Sometimes great ideas don’t turn out as you imagine.
That was truly the case for a recent food piece I did for LivePDX.com in honor of International No Diet Day. I had this FABULOUS idea that in honor of No Diet Day, I would abandon my wheat/dairy/sugar-free lifestyle and enjoy one day of eating whatever I wanted.
The editor LOVED the idea and decided to add a video component and 2 additional restaurants. My idea was now to be a documented event, with 6 restaurants in one day.
I don’t need to give you the play-by-play (although you will be able to watch it all on April 26) for you to know what happened. While I only ate a little bit at each restaurant (OK – a whole dessert at Papa Haydn’s and ate way to much at Bernie’s Bistro), by location 6 – I was sick. And it didn’t just end there. I’ve been recovering all weekend. I literally had a food hang-over. I didn’t eat until dinner time yesterday and even that was very bland foods. I had headaches, nausea, constipation, diarrhea, skin irritation, extreme crankiness – all of it from eating unrefined foods for one full day.
This “fun” writing assignment reminded me why I love to eat wheat/dairy/sugar-free. I feel SO MUCH better and I don’t have any of the stomach/mood/skin problems that I do when I eat refined foods.
So, I’m in a place of complete GRATITUDE now that my day of pigging out is over. Never again. I love my body and don’t believe dieting is healthy. But, I LOVE eating wheat/dairy/sugar-free. In that way, every day is “no diet day” for me!