I was on a streak of cutting out sugar and alcohol in 2017. Then came Christmas. My significant other is Swedish, and he created a wonderful array of deliciousness for Christmas. The scent of fresh baked Pepparkakor (ginger snap cookies), eggnog, Lussekatter (saffron buns), rye bread, and of course glögg! How could I not cave in? So all those things I vowed to cut out: sugar, dairy, wheat, are all back in my diet. I must say, every bite and every sip was sensational with positive holiday season emotions.
After this holiday indulgence (yes I ate a lot!), I noticed that I no longer feel as vibrant. Some familiar symptoms crept up:
- sleep disturbances leading to fatigue
- dry, itchy skin with inflammation in some areas
- feeling tired all the time
- short tempered
- stiff joints in the mornings
- poor recovery after my regular workout
- lack of motivation
- muffin top (waisteline bulge) is back!
Prior to changing my diet, theses were minor symptoms that I didn’t really pay attention to because they were always there. I assumed they were “normal”. After all, don’t everyone feel fatigue and have some non-life threatening health issues? It wasn’t until I made drastic changes to my diet and lifestyle that I realized what good should feel like. Of course, now I know, these symptoms are so obvious I wish I had known what I know now sooner.
Since I’ve learned how food impacts our bodies, I am able see and feel the differences. I am happy to get back on track with a no sugar, wheat free, dairy free diet. It’s only been 2 days since I started cutting out these offending agents once again, and it will likely take a month more to get back to normal again.
I am sure I am not the only person to have lost my ways over this period of time. Was it worth it? While I enjoyed every bite, the consequences were definitely not desirable. But I am not going to beat myself up for it. And if you did the same, just know that this happens, and gently steer yourself back on track. Be mindful of what you eat so you can get your health back!
Happy New Year everyone! Keep the warm memories of this past holiday season in your heart. Have a great start, and may 2018 be a year filled with Joy, Peace, and Kindness.