I recently got a little reminder about why I do what I do.
I was running errands the other day and since I still a few stops to make and was a while from home, I figured I’d grab something to eat.
I was in the grocery store and decided to pick up some spring rolls.
It wasn’t a horrible choice; they were the kind made with rice paper, quite a lot of white rice, lettuce, avocado and a teeny bit of shrimp. They also came with a delicious sweet wafu mayo for dipping.
While I was standing at the cash I caved and bought a small bag of Miss Vicky chips (Damn Miss Vicky for making such delicious potato chips!!)
So I gobbled up the spring rolls, thoroughly enjoyed the chips and went about my errands.
About an hour later, driving home I had a little scare.
I was so tired, I could barely keep my eyes open . I think I nodded off for a split second because I ended up swerving onto the gravel shoulder.
Yikes, this isn’t like me. I should have been pretty rested and it was the middle of the afternoon.
I got home and immediately grabbed and apple, then rummaged in the pantry for some crackers… I considered making myself a coffee until I realized what was going on.
Since working with Metabolic Balance and doing my own plan years ago, I’m pretty conscious about what my proportion of starch to protein is supposed to look like.
My spring roll lunch was definitely higher in refined carbs and lower in protein than what I’m used to. Combined with the sweet sauce and Miss Vicky’s very refined starch, this was a perfect storm for an energy crash followed by intense cravings.
So the spike in blood sugar levels from the white rice, sweet sauce and chips caused my body to secrete a ton of insulin which then resulted in a mega sugar crash (almost literally).
That’s why I felt so unusually sleepy and was grabbing for anything I could find to raise my sugar levels as soon as I got home.
These kinds of cravings are the result of physiological triggers that cannot be ignored. They invariably result in extra pounds followed by the self-punishing loop.
It had been a long time since I’d felt that way and this little episode brought it all back.
Before I knew about this stuff, mid afternoon lows followed by carb hunting used to be my normal.
I used to weigh about 10 lbs. more than I do now despite jogging 3 or 4 times a week to maintain my weight.
Fast forward to today; I’m in peri-menopause and easily maintaining at a lower weight WITHOUT the jogging. Aside from this incident, cravings and energy lows are pretty rare, thank goodness.
And it isn’t just me, 99% of clients report significantly less or zero cravings when they follow the whole foods and the proportions on their plans.
Aging and menopause doesn’t have to mean weight gain. Cravings are totally about what and how you’re eating… and resisting that *%$# Miss Vicky.
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