What a corker!
This evening I went for a Wetherspoon’s steak and chips dinner with a colleague. No sauce, a little salt. Grilled mushroom, tomato, peas. Pint of John Smith’s bitter shandy.
As this was a planned meal, I worked my breakfast and lunch Huel meals out accordingly to give a round-a-bout allowance of 1000 cals for the dinner.
Breakfast was a dirty chai made last night and refrigerated with 3 scoops vanilla Huel with 400 ml unsweetened soya milk + chai spices + double espresso shot.
Had this 08.30-09.15 topped up with 200ml filtered ice cold water.
10.30 Raging headache. Sipped 1l water between then and 12.30. The temperature in theatre had gone up to 25 degrees Celsius, which didn’t help my mood which up until today has been Tiggerish. Plus by 13.00 I was hangry and I didn’t get to go for lunch until 13.30 today. Definitely need the 4 scoops for breakfast on a work day.
Lunch: 400ml of remaining Good Hemp + 3 scoops Huel + 1 large Pink Lady apple + good dash cinnamon. Topped with 200 ml ice cold filtered water. Managed to drink it reasonably slowly along with 500 ml water. Went outside for my break to sit quietly in a sunny corner because I felt really grumpy
Went back to theatre to narky surgeons. Because the morning list had run over, the pm list started late. Comments like had I really needed to take my full break knowing we’d be late running, didn’t improve my mood. Aside: My ‘only’ break of unpaid 45 minutes in a 10 hour shift.
Headache continued and I got narkier. Everyone (except the patients) seemed to be jumping on the 'lets irritate Emma with stupidity train’s and at one point I had to walk out just to count to ten and deep breathe - not me at all…
My boss explained very logically that my brain, on day 3 of my Huel journey, had suddenly realised that I was ignoring the cake and biscuits in the staff room! She said my headaches were the result of quickly coming off processed added sugar, bad carbs and reduced caffeine intake ( I usually have 4 double coffees a day). Eureka! Now why hasn’t I thought of that through my lack of sugar induced red haze???!!! The brain is sly!
So, I figure that quitting sugar and caffeine could potentially be as bad as quitting smoking, BUT achievable. BRING IT ON! - But, hoping it will pass soon! Everytime the image of the doughnuts in the staff room popped into my head, I slurped water. What a saint! Evil maniacal giggling to fade. I will slay the devil whispering on my shoulder!
Dinner: Me oh my, the steak dinner was oh so delicious. The drinking of Huel slowly has had the positive effect of making me REALLY appreciate my evening meal. I am now eating effectively, as I should be, enjoying each forkful and chewing properly.
The headaches stopped when I had my shandy. I fed my brain with sugar.
Addition: No bloating but noticeable increased huffing of terrible smells that my boyfriend declared, as he was gipping, smelled like chicken shit. LMAO at this and how, temporarily, the tables have turned!