Hair of the Dog: Beating the Low-Carb Hangover
Posted: Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012
Photo by: Nathan Abplanalp Photography
Alyn Wharmby is an Ohio native turned middle school teacher and graduate student, currently earning a degree in School Administration at UNC Charlotte. She is beginning her new life with fiance Erik and chihuahua Bella on July 13, 2013. Contact Alyn here.
After much conversation with finalist Brittany and other friends, Ive decided to move back towards my original diet goals and go low-carb. This is one of the few diets Ive never triedfor a few reasons. First off, I was scared of the myth of the original Atkins diet, which has the reputation of prohibiting vegetables and other foods that are essential to your health. Second, I am not a big meat eater. I really dont like pork (yes -- even bacon, yuck!) and Id much rather have a big carton of strawberries than a hunk of meat. Also, Im a sugar addict, natural or processed! My favorite foods are blueberries, strawberries, and chocolate none of which are carb-friendly.After discussing with friends and doing a good bit of research, I decided that maybe low-carb wasnt so bad. After all, I am a big-time sugar-crasher, meaning that when I havent eaten for a significant period of time I have a major meltdown. I get shaky, feel nauseated, and become EXTREMELY cranky (Erik, my fiancé, will be happy to verify this). I also have developed a pretty sensitive stomach as Ive gotten older, and many heavy gluten/carb-laden foods tend to upset it. Diabetes runs in my family, and I really need to get a handle on my sugar intake. Finally, I need a change. Im sick of counting calories and Im not seeing as much progress as Id like.I did some research this weekend and set my diet goal for Monday. Im going to do two weeks with little-to-no carbs (20-25 net), like the first two weeks of the new Atkins diet. After that, Im playing it by ear. If I see results in weight loss and the way I feel I will try to stick with it. After my research, I realized that low-carb/no-carb wasnt terrifying and doesnt involve a meat-only diet. Thats a myth. Truth is, it involves a lot of vegetables that are low in sugar content and lots of lean proteins. AND you dont have to count calories. LOVE it!Heres the tricky part: right now, Im in the midst of carb-withdrawal. Like a bad hangover, Im feeling tired, woozy, cranky, and like I cant focus on things properly. Apparently this is to be expected, but not enjoyable! This seems to be the first week funkies something that most people experience. Im sure it doesnt help that I gorged on carbs this weekend knowing that I would be cutting them out as of Monday. In my unfortunate state, I started looking for ways to beat the low-carb blues and I found some that give me hope:1. Drink lots of water.2. Eat, eat, eat. Snacks keep you from feeling that woozy feeling.3. Take your exercise down a notch as your body tells you just for a day or two.4. Eat more protein, fiber, and fat.5. If youre feeling especially rough, have a low-glucose fruit like some grapefruit or an apple.6. Stock the pantry! Lean meats, veggies, and apparently sugar free jello all make good food choices when youre feeling desperate.This isnt something I plan on doing forever. To complete my weight-loss Ill surely be back counting calories in no time . Im just trying out my options and seeing if I can get my sugar cravings back under control.Make it a goal to kick-start your goals this week with something new and different . and be prepared to adjust to the change!
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