HI guys, yesterday I slipped up and had 2 doughnuts from Krispy Kreme (no idea why, they were really gross) and then, since I was on a off-the-wagon-roll, I ate a Snickers bar that my mom had in her purse.
I've been vegan for about 5 1/2 months now, and so this morning I was not surprised to feel absolutely HORRIBLE (although I was a bit shocked as to HOW awful I felt). I feel like I have the flu -- body aches, joint pain, exhaustion... I obviously will not be doing this again, and feel super guilty as well, but my question is this:
Does anyone have any tips for super-foods that will help my body flush this crap out and get me back to normal as quickly as possible? (So far I've eaten a large bowl of miso mixed w/ a ton of collard greens, and taken my multivitamins.)
It happens! We are not perfect so our diets cant be either. Hope you feel better. I drink lots of water and sip on hot decaf green tea. I also load up on green veggies and stay away from carbs for a day. Good luck!
Caroline - it seems like you really had a sugar overload, which our bodies become so much more sensitive to after going vegan and eating more whole foods. You may also be reacting to the dairy and eggs. Eat as cleanly and simple as you can, and either make the cure-all tea from TKD, or at least eat a bit of ume plum if you have them. I have twice had a sugar overload, on vegan treats. It was really bad because basically the sugar I eat now comes from fresh or frozen fruit, or from fruit juice sweetened jam, and not much of that, so I rarely expose my body to other sugars, even maple syrup or brown rice syrup. When that happened, I ate about 1/3 of an ume plum and felt soooo much better, without even making the tea. I wasn't instantly cured, but I was a good way there. I'm telling you, it can work wonders.
Thanks so much guys! My reply is a bit late b/c I took a 2 hour nap... and am still exhausted! Lame! I have been loading up on water and avoiding carbs (although not really on purpose, I have just felt nauseous when considering eating them). I will definitely be eating super-clean for the next few days, and will have mostly dark green veggie based dishes.
One good thing I've learned from this experience = highly processed food is the devil!!
@ Hazel -- I hadn't even considered the sugar factor! But now that I think about it, I haven't had refined sugar in about 5 months (or certainly not in these quantities) so that very well may be the cause of this awfulness. I do have ume plums will eat part of one and make the cure-all tea w/ the rest. I'll let you know how it works... Thanks!
I also felt the sugar overload feeling a couple of days ago after eating cotton candy at the movie theater. That was the first time I had sugar in about 2 weeks. I had a headache and awful stomach pain. Never again! After that I just ate simple, nutritious foods from TKD and I felt better the next day. Coconut water has also made me feel better and made my stomach settle. Hope you feel much better now.
Something I never realized until I became a vegan is that most people are like that old boiled frogs analogy -- they've been slowly accumulating sludge in their bodies for so long that more has very little effect. However, once your system is clean, consuming that refined, processed sugary, faty junk is like being chucked right into a pot of boiling water. It hurts!
So I ended up running a fever after my response last night. I'm below 100 now, but my skin is now hot, flushed and sooo ITCHY. I'm not sure if the fever was due to the food I ate, or if the food stressed my body enough that it was unable to fight off some virus that was in already in my bloodstream, either way it sucked. I am fairly sure the itching is due to the food, though... right?
Thanks for all your advice and stories of your own bad-food experiences. I'm glad I'm not the only one who's slipped up (at least w/ regards to sugar), it makes me feel a little bit better about my hiccup for sure. :)
Anyhow -- message received, body. I promise not to feed you such utter crap again!
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