So I’ve survived the first week of my post holiday diet (YAY) and I thought instead of focusing on sharing what I ate/ cooked or what exercises I did (because lets face it there is enough people writing about this), I thought I would share one crucial food related obstacle I overcame during the week as this seems to be the biggest area that I struggle with being a confessed food-a-holic.
This week it was all about the headaches!!!! Man oh man did I GET THEM BAD as my body went into sugar withdrawals from the lovely sweets and alcohol that I had indulged in over my holiday (serves me right).
Thankfully even though the headaches were bad, they came in waves so I could get a break and focus on how beautiful life is again once the throbbing pain on the side of my head subsided. Although in saying this I do remember there was one day in particular that I couldn’t shake my headaches, it would go from subtle and manageable to so bad that I couldn’t focus on any task at hand rendering me useless to anyone I came in contact with.
The sugar cravings/headaches did have a positive, I started looking up what to eat when you are craving sugar and I found that a lot of websites recommend the following foods:
- pumpkin seeds
- lima beans
- brown rice
- fresh fruits
- coconut oil
- sweet potato’s
Even though my sugar cravings weren’t terrible, I found that adding more of the above foods into my diet helped slightly with my headaches (especially the foods with good fats).
Water was also a saving grace, I found that if I stuck to my goal of 2 litres a day, it helped me focus on something other than the headaches and also filled me up a bit so that I wasn’t hungry in-between meals.
By the end of the week I was still having headaches but they were coming few and far between. Hopefully this week I can conquer my headaches and by recording my little wins each week will keep me motivated when I start to really struggle with the whole reality that I cant eat whatever I want and still stay in shape!