Sunday, December 02, 2012
We had the opportunity yesterday to go to Queens and help families clean up after Hurricane Sandy. Yes, it's been over a month since the hurricane swept through New York City, but there are still people with disaster areas for homes as Winter approaches. There were lot of groups there helping, which was great to see, but there's a lot to do.
I'm going to write something a little later today about the actual experience, but I'm going to be navel-gazely here and talk about food and me because I need to remember this.
So this past week I've been very mindful about my eating. I've had a cookie here or there (ONE cookie), but generally I haven't eaten wheat at all (except for the little bit in a cookie) and instead have been eating meat and fat and fruits and vegetables. I made most of my meals this week at home.
Yesterday morning I made us sandwiches to take to New York. I also bought crackers and Mint Oreos and apples and carrots to take and share with our group. One of my Young Women from church came with me and Jason so I had to feed her too. We left the house at 5:30 AM and stopped at McDonald's for breakfast at around 7:30 because highway food offerings are limited. I had a Sausage biscuit. Sausage, good. Biscuit, bad (but so, SO good too, even if it is McDonald's. I have deep Southern roots and love a buttery biscuit).
Lunch came and I ate my sandwich (on whole wheat bread everyone! No problem, right?) I also had a couple of corn chips someone brought and a couple of Mint Oreos.
After we were done, we went to a diner for dinner, and I ate most of a hamburger (with bun), plus a couple of bites of cake (Jason got a meal that included dessert).
We drove home and 4 hours later watched a TV show and I had a couple more Mint Oreos. Because, Mint Oreos!
I thought, I'm doing manual labor, my body can handle some wheat and other carbs.
Last night, at about 12:30 AM, I almost threw up. I went to bed with a stomach ache, and at 12:30, woke up wide awake, trying not to lose those Oreos.
This morning I'm trying to keep my head from exploding into a full-on migraine and my stomach isn't so hot. I'm popping Excedrin and I just ate some eggs in a bunch of butter and I feel a little better. Aren't you supposed to eat greasy foods for hangovers? For me, I think I'm being literal when I say I have a carb hangover.
I have a ton of stuff to do today (go to church, teach a lesson, Evensong rehearsal and service) so I just can't be sick.
Can someone please sit on my shoulder and be that little angel who reminds me how I feel when I eat grains all day long? Geez! You'd think I would have learned by now.