For healthchat followers, I had a successful 21 day detox in the Fall and felt great going into the holidays. Results were surprising for me. The acid reflux symptoms I was having before the detox went completely away. I found they were associated with dairy and wheat. And it reinforced the experience that chocolate brings on wicked dizziness and migraines. Weight loss was not the motivating factor but, I lost 15 pounds anyway. So, I considered it a success.
However, with the holidays and 40 inches of snow last weekend some of my unhealthy eating habits have reared their ugly heads. I call the post-holiday eating syndrome Hibernation. Snow shoveling has been my exercise and all I want to do is stay at home, read and eat. I can relate to the bears and ground hogs.
Some good habits are still in place. Cheese and chocolate are still off the menu and I’ve reduced my wheat consumption most days. Finally got back to bicycling at the gym. So, some of those ugly habits are not going to come back.
The plan now is to keep the healthy eating and exercise in place until Spring. I’m not going to begin another detox or add anything new until my body wakes up from the long winter’s sleep. Remembering how I felt before the detox and preventing those symptoms from recurring will help. Also, keeping fresh fruit and vegetables on hand to prevent eating processed food from the cupboard is key.
Finally, accepting the fact that my body is coping with the season. Eating heavier foods that help to keep me warm is okay. Also, I’m determined to stop stressing about what I weigh, instead learn how to like myself and accept my new habits as part of the journey to ultimate health. Enjoying the winter months and hibernation mode is the goal. I think I’ll take a nap.