If I had to pick one word to describe the essence of this post, it would have to be ‘willpower’, a particular characteristic that I lacked this Saturday. Because I would be at my home in Maine on Saturday, I planned (on my fitness calendar) for it to be my day off from exercise because I knew I would be busy visiting with family and friends. What resulted was a day of eating- eating a lot, and eating wrong. I snacked constantly throughout the afternoon and evening, which is not necessarily a bad thing, but my snacks were chips and salsa, whole wheat crackers, fruit gummies, and hot chocolate with marshmallows. At dinner, I failed to redeem myself, as I engulfed a delicious deep fried chicken breast followed by crème brûlée, rich in those simple sugars we love so much. What ensued was a period of several hours of a splitting headache and nausea that kept me on the couch instead of up and having fun. This was exacerbated for me, because I have just begun following the Paleolithic diet, which, among other things, greatly limits carbohydrates, both simple and complex, so my body was simply not used to having all of those carbs introduced to it.
Beyond the physical turmoil that resulted, I want to address the psychological aspect of what occurred on Saturday. The correlation between my working out and what I eat, I believe, is fairly strong. If I work out during the day, I tend to be more motivated to eat better, so as not to ruin my diet. For some people, it may be the other way around; they may eat more bad things on days they work out because of the mentality that they are “burning it off”. That, however, means eating well on days that you don’t work out, and I seem to lack that willpower! Saturday demonstrated clearly why I need to keep up with my exercise regimen, especially after January ends.
Luckily, for myself, those few hours of feeling terrible and the mental distress that Saturday caused me were enough to ensure that today, I did and will do everything I can to make up for it. I began with a breakfast of eggs and a shake with kale, spinach, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, protein powder, green superfood powder, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, macadamia nut, and milk and coconut oil. After finishing this blog post, I will go ride my bike for through my neighborhood, and will hope that afterwords, I will be able to continue eating right! (even with the Pats game on later)