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On sugar comas and eating clean!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Well, for anyone who read my blog yesterday, you know that SWMBO and I did our part for God and Country by spending an un-Godly amount of money on cakes and desserts at a charity auction Friday night.

The monetary amount, however, was nothing compared to the physical toll that an overload of carbs (mostly sugar, but there were plenty of other culprits to spread the blame on to) took on my brain, my body, and yes....my very soul!

I think I am just beginning to come out of the haze....it really is an amazing revelation. It's taken 2 days of clean eating (meat, plants, and water...nothing processed...everything brought along the perimeter of the grocery store...nothing from the aisles!) and 2 hard workouts to where I can finally sit here and say, "OK, I feel normal now"

Last summer (2012) I made a conscious decision to start eating "clean"....cutting out most all processed food (anything with more than 3 ingredients on the label) and ditching most of the worthless carbs (sugar, pastas, breads, white potatoes, rice, etc).

I've never felt better!

My irrational food cravings have diminished to almost zero (there's still peanut butter!), my belly flattened out within months, and I feel in control of my diet like never before.

Oh, I've had some moments, but I planned for them; Pecan Pie at Thanksgiving, Key Lime Pie and Banana Bread at XMAS....but for whatever reason, Friday night's foray into Bacon Stout Chocolate Cheesecake and Italian Cream Cheese Cake land threw me a into a foggy loop.

I sweated off a bunch of it yesterday, but it wasn't until after today's HIIT session (and an exquisite round of Farmer's Carries....man I'm really digging those!) that the fog lifted....I feel clear of mind once again.

I've been eating tons of salads (spinach with either chicken or shrimp, some ginger dressing, & olive oil), eggs, and tonight we just sauteed up a bunch of napa cabbage, mini sweet-peppers, a little pork tenderloin, and cracked pepper.

I can only speak for myself on the effects of sugar overload and carbs in general, but I also slept like a rock these last 2 nights. Now some of that can be from the ST workouts, but SWMBO tells me I was out like a light and snoring enough to draw in a Zombie herd!


All this of course makes me wonder how I must have functioned in the past, when it was common for me to eat 200-300 gms/carbs a day. Hell I used to consciously "Carbo-load" when I trained for marathons, thinking nothing of having bowl upon bowl of rice or pasta....I was just going to burn it all of running right?

Wrong!

I'm fond of saying, "You can't work off a bad diet", but that is new thinking to me....as is "clean eating". It makes intuitive sense now, but for a long time, I believed I could just exercise more and lose weight.


It's a good reminder...food matters....it matters a lot, especially the right kinds of foods. I feel better and clearer headed today, but it took about 48 hours to feel "normal" again after indulging, and I'll admit, there was a lot of indulging going on, in cakes, sugars, carbs, and junk!

Back to eating clean!

Have a great night Spark friends!
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  • v GOOSIEMOON
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    1163 days ago
  • v DOUGDC
    Even it it's high risk behavior, I've got to find the recipe.
    1164 days ago
  • v DOUGDC
    Glad you recovered.
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    1166 days ago
  • v LEANJEAN6
    great blog!!!!!--inspirational! emoticon -Lynda
    1169 days ago
  • v LISAINMS
    It's interesting how we change our mindset and our bodies adapt. Eating clean does become intuitive and the new normal. Then you throw something "not clean" into the tank and everything goes haywire in a hurry. The good news is that, if you clean out the tank, you're right back on track. Glad you're feeling like yourself again.
    1170 days ago
  • v HANSBRINK
    There's got to be a balance in here someplace. Yes to eating clean. But yes to an occasional treat of chocolate, bacon, and stout cheesecake. Two BIG slices might have been overdoing it. Glad you're able to get back on track.
    1171 days ago
  • v VHALKYRIE
    I didn't believe it until I tried it myself. Eat more, never get hungry, and lose more weight? Sounds like a late night TV diet scam! But it's true! I used to spin my wheels eating 1200 calories and 200g carbs per day and did not get anywhere. I had no idea that my 'healthy' carbs were my problem. Been going 2 years strong at less than 100g carbs, and still loving it.
    1171 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/15/2013 7:13:42 AM
  • v STRONG_SARAH
    I agree with all you said. I eat very healthy foods. LOTS and LOTS of healthy foods. Hence the problems, lol.
    We should start a 'no more cake' team. emoticon
    1171 days ago
  • v BERGBA7
    Very true! I totally agree with the "clean" eating idea. If you stop eating processed crap, you will have double the energy given back to you. I also think that you should never "load" on any type of food but have all of them in reasonable amounts. Loading on carbs or sugar = wrong, but loading on meet, protein or veggies and fruit is also wrong for me. I have two people in my environment that suffer from severe anxiety and sleep disorder (they were also both extremely skinny-nearly anorexic) and they were told to eat more carbs to calm them and make them sleep better. They are reporting that it works. Your example seems to support their observations.. I think that is very interesting.
    You are doing awesome and setting a good example for the people around you!
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    1171 days ago
  • v ADVENTURESEEKER
    mmhmm! As beechnut already stated, 'When I eat like crap, I feel like crap.'

    And oh how I wish I could exercise away unhealthy eating.....but if I could, I wouldn't have gotten to where I was in the first place.

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    1171 days ago
  • v MESEATURTLE
    Thanks for the reminder!!!!!! Really need to work on this !!
    1171 days ago
  • v WOUBBIE
    A cautionary tale for all of us! Amazing how little crap you need to eat to feel like crap again.
    1171 days ago
  • v ANASARI
    That is so fantastic and inspirational - thanks for the post! I had the zombies early this morning, but watered and ate myself out of it, too. Next time it's Reward Day, I am definitely gonna remember that rewards aren't so hot if you feel badly the day after!
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    1171 days ago
  • v BEECHNUT13
    When I eat like crap, I feel like crap. I can no longer do all the grains, processed foods, sugars... I end up with terrible gas, feeling awful, sometimes sick. I can have a LITTLE, but too much and it's all over.

    I did eat like, 3/4 lb of strawberries today, 2 bananas, salad, homemade quiche, sausage, pistachios, etc... I do eat very well!
    1171 days ago
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