I’m really glad that Carolyn Coffin and Kevin Beatty talked about “low carb flu” in their book, The Guide to Living Primal, because I’m pretty sure that’s what I had yesterday, and it was good to be forewarned. “As our bodies adjust from burning sugar to relying on more fat, there is sometimes a temporary lag before all systems align themselves and function efficiently. This can lead to symptoms of mental fog, fatigue, irritability, and headaches, which are collectively referred to as ‘low carb flu.” Think of this as our bodies’ withdrawal period as we kick our carbohydrate addiction.” (The Guide to Living Primal, Page 34)
Fortunately, I think I’m over it. Getting out of the house helped and I’ll admit to a little cheating with what I ate.
I took advantage of the sunshine by hanging some clothes on the line and getting out for a walk with my husband. That definitely helped battle the low feeling, but I think what also helped was having a little bit of carbs from a few crackers and some pea soup. So maybe, while I was in the “withdrawal” phase and feeling down, that helped me to get up. I’m hoping I won’t have to use that little “cheat” again—at least for the next few weeks of the challenge.
I’m back on track today, not craving carbs at all. Of course it’s only mid-morning as I write this. But I have meals planned for the day, and it’s a Zumba day–Zumba is a dance/exercise program done to upbeat music, mostly Latin and is done in a group. So I’m off to a good start.
Whether it’s for the exercise or taking on this challenge, I am blessed to have support from my husband, my family, friends, and other Zumba class members. When I’m down, knowing that I have that support helps me get back up.
I’m reminded of a song line–“I get knocked down, but I get back up again; you’re never gonna keep me down.” It’s from a song ‘Tubthumping” by the band Chumba Wumba. Here they are performing it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hDkVQvhZx04 I know, it’s an English football drinking song, but I like it. (Sorry, I know I’ve planted that earworm and you’ll have that song in your head for a while.)
I like this song not only for its uptempo beat, but for its message that while we get knocked down we can get right back up again.
Music can lift me up when I’m feeling down. When you get down, what gets you back up?