Project Eat Healthier continues, albeit with a few little bumps along the way. The calorie blow-outs of December are gone (good) but every once in awhile I hit a snag in my progress.
Like last week — I came down with a terrible head cold and was miserable. To comfort myself, I ate a lot of comfort food like pastas and breads (bad). I also felt too miserable to exercise and ruined my good track record of getting to the gym most days. When I finally did work out on Monday morning, I could tell my body was really out of it (also bad). It’s funny how missing just a few days of exercise can make such a difference!
One thing I’ve been reasonably successful at for a couple of weeks now is cutting out all refined sugar from my diet. No chocolate. No mint cookies. No gummy bears or M&Ms. Nothing. And interestingly enough, I feel a real physical difference.
Head cold aside, I have more energy during the day and don’t feel like conking out for a daily nap at 3:00. And I have almost no headaches! I hadn’t realized that my almost daily headaches might be caused by sugar. I’m sure lots of people could have told me that, but I never bothered asking. I just assumed I was one of those people that had lots of headaches. Who knew?
I even played around with it one day and had some sugar — a candy bar or something. Sure enough, I felt all sleepy about a half hour later and came down with a slight headache. I also was surprised by how sweet the food was. Almost cloying! It’s funny how quickly your body adjusts to change.
Anyone have any suggestions for getting through Valentine’s Day?