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Quick Announcement:  Tickets for the 2nd Annual Healthy Living Summit, which will be held August 13-15 in Chicago, will go on sale WENDESDAY, May 19 at 9 PM EST.  There are 200 tickets for sale for $75 each and will go on a first-come, first-serve basis.  We’re using a new ticket system this year so things will hopefully go smoothly, but last year we sold out in 20 minutes… so GET READY!  The complete agenda will be available on the Summit website prior to ticket sales. It’s going to be better than ever this year!


Last night at 10 PM, I had the “genius” idea to make dark chocolate oatmeal cookies.  I then proceeded to eat three… OK, maybe four. 


They were from a box mix and were positively delicious.


Unfortunately, I have a highly volatile blood sugar and eating four cookies right before bed was THE STUPIDEST IDEA I’ve ever had (well, definitely in the Top 20).   As a result, I laid in bed feeling nauseous for a good two hours, finally falling asleep around 1 AM.


While struggling to sleep, I started to think about how horrible I’ve felt for the past few days.  I’ve had really bad insomnia since Sunday night, I wake up exhausted, and my tummy has been hurting.


One of the nice things about having a food blog is that I was able to look through the past 8 days and discover why I feel so off:  WAY too much added sugar and alcohol.  Too much wine, too much birthday cake and ice cream, too many cookies, too many beers.  It all started at the Husband’s birthday celebration, and it’s been downhill from there.  My meals have been great and vegetabley, but it’s everything in between that’s screwing it up.


Sometimes, people ask me how I stick to healthy eating habits, and I usually respond with, “I think about how bad junk food makes me feel physically, and how good healthy food makes me feel.  Then the choice is easy.”  I start to eat too  much junk and booze and I can’t sleep, I get splitting headaches, my skin goes nuts, my work ethic takes a dive, and my attitude plummets.  Recently, I’ve been eating poorly without consideration for how crappy it’s making me feel.


The Century Bike Race is in 9 days.  This is NOT the way I should be behaving right before I put my body through a grueling endurance event.  I should be hydrating, eating clean, and sleeping soundly.  If I want my body to perform well, I need to fuel it and take care of it. 


Needless to say, this morning’s tummy ache and headache were QUITE the wake-up call for this athlete. 


The most stabilizing breakfast I know:


I had a Wheatgrass Green Monster, which contained:


  • 1/2 a banana
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 scoop Wheatgrass
  • Drop of Stevia


And an English muffin with a sunny-side-up egg:


At least my blood sugar feels normal again!


So, in conclusion, when I feel off track, I get back on track by identifying what I’m doing wrong and the effect it’s having physically (in terms of headaches or trouble sleeping and the impact it’s having on my work life or training).   And then I kind of just snap out of it and go back to regular healthy habits.  There’s NO need to restrict or punish – just turn it around.  Every meal is a new chance to eat something healthy and satisfying.



  • Heather May 14, 2010, 9:25 am

    great post! I can’t ahve sugar before bed or I never sleep! Then i just get mad and it’s even worse!

  • Jaya May 14, 2010, 9:27 am


  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs May 14, 2010, 9:28 am

    Great attitude, I couldn’t agree more!! I noticed I started to get tummy ache the day after I’d had really rich desserts or ice cream – maybe too much fat or sugar and my boy didn’t like it? It’s strange how our bodies adapt to a healthy way of living – fabulous!
    I hope you feel a bit better today 🙂

  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin May 14, 2010, 9:29 am

    I completely agree with your attitude. Its crazy to me to think that I used to eat so badly every single day, and felt miserable, but never related the two.

    Just to confirm – – tickets go on sale at 9PM or 9AM on may 19th EST?

    • Caitlin May 14, 2010, 9:33 am

      9 in the evening, this way the most people are home from work (including those in pacific time zones.

  • Theodora @ Losing Weight in the City May 14, 2010, 9:31 am

    I’ve definitely felt that way quite a few times, too, but I never have all the healthy ingredients on hand like you when I’m ready to get back on track! But it is great that your body tells you NO once it’s adapted to healthy food. I never would have caught those signs when I was putting crap in my body all the time.

  • Evan Thomas May 14, 2010, 9:33 am

    I love that last line! I always hear “Tomorrow, I’ll turn things around”. Why tomorrow when really it can be your next meal today?! NEver to late to make a healthy choice

  • Laura@FindingAHealthyBalance....after a 100+ Pound weight loss!!! May 14, 2010, 9:37 am

    Oh, believe me we all have those days, weeks or even months when we “eat bad” even though we know how it will affect us later……….so don’t get to down about it and as you said “every meal is a new chance to eat something healthy and satisfying”!!!

    I followed the same philosophy when I was trying to lose all the weight……if I messed up just get back on track right after with the next meal and I always felt better when I did that, instead of following the old philosophy of just “throwing in the towel” and starting over next week which became a VICIOUS CYCLING that would happen over and over again………..

  • megan May 14, 2010, 9:41 am

    this happens to me too. i never seem to put two and two together right away though. sugar especially affects me, but I still seem to eat a ton of it. working on it, but it’s so hard!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet May 14, 2010, 9:41 am

    I think that is the best way to get back on track. That is the same I tell myself – I just know how good I feel when I work out and eat right.

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday May 14, 2010, 9:42 am

    Oh man, too much sweets before bed is the worst. It makes it harder to fall asleep than coffee, I think. Because you’re stuffed AND high on sugar

  • Lisa May 14, 2010, 9:42 am

    “I think about how bad junk food makes me feel physically, and how good healthy food makes me feel. Then the choice is easy.” I love this!!! A great mentality. I feel awful when I have too much coffee (which I have been doing lately). I get so dehydrated and it shows in my skin.

  • shannon (the daily balance) May 14, 2010, 9:43 am

    Every meal is a new chance to eat something healthy and satisfying. — LOVE THIS it is so true. So often people take the all or nothing approach. Once they mess up they figure, oh well, screw it! and this can often lead to a long string of bad choices.

    But thinking of each meal as a clean slate is a great way to overcome this mindset – love it!

  • Whitney @ Lettuce Love May 14, 2010, 9:43 am

    Great post! Too much sugar and alcohol definitely takes a toll on me too. I love your last line — every meal is a chance to turn it all around and eat better.

  • Morgan @ Life After Bagels May 14, 2010, 9:45 am

    That’s what I love the blog for too. If ever I get the “why am I feeling so crappy” feeling. I know it’s time to go read my posts from the last couple days. I always get the answer – eating, lack of exercise, lack of sleep, stress . . . it just jumps right out at me.

  • Wei-Wei May 14, 2010, 9:47 am

    Thank you so much for this. I’ve recently gotten a wake-up call, too: I’ve been feeling really down and depressed over the past few days, and while other events and circumstances have factored into it, I also noticed my newly-developing attitude towards food: I was starting to restrict. Again.

    After a short mile run in PE, we went into the mat room and started practicing choreography. I skipped my snack of an apple at break (Planned on eating it for lunch later, with a piece of cake. Really not a healthy lunch. At least I corrected myself and ate a full-meal wrap, instead.) I noticed how irritable I was and how pissed off I was at having to choreography our own dance; it seemed like a chore and I hated doing it. I was tired, couldn’t practice the routine and was downright bitchy to my group members.

    We have to remember that treating our bodies like crap will make us FEEL like crap. So while having treats occasionally can be liberating and actually healthy for us, it’s when we have too much that it stops being treats and starts being poison. Everything in moderation! That’s my motto.

    Thanks for the wake-up call. I’ve reaffirmed my pursue of recovery. (I’m going to go eat a square of 90% chocolate now, just because I love it so much. ;))


  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg May 14, 2010, 9:47 am

    Awww, I wish I could go to the summit!

    That’s exactly how I am– too much junk or too much alcohol, and I start feeling like CRAP. I start craving salads and water!

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman May 14, 2010, 9:48 am

    I get like that, too. My stomach definitely lets me know when I’m getting off track. So do my pants, but that’s a different problem.

  • Katie @ Ordinary Girl, Extraordinary Journey May 14, 2010, 9:51 am

    As I was reading this post, a light bulb just went off in my head. I have had a headache everyday for the last several days. I’ve also been eating a lot of junk (we had family in town, my work schedule was all off track). No wonder I’m not feeling well! Thanks for this post! “Every new meal is a new opportunity” I love it!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing May 14, 2010, 9:52 am

    I’ve been feeling the EXACT same way lately and you are right, I realize that I’ve eaten a LOT of sugary things in the last week or so. No wonder I feel like crap!!! I need some good old fashioned clean eating..

  • Ilana May 14, 2010, 9:55 am

    I totally agree! Every meal – every time you open your mouth to put food in it – is a new chance to eat something healthful and good. Thanks for the reminder to clean up my act a bit – I have been feeling crappy again.

  • Daniel May 14, 2010, 9:57 am

    “There’s NO need to restrict or punish – just turn it around. Every meal is a new chance to eat something healthy and satisfying.”

    That’s the clincher in the post! I loved it! It’s so true, yet a lot of us feel the need for punishment or guilt and it’s not really necessary. So you ate more than you usually would have or you had some fried food or anything like that – just turn it around the next time a meal comes around. 😀
    Great post. ^_^

  • Angharad May 14, 2010, 10:01 am

    I couldn’t agree more. It is sometimes tempting in situations where you swing heavily one way to swing very heavily the opposite in order to “compensate” but my body has never thanked me for that tactic! It’s true that just eating healthy, balanced meals is the best and fastest way to get back on track. Good post!

  • Matt May 14, 2010, 10:03 am

    I totally agree that too much junk makes me feel like crap. You have plenty of time to get on track before the race!

  • Johanna B May 14, 2010, 10:07 am

    When I get off track I tell myself to just do the next right thing. Whether it’s choosing a healthy food, exercise, or as simple as brusing my teeth after a meal. Make the next choice one for healthy behavior and things will start to turn around.

  • Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) May 14, 2010, 10:09 am

    I think once you start eating healthfully, you can really feel a difference when you go to junk. I’m not talking about one cookie but more extremes. Even now, I can’t drink frappucinos because they just taste way too sweet to me!

    • Caitlin May 14, 2010, 10:12 am

      yes! i completely agree.

  • Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter May 14, 2010, 10:12 am

    I definitely agree that your next meal can turn things around. I had 2 desserts last night, plus more junk food than I ever need so I’m starting today out with a smoothie.

  • Krystina May 14, 2010, 10:13 am

    I agree with you – when people ask me why I avoid unhealthy foods, I tell them it’s because of how awful they usually make me feel. When you fill your body with healthy, nourishing foods, your body doesn’t want/need junk. I hope you feel better!

  • BethT May 14, 2010, 10:14 am

    Technically, you’re not supposed to have runny yolks when preggers….but I can’t resist sometimes. It’s one of the things I majorly crave. I’ve hardly eaten oatmeal in the last 4 months.

  • maria @ Chasing the Now May 14, 2010, 10:21 am

    I start to feel the same way–just yucky and not right inside. That’s when it’s time to clean up the act and get back to the basics.

  • Madeline - Greens and Jeans May 14, 2010, 10:22 am

    Oh geez, this was perfect timing. Last night I ended up making peanut butter cup cookies for my boyfriend and I ate far too much cookie dough and went to bed with the worst stomach ache. Ugh. I’m all about sweets every once in awhile, but they do make me feel like crap sometimes!

  • Ashley S May 14, 2010, 10:23 am

    Your egg looks PERFECT, how exactly do you do it??

    • Caitlin May 14, 2010, 10:27 am

      make the griddle really hot and then crack the egg. it should look perfect when you scoop it off 🙂

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) May 14, 2010, 10:24 am

    definitely a great tip…i’m in the process of trying to remember how bad food makes me feel in the moment, and it’s getting better!

  • Katherine May 14, 2010, 10:24 am

    I too have been drinking beer and eating crap. Knowing as the food is going into my mouth that I will end up feeling like crap. My face has been breaking out, I feel sluggish and having a hard time sleeping at night. It drives me crazy that I know better! I guess all we can do is wake up today, remember it’s a new day and move forward. Darn apple bread last night…lol!

  • Meredith May 14, 2010, 10:35 am

    We’ve been living parallel lives this week because you just described my week perfectly, from sleepless nights to too much dessert. Thanks for the honesty… it’s serving as added motivation to get my own butt back in gear!

  • Jennifer May 14, 2010, 10:42 am

    I can always feel when I eat too much sugar. I get grumpy. haha. Green monsters always get me back on track! Whether for breakfast or a snack, they always make me feel better inside and out.

  • Jennifer May 14, 2010, 10:42 am

    I can always feel when I eat too much sugar. I get grumpy. haha. Green monsters always get me back on track! Whether for breakfast or a snack, they always make me feel better inside and out.

  • Stephanie May 14, 2010, 10:45 am

    Not to rejoice in your troubles, but I’m glad to hear that even you struggle sometimes. I recently got off track due to birthdays (what is it about birthdays???) and have really been beating myself up about it. Thanks for having the bravery to talk about this and show that if you waver, just get back to it! It’s truly inspirational – especially when you fall off the track and get back on without a problem. Thank you!!

    • Caitlin May 14, 2010, 1:29 pm

      haha i am human! i promise!

  • Rachel May 14, 2010, 10:50 am

    Thanks for this! I’ve also been filling my body with no-so-good stuff lately.

    No need to waste time with the guilt. I’ll turn things around come lunch time!!

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers May 14, 2010, 10:50 am

    The best part about healthy eating is that you have the opportunity to get back on track with the next meal- I love that!

  • Alyssa May 14, 2010, 10:54 am

    I’m training for a marathon right now, and I wake up in the early hours of the morning feeling famished! What should I do? I hear that it’s unhealthy to eat before bed, but if I don’t eat, I can’t sleep? If I do eat, should I still wake up and have breakfast?

    • Caitlin May 14, 2010, 1:30 pm

      eat more during the day 🙂 or drink liquid calories before bed (milk?) if you’re waking up in the middle of the night, you are definitely not eating enough.

  • ActiveEggplant May 14, 2010, 10:56 am

    There must be something in the air – me and my husband were just having a discussion this morning about how we’ve “fallen off the wagon” in the last week or so with eating and drinking! Like you, we’ve decided the best thing to do is just pick ourselves up by our bootstraps and start eating right again! I think days/weeks like this are a way of gently reminding ourselves why we try to maintain a healthy lifestyle in the first place!

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] May 14, 2010, 10:57 am

    Goodness. I’m scared about not getting a ticket! …but it’s exciting nevertheless =]

  • Tonyne @ Unlikely Success Story May 14, 2010, 10:58 am

    I’ve been feeling that way too. It’s not that I’ve been horrible, I just haven’t been as good to myself as I should. I’ve indulged a little too much in food and booze. It’s time to reign it back in, for me at least.

  • emptynutjar May 14, 2010, 10:59 am

    Don’t be so hard on yourself. DO you realize how utterly healthy and busy you are? You do so so so well compared to most…and not compared to most. Cut yourself some slack 🙂

  • Kilee May 14, 2010, 11:12 am

    Thank you for sharing how you’ve been feeling and how you’re going to fix it. So many times we beat ourselves up for eating “too much *insert type of food*” instead of accepting it and moving on. Why linger in feeling bad in the past, when you can look forward to fun, healthy meals in the future. Have a great day and hope you’re feeling better!

  • Kelly May 14, 2010, 11:13 am

    I wish I could go to Chicago for the Summit! I completely agree that you can notice a difference in how you feel depending on how you’ve been eating. I’ve really noticed it lately.

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) May 14, 2010, 11:23 am

    Gosh, I could not agree with this more! Everyone always asks me how I can be “so good”. Honestly, eating right gives me so much energy and makes me feel good. Lately, I have noticed that after I eat, I do really feel good. A lot of people should understand that when you are changing your diet to a healthier one, it takes time for your body to realize that what you are eating makes you feel good. You have to get past the cravings of the unhealthy foods. Then, eventually, you will crave the healthy stuff and forget about the other. Then when you do have the not so good stuff, you realize what used to make you feel so run down and tired. Not to say that the occasional treat is not good for you…we all need our treats! I have gotten to the point now, after years of feeling like crap, when I eat, I think about what this food is going to do for me…not to me. Great post.

  • Carolyn @ lovinlosing May 14, 2010, 11:29 am

    Being able to assess yourself is definitely one of the perks of having a blog.

  • manda_michelle May 14, 2010, 11:29 am

    yes this is so true! i have a problem with sugar (chocolate) and i definitely notice how i feel after i eat it, and its a good deterrent. also with dairy, caffeine and junk food.
    i wanted to mention (you’ve probably already heard this) but drinking lemon water right after you over indulge in sweets helps bring your blood sugar to a normal level. its really helped me in the past.

  • Camille May 14, 2010, 11:34 am

    Thanks for the info about Healthy Living Summit! I have been checking the website daily to no avail 🙂

  • Kayla May 14, 2010, 11:39 am

    I agree-people think I always eat healthy to not gain weight (which you totally can over-eat on healthy foods so thats not true!) but really when I eat junk my weight stays the same, I just feel so gross. like today, I haven’t had diet coke all week and I just finished my FOURTH one this morning. Plus french toast (dining hall hind), tons of peanutbutter for breakfast, and a huge bag of cheetos for “lunch.” I’m not worried about it though because I’m focusing my energy on studying for finals, not eating healthy, which is counterproductive btw bc all this crappy energy is giving me NO energy for studying. ah well.

  • Courtney (Pancakes & Postcards) May 14, 2010, 11:45 am

    wake up for me… i feel off lately, and really stressed, so i figured that was why… but now i realize that i have been making it worse by dealing with stress through crappy food. no longer!!! starting tomorrow…

  • Jessica Lee May 14, 2010, 11:45 am

    omg, sooo excited about the event especially because it’s going to be in chicago – my hometown. hope i can get tickets!!

  • Mary @ What's Cookin' with Mary May 14, 2010, 11:57 am

    I love that green plate!

    I’m the same way… Sometimes its nice to indugle a little, but it SERIOUSLY affects my sleep, mood and energy levels. It helps me remember why I love ‘healthy’ foods so much!

  • Kacy May 14, 2010, 12:07 pm

    I really need to work on reducing my sugar intake. It definitely makes me feel terrible, but I keep doing it.

    Having a blog really is a great assessment tool!

  • Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) May 14, 2010, 12:12 pm

    I am terrible with sugar before bed as well. I love your motto- you CAN always get back to eating healthy!!


  • Jess May 14, 2010, 12:15 pm

    Very timely post for me, too. I’m finally getting to the point where I’m looking at food in this way, instead of the calorie-driven, good food/bad food madness. I’m definitely a work in progress, but baby steps, right?

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople May 14, 2010, 12:22 pm

    I love that each day is a new chance to eat something healthy and satisfying! I wish I had those same awful feelings when I ate junk. It would convince me to not eat junk! But I don’t usually have any side effects besides guilt!

  • Lisa May 14, 2010, 12:24 pm

    That happens to me. If I eat too much food that isn’t normally in my diet, I just feel icky! Get back to your regular foods and you’ll be cured.

  • Rachel May 14, 2010, 12:32 pm

    Just a quick tip on the Day Before Your Century Ride:

    Aim for getting about 8grams of carbohydrate per KG body weight. Focus on easily digestible carbs, low fat, relatively low fiber throughout the day. You also want to taper your meals so that breakfast is the largest and dinner is the smallest. This will ensure that you not only top off your glycogen stores (Stored form of CHO), but also help to ensure that you are able to “empty” your GI system prior to the race.

    Fat, fiber, and protein slow down how fast your stomach empties – so by concentrating on minimizing the first two and meeting your needs on the last one, you’ll be able to ensure good gastric and GI emptying.

    Sample meals:
    Breakfast: Pancakes, homefries, toast, and 2 eggs. Fruit.
    Lunch: Sandwich with about 3oz protein. Fruit.
    Dinner: 1 cup pasta with 3oz lean protein. You want to go to bed feeling a little hungry.
    Snacks: Pretzels, fig newtons, crackers. Try not to eat too much fruit or veggies as these will get caught up in your ‘system’ a little longer than less-fibrous carbohydrates. You can also help meeting your carbohydrate goals by drinking some sports drinks.

    Day of the race:
    You want to wake up at least 2.5-3 hours before the race and have a nice breakfast. Something like a bowl of oatmeal, about 15-20g protein of some sort and a banana. Make sure you have about 20oz of gatorade at this point also.
    Remember: no peanut butter because it’s too high in fat! The 3 hours will leave you time to “digest” and “excrete” anything you need to 🙂

    15 minutes before the race have a gel and 8oz water.

    Remember to bring gels, bloks, gatorade, powerbars, bananas, or whatever your preferred fuel to have every 50 minutes. (1 gel = 1/2 powerbar = 3 bloks = 1/3 pb&j sandwich; each of these are one serving that you could have every 50 minutes).

    Drink PLENTY of fluids during the race! Aim for 20oz every hour, if not more (depending on heat index and sweat rate).

    But overall — ENJOY it!

    Good luck!

    • Caitlin May 14, 2010, 1:31 pm

      great tips! i love!

  • Rachel May 14, 2010, 12:33 pm

    That’s wasn’t very ‘quick’ was it?! hehe!

  • runnerforever May 14, 2010, 12:38 pm

    I seem to be able to eat pretty much anything right before bed. I guess I should consider myself very lucky!

  • Macrae May 14, 2010, 12:50 pm

    I could feel your uneasiness the past few posts and I’m glad you have identified it. You are so strong that you will be able to tackle this and rock it out in your race!
    Plus, I like it that you allow yourself ‘junk’, it’s the worst when people don’t experience birthday parties, late night baking, and time out with friends for fear of ‘junk’.

  • Alycia @ FitnFresh May 14, 2010, 12:52 pm

    so true, it’s easy to lose track of what you’re putting into your body if you’re not paying attention to it!

  • Lindsay @ Summit Sandwiches May 14, 2010, 12:54 pm

    I love this post. It’s amazing how much food can affect your overall well-being. That’s something I didn’t really recognize while I was in college…I was always so mad that my skin was constantly breaking out, yet I didn’t really realize that “oh, maybe my skin isn’t so great because the foods I put in my body aren’t so great.” Maybe, eating ice cream and pizza all the time might be why you don’t feel the best you can. Now, I try (emphasis on try) to eat foods that nourish my body, and consequently my well-being (and skin clarity!) has skyrocketed. It’s all about getting back on the bandwagon once your eating habits have strayed a bit.

    Thanks for being so honest, Caitlin! Sometimes, it seems like food bloggers eat so perfectly. It’s nice to know you amazing ladies struggle like we all do. 🙂

  • Rachel @ Balance and Blueberries May 14, 2010, 12:58 pm

    Love it. Thanks for the reminder to listen to my body and the signals it’s sending me. Best of luck on the century ride!

  • kalli@fitandfortysomething May 14, 2010, 1:03 pm

    yes sugar and alcohol is a bad mix right before bed….i may have had a wee bit too much wine last night and i did not sleep too well either because of it……i had wheat grass this morning too!

  • sarah (the SHU box) May 14, 2010, 1:03 pm

    i’m so right there with you! it’s great to have treats sometimes, but when it builds up i just feel the need to step back and detox a little. my body knows!

  • Sami May 14, 2010, 1:09 pm

    Thanks for the Healthy Living Summit announcement! I am SO sad that I won’t be able to be there. I’ve been dying to go since I saw the pictures last year, but it is my littlest sister’s birthday on the 14th, and I simply can’t miss it 🙁 Hope you all have a blast!

  • Teacherwoman May 14, 2010, 1:12 pm

    I HATE HATE HATE how I feel when my blood sugar is high. I feel jittery, sometimes neausous, and then end up eating poorly because my hunger is thrown off… grr!

  • Lisa @ Early Morning Run May 14, 2010, 1:35 pm

    I definitely know what you mean. I’ve been very good about my eating habits the last two weeks and my body feels great! It took a little bit (and I think allergies are part too) but I’m sleeping better at night and I just feel ‘lighter.’ Eating healthy foods definitely make a difference on overall wellbeing!!

    we really need to buy a new blender so I can start making green monsters. they sound incredible!

  • Ashley M. [at] (never home)maker May 14, 2010, 1:35 pm

    This is how I live my food-life: Every meal is a new chance to eat something healthy and satisfying.

    Seriously. Couldn’t have said it better.

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) May 14, 2010, 1:42 pm

    That’s how I do it too. If I eat the ice cream and cake and stuff I feel extremely awful so I just have to stay away from it (I’m super duper sensitive). It makes it much easier to stay on track.

  • jenny (green food diaries) May 14, 2010, 1:57 pm

    looks like a good solid breakfast. don’t worry caitlin, we all have moments like that! sometimes i eat something i’m intolerant of (like cheese) and i feel like kicking myself after because i feel so ill. it’s okay!

  • Jasmine @ Eat Move Write May 14, 2010, 2:17 pm

    I’ve had terrible insomnia recently. Maybe I should look at my added sugars, although I don’t think I’ve changed anything. Great idea, though. Thanks!

  • Diana @ frontyardfoodie May 14, 2010, 2:22 pm

    I’m the exact same way. I get the worst headaches if I have sugar and my digestive system just stops working if I don’t eat right.

    I hope you start feeling better! Get some water and greens in you girl!

  • Hallie May 14, 2010, 2:33 pm

    Wow I was wondering why I’ve been sleeping horribly…I’ve been off my game with the sweets as well! It’s such a battle for me, and I’m going on vacation next week, but I’m really looking forward to making the best choices I can on my trip, and then getting “back on track” for REAL when I get home. Thank you for sharing this!! It’s so true that good food and lots of hydrating beverages just makes you feel better.

  • Diana(mymarblerye) May 14, 2010, 3:20 pm

    Oh Caitlyn.. I just wrote a post today on my ongoing struggle to be healthy. It’s comforting to see that you’ve learned to control yourself, forgive yourself, and snap out of it. I hope I get there one day!

  • Erin May 16, 2010, 11:01 pm

    That’s so cool that you’re able to tell so well how what you eat affects your mood and how you feel. I’m STILL trying to figure all that out.

    Also, I’m bummed that I won’t be able to pounce on tickets when they go on sale on Wednesday. I even live in Chicago! But, at 8PM Chicago-time on Wednesday I’ll be in a theater seeing a musical called “39 Steps”.

  • Susan May 17, 2010, 8:50 am

    The same exact thing happens to me. I was travelling this weekend where lots of beer, junk food and pie was consumed. I don’t regret any of it, but I sure am paying for it!! I can’t wait to get my body back to normal with some good eats and exercise 🙂 I do however think that people who aren’t used to eating well don’t know what they’re missing out on. I used to feel fine when I lived off beer and nachos in university. Or at least, I thought being sluggish was normal.

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