Last Monday, I did something a little drastic. I decided I was done with caffeine, sugar, and processed foods. All at the same time. (I’m a go big or go home kinda girl). I have weaned myself from caffeine before, and it wasn’t pretty. I’m not really sure why I allowed myself to get re-hooked. It was just little by little. A Sonic drink here, a coffee there, another Sonic drink after a stressful day… and before you know it, I couldn’t go past 10:00 without getting a headache unless I’d had my Diet Dr. Pepper.
As much as I love my Dr. Pepper, (and I so do… I’m a 10, 2 and 4 girl… and 6 and 9…), I hate to think that some chemical has so much control over me and the way I feel. And I’ve been reading all sorts of evils about processed foods. I’m a cancer survivor with one kidney… I guess I just decided enough was enough. I’m going to eat foods God intended for me to eat.
So, the first day actually wasn’t too bad, but in the middle of the night that night, the migraine hit. HARD. I muddled my way through school the next day with low whispers, and as soon as the girls were done, I headed to the bed & napped off and on for the rest of the afternoon. My head pounded when I walked, breathed, whatever… Days 3 and 4, the headache was still there, but it was no longer migraine strength. Day 5 it was gone, and I felt MUCH better, albeit still cranky. I’m not going to lie.
Yesterday we had a birthday party for my middle child. My neighbor made the AMAZING cake above, and I had already decided that I was going to have a piece. And I did… one white with strawberry, and one chocolate. YUM. But you know what? It was SWEET. And as wonderful as it was, I couldn’t finish it! And I thought, you know, it won’t be a big deal for me just to have a root beer – at least it doesn’t have caffeine… and I took about 2 swigs, and honestly, it tasted like I was drinking sweet chemicals, and I couldn’t finish it. Yay! My body is already helping me out! In fact, even with the little cake intake yesterday, I lost a total of 6 pounds for the week.
Will I never have sugar? Of course not. It’s been crazy to find all the things sugar is in… for example, EVERY type/brand of mayonnaise. Crazy, huh? But do I plan to stay committed to eating more healthy? Yes. For now, I’m sticking with the no caffeine, no sugar, and no processed foods.
And I’m okay with that.