Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Yeah, I ate some crap today, namely, a processed chicken patty sandwich that the kids in my class were eating for lunch. I was sooo hungry and it was hot and crispy and it looked good. I thought about not eating it, but I really wanted it. I told myself that if I wanted it that badly, to go ahead and eat it and see how it made me feel.
It made me feel awful. Not guilty, but physically uncomfortable. First, I noticed that I ate it too fast, and it was the kind of food that was easy to eat fast. It didn't take a lot of chewing to get that baby down. About 20 minutes after I ate, I got heartburn. I haven't had heartburn at all since New Year's Eve, when I started making an effort to clean up my eating. By the time I left work, about 3 hours later, I was very hungry again, despite the heartburn earlier.
Here's that bright side I mentioned: Even though I ate the crap, I paid attention to the way I ate it and the way it made me feel. I used to get heartburn almost every day, when I ate the school food (processed garbage, for the most part), but I didn't connect the heartburn to what I had been eating. I just thought I got heartburn a lot. Today I actually made the connection between something I ate and the way it made my body feel. I wish I hadn't eaten the nasty chicken, but I'm glad that I learned something from it, at least!