Yesterday, I blogged about feeling a little stressed about next week's meal plans, but wouldn't you know that all it took was a little time, communication and planning to wash all that stress away? In other words, I feel much more prepared for next week.
However, this post is not about how I feel better now. This post is actually about how tired I felt yesterday! Up until yesterday, I had been feeling really good having no grains. I wasn't struggling with cravings and I was feeling light and happy. But yesterday (and this may have contributed to my momentary panic), I felt . . . off. I mentioned during my second no-grain post that my tummy feels different when I eat food that does not cause inflammation (bloating). What I mean by that is, over the last 4 days, I haven't really feel "full" in the general sense of the word. I'm not talking about a starvation feeling though. I'm certainly eating enough food to feel satisfied, but the "satisfied" feeling is just different than it usually feels.
So, after 4 days of a new routine, I think my body finally said, "ok, this fast is for real." You know how sometimes you try to "cut down" on something but then it really just acts as a slippery slope that brings you right back to eating and/or drinking the same amount you usually do? Well, those "cut downs" do pretty much nothing for resetting your cravings/body chemistry. Since you're still having the thing you've cut back on, your body is still processing it. Basically, you're still on alert for that thing. It takes a little while of doing something new for your body to shift its gears to focus on the new thing. I believe yesterday to be the day my body shifted.
I didn't realize it until I got home from the gym, but I was exhausted! I fell asleep at 7:30pm and didn't wake up until 9:45pm when I got a phone call. Of course, then I had trouble getting back to sleep. But my point is that my body needed extra rest. This is very common when undergoing any type of dietary cleansing. I was also ambivalent about food. It was really weird. I felt like a picky toddler. I was hungry, but nothing sounded good and all I wanted was to go to sleep. So I did. And it felt great!
Today, I feel much better though. Well-rested and ready to eat again. Although, I'm a little anxious because I'm singing today. Ack! Wish me luck! Also, thanks to everyone who has been following along and commenting!