Natural November update

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November 18, 2012 by Caroline Mincks

My Natural November project was thrown off for the weekend. We ended up staying with Adam’s parents so that we could see my sister-in-law absolutely rock in her school’s production of Hair (seriously, that was one of the best plays I have seen in a while, professional shows included) and so that they could get some time with Ethan. Even though they live fairly close, it is still tricky for us to get together as often as we would like. It was a lovely weekend and I had a great time, as did Ethan, but it did mean that my diet for the month took quite a hit. There were so many goodies and insanely good bottles of wine to choose from. I ended up indulging in pizza, Oreos, jelly beans, chicken cordon bleu, more Oreos, a gigantic stack of waffles, several pieces of bacon, and a couple glasses of a particularly good malbec, the name of which I unfortunately forgot to write down.

I feel awful.

I felt great in the moment. Of course I did. That stuff gives you a rush you would not believe. BACON! SODIUM-Y PORK-Y GOODNESS!! MOAR BACON!!! But about half an hour after eating the bacon, I felt like I was going to turn inside out from being so dehydrated. Those Oreos were awesome (they had the mint cream and were far better than I expected), but I felt so jacked up from the sugar that I couldn’t relax. And then I crashed from the sugar, so I drank liberal amounts of coffee to make up for it. It was a terrible idea.

What would have been smarter would have been to have more of the rice, green beans, and beets available at dinner. Water rather than coffee. One glass of wine instead of two (okay, two and a half. It was really good). Skip the pizza and lighten up on the Oreos – there were ingredients to make a salad and I didn’t need six Oreos, for crying out loud. One should have been plenty.

What I learned about myself this weekend was that I have very poor impulse control. I knew that already, but I didn’t realize just how bad it really was! Even while eating things that I knew were not helping me feel better, I ignored my willpower and just kept stuffing my face with junk. Hardly a healthy way to live.

So while I am not considering my Natural November to be a complete failure, I am disappointed in myself and will be trying my best to repair any “damage” that may have been done, especially with Thanksgiving coming up! With any luck, I’ll be back to feeling like myself in a couple of days…and back to eating as much wholesome food as I can! 

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