You Only Live Once

You Only Live Once.

I was having breakfast this morning with family, wrapping up a wonderful weekend celebrating my sons 21st birthday. Every part of the weekend was fabulous minus how I felt this morning. I had indulged in things, laden with sugar and gluten, that I hadn’t consumed for a long time. Now if it was in moderation, I would have been fine. But it wasn’t. I started with a few beers at the Cubs game on Friday afternoon and it went downhill from there.

The weekend continued with truffle fries, cupcakes, more drinking, chips and salsa, more drinking and ended with the most delicious chocolate cake made by a professional pastry chef. Finally, I had the willpower to say no to a scoop of ice cream on top of the cake. After two nights of interrupted sleep I had had enough. I sat through the church service feeling miserable. I knew this binge was going to end today and I couldn’t wait to feel normal again. Since I began eating clean, I love my new normal. I feel energized, I do not have fog brain, I sleep better, and most importantly my mood is better. Quite frankly, I was edgy and impatient.

When I was explaining how crappy I felt to my family at the breakfast table this morning my brother-in-law said “You only live once!” My response was “Yes I know, which is why I, now, choose to eat clean on a daily basis.” I do only live once and because of that, I choose feeling great and energized all day long!