more ice cream bars, chips, grapes and finally a cup of navy bean soup (albeit loaded with sodium, preservatives and MSG). By then I had fought with my husband, been in tears 3 times, seriously considered quitting my job and felt really, really ILL.
That evening as I was sinking into a pit of despair my iPhone let me know I had an email - it was from SparkPeople. Suddenly the light went on in my head - all the awfulness of the past 30+ hours was due to bad eating and lack of water!! Really?? Could that really be it?? I immediately began drinking glass after glass of water. Slowly my headache went away. I fixed a clean dinner with high protein and lots of fresh veggies (green beans, yellow, orange and red sweet bell peppers, mushrooms) and some brown rice. My energy began to come back and by this morning when I had a protein shake for breakfast my mood was restored.
I have thrown away the junk food I bought Friday night. I feel like I am recovering from a bout of food poisoning......a little shaky and a lot wary.......of ever eating like THAT again!