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15 ways to feel like garbage

A large proportion of my posts are on how to feel good/better/more fit/happy/mindful (you get the picture). This will be my first post on how to feel like garbage/awful/not good (once again, you get the picture).

Why am I informing you about ways to feel like garbage? Well, I am not entirely sure, but I do think that knowing what not to do is sometimes easier to understand and accomplish than knowing what to do.

And the list of how to feel like garbage begins.

1. Drinking a full glass of milk or consuming any dairy product prior to an exercise session. Why? Well, you will likely want to quickly remove the contents of your stomach. Please heed this advice.

2. Eat a large and greasy meal right before bed time. I have done this before (…last night) and will likely do it again. However, I have noticed that such situations have become less and less which is likely because I am aging and frequenting the downtown scene less and thus, not consuming the well known Sun Suns (Guelphites, you know the place of which I speak). All joking aside, this wreaks havoc on your digestive system. Why? Because when we go to sleep all our physiological processes slow down, including digestion. Engaging in late-night eating will also increase the odds of feeling like garbage in the morning. This is largely due to something we call dehydration. The salty food in addition to the alcoholic beverage you drank to wash it down will aid in the process of dehydration. So, in short, limit the late-night eats.

3. Drinking no water all day and performing Hot Yoga.

4. Drinking no water all day and going for a long run.

5. Drinking only a little water (1-2 glasses over the day) and performing Hot Yoga, going for a long run, or engaging in any form of exercise.

6. Eating 3 high-protein meals and expecting to have enough energy to teach a Zumba class.

7.  Going on a calorie-restrictive diet.

8. Drinking 3-4 large coffees per day.

9. Eating McDonalds. As I have said before, I love McDonalds. My love, however, has definitely decreased after recent exposure to a very disturbing image of the “chicken” used for the nuggets and burgers. Yet, even prior to viewing this unnerving image, I have been taking stock of how I feel hours to days after eating a McDonalds meal. Yes, days. Next time you enjoy a greasy meal, record the feelings of your digestive tract  in a food diary.

10.  Eating over 50-60 dates or prunes. Again, this will wreak havoc on the digestive system. And yes, I know this from a friends personal experience. And yes, this friend really love dates and prunes.

11. Smoking. Smoking anything (cigarettes to joints) is hard on your lungs. If you want to run and/or engage in any form of physical activity, smoking will definitely stand in your way as it permanently damages the alveoli in your lungs. These little guys help to bring oxygen into the body and release carbon dioxide as you breathe out. Smoking also damages the cilia (tiny hairs) that line the upper airway which help to stave off infection. So you’re more likely to get sick and if you do exercise, you’re going to experience shortness of breath, chest tightness and an overall bad feeling.

12. Eat a large meal 1-2 hours before exercising. Your body needs time to digest.

13. Going for a long run/intense training session at the gym after not exercising for 2 months +. Your muscles will tighten, your joints will ache and you will be extremely fatigued. Such feelings typically lead to ignoring the gym/exercise for another 2 months +. Remember, slow and steady wins the race.

14. Dropping more than 1 lbs per week if you’re female or 2 lbs per week if you’re male. Rapid weight loss is typically a result of some crazy diet. Such diets are unhealthy and will NOT result in long-term success. Such diets or programs include: Herbal Magic, Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers (some may disagree with me on this one), PGX, South Beach, and the list goes on. If you want to eat healthier and lose weight, go to a dietitian. I said a dietitian, not a nutritionist. Why? Because anyone can call themselves a nutritionist. That being said, there are a number of nutritionists with formal education. So if you do see a nutritionist ask where they went to school, what degree or diploma they received, and what experience they have. Never be afraid to ask questions when it comes to your health.

15. Getting less than 6 hours of sleep per night. You’ll feel groggy, grumpy, and likely, hungry.

And there you have it, 15 ways to feel like garbage. If you have other ways to feel like garbage, please comment and/or send them to me via email.

Happy weekending!




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  1. * tova says:

    here are mine
    1 drinking alcohol. even a little and i dont feel as good the next day.
    2 not getting outside. being inside all day feels terrible
    3 over eating. this one is both physical and psychological. the guilt kills me.

    all of these in addition to yours morgan.


    | Reply Posted 6 years, 1 month ago
    • Great points, Tova. However, I don’t want you feeling guilty if you overindulge every once and a while! No guilt allowed! And I too, never feel that great after drinking ANY alcohol.

      | Reply Posted 6 years, 1 month ago

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