Last week I went to the local grocery store for a few things. One item that another household member had added to my list was bagels. Apparently, we have cream cheese (organic) that is lonely. I decided to pick out a few different bagel flavors from the in-store bakery. I bagged a 1/2 dozen and went on my way.
I arrived home, lugged in all the bags, unloaded them all, cleaned the fridge, emptied and refilled the dishwasher, and got every thing put away. Then realized I was hungry. Hmmmm... those bagels sure smelled good. Before giving it much thought, I had one cut and in the toaster oven. Smelled even better now.
Three lightly-toasted minutes later, butter spread lightly and melting just right (I'm not a cream cheese fan), I sat down with a glass of water and my "treat". Some of you may think, it's a bagel not an ice cream sundae, but usually I don't even give things like bagels a second glance because they aren't appealing to New Me. Old Me ate them all the time because Old Me was a sugar addict. New Me very rarely consumes white flour in any form. I'm a whole-grain girl now. This day, I ate it without concern and carried on.
It hit me at my 3:30 yoga class. I felt a little 'foggy', yawned a few times before the class. Typically, I'm able to think quickly about the next yoga pose I want the class to move into, but didn't feel as focused as usual. After the class, I was feeling a bit irritable (yes, irritable after a yoga class!) and hungrier than is typical for me. "Oh my gosh!:, I thought, "I'm 'hangry'!"
I hadn't felt this way since, well, honestly since I gave up eating processed carbs about 4 1/2 years ago! That white bagel, with it's processed white flour had messed with my blood sugar levels. How on earth did Old Me ever walk around like this day in, day out?! New Me eats pretty clean (mostly plant-based eating style) and has good concentration, high energy, and my moods are steady. 3pm brain fog was a thing of my past!
I ate a health, veggie-filled dinner, drank a lot of water, and felt better. It was a good experiment. The "bagel incident" has verified that I NEVER want to go back to that Old Me way of eating! Whole grains provide sustained energy (the body doesn't break them down as quickly so there's no drastic blood sugar spike and crash), making me feel fuller longer. Plus whole grains, veggies, and fruits have fiber, vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that keep me healthy. No brain fog. No crankiness.
There are still a couple of bagels in the kitchen. I, for one, will not be consuming them. Sorry household members, but I probably won't purchase them again, either.
Are there any white carbs on your menu today (white breads, donuts, muffins, bagels, white rice, white pasta, sugar-filled lattes)? Learn from my bagel incident. Don't walk around hangry!