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?
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!