Fake Food Equals a Real Headache

fresh veggiesI’ve been struggling with the concept of food lately. Just about everywhere I turn I can find an article or book about what is wrong with the foods we’re eating. Truth be told, there is quite a bit wrong with the foods we’re eating. The processed foods are full of chemicals. Some of the produce we eat is smothered in pesticides. There’s the great GMO debate. I even bought some bad pork last weekend.

And I won’t even begin to talk about what I’m reading in the Wheat Belly book (yet).

All of that said, I’m finding that the cleaner I eat, the better I feel. Processed foods make me feel bloated and sluggish pretty quickly. Fast food is almost an instant headache. Intestinal discomfort, aches, and general fatigue – all after I eat. 

Fruits and veggies, on the other hand – especially those from the produce market -leave me feeling just fine. I can, generally, start a week out pretty well.

No wonder I have such a love/hate relationship with food these days.

So, anyway, this evening I had the bright idea to use some of the gift cards we have sitting around from the holidays. The budget was a bit tight, and we usually try to buy some fresh seafood for the Saturday meal. I figured we could check out the online menu of a local chain-restaurant (steakhouse) to see what they had.

F found a snow crab cluster meal on the menu, complete with a couple of sides. I found an inexpensive steak special, also with sides.

The food was alright. This is why we don’t order out much. F said that the crab legs were slightly overdone, but he knows how easy it is to do that and he wasn’t too upset. It just makes the meat flake a bit more. I am pretty sure the chef forgot to put the seasoning on my steak, but it was cooked the way I ordered it.

Still, the food wasn’t – I don’t know – real, fresh food. Those mashed potatoes, complete with skins, weren’t mashed in that kitchen that day. The soup that came with my meal wasn’t made with fresh ingredients that day. The sides had the either bland or over-seasoned taste of foods produced in mass quantities. Do you know what I’m saying?

And, to ice the cake, I got a headache within a half hour of eating – as seems to be my new norm after eating processed foods. It’s a very real type of headache. I don’t enjoy it at all.

I’ve been telling myself I’m going to go completely clean, and probably wheat-free, very soon. Every single time I eat something that makes me feel “funny”, I’m reminded of why.

Do you have any odd reactions to food?

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