Over the last few weeks both Tracee and I have been on our journey of discovery to convert to a plant based food lifestyle and I must say we have had great success. If anyone had told me a month ago that I would not be eating meat with my meals I would have given that ‘look’ that said absolutely no way. I have always been a carnivore and loved meat, but after yesterday, I can honestly say it is the farthest thing that I want to put into my stomach.
I have been nion religious with my plant based intake. First thing in a morning, I have my green blend. 2 large handfuls of greens, some frozen fruit, maca powder – it makes me feel fantastic. I don’t ever remember being so fanatical about what I will be having for lunch or dinner. I make sure that I have my food, but more importantly, I have the variety to keep it interesting – until yesterday.
Yesterday I woke up with my carnivore head on in a big way. I was craving meat like mad – and succumbed. I had a bacon sandwich. Now don’t get me wrong as a carnivore it tasted great, but I did have that guilty feeling after, you know, the ‘wish I hadn’t eaten that’ feeling. Anyway, come lunchtime, I craved more meat. So I went to a well known sandwich seller and ordered a large meat based sandwich (Italian BMT to be precise) and polished the lot off. Again, it tasted really good, but that guilty feeling was still there afterwards. I went to bed last night and then BOOM………the most gut wrenching stomach cramps hit. It kept me out of bed most of the night and after numerous trips to the loo, finally subsided after about 4-5 hours. I don’t really want to put into words how I felt, but anyone who has seen the Mickey Flannagan sketch where he talks about ‘Deli Belly’ will fully understand!
Today I feel rubbish. Not the energetic individual that I have been feeling the past few weeks. Lethargic, irritable and down right fed up. Now, this may be coincidental but not in my opinion. I started this plant based journey as another string to the bow that will allow me to complete both a middle and long distance triathlon in the best nutritional shape that I could ever be in. So, I am back on that plant based and gluten free food wagon again today more determined that ever not to fall off. If my carnivore head rears again, I can look back on last night as a mindful reminder just how bad it made me feel. So here’s to great nutrition and a healthy body and gut. Now, where’s my green blend?
Have a fit and healthy day