Until recently in my life, I haven't realized the connection between the food I put in my mouth, and my overall disposition.
The last several months have been wonderful, and tough in many ways. I've been adjusting to a big change in life, and there are bound to be ups and downs. But recently, after I cut out almost all of the sugar in my diet, I noticed that my mood was tremendously better. My energy levels soared. My stress levels were totally manageable. And I've been generally happy. I didn't realize that it was partially attributed to my food intake until this past week.
After my birthday celebrations this weekend, I had a few sweets. Unfortunately, it sent me into a vicious cycle of wanting more sugar. I have been craving chocolate again, with a vengeance. I started to feel moody, and tired. I've woken up feeling hazy and exhausted. At first, I thought that it was attributed to the fact that I'm anxious because I'm returning to work after my maternity leave very soon. But last night, I realized that my food intake has been suboptimal (for my usual self!), and it's probably not helping matters. I had the worst headache I've had in a long time. It was miserable.
Food fuels our body. The body can't operate on pure sugar and salt. It needs healthy, nourishing food. And while a little treat every now and then is totally fine, binging on sugar can totally send my body into chaos-land. Simply put: sugar brings out the worst in me.
I know this sounds simple: what you put in your body is what you'll be able to get out, in terms of energy, mood, and quality of life. It's 100% true! I've lived it now.
So instead of scrounging through the cupboards for a "quick lunch" today, I decided to take an extra ten minutes and prepare something really delicious for myself.
I baked some sweet potato fries in the oven with a bit of olive oil. I made myself a little side salad on mixed greens with cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, and pumpkin seeds. I grilled two veggie burgers. And I feel truly amazing and ready to take on the rest of the day.
Sugar, be gone. At least until I can handle you in small doses again.