She ain’t what she used to be…

I love sweet treats. One of my favourites has always been chocolates, particularly on special days, like Christmas. At times, over the years, I have eaten a lot of chocolate sweets! Now, I don’t indulge in them, but for special occasions.

On Christmas Day a box of chocolates sat under the tree. I had one, after a little while another, and so on, and so on, until I had eaten far too many. And I felt pretty good, great in fact. I was well pleased with myself.

I woke up on Boxing Day feeling fine. We went shopping. After walking around in the store for a little while, I began to feel sad, that intensified, then I began to feel bad as well. By the time we entered the second store, I had to curb my tongue, as irritability had also developed. By the time we headed home I had the biggest, baddest, sugar crash of my life. It was a doozy. I felt physically ill. And it did not diminish that day, or during the night. Finally on Friday morning I began to feel a little better, and my state improved steadily thereafter.

Wow, this was a first. I reckon it is all the healthy eating we are doing all the rest of the year. My body can no longer tolerate large influxes of things that are not good for me. This bout was so serious, that when I looked at the little bit of chocolate under the tree this morning, I at first thought, “oh boy”. Then I recoiled, turned, and walked away!

I still have treats. The Panettone is not loaded with sugar, nor are my Mincemeat Squares, or my Gingerbread Cookies. The homemade treats do not cause any adverse reactions. Next holiday season, I am going to stick to my own baking!

On Friday we had a lovely dinner at Terra’s house, and got to see all the beautiful Grandbabies, six of them. All have strong personalities, all of them quite different, all of them interesting and beautiful. They change so much between gatherings! There are two living in Western Canada that we have only met once. We have no contact with their mother, her choice, Attila’s daughter by another mother. I suspect they are as beautiful as they were when we met them, years ago!

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“All growth is a leap in the dark, a spontaneous unpremeditated act without the benefit of experience.”
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6 Responses to She ain’t what she used to be…

  1. Teri says:

    Not sure what happened to you but it doesn’t sound like a sugar reaction. That usually happens within minutes and ends after half an hour or so. Even an allergic reaction should happen the same day, not a day later.

    I know every once in a while I’ll just react badly to a food from that same day, or I may just be in a bad mood for an unknown reason. I hope you’re feeling better now.

  2. Teri, I am feeling better!

    My sugar reactions used to be as you describe, many years ago. I recognize sugar crashes, I know how the feelings progress for me. But the intensity, sequence and timing began to change as I aged, the crash coming a day later, or sometimes arriving the same day. I know that the timing of my digestion varies widely, just the way my body is, so this delay in reaction is not out of character for me. This last crash was the same as all my other sugar crashes, just a little more delayed, and a lot more intense. I won’t be overindulging in chocolate candy again any time soon, lol!

  3. Sandy says:

    I’m glad you’re feeling better, Maggie. I bought a large bag of chocolate mini candy bars for Halloween. I live in an apartment and we don’t get a lot of trick or treaters but I wanted to be prepared. (That’s my story and I’m sticking to it 🙂 ) Well, I ate all of the candy. Then my next door neighbor gave me some full-size candy bars she didn’t want to eat. You guessed it…I ate those too. I found that I almost craved the chocolste. My self-control just disappeared. The day after I ate the last candy, I had a massive sugar crash. It felt like the flu accompanied by a really bad headache. It took two weeks to feel normal again. Even today I have no desire to eat chocolate. If sugar kills, chocolate kills quicker in my opinion.

  4. Thanks Sandy.

    My self-control dissolves around chocolate too… well, at least until Christmas Day 2019 that is! Your crash came the next day too! I guess the sugar is gathering strength for the big assault on the senses, lol. I was surprised at my initial reaction the other day, the “oh boy”, your lack of desire seems far more intelligent in my opinion. 🙂

  5. WendyNC says:

    Maggie, been there, done that, and not just with sugar. The problem with healthy eating at this stage of life is that our bodies really let us know when we “break bad.” Too much sugar, too much fat, too much salt, too many starchy carbs, too many chemicals–I’ve found that all these make me miserable.

    That having been said, I’m not sure I regret having enjoyed it when I was young enough to get away with it. 😉

  6. Wendy, you describe it exactly! And I am glad to have indulged myself a bit with food during my younger years, when, as you say, one could get away with it.

    Happiness is a place between too little and too much. ~Finnish proverb

    Attila is of Finnish descent, so when I found that quote I grabbed it!