Food reactions, by golly!

Ugh. Instead of going down the road of “I’m a failure” every time I mess up with food, I’m trying to learn from it. Here are some things I have learned about myself over the last few months:

  • 2 glazed donuts = I feel okay. Eating 3 (or more) donuts makes me feel like I’m gonna hurl.
  • Eating flour tortillas make me want to take a nap. Carb coma anyone?
  • I can’t get enough cereal. Any kind of cereal. One bowl is never enough, so it’s better if I just don’t eat it at all. (Hi I’m Jill and I’m a cereal junkie.)
  • Egg noodles are addictive and I don’t want to stop eating them. They make me feel sluggish and bloated.
  • I am at this point powerless against commercial birthday cakes. Buttercream icing makes me want to do bad things in a food porn kinda way.
  • PopTarts and milk at 10 o’clock at night are never a good idea. Waking up with a stomach ache is no way to start the day.

So basically what I’m learning is that simple carbs are not my friend. Duh. I never said I was the brightest bulb in the lamp.

I guess I’m the type that can read all the nutritional information in the world, but until I experience it myself first hand, I’m not going to believe it. At the beginning of this week for about 3 days most of my meals consisted of a lean protein and vegetables or fruit and nuts. I had tons of energy and felt almost…euphoric? I was nearly giddy – it was weird. As the week progressed and got busier, I opted for the old standby meals which are basically meat, starch, and a starchy vegetable. By last night I was so tired and had a stomach ache and just felt miserable – I don’t want to keep feeling that way.

Looking at my body as if it’s a big science experiment instead of judging myself for not being perfect is probably much healthier in the long run. It’s amazing what you can learn when you take away the judgement and self-flagellating thoughts, and instead observe how your body reacts to certain foods.

I may be 41 years old, but I’m still learning. I don’t know how long it will take me to get this figured out enough that I can be consistent enough to lose all the excess weight, but by golly I’m going to keep trying. (Yes. Yes I did just say “by golly”. Apparently I’m channeling my grandpa today.) 

Happy Weekend folks!! 🙂

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14 thoughts on “Food reactions, by golly!

  1. I’m really identifying w/ this post–I basically have an identical list–except all noodles make me into a pasta MONSTER, wanting to eat boxes and boxes of it. Reading nutrition books written by doctors has also helped some–Deep Nutrition by Dr. Catherine Shanahan & The Schwarzbein Principle by Diana Schwarzben are two of my favorites. What struck me after reading those, is this concept:
    Insulin is a storage horomone. The higher it’s spiked, the more it stores. Sooooo, for sure never eat carbs/sugars alone, protein & fat help the insulin stay lower. But just remembering that carbs spike insulin, & insulin is storing stuff in my fat cells, well that helps a lot! =) Makes me think twice for sure!

  2. I’ve been having the same realizations and have been writing down a bunch of stuff, too. It’s everything in moderation, right? Doesn’t seem to be working for me. I’m experimenting with not eating white-flour stuff anymore — not just to lose weight, but to feel better (I’ve been feeling lousy). I may not have an exercise routine mapped out consistently, yet, but I can certainly choose to not have that white-flour-based whatever and sub it with whole grain or more veggies, etc.

  3. I could have written this blog myself. I’ve been having similar issues. I love the approach you are taking instead of getting down in the dumps your experimenting.

  4. Yeah, I get that too. Sweats at work are evil because I always feel like I have to take a nap RIGHT NOW afterwards. Unfortunately I keep forgetting until my eyes start drooping. Bad cookie!

  5. I’ve been experimenting on myself with breakfasts. My stomach takes a while to wake up in the morning but I know breakfast is important so I force it down. My favourite (at the moment of eating) is cruskits with butter and vegemite — essentially crunchy cardboard with salt and fat spread on it — but I get very hungry pretty soon afterwards. So I am trying various other things like porridge (warm glue, urg), crumpets with honey (yum), peanut butter on toast (one slice is enough to last me until lunchtime usually, maybe protein is what I need in the morning?) and I am going to try wholemeal pancakes with berries, and quinoa porridge soon. I love cereal for supper but hate it in the morning and I get hungry too soon. Anyway, it has been very interesting seeing how I feel after various foods and how long it lasts me.

  6. It’s great that you’re moving away from the “I’m a failure” mindset. Learning how to eat well takes time, and finding out how you personally respond to food is absolutely progress. Realizing the connection between healthy foods and pleasant things like having more energy will really help give you that positive reinforcement!

  7. Great post! I agree with the point you made about experimenting with your body and knowing what makes you feel good and what does not. One thing I’ve found to be extremely helpful and useful as a supplement to my current diet/exercise plan is Fullbar (www.fullbar.com). Their gummies and bars help curve my hunger, help me with portion control and keep me from consuming more calories than I really need.

  8. It doesn’t go away. I’m a size six and cannot trust myself around sheet cake!!! Last time part of one was left at our house after a party and I ate three pieces before telling my husband that I did so. I told him I felt sick and out of control. He was kind enough to put it in a clear plastic bag and smash it in the backyard for me before throwing it out. My hero! Most stuff (chocolate, ice cream, etc.) I’m fine with, but sheet cake and alone time in my house – nope. :0)

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