As many of you know my favourite food place of choice when I am in a rush is McDonalds. I just can’t resist a Big Mac or a McChicken Sandwich and when we are eating on the run then they’re perfect.
On Wednesday we had a trip to McDonalds and I have a Big Mac (among other things) because I am greedy and the next day I wake up at 6am with terrible stomach cramps. I am sick then I have diarrhoea. Then I have more diarrhoea and then some more.
Before I know it I have spent three days on the toilet (or it feels like that) and all because I had my favourite Big Mac.
I know that it is food poisoning because I never get an upset stomach, never and Dominic & Kyle will often catch something and it will never hit me like it does with them. Plus I find that when it’s a general virus it will be gone after 12 hours and food poisoning will last a lot longer! On another note, I was the only one to have a Big Mac and I hadn’t eaten anything else that day.
Anyway you can call it either suspected food poisoning or just a stomach bug. I go with the first!
So anyway, it got me thinking. How much weight do we truly lose when we are poorly? We all talk about having a bad cold and losing weight or getting run down with a viral infection and shedding the pounds.
So I have back tracked through my food poisoning and I am wondering how much weight I have lost and how I return to eating without over bingeing.
Either way, for once my Big Mac could end up with a weight loss!!!!!
Okay so I am starting this on the morning after my Big Mac and when I first start feeling poorly.
I am breastfeeding so I need my meals and I am worried that I am going to be on negative calories. I am also super busy cleaning out my house that we are moving into soon so it’s really not a good time to be poorly.
So for lunch Dominic has made some sandwiches and I have one and it tastes great. Dominic warns me not to, because often the best thing for an upset stomach is to go so long without any food to get it out of your system, but I am starving and don’t listen!
As you can expect I am back on the toilet before long!
Today = day 2 and whatever happened to “one of those 24 hour bugs”? As I am still waiting for it to go away! I have now had it for over 24 hours and it doesn’t seem to want to go anywhere.
I am eating though, which I shouldn’t and have a couple of slices of toast and some buttys in the evening. I just cant resist some sausage sandwiches, bacon sandwiches and of course some chips on the side. After all, my life wouldn’t be the same without chips would it?
I actually have stomach cramps while eating the chips and should know better. But hey I am a hungry breastfeeding mum and otherwise I would be on negative calories.
Well I have now hit the 3 day mark and the time when it should be clearing up. This is also why I know its food poisoning and not just a virus and hopefully it will be gone soon.
I decide to adopt the nil by mouth focus and not have any food at all today. Just to get the whole thing out of my system and to introduce food tomorrow.
Driving me crazy though as there is always really nice things on the go that I can’t have. Dominic gives Kyle some money to take into Iceland and he comes out with some Jammy Dodgers and I sure do want to eat them all.
Life can be mean sometimes!!!!
So its day 4 and after nil by mouth yesterday I decide to finally have something to eat. I waited all day though, just because I still didn’t feel right and didn’t want this cycle to repeat itself again and again.
So it’s 6.15pm and as I walk into the local supermarket I am so dizzy. This is down to lack of food, burning loads of calories because I don’t have time to be sick and general tiredness from a sleepless night with a teething baby.
Anyway I go in and buy everything. And I really mean everything. Things just look nice and I want to eat them all. And that and this and the other.
I leave with 40 euros of food and naughty bits and pieces including fresh bread, Piri Piri Chicken, sweets, chocolate biscuits, pizza, pastries – so as you can see absolutely nothing that is healthy!
Well Dominic dishes it all up for the three of us and I have a couple of slices of pizza (they are the small fresh supermarket ones) and I have the odd bite in other things and then shamefully leave the rest.
I just feel really sick and the thought of anything makes me want to vomit and I end up in bed before 9.30pm and hate the fact that I cant even manage a post stomach upset binge.
So I have woken up and still feel sick. I decide that the best thing for breakfast when I am poorly is sweets, chocolate and a banana and half an hour later I am still feeling sick. Can’t wait to a time when I can return to normality.
Not very sensible of me to have these for breakfast but I don’t fancy anything else and it felt good (at first)!
I then end up going out to a kid’s birthday party with Sofia. Its one of her play mates first birthdays and it’s on a roof terrace of an Irish Pub in the middle of one of my favourite Portuguese seaside towns and we have a fantastic time.
Here is the beach and you can probably see why I like it so much:
Though, getting there at 4pm I suddenly realise how hungry I am and their food on offer is all sweets. Yes I am serious. There are bowls of marsh mallows, jelly beans, jelly mixes and not to mention a beautiful birthday cake. Talk about entering my dream world – it is like waking up and being inside Charlie & The Chocolate Factory.
There is a god!
I have a few jellies (which then make me feel sick again) and I also have a cocktail sausage roll.
After noticing that Sofia is getting more and hungrier from lack of food making its way to the breast milk I force myself to have some cheese in the evening. I have a little cheese with some crackers.
I still feel sick though and wish this food poisoning would go away!
Today is the day that I am making the effort to properly introduce food again. I am determined to have three meals today. It is also mother and baby group at the local bar, so some bar food will be right on the agenda.
So for breakfast I have a nice bowl of corn flakes with some skimmed milk and even though there is a bit of sickness there it feels much better to be eating properly again!
For lunch thanks to the local bar I have chicken in a peppercorn sauce, vegetables, stuffing and rice. We are at mother and baby group and it happens to be at a seaside bar with lots of food on offer, so it would be wrong not to have something!
Dominic is not amused, especially with Kyle getting a cooked meal at school. And settles for some chips and tomato sauce!!!
In the evening (because I am determined to get the three meals in today) I have a cheese and mayonnaise sandwich and of course it wouldn’t be the same without some chocolate on the side!
For the first time in the last six days I actually feel well again and its so nice to not just feel sick all the time!
Hello Wednesday and it is officially six days since I came down with food poisoning and I feel great this morning. Even better – I jump on the scales and I have gone from 12 stone 10.5 pounds down to 12 stone 5 pounds. Wow! 5.5 pounds off in one week is brilliant!
Also as you can see below:
I have consumed on average just over 500 calories a day. This is like doing the 2 of the 5:2 everyday, so no wonder I have lost so much. Add to this that I have also been breastfeeding that also burns calories and this is super crazy.
Would rather have stayed the same weight though, than had this horrible food poisoning.