It was for a special occasion and it was planned, so i turned up prepared. Yesterday, i under-ate and had my meal earlier than normal so that I would be hungry. Then my plan for the rest of the following day was to not eat until I finished the day with a small tea.
The breakfast went down well, sausages, bacon, poached eggs, mushroom and tomatoes washed down with couple of strong black coffee's. Then it was time for a custom that I understand to be common at this kind of occasion. It was a combination of chocolate and cake that was set alight and promptly extinguished by the guest of honour. Not something I would normally eat, especially at this unearthly hour, but when in Rome ...
Unsurprisingly I loved every minute of it, but the rest of the day was horrendous. I felt slow, sluggish and lacked any motivation, good job it was a rest day for me, but I still had clients to train. I also had continuous sugar cravings all day, which when I have eaten well are pretty easy to contain, but not today.
Indulging in the celebratory combination of chocolate and cake would have raised my blood sugar and when this happens your body secretes insulin to take the sugar to the muscle to be used for energy, which is fine. However when you get a sharp spike in your blood sugar, your body can overcompensate and release too much insulin causing low blood sugar.
Low blood sugar = Hungry feeling or sugar cravings
If you feed the cravings with a high sugar food, your blood sugar spikes, too much insulin is then secreted, blood sugar is back down and the cravings start allover again. It's like an endless cycle of self destruction.
If this happens to you and you don't think you can ignore your bodies cries for sugar then the best thing to do is have a small protein/fat rich meal to give your blood sugar chance to balance out.
So what have I learnt from this experience?
- There's a reason I don't eat breakfast. Your body is in either a 'fed' or 'fasted' state. In a fasted state your brain is alert and energy levels high. In a fed state your body is relaxed, comfortable and the brain switches off. I'm sure you don't need me to tell you which is better for a more productive day.
- Don't fear criticism. This one is important. I could have gone for breakfast and had my usual pint of water and black coffee and still fully enjoyed the occasion, but a part of me thought I can't be bothered going through the whole "why don't you eat breakfast, it's the most important meal off the day" palaver. So rather than have the courage of my convictions so to speak, I just went along with everybody else. Now i should be past this stage and i normally am. As many of you know I have no issue with going against the the grain especially when it comes to exercise and nutrition. I do what is right, regardless of what 'common knowledge' says we should do, but I guess I'm not as strong as I thought I was. I do learn from my mistakes though, sometimes I repeatedly make the same mistakes (just ask Joanne), but eventually I do learn and this is one mistake I won't be repeating.