Nathaniel and I headed down to Santa Cruz on Friday night to spend some time with his parents before our 10K on Sunday… and like so many people do we decided to celebrate the special occasion with some delicious delicious food.
Bread, pork, duck, beer cheese… and some VERY luxurious hot chocolate had me feeling guilty but it was nothing compared to how I felt physically the next day.
I’ve become so accustomed to clean eating that my body rebels when I overindulge to the extent that I used to.
One fond memory involves me lying on the floor with a stomachache watching Nathaniel wash dishes after our St. Patrick’s Day dinner. My body just couldn’t handle the fattiness of the corned beer.
Another time we invited one of Nathaniel’s co-workers and wife over – we both felt so crappy after the cheese platter we polished off when they left that Nathaniel slept on the couch by choice so we could both be alone in our misery.
Saturday morning I felt hung-over as I woke up. Not from the beer but from the food. All of Saturday I got a head rush every time I stood up… it was terrible. Saturday night I had a small bowl of soup and a salad for dinner – as a result I woke up Sunday morning feeling normal again.
It’s amazing what the food you used to eat all the time will do to you once you correct your eating habits. I really do miss things like cheese and milk and bacon and bread… and I still eat them, but in far smaller quantities.
Our bodies are incredibly adaptable to the sugar, fat, salt, nicotine and alcohol (depending on your diet) that we put into them everyday… When we make drastic changes to what we ingest they respond in both negative and positive ways.
Now that my daily caloric intake is 1/3 of what it used to be and is 95% whole foods I can really feel how my body is responding to crap food when I eat it. I used to drink regular coke on occasion but now… I’d almost be afraid too.