You know you’re getting old when. . . you can’t eat whatever you want anymore without paying for it dearly. Sadly, I have acquired my father’s digestive tract, and I get the gurgly-wurglies — and all related unpleasant side effects — fairly often these days.
My latest transgressions?
Last weekend: uncontrolled consuming of M&Ms (of both the regular and peanut varieties)
Wednesday: Shots of Kahlua (so NOT a good idea on the same night as orchestra rehearsal)
Thursday: cheesecake (only ONE piece — what the heck?)
So, here I am, wondering what I’m going to do to get back on track. Because seriously, with the stomach pains I had the last time, I think my body is trying to tell me something.
1. No more cheesecake. I’ve never been a huge fan, so why am I participating now?
2. Also, no more ice cream. <– That could be a tough one. But, it’s about lactose intolerance (which probably also explains the cheesecake). I don’t drink milk for this reason. Ice cream gives me just as much trouble. But I don’t think I can give up cheese. . .
3. Eat slowly. I still tend to eat fast, finding stopping to eat really inconvenient. This is an awful habit. The last time I tried this, it helped tremendously. Also, the slower I eat, the sooner I can get my body’s “Don’t eat anymore of this” message before I start to feel really sick. In fact, slowing down in life in general would probably be of great benefit to my health.
4. More fruits, veggies, and nuts, and less of the other stuff. I think I will put some out on the table today for while I’m working. I also need to pick up some of my favorite ranch dressing to encourage me to eat the raw veggies. (Yes, I know ranch has some dairy in it. I have to cut myself some slack somewhere.)
5. More exercise. I lost my beautiful daily exercise streak. But it’s never to late to start it again! (Went for a walk with the pup today already.)
Challenge: Easter Lunch/Dinner.
I think I should be able to handle #1 and #2 without difficulty. I’m sure I’ll have time for #5. And #3 shouldn’t be a problem, either, since there will be no rush, and eating is one of the main reasons we get together. It’s #4 that will be rough. I think the key to keep from succumbing to the delicious, not-nutritious food is to make sure I have a good meal before I go. Actually, that will help me with #3 AND #4.
Plan complete. Challenge accepted.
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