My husband and I took a trip up to NYC last week to celebrate our 2nd anniversary. It was fabulous.
The hustle and bustle, the people, Times Square, the clothes, the view, Broadway, 5th Ave., the food.
Oh, the food. We ate our way through that city faster than you can say “Vive la Crepe”. We had pre-determined that we weren’t going to hold back. Gluten. Get in our bellies. Grain. Goes in the mouth. Sugar. Sure thing. Nothing was off limits. It was an all out food fest. We had crepes, waffles, fried chicken fingers, sushi, ice cream, popcorn, and I even had an (organic) soda. Oh, my taste buds were tantalized! There was an amazing Paleo place we found that my husband loved. It was awesome – but not what I was in New York for!
(I do recommend Hu Kitchen to each and everyone of you who are more restrained than I and want to stay healthy on your next trip to NYC)
Then…after a few days of this unbridled fun, the funniest things started to happen. Well, of course I coughed and coughed and coughed the entire trip. That’s my trademark reaction to gluten. But something else. My husband lost his six pack somewhere (I think it was at the crepe place). I lost the glow in my skin (I think it was the sugar). His skin started to flare up. I had a furious headache and terrible fatigue. All of these outward signs of what we were doing to our insides.
By the time Easter Sunday rolled around (we got home Saturday) I could not get off of the couch. We went to church but as soon as we got home – done. Down for the count. Terrible.
Well, it’s been exactly a week since we’ve been home. On Monday my husband went 100% Paleo. I did too. Until 4 p.m. that day. I HAD to have a Lara bar. Then some chips. And some sour cream on my taco.
Not a good start. I am ALL or NOTHING in so many areas of my life. This is not one of them.
Tuesday. Paleo. All day. Until 4 p.m. I was STARVING.
Wednesday. Paleo. Until 5 p.m. Chocolate covered nuts. But Justin found his six pack. Good for him. Uggghhh.
Thursday. Paleo. Good job, me. Skin clear and glowing again…
Friday. Paleo. Until 6 p.m. Had to have sauce with my chicken.
That’s when I decided I had to get organized. I ordered a Paleo e-cookbook package and my husband and I sat down and listed all our meals and snacks for the week. I have to be prepared. If I don’t, I freak out and eat whatever is available at work.
I felt much better today. We went shopping at our favorite place – Nature’s Food Patch in Clearwater. We have a super full fridge and we prepped snacks to last us through Wednesday.
This is just the beginning for me. I know I’m going to mess it up again. Same as I did when we went gluten-free. But if I get a handle on it, make up my mind and get my act together I can do it.
Variety and preparation are going to be my best buddies.
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