This week, I’ve been really focused on cutting back the sugar again. After all the birthday indulgences, I just felt gross inside. It was like my body started fighting back. I felt physically sick, overly tired, and the brain fog was worse than it has been in months. What I’ve realized is that when you set out to make big health changes, you have to keep up with them. You can’t just quit. If you do, you will most definitely reap what you sow.
One thing I have found most interesting about the changes I am trying to achieve in my body is that I react to foods that I used to eat all the time quite differently now. It’s funny that those things that I have eaten my entire life are now making me ill.
It makes me wonder if I have always been sick and I just now realized it.
After months of no sugar, it is no wonder the reintroduction of it makes me see just what it does to my body. So, has it always been doing these things? Have I just been blind to it?
I think so.
If I am honest with myself, I can trace all sorts of negative effects in my body for years. And these effects were going away with cutting most sugar. But indulging for a couple weeks brought it all rushing back.
Digestive issues (I’ll spare the details).
And an allergic reaction that I am convinced is related to food – but I have not confirmed that with a doctor at this point. I just believe it is related.
So after a week of getting myself back on track, I am feeling a lot better. I think it will probably take another week or two to get back to where I was before indulging. My body has to detox. It’s definitely a process, and one that I don’t want to repeat again.
I really want this detox to be the last detox. That would be nice.
But I am also realizing that I may need to detox from more than just sugar.
I am currently reading a book called Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar-Your Brain’s Silent Killers that is full of information about how food affects your brain. It’s really opening my eyes to things that may be contributing to my overall health.
I’m not announcing any huge diet changes at this time, but I do believe that I will be making some small adjustments here and there, based on my reading, that will help me be a healthier person.
The biggest concerns to me right now are the brain fog and the digestive issues. The Grain Brain book addresses both and how they go hand in hand with the food you eat. Gluten, carbohydrates, sugar… it all affects your brain. And when your brain is sick, you are sick.
Anyways… the week has been good for getting back where I need to be. I’m looking forward to continuing on and just getting healthier by the day. And as I finish up reading Grain Brain, I will let you know if I make any huge or significant changes, as well as how those changes affect my overall wellbeing.