This week of indulgent vacationing is almost over -- thank heavens! ;-) It's been something of an inversion -- a PERversion of what food-elimination diets are all about. I've eaten things over the last week that i KNOW i should not eat, and am observing the consequences -- and don't try to tell me it's a reverse-placebo effect!
I have body-aches that i haven't felt since last year. Anyone who has read some of my oldest postings might remember my awe when, after three weeks of the Personal Paleo Code program, i took a roadtrip and found that i was able to get out of the car (after driving for 6 hours straight) and experience no stiffness upon moving around. At the time, i was SO impressed with the effects of the frequently-problematic-food avoidance, i couldn't see ever eating them again.
I ate them this past few days. OUCH. Wheat. Corn. Sauces containing mystery ingredients. Industrial seed oils. Sugar.
I HAVE had individual-meal "excursions" before, from my ideal diet, with limited repercussions. One day of being "bad" can affect my knees, my water-balance, my allergies, and/or my digestion. It takes several days to give me this gawd-do-i-feel-old sensation. I'm sitting here right now with my feet up, leaning back comfortably against cushions; my lower-back hurts, my upper-neck hurts and my temples ache -- inflammation causes my glasses to fit poorly, and i get a pain behind my ears, as well. I woke this morning with my hands and feet aching from the water retention. Climbing out of bed was more trouble than it has been for seven months; i limped to the next room.
Today i'm fasting until dinnertime, and i anticipate feeling MUCH better. I'm also going to do a little upper-body bodyweight exercise right before dinner -- some planks, maybe some pushups. (Weightbearing exercise, especially in the upper body, is reputed to burn a LOT of glucose/glycogen.) I'll be drinking as much coffee as is comfortable, with cream if i start feeling hungry. I CAN LICK THIS! ;-)
When i fly home tomorrow, i trust i'll be feeling at least a little better than i do right now. When i get there i'll start being "perfect" again. Perfection is MUCH easier than moderation.