9 times out of 10 pre-medication you would find me with my hand in a biscuit tin, craving anything sugary. My favourite creation to date:
Bourbon + Nutella + Bourbon = Bournella Sandwich
Looking back at it now my diet pre-medication was enough to give me type 2 diabetes if carried on for a few more years. I should have been obese and not just a little bit obese. I should have been needing a crane to move me from one sofa to the other obese. It was AWFUL!!!
I wouldn't think twice about destroying a whole packet of biscuits in a day, or even chomping back a family sized galaxy bar. I was so desperate to feel even the slightest bit of energy that I ended up with a serve sugar addiction. It consisted of:
Double shot coffee with syrups and sugar first thing in the morning and at lunch
chocolate bars and biscuits for snacks
Sweet Pastries for breakfast
Hard boiled sweets at work, at least a share pack a day
Spoons of Nutella or Biscoff spread straight out the jar for a top up
Mini chocolate Cheese cakes for puddings
I took boredom eating to the next level, in fact if it was a competitive sport I'd put money on myself coming first.
Now I'm not silly, even though the sugar gave me a short burst of energy I was fully aware that it would follow with a major sugar crash. Sugar crashes can make anyone drowsy, for someone with narcolepsy the sugar crashes temporarily knock you out, or at least for me they did. Within seconds of a sugar crash I would be asleep but you could bet as soon as I woke up I was heading straight for the biscuit tin. It was a ruthless cycle that I felt I gave my life too. It was like an angry toddler yelling in my head every time I started to crave sugar, and that just got louder and louder until I gave in.
With Medication I was able to completely change my diet. Once medicated my sugar cravings stopped, almost like someone had given that toddler a dummy or knocked it out, you never know. I started being able to eat healthy and have consistent levels of energy throughout the day.
I haven't made a Bournella Sandwich since starting my medication and to be honest it's a very bitter sweet feeling. As much as I loved them, I'm over the moon I'm not relying on them to function.