I seem to have a problem, and this problem always becomes apparent around the holidays. Throughout the year I’m very conscious of what I eat. I make sure to stay accountable and make sure that I eat whole, healthy foods. I make sure to nourish my body and give it what it needs to function properly. I make sure to drink water and unsweetened herbal teas. My health always takes top priority, and in doing so I can control my anxiety better, I feel better, and I’m happier. But all that seems to go out the window when the holidays roll around.
It starts around my birthday, which is only a few weeks before Thanksgiving. Of course I have cake for my birthday. Then a few weeks later is Thanksgiving which is full of turkey, gluten-free stuffing, veggies, gravy, cakes, and pies. I become not quite as conscious of how I’m eating or what I’m eating, and this is where I end up with a problem.
Too much of a good thing is not good. And after a few days of not eating like I should I start to feel very sick. And that’s what started happening last night.
Last night I started feeling very sick. I started feeling shaky and just had this not quite right feeling. This continued through the night. My stomach hurt, my anxiety kicked into high gear, I felt weak, I felt light-headed. It was not good, and still this morning I felt this way. I spent most of the morning sleeping. So what caused it? Too much of a good thing.
For the past week I haven’t been drinking as much water as I should. I haven’t eaten three square meals of whole foods. I’ve eaten more cake than I usually do. All this causes my body to become completely off-balanced, especially when 90% of the time I don’t eat a lot of white refined sugar and eat clean. Right now my body is a mess.
But, there’s only one thing to do. Realize the problem, and correct it. No more sugar, or at least not of the same amounts as I have been eating (we all have to have a little fun). No more not being conscious of what I’m eating. No more not drinking adequate amounts of water. I need to get back in line. I need to eat correctly and hydrate correctly. I need to listen to my body.
My M.U.D. Life is all about balance. And sometimes, especially around the holidays, it’s easy to get off-balance. But, that’s the time when you need to stop and realize what you’re doing and take control of the reins again. My husband reminded me that this happens nearly every holiday with me, and I realized he is correct. I need to remember that this happens so I don’t let myself keep falling into the same trap. It’s ok to have fun. It’s ok to eat cakes and pies and stuff. Just not everyday. Health is important. And I need to make sure that even during the holidays my health always comes first.