I feel awful! I’m really starting the feel the effects of my bad eating habits.
This past Saturday was really good for me. I ate some good food, went shopping, and spent time with family. However, Sunday was not so great and I’ll tell you why.
I had a food hangover. I woke up that morning feeling like a ton of bricks had hit me and had a hard time keeping my eyes open. Every step I took that day felt like such a strain. I know what your thinking, “it’s not a food hangover, it’s an ACTUAL hangover.” Well, I’m sorry to say that was not the case at all. Let me elaborate.
Since the middle of February, I started eating healthier and exercising 2-3 times a week. When I say eating healthier, I mean cutting out processed sugars, junk food, and carbs (somewhat). I also drink only water and haven’t had a carbonated drink in over 2 years.
I would usually have some sort of egg whites and avocado.
I would usually have some sort of salad, chicken or fish with a side of veggies.
I would usually have a combination of chicken or fish and veggies. If I was craving something sweet, I would usually reach for some sort of fruit. That combined with daily exercising gave me more energy every day and improved my mood slightly. I lost about 10 pounds over 2 months.
BEFORE when I would eat “unhealthy food”, I didn’t really noticed how it made my body feel. I only noticed that the food tasted good. Saturday, I had decided to give myself a cheat day and splurge on some “good food”. I ate 2 slices of cake (it was my mom’s birthday), and a big bowl full of chili.
If you think, “oh chili’s not that bad”, then listen to the way I make it. Put a handful of Fritos into the bottom of a bowl, pour chili on top, sprinkle some cheese on top of that, and top with sour cream and green onions. Yep, it’s more than your average chili.
Feeling The Effects…..
When I woke up the next morning, I couldn’t believe how awful I felt and finally had that aha moment. It’s true what they say about eating well and exercising having an effect on your body. You could tell me that over and over again before, but it would go through one ear and out the other.
I think sometimes you just have to experience something for yourself for it to actually sink in. For a lot of us, it takes seeing yourself looking overweight or seeing a picture of yourself to finally decide to change our eating habits. But this time for me, it took a “food hangover” to get me to see the error of my ways.
I can’t say that I’ll never splurge again, because that would be unrealistic, but I do know that it won’t happen again anytime soon, and I want to stay on this healthy track because my body feels so much better when I treat it right.
If you want a good “diet” meal plan to follow, here is a great cookbook to help!
Have you ever had that aha moment with your lifestyle habits? How do you stay healthy? Also how was your weekend?