I was all set to write about being a morning person today and how I am usually one to wake up at 5am and greet the dawn with a breath of fire. C’mon, has no one seen Harold & Maude?? I had to make this image myself.
I am one of those, some would call crazy, people who naturally wake up early with my tail wagging, ready to go. My morning routine is pretty much a ritual to me at this point. Wake up, work out, listen to music or podcasts, make food, write, etc. I get so much shit done in the morning it’s insane. I’ve had people say, “Oh my god you get up at 5am every day, you’re losing at least two hours of sleep!”, to which my response is simply, “No I’m gaining two hours of life.”
Anyway, enough with the uplifting stuff. I told you this was going to be a rant.
The last couple of days I’ve been feeling more tired than usual. I think I’m still recovering from having company last week and being out and about, indulging in food, drinks and staying up late.
It’s Wednesday so I’ve had 3 nights now to catch up on my sleep. My workout today felt better than the last few days but still not completely up to par.
This morning I was making my food for the day and realized that my Paleo Mayo was missing. WHAT THE? Our friends who were with us last week had a bunch of groceries left in the fridge that I guess they came to retrieve yesterday. They also had a Paleo Mayo (that they had already taken, because who leaves Paleo Mayo just lying around?!) and they accidentally took mine as well. I had a minor freak out and called Jim. I was being pretty over the top. Not intentionally, but this is what happens when you touch my Paleo Mayo.
Next, on my way out the door, I couldn’t find the dogs’ Kongs and I was grumping around about that.
Hello, evil Melissa, where did you come from??
Then it hit me. I started a strict no sugar/no carbs/paleo “cleanse” on Sunday and I am deep in the throes of sugar withdrawal! I just wrote about this on Friday. I should have seen it coming!
Admittedly my diet hasn’t been the best for the last couple of weeks, but I thought I was being mostly mindful. At least mindful enough that I wouldn’t experience this crash.
The problem is, and this is why this topic is fascinating to me and gets me fired up, is that most people don’t have the slightest clue what they’re actually putting into their bodies! Myself included at times. You know the rule of thumb – If you can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it – but the real question is why are food companies using these ingredients in the first place! Don’t we have a regulatory agency in our government that should be cracking down on this to protect consumers?
Oh wait, we do have the FDA. The same FDA that just delayed a measure that would make food labels easier to read and therefore easier for consumers to see what the hell they are eating! The same FDA that turns a blind eye to antibiotic overuse in poultry and livestock that we consume. The same FDA that ignores the reality that factory farms often keep animals, the ones that we consume, in unsanitary, deplorable conditions for their short brutish lives.
You can see how irritable this sugar withdrawal has made me. The FDA and large food corporations are tricking all of us. The government does better when consumers are in the dark. Food is used as a means of control. There is a reason that junk food costs less than healthy food. You can argue supply/demand all you want but not without discussing advertising and location tactics for unhealthy foods and restaurant chains. I digress…
It can be fun to think of your body as a science experiment. Consume something, your body responds. Remove something, your body reacts. It’s cool to play around with this idea and find what makes you feel good.
What isn’t fun is unknowingly consuming additives that can be detrimental to your physical and mental well-being. Here is an article that compares how sugar affects the brain in the same way as hard drugs!
I’m not advocating that we all be radical clean eaters, I do live in a city with a VooDoo Doughnuts after all, but a little bit of thought can go a long way. I would challenge everyone to cut out a serving of sugar or processed food a day and replace it with a serving of vegetables or natural food and see how you feel in a week.
Here’s a little eat this/instead of that list that I try to keep in mind:
- Try carrot sticks instead of pretzels. They’re also good dipped in peanut butter or almond butter!
- Make granola at home with nuts and seeds rather than buy at the store. Natural and less expensive! I like this Coconut & Almond granola.
- Cauliflower is your friend – use for rice, pizza crust or even hot wings!
- Try coconut milk in your latte instead of dairy milk.
- Blend and freeze fresh fruit for a sweet treat. Top with your granola for a homemade acai bowl.
- Eat bacon and eggs for breakfast instead of cereal – who wouldn’t want to do this?
- Finally, I implore you, go get the Primal Kitchen Paleo Mayo.
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