Is a food hangover a real thing? I’ve never thought so, until this weekend. I always kind of joked about food hangovers, but I’m pretty sure I experienced the worst food hangover ever yesterday.
You see on Sunday we had dinner at my in laws. It turned out to be a little Thanksgiving dinner with turkey, cornbread stuffing, scalloped corn, sweet potato casserole, mashed potatoes and rolls. I was totally unprepared for this, I thought it would be regular family dinner. Except all those dishes are fully loaded carb dish. I felt like I had no choice but to eat what was served. I guess I could have ate just turkey, but that seemed a little ridiculous.
In this particular instance, the problem was how much I ate rather than what I ate. I gorged myself. I seriously ate so much, it’s rather unbelievable. Then add in the pie I had a few hours later and it’s easy to see how I ended up with a food hangover.
I could have easily had a small scoop of the side dishes and been done. Instead, I ate until I puked, literally, on the way home Blake had to pull the car over because I was sick. I’m so ashamed of myself. This is the reason I’m shunning carbs right now because I’m out of control when I eat them.
All day yesterday I felt sick. I skipped breakfast because I was sick to my stomach, I skipped my workout because I felt completely exhausted, I cried myself to sleep in the middle of the day because I was emotionally drained. I was sick again after dinner even though I ate a light heathy dinner.
I did learn a lesson though. All day when I was suffering through the sickness I forced myself to associate this illness with over eating. I made my brain recognize that horrible feeling with stuffing my face. I know it seems kind of weird, but I felt like that’s only way to make a chance. I need to realize how awful it felt to be laying in bed crying my eyes out instead of working out because that’s what will help me to make a permanent change in my eating habits. That’s what will force me to gain control over the amount of bread and noodles I eat.
I originally intended to allow myself to eat whatever I want on Thanksgiving. But since I took advantage of our early Thanksgiving, I think a more controlled approach is in order. Blake and I will be partaking in two Thanksgivings this year, an early lunch at my Mom’s and dinner at his family’s.
At my Mom’s place I have a little more control over what is served. I am in charge of the turkey, the stuffing, and sweet potato casserole. I’ve been searching for a healthier way to prepare turkey without tons of butter and salt, there are tons of options out there. The sweet potatoes are a recipe Blake’s grandma gave me and they don’t believe in making something healthy, but I know I can cut down on the amount of sugar in it and it will still be delicious. I also have half a head of cauliflower in my fridge that I plan on taking and roasting for myself because my sister isn’t planning on serving the healthiest of veggie dishes…. She is making bacon fried brussel sprouts. At my Mom’s house I don’t feel guilty about making accommodations for myself and my chosen lifestyle.
I’m also making a lighter version pumpkin cheesecake, that I will take both places. I plan on making a small one in a ramekin for myself to avoid the graham cracker crust.
At Blake’s family’s house things are a little different, they have very strong family traditions. Since I will have already eaten at Mom’s, I plan to have a small amount of my favorite dishes and that’s it. I will spend my time enjoying the company rather than the food.
I’m not expecting perfection. I know it’s unreasonable to expect myself to eat a salad while everyone else is eating turkey and pie. But I can do it, I don’t have to sacrifice my goals to enjoy a holiday. I can enjoy my families and good food without suffering through another food hangover.
Tomorrow, I will be making the pumpkin cheesecake. I will share the recipes and some links to healthier way to prepare delicious traditional dishes. Stay tuned! And keep up the hard work!