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I Won’t Make This Mistake Again

Sleep deprived and feeling the pressure of impending work deadlines, I did something I shouldn’t have done.

I drank coffee.

But, the story doesn’t end there. When I reached the bottom of my first cup, I grabbed a second. So, I felt a little wired. Not a big deal, right? It would pass.

Then my husband, kind man that he is, returned from the store bearing gifts. It was late afternoon, and I needed a lift to make it through a client phone meeting.

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7 Responses to I Won’t Make This Mistake Again
  1. Anna
    February 18, 2009 | 12:12 am

    Hope you’re feeling better. Sometimes the most uncomfortable lessons are the lessons best learned? Though, still wondering how the coffee fits in … the donut makes perfect sense.

  2. Kimberly Hartke
    February 18, 2009 | 6:38 am

    What a story! It is so interesting to hear how your healthy body responded to a foreign food. Love the died of dysentery graphic, too. What a hoot!

    Kimberly
    http://hartkeisonline.com
    another realfoodmedia.com blogger

    Kimberly Hartke

  3. Julie
    February 18, 2009 | 8:45 am

    It’s amazing how a lot of people just get used to eating crappy food. And also how people get used to just feeling bad all the time, but don’t question their diet.

    Julie

  4. Michelle @ What Does Your Body Good?
    February 18, 2009 | 9:30 am

    Whenever I fall down on my healthy diet and find myself drinking coffee or eating poorly it’s a gigantic reminder that IT’S TERRIBLE! hahaha and then I am so grateful for real food that nourishes me and my cravings for crap go away. Until the next time…

    Michelle @ What Does Your Body Good?

  5. Elizabeth
    February 18, 2009 | 10:20 am

    Ok, I LOLed at the graphic that went along with the post! Sorry you had to find out the hard way. I’ve done that a time or two myself.

    Elizabeth

  6. KristenM
    February 18, 2009 | 11:33 am

    Anna — I occasionally have a glass of coffee. I think my mistake was in having two. It made me feel jittery and wired, essentially prepping my system to respond badly to the doughnut.

    Julie — Yeah, I think that’s a great point to make.

    Michelle — What’s really funny is that I had absolutely no cravings for coffee or sweets yesterday. I didn’t really want them, but had them because they were in front of me. And I figured, what could it hurt? Maybe it might even help give me the tiniest energy boost to make it through the rest of the afternoon. But I didn’t ENJOY eating them — in fact the doughnut was disgusting.

    Elizabeth — Yes, I have a not-so-subtle sense of humor.

  7. Tamara
    February 19, 2009 | 9:52 am

    Aw man, i hope you feel better. I really understand where you’re coming from…I had some standard SAD chocolate chip cookies (Ima just have to make my own lol) a few weeks back…my system was WRECKED for that entire day! That happens anytime I feel brave enough to eat something with refined sugar, flour or both.

    So guess what hubby got for me for our engagement anny last week? A chocolate cheesecake from The Cheesecake Factory. Its my favorite, but not great for my system *eye roll* Ive been eating it very carefully, making sure to drink it with raw milk and not eat a whole slice of cake at a time, but even then, i still have issues.

    But yea, my digestive system does NOT tolerate foolishness and I get quite a kick in the gut when i ignore that lol.

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My name is Kristen Michaelis. I'm a nutrition educator, author, and mother of three. I adore hats, happy skirts, horizons full of storm clouds, the full-bodied feel of wind as I ride motorcylces, reading in my hammock, and a hearty shot of Caol Ila scotch. I'm also a rebel with a cause.
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