The Hormonal Roller Coaster

It’s bank holiday weekend and the mother in law and sister in law are staying for the week. Typically when people are round and everyone is taking it in turns to cook, it can be hard to stay in the Zone, however I thought I’d write about today especially.

For the first time in many years, I decided to watch the Formula 1 Grand Prix today. I stopped watching it years ago when all the over taking stopped, bring back the Turbo that’s what I say! Anyway, I digress. Basically I’ve been doing a good job of staying in the Zone for most of the day, and typically for an “off day”, having too much wine in the evening. Today I had eaten well in the Zone, having had a good Zone Diet breakfast (cold roast turkey, cottage cheese, nuts and fruit) and a good Zone lunch (Prawn stir fry), but for reasons that can only be down to temporary insanity, I decided to treat myself whilst watching the Grand Prix.

I started with a slice each of two odd cakes “the Mothership” had brought with her, one was banana cake, and I can’t even pronounce the other “Prabitsly Cake” or something?? Anyway, that didn’t seem like enough so I had some home made raspberry jelly and some home made raspberry sorbet, both courtesy of the Mothership and my daughters cooked exploits yesterday. It was yummy I have to say, but somehow the eating experience wasn’t quite as satisfying as I’d hoped, something seemed missing somehow…. Anyway, I settled in to an afternoon of watching the Grand Prix.

Somewhere about an hour and a half in, I fell asleep on the settee! It’s odd, cos I don’t nap during the day, ever, and I had a good 7 hours sleep last night, and didn’t feel tired at all when the race started. I woke up when the family came back from the garden centre and I have to say, I felt bad: lethargic, tired, no energy for anything and totally groggy. Even half an hour after waking up I felt the same. Years ago, I would have just put this down to old age, now however I know better: excess insulin induced blood sugar low!

Thinking back, it’s amazing to me how foods’ control of hormones can have such an impact on your well being, and how it has to me over the years and I never understood the effects. I’m please now that I’m better informed. It’s ok to cheat, it’s ok to treat yourself, just so long as you understand the hormonal consequences. Life is full of decisions and their consequences, and food is no different. You want that Double Chocolate Gateaux? Help yourself, just don’t do it very often, and fully accept that you’ll feel like a sack of potatoes 2 hours later.

{ 2 comments… add one }
  • Nihal 29 May 2007, 7:19 am

    Gotta totally agree with you.

    I for one always use this same excuse ‘I must be getting old’ when I’m tired but rather, it’s sites like this that educate us. It’s got nothing to do with age BUT the food we eat.

    Now time for my Double Whopper Burger and Cola, oops, ya, today’s my rest day !!!

  • Colin McNulty 29 May 2007, 8:47 am

    Haha, nice Nihal. Ironically if you do feel like a burger, a Double Whopper Burger is probably the best you can have. Just don’t get any fries, and drink diet Cola. Of course there’ll be too much fat, but in terms of protein to carb ratio, you’re in the right ball park.

    That’s what I like about the zone, nothing is off limits, as long as you’re not silly about it.

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