This is the first day I think I’ve truly realized how much sugar affects my body. And that is because I went off my whole30 plan. Now don’t freak out, I don’t really count it as cheating because it’s one of the days I explained before I even started this journey.
Since day 18 fell on the prep day for my pop up restaurant I was busy in the kitchen all day making things that definitely were not whole30 friendly. I made sure to start my day out with a big whole30 breakfast of some leftover sweet potato and scrambled eggs. And I brought with me some mixed nuts so I’d have a healthy food to snack on.
I tried to only taste food and not snack on it, but that was definitely hard. I tasted just a piece of the pork belly cured in brown sugar. I had just one spoonful of the parnsip puree loaded with butter and heavy cream. I walk right past the creamy mashed potatoes without even a taste. Just had one small spoon of the gelato base. When making an orange compote I make someone else taste the finished product, trusting their opinion so I didn’t load up on the sugar. Then come a whipped goat cheese mousse, with lots of sugar. Oh boy! I that’s where I lost it. Found my spoon going in a third time before I told myself I had to stop. It took a lot of will power, but I did put my spoon down and walk away; where in the past I may have found myself scraping the bowl clean.
And then it happened. Less then an hour after eating all the sugar and my body was not happy with me. I finally understand the term sugar high; my thoughts were cloudy, I actually felt stoned. That part I could deal with by the pounding head ache was almost unbearable. As someone who had massive head aches as a child and saw countless doctors about it; I am now wondering why none of them asked about my sugar intake. Being loaded on sugar my body could hardily handle the pain in my head.
More than the head ache but I suddenly found myself unreasonably grumpy. Every little thing that happened ticked me off. I could feel myself getting mad for no reason but couldn’t do anything to stop it.
I finished my night with some of my Whole30 Shredded Pork, broccoli, and potatoes. I was so glad I planned ahead and had this easy dinner ready at home. In my grumpy state I don’t think I could have handled cooking.
The past week I have been having doubts about this whole30, but I think today helped my realized why my body needs this. If nothing else, I have learned that sugar is definitely not my friend.