Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Getting Too Cocky

Ugh, I think I screwed up.

The other day, I went to get a pedicure and the ladies in there were all Vietnamese. They were friendly and nice but wow, they were all about the size of my leg. My LOWER leg. So there I was sitting while the ladies all chatted in Vietnamese, and the TV was on and it was showing Indian food. Some of the ladies started talking to me in English, asking me what I thought of the Indian food. "Oh, I like Indian food," I said. "I like curry." The head lady wrinkled her nose in disgust. "We don like spicy! We don like curry!" They talked about how the local Thai foods and Chinese foods were Americanized, TOO greasy, TOO sweet. "Our food, Vietnamese food good for diet!", she said, gesturing widely at my torso. "No oily, no SWEET! Eat pho! Eat soup, all kinds soup. Yummy pho! Good for diet!" I asked for a restaurant recommendation and got one. "You like it, NO oily! Food there is LIGHT. You like!"

I went home and mentioned it to my husband. I thought maybe this would be a good place to get low carb, light, Medifast-type food. He picked up a menu for me and I found a few possible items: chicken pho, lettuce wraps, grilled chicken cabbage salad. I called the restaurant, made sure nothing had flour, carrots, beans, rice etc in it and asked them to leave the noodles out of the pho (soup). I figured I am getting to be a pro at eyeballing portions; I was pretty sure I'd be able to pick out 6 ounces of chicken and 3 servings of vegetables.

I shouldn't have done it. I really shouldn't have. It was a bad, bad idea. The pho was SO SALTY. The lettuce wraps were, too, and the chicken was coated in some mysterious sauce. I had small portions of those and focused on the grilled chicken and cabbage salad. Well, the "grilled" chicken was more likely fried, and also had some kind of light sauce on it. And there were ground peanuts over the entire salad, and a puddle of dressing in the bottom. It was SO GOOD. I scraped off as much peanuts as I could, ate what I thought was about 6 ounces of chicken (which I then realized should have been less, as I think it was dark meat), and ate as much cabbage and bean sprouts as I could from above the dressing puddle.

And now I feel sick. I am actually having pains in my stomach. I thought I might vomit but it takes *a lot* for this binge queen to vomit (I have only ever done so when pregnant or sick with a stomach bug or had food poisoning). My stomach hurts and I feel icky. I guess this was an unintentional screw up... but let me tell you, I learned something BIG tonight. There is a REASON Medifast gives us such simple food lists. There is a REASON we are supposed to measure all our food. And with the amount of fat I think I may have eaten, even though it was *probably* still low carb, my body is just not coping well.

Maybe for a minute there I thought I knew better than the doctors who created this plan. Maybe I thought, for just a minute, that I could 'wing it' and it wouldn't matter. Well, IT MATTERS. I feel absolutely ill. I am never going to eat something that I do not know the ingredients of again! There really is something to be said for a simple dinner of plain grilled fish and steamed asparagus with a side salad. Really. After I eat that kind of thing I feel great... satisfied yet light. Now, I feel heavy, nauseous, and exhausted. And I have something I have not had to deal with in quite awhile... a headache.

I hope I can pull it together enough to bike in a couple of hours. But I promise you this: I have been humbled, and I won't screw around like that again.

36 comments:

Camevil said...

Did the women really talk like that?

notjustcelery said...

I wouldn't beat yourself up too much, you did do a lot of homework before eating at the restaurant, it's unfortunate how it turned out though.

I've been buying grass fed beef to cook at home lately and a few weeks ago I went to a fancy steakhouse for a family member's dinner and got a $40 ribeye (don't worry, I trimmed it and made it into 3 meals instead of 1!) and I couldn't get over how much BETTER my $6/lb grass fed ground beef tasted than this fancy corn-fed steak. It's amazing the things we have learned.

You are doing amazing and I hope you feel better!

Ex Yo-Yo Dieter Debbie said...

I hope the sick feeling goes away soon...I HATE feeling nauseous!

You know, an experience like this sounds like it just re-doubled your commitment to your healthy eating plan! It's too bad it wasn't what you were hoping for, but it just re-confirms that you are doing what feels right for you!

Lyn said...

Camevil~

Yes, she did. Which is why it is in quotes :)

Stephanie Hill said...

Great lesson for all of us. The plan works when you work the plan.

Ms. PJ Geek said...

good lesson..you have new wisdom and can make better choices next time.

Ruby Leigh said...

Well you learned something - that's all that matters. I did laugh at the impersonation... whether that's appropriate to do or not.

Melissa said...

I went off Medifast for Mother's day and felt sick all day Sunday and half of Monday! SO not worth it!

Moving Mertle said...

OOOH I know how you feel!

I ate pretty well all summer and then on my cross country move I decided to splurge with fast food. stomach aches are no fun on a long drive. Way to move on an learn from a mistake!

Rebekah said...

Sorry you felt bad. I wouldn't realy say you were being cocky, most places you can modify it, but now you know not to eat from that place again!

Hope you feel better soon!

Theresa said...

It's one way to never forget where we have been. Feel better.

Tammy said...

I know you sound a little disappointed in yourself, or thought you were being cocky, but it sounds to me like you did a good bit of research, and really put in some effort to make sure it was something very close to what you would normally eat before you ordered it. That shows growth and progress...not cockiness, to me at least. And that feeling you've got in your stomach? I've had it for a week and a half now. I really missed that satisfied and light feeling while I was away on vacation. I'm so used to NOT eating all that crap food anymore, that it seemed everything I tried to eat, even the healthier, grilled stuff, just made me feel like total shit. I've felt so bad for so many days now that although I know we won't be taking another beach vacation til next spring, I found I was already dreading it...mostly because Dwayne eats so differently from me, and he wants us to eat all of our meals together, so it's SUCH a struggle. I've learned a lot though in this year I've been blogging with my healthier habits, and I have a feeling after another year of wisdom, Dwayne and I are going to be butting heads a lot more when the next vacation comes around, lol. Things could get downright nasty between us when it comes to what I'll be willing to put in my body the next time. :)

georgia said...

OH NO! I've been there and done that!
It's hard to push through, but you may feel better after a workout...or LOTS of fiber and scrunched into a fetal position holding your tummy moaning, swearing you will never eat that again and praying it pushes through your system quickly! :-)
Chalk it up to another learning experience! Thankfully we're still around to have them!

Ang said...

((((Lynn))))
Hope tummy starts to feel better before bedtime....A lesson learned is always a good thing...

Taryl said...

Oh man, I find pho to be the most delicious food err! Today is my birthday and I actually had my husband buy me some as a treat. It is a little salty, but VERY light and low in calories, and with all the condiments in (cilantro, basil, lime, peppers, hot sauce and some hoisin) it is phenomenal.

I'm sorry it didn't agree with you - there's a few foods that do that to me, as well.

Miz said...

lordy it took me many experiences like that with food when I was working to lose my weight to "learn" what worked for my bod and what conspired against me.

entirely.

anne h said...

Even if eating right is not our first, or primary language, we can still learn it....enough to communicate with out bodies....to find out what works and what doesn't work.
We're all learning, all the time, it seems!

Tabby said...

Don't be too hard on yourself. I am sure that for the rest of my life there will be times where I don't eat as favorably as I intend to, or I mess up the calories in something and realize later it was like a heck of a lot more than I would have ate. You are doing really good, and it is what we do every day that counts, I think :) Feel better!

amoslionhorse said...

oh dear, that wasn't a fun lesson to learn, was it?

Sometimes I wish all the yummy foods i like that weren't good for me would disagree with me! I'm not such a good lesson learner. :S

ryry the adventurous said...

It's not a screw up, Lyn! You have to transition back to non-Medifast foods eventually, it's going to be trial and error no matter what. You tried "healthy" options, you didn't jump for the bad foods. The fact that the first trial was an error, and that you can recognize the difference in yourself because of it... is a success in iteself!!

Lori said...

Sometimes we need those reminders. You did all your homework, so don't beat yourself up. Take the lesson and move forward. Of course you are the poster child for that!
Lori
http://deepdarkweightloss.blogspot.com/

Happy Fun Pants said...

I love pho. The restaurant that we have close-ish to my house serves only fresh ingredients in a chicken broth. There are plenty of veggies (bean sprouts, onions, etc.) that make it SO delicious! The chicken at the restaurant I go to is poached - no sauce or anything on it. YUM! It is healthy food and hits the spot when I want something warm and comforting.

I guess this taught me that anything that is supposed to be healthy can be made poorly.

I hope you don't feel like you were coerced into going there because these little ladies said you should though. You look great! You're doing great!

Here's to hoping the nausea fades quickly!

Anonymous said...

Other than the saltiness, the pho that I've had is pretty good for you. Just poached chicken (or whatever meat you pick - you can get things like tripe, ugh), fresh vegetables, and noodles in a light broth. I've also had poached or steamed fish dishes at Vietnamese restaurants that have been light and tasty. (I also like the rolls which include vegetables and shrimp wrapped in steamed rice paper.) I do think that a lot of the restaurants have been "Americanized" into serving food with lots of heavy sauces and fried foods, but there are some healthy choices in the ones around here. Sorry for your bad Vietnamese food experience. -KC

Lisa said...

yuck. Sounds like a good lesson!

beerab said...

Oh girl I would have told you to stay away from that stuff. Pho is like salt soup IMO.

Specially if you have any issues at all with carbs, it's very high carb. So even if it's low in fat the sauces and rice noodles will make your carbs for the day jump up (I do south beach).

I know anytime I eat pho I'm always up like 3 lbs.

You live and learn- don't worry about it :) In a few days the salt retention will go away :)

Yes they really do talk like that lol.

elisaannh said...

Wow, I just wrote about the same thing this morning on my blog. Had chinese last night and got so sick. For me, it was more about the amount of food.

Anonymous said...

Yes! I had three desserts at a recent funeral reception and I felt horrible afterward. Too much sugar, too fast.

Debbie said...

Isn't it funny how our bodies react when eating something we're not used to eating? I had a similar experience with supposed grilled chicken and veggies at a Mexican restaurant.....food was REALLY greasy. I was immediately sick! I hate that queasy feeling!

I love the comment that the ladies at the salon were all about the size of your LOWER leg! LOL....I know the feeling. When will the weight come off the legs???

-J.Darling said...

That is definately incentive to stay ON PLAN and keep track of all the salt in your diet. Eating out can be challenging like that.

Teale said...

Oh, I hate that icky feeling when you eat something that's too greasy/fatty/etc compared to your current diet. It's just YUCK!

Karen in Tennessee said...

Been there, done that. I am so grateful that I was able to withstand (most) of the temptations when I was out of town last weekend but anytime I interrupt my eating plan at home (all simple foods as you described) I know I am in danger of wandering off the path and into a danger zone!!! But now you have tried the Vietnamese food and I doubt you are eager to try it again...LOL! I do agree with the Vietnamese women about one thing though: I HATE INDIAN FOOD...too spicy for this Midwesterner!
All in all though, Lyn, I bet you did better than 99% of people out there would have with brand new food to try and you should give yourself credit for that. You will continue to GREAT and get to your goal weight!!!

screwdestiny said...

Yup, that's the only thing that sucks about eating clean for so long. Even if you can afford to break your diet and have a cheat meal or whatever, you really can't because it makes you feel like crap.

Steelers6 said...

Hey, you got a pedi!!! Was that a special treat you've been waiting for? Not sure if you've mentioned before, but I know some of the bloggie ladies are waiting to do that when they get smaller. Yep, you surely ARE smaller!

Anyway, yeah, don't beat yourself up mentally (you've already done that physically...jk.) The usually thin, healthy looking Vietnamese gals recommended the food/restaurant, so you thought you would check into it. Understandable, & now you know for next time, and you know who knows your (slender) body best.

I love the Vietnamese gal I go to. I have to pay close attention to comprehend what she is saying due to HER accent, and she has to do the same with ME.
[I've been to other places where they smack your calves; not tooo crazy about that. haha]
Happy weekend, friend. Chrissy

RedPanda said...

Ugh - reading this post reminds me why we very rarely eat out! I'm sure if you made your own pho it would be fine.

And where did those women get off talking to you like that???

Lyn said...

Chrissy~

the pedi wasnt related to my weight loss, but it WAS related to my new attitude about how I treat myself :) I really wanted a good foot/leg rub so I let myself have one... for the first time in almost 2 years.

Texasmom1974 said...

I allow myself eating out once/month. I always have pho, but I eat only 1/2 of the noodles. It's never been salty and seems pretty healthy. I never gain after eating it, too.