So, I didn’t follow my own advice.
You know, the one about eating all the time? About not letting yourself get hungry, ever? The one I repeat over and over again? That one.
I didn’t do it intentionally. I just sort of forgot. I woke up early for a Saturday, and ate at around 8:00, and then just…got busy. I was writing a recipe post, my son had a baseball game, I was getting ready for a visit from my mother.
And then it was 3:00 and I was headachy and dizzy and CRANKY.
I mean, really cranky. I was all stressed and emotional inside and kept snapping at the kids who still-hadn’t-cleaned-their-rooms-after-telling-them- for-15-times-to-get-it-done and WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU WHY CAN’T YOU JUST DO THINGS THE FIRST TIME NOW WE’LL BE LATE FOR BASEBALL HURRY UP!!! Yeah. It was ugly.
And then I had to go to the grocery store to pick up some things, and I saw the rolls.
ROLLS. White and soft and yeasty rolls.
And soda. Sweet, tasty, liquid sugar in a can.
And donuts. Oh, sweet Lord, DONUTS!!!
And every cell in my body called out for those things. I was hyper-aware of where they were in the store. And it seemed like they were everywhere. I totally felt my addict persona come out as it seemed like sugary carb-laden foods rose up in front of me everywhere, begging to be consumed.
I resisted, because I know from past experience what happens to me if I cheat. I’d feel happy while I ate it, but afterwards I’d be even worse off than before. So I got my cream and apples and safety pins and kitchen soap (yeah, I know, it was a random list of things….) and bought them and went home. When I got home, I ate some leftover curried butternut squash soup with chicken and fontina cheese, and then, suddenly….
I wasn’t headachy. Or tired. Or cranky. I felt like a whole new person.
I never before was so sensitive to missed meals. I might have gotten hungry, but I wouldn’t crash like I did on Saturday. I can only assume that not having sugar or as many grains in my diet means that I need to fuel up more regularly. There is probably a scientific, medical reason for this that I don’t know about. All I know is my experience. And it kind of sucked.
So, let my experience be your experience! Eating regularly keeps you from being a terror to your family. And it is the number one way of keeping intense cravings at bay. So, don’t do what I did. Eat!