I’ve spent my whole life blissfully unaware of how certain foods effect me. I was so out of tune that I could ignore things, and just consider them normal.
I have a confession: I’ve taken a head first dive off the wagon straight into a chocolate swimming hole, surrounded by fried foods and take out.
See, I have a really fun, amazing job that takes over my life from March until October every year. I’m lucky that the kids come with me, and someone actually pays me to plan fun theme weekends and make sure that our guests are having fun. The days are long, and it’s an adjustment from the winters when I have all the time in the world to cook and food prep. I’m tired and cranky and I just don’t wanna!
I still make 90% of our meals, and I make sure that everyone is getting in healthy nutrient dense foods mostly. But we are literally surrounded throughout the day by a food truck, candy, cupcakes, ice cream…all of those things that I’ve found myself sneaking the last three weeks.
I think, “No biggie! I’ll just do better tomorrow.” And tomorrow the cycle continues. And then I feel guilty because I know it’s just me making bad choices even though I know better. It’s a mess, and I’m a mess.
And you know what’s happened? My body is revolting. When you eat poorly all the time it’s so easy to miss the warning signs, because you just feel bad all the time and don’t even know it.
I promise you it’s true.
In the last three weeks alone, I’ve experienced:
Acne on the back of my neck
Eczema (This is totally new for me)
Joint pain (Mostly in my hips, making it hard to walk)
Increased irritability (Sorry y’all!)
High Blood Sugar
And of course! I’m stressed, feeling overwhelmed at my suddenly tight schedule. I’m feeling guilty because I’m not being the best version of myself in my family relationships because I’m stressed. I’m turning to comfort foods and take out to “reward” everyone because I feel guilty about not being the best version of myself right now. Do you see the pattern, too?
Stress and guilt, refined carbs and sugar, not sleeping well? Of course my body is screaming for more attention and to be carefully cared for and fed!
More Vegetables, Please!
I can’t ignore the signs now that I’m healthy enough to recognize them. I’ve tried, but it’s not pretty.
It’s time to buckle down. Dial it in. Take the bull by the horns. Do the hard yards. Be about it.
And other random sayings that basically mean “Stop being stupid, and just do it already.”