Giving Up Grains?

11 Jul

A friend came over to go for a hike this weekend. Afterward we went to the farmers market for lunch and she brought her own salad because she recently gave up grains from her diet and wasn’t sure if she would be find something to eat; which surprisingly she couldn’t.  She swears it makes her feel much better and of course recommended that I try it.

I’m not ready to give up my oatmeal or brown rice, but I do feel like I could cut out flour. My only concern about this is inconveniencing J. Right now our pantry is full of breads, pastas, cereals, crackers, etc. He loves his cookies, cakes, French toast, waffles, etc. Who doesn’t? How can I make him foods he will love, that will make us both feel good?

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Is it Snack Time Yet?

7 Jul

For some reason, I have the most difficult time waiting until I’m actually hungry to eat my afternoon snack. I start thinking about it as soon as I’m done eating lunch.

Today I’m planning to have a Chocolate Peppermint Stick Luna Bar.

I’m still full from my left over Tom Kah Gai and rice at lunch and I know it’s essential to wait until later since I won’t get to eat until 7 p.m. at the earliest, but I really want it now. Maybe I eat lunch to early?

Week 2: Avoiding the Candy Dish at Work

6 Jul

I honestly never thought I’d be able to break the after lunch candy habit I developed almost immediately after starting at my new job 11 months ago. Once I discovered the drawer of chocolate I was hooked. I would occasionally make it through a day or two without giving in if there was nothing I liked in the drawer, but as soon as the good stuff was back I’d more than make up with it.

However, since I started my “sugar experiment” a little over two weeks ago, I’ve managed to break free. The first couple of days were tough and occasionally I still think about the bars in there, but I’m so happy to be liberated from those cravings.

Now I want to work on cutting out the sugar on evenings and weekends and saving it for only special occasions.

Day 4: Learning the Hard Way

26 Jun

Friday night I went out for a drink after work with the girls and then met J and his brother for dinner and a concert. I had great intentions to drink only low sugar cocktails and pace myself, but something went amiss at the show and I found myself more intoxicated than I would have like. By the time we got home, I was really sick, which lasted well into Saturday. I couldn’t keep anything down until after noon. This scared me because I’m always afraid of being hungry, but it was a good reminder that my food doesn’t that I don’t need to eat as much to survive as I think and that it’s important to listen to my stomach instead of my head. Oh right and that over doing it during a night out is no fun!

Day 3: Does a Minor Slip-up Mean I Have to Start Over?

24 Jun

J loves to buy bananas and then not eat them, so I’ll make him banana bread. I’ve been watching a banana ripen on the counter for about a week now wondering who would break first, but yesterday I picked it up and it was mush so I caved and decided to make banana muffins with streusel topping.

I did it after dinner and after blueberries, so I thought I was safe, but I forgot one crucial detail about myself. I’m a taster! (That’s a key component to being a good cook right?) I tried really hard to just eat the raisins, but I eventually gave in and tasted the topping and the batter.

Then, when I was putting away the ingredients I noticed the chocolate chip cookies that J made the other day in the pantry and “I thought, I already blew the no sugar rule, I might as well eat one!” But, when I took a bite, I actually found that I didn’t like it! I took one more just to be sure and then decided to throw the rest away. This was actually a huge victory for me!

When I got to work, a friend asked me how my no sugar experiment was going and I confessed that I had caved. She started jokingly giving me a hard time and telling me that I had to start the count down over, but I disagree. For me this isn’t about being perfect, but rather about creating a healthy lifestyle that I can maintain. The truth is that there are probably going to be other times that I give in and enjoy a sweet treat, but I want to limit them as much as possible, really enjoy them when I do indulge and go back to eating clean at the next meal.

Day 2: Portion Control

23 Jun

This morning my skirt feels a little tight. I realized last night that I was overeating to compensate for giving up sugar. This is something I’ll have to work on. For some reason I’m terrified that without sugar I’m going to starve to death. Not very logical, I know!

Day 1: Focusing on Obvious Sugar

23 Jun

I survived day one! Per usual, cravings hit right after lunch so I ate an orange, a granola bar and drank some green tea and refrained from digging into the candy jar at work. They hit again at 3 p.m. but I managed to just ignore them and they went away.

I got hungry again about 4 p.m. so I ate a couple of pieces of bread and peanut butter, which filled me up for hours afterward, but made it easy for me to say no thank you to the chocolate chip cookies that J made after dinner. I did dream about eating all sorts of chocolate last night though!

I know sugar lurks in everything from candy to ketchup, but for now I’m going to focus on the obvious: chocolate, jam, honey, etc. I’m not ready to give up soy lattes or bread just yet. By the end of the 70 days, I hope to be evading even these more subtle forms of the sneaky substance. Baby steps right?