Work Day

October 11, 2008

Definitely not feeling that well this morning 😥 I think there is such thing as a food hangover because I didn’t drink that much last night. I woke up shaking and burning up hot last night. I’ve learned all the basics of the glucose-insulin relationship in my courses, but haven’t learned the specific biochemistry to it all, so I wonder if what I am feeling is an overdose of insulin from an overload of sugar before bed? Any experts want to weigh in?

I was in the mood for a breakfast plate this morning because my stomach still felt a little full and I didn’t want to be full of oatmeal.

I had a piece of whole wheat cinnamon chip bread from Great Harvest, tic-tac-toast style :)


A half cup or so of TJ greek yogurt with jam and H2H


And a nutter butter banana


Plus some coffee (my soy milk keeps curdling in it even with tempering in the microwave!)


Today is a work day. I’ve got a number of things to get done for my classes and have already completed some housework. I think I am going to surprise the husband, who is working at EarthFare all day – his 6th workday in a row! – by mowing the grass for some exercise. I just hope I can start the lawn mower without him! I’m looking forward to a relaxing evening as well. Sometimes the best Saturdays are just hanging around the house kinds.

See ya for lunch!

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1 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) October 11, 2008 at 8:44 am

Sorry you are not feeling well – Hope you feel better soon!

Love how you eat your bread “tic-tac-toast style!”

Awww, that would be so sweet of you to mow the grass for the husband. It would be a nice surprise, for sure!

Good luck getting all your work done!


2 adria October 11, 2008 at 8:56 am

I totally know how you are feeling right now. a couple nights ago I had some chocolate before I went to bed and woke up the next morning feeling awful and I know it was because my blood sugar was so low. You’ll probably feel better after your tic-tac-toast starts to kick in :)


3 Liz October 11, 2008 at 9:08 am

Yes, the is such thing as a food hangover, I would say they are compairable to real hangovers! I totally get the shakes and sweats if I eat too much before bed…ugh, not a very good feeling. I am not sure why it happens…I always assumed it was your metabolism working overtime…?


4 Nicole October 11, 2008 at 9:13 am

Tic-tac-toast, how cute!

I looove mowing the lawn, it’s such good exercise! I have to admit, I can never start the lawn mower though :(


5 Amy C. October 11, 2008 at 9:30 am

I hope you feel better, Kath! I’m in A&P right now but haven’t learned about the effect of glucose on the body yet. The only thing I can think of is that the body works so hard to bring the blood glucose level back to the set point that it creates heat in the body. I would think that could make you feel like you were burning up.

I do know that last year I ate way too much sugar before bed and felt SO sick. I woke up sweating and just feeling terrible so I know what you’re going through. You should feel better by this afternoon if you stick to your regular eating. All I know is that there is a particular brand of cookie I will never eat again because that’s what I ate the night I felt so sick.


6 VeggieGirl October 11, 2008 at 9:33 am

Oh my goodness, PLEASE get well soon, Kath!! I’m praying that you have a speedy, full recovery.


7 madison (follow my weigh) October 11, 2008 at 9:35 am

hope you feel better kath! sweet of you to mow the lawn for the husband =P


8 Amanda in Pittsburgh October 11, 2008 at 9:38 am

Aw, Kath I hope you feel better. I woke up this morning with a sore throat and hoping is doesn’t turn into more!

I just bought H2H today, too, and you’re my inspiration, so I hope it’s good!

PS – All of your plates are SO cute! Where do you buy them? :o)


9 lexi October 11, 2008 at 9:40 am

i really hope you get better soon! i know EXACTLY how you feel. just be thankful you dont have to deal with it almost every single night. although i think my bodys becoming immune to it now


10 Katie October 11, 2008 at 9:53 am

Hi Kath! Sweating and shaking can be side effects of “insulin shock”. But this is normally only found in people with some type of diabetes who overdose on insulin. This creates low blood sugar and if left unchecked can lead to coma and even death. For somebody who is uber healthy like yourself, this if probably unlikely. Your pancreatic beta cells are very capable of regulating the amount of insulin you need based on the CHO load you consumed.

Yeah, I know something! Studying for my RD exam that is in less than 2 weeks:) I just finished my Masters in Public Health Nutrition at the University of Minnesota. When I went back after working a couple of years, it seemed like it would take forever. But it flew by, so hang in there and you will be an RD before you know it…I still can’t believe i started three years ago:)


11 Ashley Suzanne October 11, 2008 at 10:05 am

I have had the same problem with soy milk in the past and did some research into what was going on. It turns out that it depends on the brand of soy milk that you use because their recipes differ. Some are made with carrageenan, like Silk, that is an emulsifier and it keeps it from separating. This is also the type of soy that Starbucks uses. There are other brands that work well in coffee and the like but I have had the best luck with Silk.


12 Celia October 11, 2008 at 10:11 am

OMG! I totally had the ‘sweating, shaking, gonna-faint-if-i-don’t-lie-down’ experience before! :-0 Someone please tell me that is NOT due to me having diabetes!!!

Oh about the soymilk curdling thing, when you make coffee … put the soymilk in the cup first, then add in your hot coffee, that way, the soymilk does not curdle as much, hope that helps 😀


13 Meghann October 11, 2008 at 10:17 am

Hey Kath,
I’ve been reading you blog for a long time but have never commented (looks like there is another Meghann around here- hi!). I love your positive example and cheery atmosphere on the blog! I was inspired by your Shape article and joined CalorieKing about a month ago and I’m really enjoying the tools and results!

Your breakfast also inspired me today, I tried your tic tac toast with some cinnamon and a tiny bit of sugar on top, with some scrambled eggs… and also tried microwaving my banana, but I think I left the slices in there too long because the middles turned BLACK! My microwave is ancient so that could be part of the problem, but next time I’ll try zapping one whole instead of in slices!


14 Katelyn October 11, 2008 at 10:34 am

It looks like your breakfast was a very nice contrast to the rich foods of last night!


15 Biz319 October 11, 2008 at 10:43 am

I agree with Katie – since you are healthy, your body automatically regulates your insulin with whatever you eat – but it is more than you normally eat, so maybe that’s just it.

Hope you feel better, and don’t feel bad, I don’t know how to start our riding mower without my husbands help either! 😀


16 magpie October 11, 2008 at 10:49 am

Wow, I never connected eating too much before bed -> shakes and sweats… But I get that occasionally and eating too much (or too sweet) is probably exactly why!

Good luck starting the mower – I definitely can’t do it on my own 😛


17 Beth October 11, 2008 at 11:08 am

I also get food hangovers – usually from either too much refined sugar or, oddly, too much pizza. I will feel groggy and horrible the entire next day. This usually happens when I go visit my parents – I am pretty good about not eating/keeping this sort of thing around in my own house! Feel better!


18 Andrea October 11, 2008 at 11:09 am

TIC-TAC-TOAST = adorable! what a cute name :) if i have kids someday i’m totally cutting their bread like that hehe… or maybe i’ll just start doing it for myself!

there definitely is a thing such as a food-hangover! you are healthy and young though so you’ll rebound real quick kath!


19 Erin October 11, 2008 at 11:37 am

Awwh! So sorry about your food hangover! I’ve never had one, but I seem to tolerate insane amounts of sugar. Have a great workday!


20 Jessica October 11, 2008 at 12:17 pm

I use soy milk in my coffee and have never had a problem. I always pour the soy (or milk) in the mug first and then pour the coffee on the top (into the soy). If you don’t already do that, give it a try!


21 Megan October 11, 2008 at 12:39 pm

I hope you feel better!

The cinnamon chip bread from GH rocks! It is so yummy warmed up and it smells delicious!


22 the husband October 11, 2008 at 1:02 pm

Woo hoo! No grass to mow!

I’m commenting from my phone at EarthFare while I eat lunch. And to clarify, this is my 7th out of 12 days of working in a row(between my two jobs). My next day off is Friday. No problem though when you love what you’re doing!


23 Grounded Fitness October 11, 2008 at 1:16 pm

sorry you arent feeling so hot. I think it would be weird information to have, to know exactly how food effects your body.

I cant imagine what it would be like to be a doctor- or a psychologist. Worse yet, being married to a psychologist. i dont need someone psycho analyzing me all the time.

Kelly Turner


24 Tracy October 11, 2008 at 2:05 pm

Husband! I don’t think you were supposed to read that!! Kath wanted to surprise you! :)


25 sarah October 11, 2008 at 2:44 pm

celia — i can pretty safely say it is NOT due to you having diabetes. in fact, hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) only is going to occur in a diabetic IF they take too much insulin (this is pretty common, as it is no easy feat get it exactly right every time).

kath — you could have had kind of an insulin spike, but i agree with the person above who said that with a healthy pancreas, there is no reason insulin would have led to hypoglycemia which can cause heart pounding, sweating symptoms (this happens in hypoglycemia because the body secretes glucagon and catecholamines to bring the sugar back up — and a ‘fight or flight’ set of hormones are activated as well!)

anyway, my best guess about last night is that the feeling was related to your digestive tract having to work harder than usual, PLUS the alcohol. i know you didn’t drink that much, but for me i can wake up sweaty with a fast, pounding heartbeat even after one glass! this reaction is due to the body’s ‘rebound’ off of the sedative/slowdown effects of the alcohol, and the yucky hangover feeling is due to leftover acetaldehyde (ethanol breakdown product) still hanging out in the bloodstream waiting to be metabolized and excreted.

hope that helped — as a future pediatric endocrinologist, of course i love this stuff!!


26 sarah October 11, 2008 at 2:45 pm

also, husband — i don’t know! i really like my job, but i HATE having to work 12 days in a row. even though it is satisfying, i really need the break to just do other stuff :) maybe i’m just lazy!


27 Kath October 11, 2008 at 3:43 pm

Thanks for the well wishes everyone. After I got moving, I felt SO much better.

Amanda in Pittsburgh,
Most of my dinnerware comes from Pier 1, Crate + Barrel and my grandmother’s collection.

Katie ,
Thanks for the advice! Congrats on being 99% of the way to R.D.!! Wish I were there :(

Celia + Jessica ,
I do add my soy milk first and often heat it a bit too to temper it. No luck with this brand!

Meghann ,
Thanks for the comment!! Sounds like you nuked that ‘nanner. I did mine for 15 seconds.

Thanks Dr. Sarah :)



28 evan October 11, 2008 at 3:44 pm

i totally know what it’s like to have a food hangover, kath- being a food reviewer for my university newspaper (and interning for Fine Cooking Magazine this past summer and Food Network Magazine this fall) often means waking up after the pasta tasting menu at Babbo (carafes of red wine included) and wanting nothing more than grapefruit, green tea and a toasted english muffin. hang in there, it gets better! i find that “clean tasting” foods–citrus, steamed broc, toast with a little salted butter–are the perfect remedy :) plus, that cake looked kickass and totally worth it.


29 Angie October 11, 2008 at 9:39 pm

Hi Kath,
Just wanted to let you know that I use iGoogle and doing what you said worked perfectly so now you are up on the top of my iGoogle page. Cool!


30 Kath October 11, 2008 at 9:42 pm

Angie ,
Thanks for the update!! Glad you’re getting KERF easier :)



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