How does it feel to eat a candy bar after not having one for over 2 months?
I finally lost enough weight to have a BMI of under 25, so I decided to celebrate with a candy bar. That didn't go so well.
Before I get into that, this was the week I broke under 169.3 pounds (76.79kg for you metric types,) which for my height puts me at a BMI (Body Mass Index) of under 25. It is the first time in almost my entire adult life where I am in a normal weight classification instead of being overweight. It took 72 days to get the weight off, and I did it safely and sanely with a plant-based diet.
Being at a BMI of under 25 was my first goal, and I've reached it. My second goal is to get down to 160 pounds.
I decided to trot on down to the convenience store and celebrate by buying a candy bar. Just one. I chose the Reese's Fast Break because it's basically Reese's Peanut Butter Cups in a bar form, and it's small.
The Fast Break bar can be eaten in 4 bites.
Here's what happened.
Tasted very good. Smooth and delicious.
Not as good as the first, but still smooth and delicious.
Now I'm tasting something else that is overpowering both the chocolate and the peanut butter filling. Salt. And the texture has changed from smooth to somewhat coarse.
The salt is even more overpowering now and the great taste that was in the first bite is pretty much gone now.
A few minutes later...
I feel slight nausea in my stomach. Nothing horrible, but I wasn't feeling exactly great about eating that candy bar.
After drinking some bottled water, the nausea started to subside, and I was okay after that.
What did I eat?
That bar had 230 calories (90 of which are fat calories,) 11g fat (4g of which are saturated fat,) 170mg sodium (that's the salt,) 32g carbs, 1g fiber and 27g sugar (close to 7 teaspoon's worth.)
The bar also contained sugar (listed as first ingredient,) peanuts, milk chocolate, corn syrup and high fructose corn syrup, amongst a bunch of other not-good-for-you-at-all crapola.
What did I learn?
I've learned that I can't eat chocolate bar candies anymore.
With the chocolate bars however, that has now become no-go territory. For the last two times I've eaten processed milk chocolate, I felt nausea. Since I was expecting nausea this time around, I was ready for it. The last time I wasn't and it turned knots in my stomach for 3 hours. I didn't get violently ill or anything like that, but still, it sucked. The nausea was a dull, sickly feeling. Not pleasant.
As I've mentioned before, my tongue can detect salt much easier since I stopped eating filth. And even though the Fast Break bar has just 170mg of sodium, yes I can taste it. Once that initial wave of sugar is over and the aftertaste kicks in, it leaves nothing but a salt taste behind.
It was a bad decision to celebrate a BMI of under 25 with a chocolate bar. All I got were two genuinely good-tasting bites, then felt sick for a little while and nothing more. And that bar cost me $1.39 plus tax for that "privilege." Yeah, some privilege. I would have been better off celebrating with a plate of steamed broccoli (which I did eat later on.)
The Magic 25% Club
Statistics from 2010 show that about 75% of all American adults are fat. That literally means 3/4 of the entire population age 20 and above are fatties. And bear in mind those are overweight statistics that we know of. The actual number of overweight people could be significantly higher since the data is 5 years old.
I am now in The Magic 25% Club, as in that percentage of American adults that aren't overweight. This is both good and bad. The good is that I feel great. The bad is that the number is getting smaller every year.
By as soon as 2020, The Magic 25% Club will have to be renamed to The Magic 20% Club, or possibly even the The Magic 15% Club. Yeah, that could happen.
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