Oh Jackie, you’ve had a very tough few days, my heart goes out to you! But firstly can I say that amidst all the dud decisions you made about your food choices you made the right decision on the most important issue… you were there for your friend when she needed you most. All the rest pales into insignificance beside that doesn’t it? Yes, you could have made wiser decisions… and given more time to prepare and clarity of thought you could probably have made some snacks to bring with you or popped out to a local store… but you didn’t have the luxury of either time or “selfish” thinking so please stop beating yourself up. The fact that you were thinking exclusively of your friend and her sone says so much about you.
And also – you didn’t eat all of those “nasties” because you just though “to hell with the diet, I’ll eat what i like”… you ate them because you genuinely thought you were further along in your diet. So yes, it will set you back a week or 2 and you will feel crap physically but please, if you can, can you turn this around into an opportunity to learn & grow? You’ve had one heck of a wake up call and you now know that you’re still firmly in stage 1 of the diet. I think this is a positive thing… you can now do a quick detox and back on stage 1 and then once you’re completely clear again start to introduce new things in teeny tiny baby steps. Imagine how much worse it would be if you’d started introducing stuff too soon and landed yourself right back at the beginning with the worst of your symptoms? That’s what I’m most afraid of and why I’m sometimes over cautious (I had a wake up call too a while back).
Big cyber hugs to you, my dear. Be strong, be positive, embrace this experience as an opportunity to learn and then move on a healthier & more knowledgable person! Your friend and her son are in my thoughts & prayers.