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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Food Experiment Follow up



This is a follow-up to my last post about my food experiment. I've had lots of questions and comments since my last post about my food experiment especially when I was stuffing my face at a gathering this past Saturday. After the fall to the king cake on Friday, I proceeded to go on a full on binge this weekend.
Friday for lunch I did eat a salad to try to compensate for the king cake but the rest of the weekend went downhill. I took my sweet Angel to the movies and basically had popcorn for dinner. Later, I snacked on leftover peppermint Hershey kisses from Christmas. Saturday morning I got up and I had a steaming cup of coffee filled with hot frothy delicious milk. None of that coconut milk crap. For breakfast I had a big bowl of cereal. I will say it was Kashi but still it was cereal with almond milk. That afternoon I went to a gathering where there was no shortage of incredibly delicious food that was not on my required eating list. Pulled pork sandwiches, coleslaw, potato salad, baked beans topped off with bacon, chips and homemade salsa, spinach and artichoke dip, crackers along big logs of cream cheese one covered in jelly and the other was rolled in salt-and-pepper, gumbo, sausage, 4 types of cheese and the worse of all was a homemade chocolate chip cheesecake topped off with fresh strawberries. I will admit I eyeballed that thing for over an hour waiting for someone to cut it.  That never happened so guess who cut into that beautiful thing??? I stood guard and continued eating it until about a quarter of it was gone. Quite a few people there knew about my eating plan and kept asking me if that was on my list. HAHA….. It was delicious! I cannot explain how incredible that cheese cake tasted, almost as good as the slice of King Cake that started it all. The weekend continued this way and was polished off Sunday night with a big bowl of toffee ice cream.
The downside to all this cheese cake eating? Saturday night and pretty much all day Sunday my stomach hurt so bad. I don't know if it was the dairy or just the fact that I was not used to consuming that kind of food. I had extremely bad stomach pains, of course gas, I was bloated and my face was swollen.  So guess what I went back to doing yesterday? I have to admit that I do feel much better eating clean, which is one of the main reasons I started this food experiment. I don't have those peaks and valleys with my blood sugar and (Oh my I can’t believe I am admitting this) my arthritis wasn’t nearly as bad.  
It's hard to eat clean especially when you have severe cravings that you cannot deny, but the consequence of eating like that for me isn't it worth it. Will I eat like that again? Of course. Just maybe only one day a week and certainly not to that extreme, but that cheese cake was good.

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