I think I had a hangover yesterday. A food hangover. It happened like this: For Father’s Day, we had plans to eat, eat, and eat again. I started the day with a mile-run and then a total conditioning class, so at least I did get my workout in. Then, we went to a buffet brunch where I had quite the spread. I didn’t eat like total crap, but definitely heavier foods and a larger amount than I am used to.
After brunch, we went to my grandparents’ for swimming and more food. I grazed on some dips because they were there though I wasn’t quite hungry again yet. We went swimming and decided it was time to eat again since the food was prepared and Jonny and I did have dinner plans with his side of the family. My dad grilled hot dogs, hamburgers, and chicken, yet I had a corn on the cob and some of Mama’s famous mostacholi (I couldn’t pass it up!). Of course, I had a sliver of a peach pie I made, too.
Two hours later, we were showered, cleaned up, and sitting in a restaurant with Jonny’s family. I had a salad and a couple of pieces of Jonny’s pineapple pizza. Stuffed. Uncomfortably so. Went home, went to bed.
I woke up yesterday morning and ran a mile on the treadmill then walked for an addition 15 at a steep incline. I felt so tired during summer school and had to fight to keep my eyes open during yoga time when the lights were dimmed and soft music was playing. I had a snack in between my two classes, and by the time I got home I was starving. I fixed myself a plate of leftovers and consumed it in no time flat. I’m not sure if I still truly felt hungry, or if I just felt the need to eat, but I snacked a bit more. Next, I ran some errands, then went to my parents’ house where I grazed again.
It was the late afternoon when I developed a headache that wouldn’t go away. I drank some coconut water which usually does the trick if I’m dehydrated, but that didn’t work. My headache remained, I was tired, and I was cranky. Totally not hungry for dinner, I played a softball game and returned home around ten o’clock at night. I did have this little munchkin waiting for me which definitely brightened my mood:
Jonny was there, too. I knew I should eat something before bed, since it had been quite a few hours since I had last eaten. I knew I needed real food. No more crap, no more junk. Luckily, I had a new-to-me bar on hand that did the trick.
Barre is a real food bar that uses whole food ingredients to supply energy and nutrition not only to athletes, but everyone. Julia, one of the creators and a former professional dancer, contacted me asking if I would be interested in trying this new bar. When I obliged, I was sent three flavors: Pirouette Cinnamon Pecan, Black Swan Chocolate Berry, and Ballerina Spirulina - a Whole Foods exclusive flavor! The bars’ consistency and texture remind me of LÄRABARS (which is a very good thing!). They are soft, chewy, and taste great! I have tried two of the three flavors. I’m saving Black Swan Chocolate Berry for last because I think it sounds the best (does anyone else do that??). I’ll let you know how it is once I do indulge.
Another wonderful fact about Barre is that they contribute to a variety of art education programs. I love when companies do more than just sell their product, and Julie and Aaron of Barre definitely do just that. Thank you for letting me sample the Barres; they are delicious and a snack I’d like to keep on hand. You may order online here or find a location near you that sells the bars in stores.
Today, I’m focusing on eating clean – lots of fruits and veggies, no processed junk. Just real food, lots of water, and back on track with healthy eating. I’m meeting Diana at the gym after summer school for a quality workout. I think the wholesome foods, water, and sweat session will help cure this food hangover in no time. At least I hope it does!
What do you do when you have a food hangover?