This weekend I was tired. Thinking about it, I recalled that I ate badly this week. However, I was tired this whole week. I can’t remember which came first. What I do know is that the fatigue and poor eating seemed to grow together. The worse I ate, the more fatigued I felt. The more fatigued I felt the worse I ate.
I think it is important to recognize these things about our bodies. I often have patients who suffer from fatigue and fibromyalgia who say that they feel better when they eat well, only to blame themselves when they don’t eat as well and feel poorly. I think that fatigue from overwork (like mine came from) makes the body crave quick energy, which it finds in the form of simple carbohydrates and white sugar. Giving into that craving can set of a constellation of symptoms, not the least of which are fatigue and a craving for more sugars (or breads and pastas).
Overwork takes its told on everyone. We need to acknowledge when we have done too much and realize this is our bodies’ way of protecting us from not getting the energy it needs to keep going. We should be kind to ourselves. After all, we can’t do anything about what was eaten yesterday. We can only recognize that we are here now and may have to begin our diets again.