Well, I’m on my third day of my new fruit-and-veggie filled way of eating! My diet has been extremely clean, and that makes me feel great (emotionally) because I love doing something that I know is so beneficial for my body.
However, I now wholeheartedly believe that processed food/sugar withdrawals are a real thing! I’ve always heard people talk about experiencing “withdrawal” symptoms when they begin to eat healthier/remove unhealthy things from their diet, and I always wrote it off as purely emotional or mental. But no. It can definitely be physical. My doubt has been replaced with acceptance. Despite my excitement and enthusiasm about this change, more than anything, I have been incredibly sleepy and foggy since cleaning up my food intake. This is not pleasant; I’m not used to feeling like I could lie down at 2pm and sleep all the way through the night, but that is precisely how I feel right now! (That could be amplified by the training my friend Kayla and I have been doing for power-walking in an upcoming half marathon. We did nine miles this morning!) From what I’ve been reading about it, though, it seems that what I’m experiencing is very normal. I am hopeful that these “withdrawal” symptoms will subside in the next couple of days!
On to the happy things: what I have been eating! Every meal has been abounding in fruits and vegetables (more than I ever used to eat in the past). I LOVE having such a colorful plate in front of me at every meal. Bananas, apples, pears, strawberries, blueberries, brussels sprouts, spinach, kale, carrots, squash, zucchini, avocado, canteloupe, grapes, cuties… You name it, I’ve probably consumed it in the past three days!
I’ve also been enjoying chicken, tilapia, a bit of greek yogurt every once in a while… it’s been very doable! I’m looking forward to making sweet potato pancakes soon! One thing I’m really focusing on up front with this is eating plenty of the healthy things that I want to fill my body with, so that I don’t get hungry when I’m not expecting it and eat something that’s not good for me (although, because this change is long term, I’m also being realistic and accepting that I won’t always be able to eat 100% healthy in every situation).
I really regret not taking a photo of my lunch yesterday, because I have never seen a plate so full of vegetables and fruit, much less eaten all of it! I’m loving it. I’m also drinking LOTS of water; I always feel great when I do that. I’m honestly doing great with this, emotionally. I love this way of eating and it feels so great to know that I’m giving my body the nutrients that it’s often missed out on in the past!
Here’s a super simple sweet treat that I enjoyed yesterday: greek yogurt, with a bit of honey drizzled over it, and topped with blueberries and strawberries! Easy, easy, but it tasted like a dream come true.
That’s all, folks! This sleepy gal is going to catch some z’s.