Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Today was rough. I woke up with my head in a vice, and my stomach in knots. The Carb Flu (basically symptoms from toxins being released from within) had arrived.
Headaches I can deal with, even with migraines I can force my way through the day. Nausea, however, I cannot tolerate. (Having had some serious issues during pregnancies; one of which was vomitting up to 30x a day some days, I freak out about nausea). In fact, I suffer panic attacks when I'm nauseous... there were tears and everything, people!
After about three hours of this Carb Flu I thought "well, it's not worth this horrible, helpless, freaking out feeling. Maybe this isn't for me?" But, then I realized something that amazed me. I knew I could "cure" myself by drinking a Coke (which is still hidden out in the garage), or eating a hunk of bread.. but I didn't want to do this. I mean, in theory I did want to drink a Coke, but my body was saying "Uhm, yeah, not gonna happen." I was really surprised. Could it be that after only 36 hours my body is already happier without carbs?
I decided I would stick it out, offer it up, and take a nap. Well, the nap did not happen, but I did take it pretty easy today... I chopped some some foods, steamed vegetables, and researched how to get rid of Evil Carb Flu. Around 2 pm I was able to force something down (not being able to eat or drink before): Celery sticks with cream cheese and cranberries. I magically felt much better. I think it was the fat in the cheese. I still have the headache. But anytime I started feeling nauseaous, I ate something with fat in it (almonds, cheese, steak) and it was much better soon after.
So EAT FAT! It will be your friend.
In other news.... The kids (except Amy) come home with empty lunch boxes again. Yay.
Egg muffins were the breakfast.
Pot roast with carrots for lunch.
And nuts with raisins were the snack.
They did come home a bit hungrier than yesterday, but I had a plate of fruit (apples, blueberries, strawberries and grapes) ready to go and served with a homemade dipping sauce. They don't care for Greek yogurt, so I knew I'd have to do something yummy with it:
1/2 cup full-fat Greek yogurt
1/8 tsp Organic vanilla
Fingertip of raw honey.
Mix well. YUM!
The only problem was I knew they wouldn't want just white goop, so I added ::gasp:: ten grains of red sugar. It worked! They ate it all. So fat, fiber, calcium all in one! Try it, you will really enjoy it. But make sure the vanilla is organic, it makes all the difference!
Dinner tonight was ribeye steaks (for Tom and me) and pot roast for the kids. I made a steamed/mashed cauliflower, added butter, marjoram, salt/pepper, and garlic to it. It really was tasty. And the kids ate it all up. So try it!
I did notice that tonight (Day 2 of Primal) that everyone was saying by bedtime that they were hungry (even Tom and myself wanted a snack). I don't know if this is because the body is crying out for grains, or what, but a quick snack of sliced ham with a bit of cheese and mustard really worked well.
Health-wise, the kids seem a little tired. Tom is a slightly edgy. And I am past the panic attacks, but really achy. Fun times.