On to day 2. Yesterday went ok-ish. I felt very ill from about 3pm onwards and ended up going to bed just after 8! Still feel totally knackered and like I could sleep all day. I felt so ill – woozy, shaky and like I was going to throw up that I did end up having a couple of chocolate buttons at work, 1 tiny meringue and then at home I ate a left over cupcake after the girls had demolished the icing. Didn’t make me feel better though.
Hard to believe that you can actually get withdrawal symptoms when you stop eating sugar. I really don’t like this part. Daft really cos I have done it before when I’ve done Tara Hammett’s detox program. I go through all the pain and withdrawal only to start eating shit again and then its all wasted!
My head feels achy and my whole body feels heavy this morning….. hopefully it’s not going to be too tough today.
Helpful thing learnt…..
Last night I was reading a book called The Slow Down Diet by Marc David. He wrote about the importance of awareness when eating. Apparently there is something called the cephalic phase digestive response which has been shown to account for 30-40% of food digestion.
This means that when we focus on and become aware of what we eat, this awareness starts the digestive process by stimulating the chemical and mechanical responses to kick in. So, digestive hormones are released, blood flows to the area therefore increasing oxygen uptake and the whole systems starts pumping ready to start digesting food. This process means that our metabolism speeds up.
What this means practically is that when we ‘sleep’ while eating, we are only likely to be digesting 60-70% because we haven’t activated the head part of digestion. This will mean less blood flow to the area, less oxygen and increased sluggishness and difficulty for the bowel to get moving and properly digest the food – causing problems like constipation or the other, irritable bowel and tiredness etc.
The other really interesting thing is that when you eat too fast or without awareness, your brain doesn’t register that you have eaten and that you are full. it has to experience taste, pleasure, aroma and satisfaction so that it can correctly assess a meal and make sure there’s an efficient digestion response.
he reckons that most people don’t have an overeating problem or a ‘lack of willpower’ but rather it’s a lack of awareness that is causing the problem.
Very interesting – I do practically breathe my food in most of the time and am always doing something else when I’m eating. Always.
What to do….
The first suggested exercise for this bit is to ‘Be awake at the plate’ (catchy phrase!)
When eating, focus and be aware of absolutely everything. The foods colours, smells, textures, taste, how it cuts etc etc. Also be aware of the surroundings, who you are with, conversations etc. Just increase awareness about the whole thing and most importantly, when you are eating, eat!
If your thoughts wander and you go on to auto-pilot then you just gently remind yourself to focus again. He reckons that after a week it will become much more natural and easier to do.
Okey dokey, let me know how it goes for yo when you start using Vitamin A (awareness!)