So its a few days after Christmas and my grandma sent me some chocolates that i used to eat when I was young ( nostalgia) So i told myself I'd have one and offer to rest to some friends who are coming over tomorrow. It ended up being half a box! :( Now i feel so sick...
What should I do?
I've heard of fasting after a binge helps but if this is what I should do, for how long? and anything else i should know?
The same just happened to me with some Queen Anne chocolate covered cherries. They're absolutely rubbish, and are so sweet it makes my teeth hurt and my throat tingle. Yet, they're the candy of my childhood, and every Christmas, we had a box under the tree. I miss my family terrible fierce right now, and eating those candies made me feel a little bit closer to home.
I have a vicious tummy ache and the shakes from the sugar spike as a result. Fortunately, there's some chicken broth in the fridge. I imagine that if my appetite does return after this little episode (which it may very well do; I have a remarkable penchant for being able to eat after indulging in otherwise cloying foods) I'll sip on some broth with some sriracha and ride it out. I imagine any "hunger" I do get after this will be a sugar crash anyway, so something stabilizing will help me feel better. If I am genuinely hungry later, I'll probably nosh on some protein and fat -- anything but more sugar!
Tomorrow, I'll resume normal eating. Restricting after overeating simply sets me up for overeating again, so I'm forgiving myself and moving on.
I hope you feel better soon, too. :)
Your experience with chocolates is either:
1) A profound, compelling, gripping existential commentary on your life as a whole: your sense of self, your willpower, your values, your capacity to be open to the concerns of others, your ability to participate meaningfully in the human community. Comparable to the travails of Job in the Old Testament.
2) Just something you did, enjoyed momentarily, though feeling crappy at the moment.
I recommend #2. Sugar metabolizes, insulin normalizes. Old Man River? He just keep rolling along.
Happy Holidays! This is not a disaster--this is a funny anecdote.
Okay, if that seems insensitive I don't mean it that way; I just want to reassure you that next year you'll joke about this. Don't worry about fasting unless it's something you do as part of your normal routine. The normal routine part is what you'll need to settle back into a healthy long-term approach to your diet and life.
If you're not feeling your best, just eat/drink whatever healthy foods you find most comfortable and it'll pass over the next few days.
Even if the worst happens and you wind up gaining a pound or two :O just go back to what you usually do and it'll probably disappear on its own. If it doesn't, a week or two of sensible cut-backs or extra activity will take care of it.
Enjoy the delicious chocolates. Maybe finish the rest of the box, or give them away. When they are all gone, don't buy more chocolates, and eat sensibly. It's not a big deal.
As far as feeling sick goes, well good. That should put you off doing this again for a while. You'll feel better tomorrow. Think of it as a sugar hangover.
Count me in on the Queen Anne's. My grandpa (who had very little he could afford to give) bought everyone his own box each Christmas every year for as long as he lived. I haven't had one of those eye-poppingly sweet things in years but fight the urge to buy a box every Christmas. I can't speak from experience in this case, but indulging every once in awhile on some comfort food or something that reminds us of a special time in our lives is okay. Don't sweat it. Oftentimes, we find out the food/experience isn't all we thought it was cracked up to be. However, if it's just as great as you remember it, I say good. I might just eat one of those damn cherries this year. I miss my grandpa.
Don't beat yourself up. I have little bags of Combos Cheddar Cheese Pretzels waaaay up in our cabinet. They're my "just in case" indulgence. So far they're unopened, but my husband (a non-Paleo) is leaving for a long trip next week and they're my comfort food when I get too wiggy. We all have our tipping point.
I broke down and bought some leftover Halloween candy the first week of November.Didn't realize it was cross contaminated with barley malt and got "please kill me" sick for a week.I can't even look at a candy bar without getting queasy now.My girlfriend's chocolate covered cherries were safe this year. As far as the holidays go,the chances of you being perfect are slim to none.Most of us are going to eat and/or drink things we shouldn't.Relax,have some baking soda in water,rest up,and remember the lesson for the next holiday.