Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Being Sick is No Excuse...

...for eating junk!! So many times in my life, I have had a cold or other minor sickness and told myself, "Self, you poor baby!! You can eat WHATEVER you like. After all, you're sick and need comfort!" Like a doting mama to my inner sick fat child, I would fix myself multiple grilled cheese sandwiches fried in butter, pans of homemade mac n cheese, and thick frosty milkshakes (after all, I had a sore throat. A milkshake only makes sense, right?) Pudgy little Lyn with the sniffles and head cold would lay on the sofa in blankets all day, while Big Mama Lyn served up whatever her heart desired. (Yeah, both Lyns are me. SOMEONE has to mother me, right?) I felt lousy so I would consume bowls of sugary cereal, whole containers of pudding, and quarts of eggnog. Little wonder that after my illness had passed, I always weighed a good 5 pounds more than when it started. It was always hard to stop the indulgences, too, so after I felt better I would still need those milkshakes but would add a Big Mac or two ("for the protein," I told myself, "After all, I need to rebuild my strength.")

This time, it's different. I am not reverting to a whiney fat kid (I never was a fat kid, but I reverted to one anyway). I am an adult, and I listen to my body and feed it what will help it heal. I have been MISERABLE with this head cold. Just miserable I tell you. But I can sense that I need fluids, and not junk. I have had small (5oz) glasses of fresh orange juice, bowls of chicken soup, and lots of ginger tea with honey and lemon. I have stayed hydrated with water. I had some simple carbs like lowfat rice pudding, oatmeal, or a small bowl of whole wheat noodles in gravy. I have rested and let my body work on healing itself instead of stuffing it full of toxic junk food that it has to waste energy processing. So I feel better about how I am handling being sick.

That's the key, you know. Being able to do this through whatever life throws at you. You can't just give up and eat junk when your routine is shaken up. People get sick. People have stresses. That's life. We have to learn to get through it without overeating and using food as comfort. Every new situation is a learning experience. Embrace it, and learn.

This morning I was down another pound to 242. When I am over this sickness, I am sure I will be happy about that. For now, I am off to have some herbal tea and go to bed!

5 comments:

Twix said...

I really like hot peppermint tea! :)

Sybil said...

You are doing so well Lyn. An inspiration and great example to follow!

I not only let the stress of a 3 week holiday with family put me back into the insanity of eating, but then I came home, got a chest/head cold and continued to eat. The good news.....I'm 2 days back to clean eating and healthy exercise. Whew. Thank goodness it didn't snowball into a total free for all.

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honib1 said...

APPLAUDING LYN.. !!!!!!!!! that is fabulous.. not that you are sick but that instead of feeding yourself with the wrong stuff you made some HUGE HUGE HUGE HUGE HUGE changes BRAVO.. by the way .. I did EXACTLY AS YOU with the grilled cheese and mac and cheese.. I never was much for milkshakes I preffered the gallon of icecream with a spoon lol.. and i thankfully was not one for fast food.. now boxes of sugary cereal yes.. I can relate to that way too much.. anyway lets snap back into the present and our futures.. BRAVO to you.. feel better.. too.. an thanks for your sweet comments on my blog.. I put that slide show up about 2 weeks ago.. I am going to leave it up a little bit longer then put my old slide show up with a few wedding pictures tossed in

Dinah Soar said...

I know you can't catch a head cold throught the internet...but I've got the same as you...also been drinking lots of tea made with fresh ginger, fresh lemon and raw honey...and mixing a teaspoon of honey with a teaspoon of lemon, then swallowing it, soothes a raw throat...also doing lots of veggie soup...

You start with any veg...fresh or frozen, cut in small pieces, add a clove of garlic and slice of onion, cover with chicken broth, boil just til tender then puree with a stick blender...add salt and pepper to taste and I add one tablespoon (per cup) of evap. milk or half and half...this is filling, soothing, lots of vitamins and fiber and very low calorie if you use veg like cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, summer squash, etc.

There are some boxed organic soups like hubbard squash by Imagine that I like too...very convenient and the quart size is around $3...couldn't make it much cheaper unless you grew the squash yourself...

Hope we are both well soon! I was tempted to let myself eat junk too...but put the brakes on it...

Anonymous said...

i can so relate to this.
Being sick sure does make me bing too.and incidentally,i am ill now,and this post is a REAL inspiration.
thank you.and may you succeed in your journey to reach your goal!-)
safi