I started off this week having just fallen off track. I had eaten a Veggie Calzone with no cheese. In the past, whenever I ate SAD food, I would get completely derailed and I had the hardest time getting back on track. I would rationalize in my head, “Well I already ate SAD food so I might as well have dessert”. One meal of SAD food led to eating more SAD food, which turned into days and sometimes even longer. This is the first time that I ate SAD food for one meal and got right back on track with the very next meal and continued to stay there. Food addiction is REAL. This is a HUGE success for me! However, this did not come easy. I remember eating white bean chili which is one of my favorite meals and all I could think about was my son’s pepperoni pizza! It smelled and looked so good. I haven’t eaten meat in almost 6 months but I was one impulsive moment away from eating a slice of pepperoni pizza!
I did the impossible
I stopped drinking coffee about 5 months ago. I was not sleeping well at all and I had morning headaches. I decided to cut out coffee completely. Since then, I sleep so much better, no headaches and I am able to function without it. Well, this week was more stressful than usual because I was dealing with the aftermath of our flooded basement. I was unable to do laundry while the basement was being dried out and I was left with a mountain of dirty laundry. My house was a complete disorganized mess with misplaced items from the basement everywhere! I was ironing clothes awkwardly in my dining room. My to do list was a mile long. I was super stressed. One night I only got 3 or 4 hours of sleep. I decided I needed the caffeine and I had a cup of coffee! This led to more days of not sleeping well and more days of drinking coffee! The headaches started again and I realized I can’t drink coffee. I had to stop. So I did! It was an eye opening experience to learn how badly coffee affects my life.
My focus: eat a HUGE salad with no snacking.
I found that chopping up my greens with my double blade knife really helped with chewing and being able to eat a large amount of greens. Before, sometimes my jaw would get tired and a bit sore from all the chewing when eating a salad. No snacking continued to be a challenge this week. After dinner and before bed, I was on the edge. My thoughts were consumed with food and I had a tug of war going on in my head. I would get up from my chair to get a snack and sit right back down. Stand up, sit down, think a minute, stand up and sit down. My husband would look at me strangely and ask, “What are you doing?”. I made it through the week without snacking but it was so difficult!
I went out to brunch with family. In the beginning, I found it difficult to make the right choices or find healthy Nutritarian food when eating out. Now, it is much easier. I brought my goodies bag that contained black beans, red bell peppers, cucumbers, orange (small) with my own salad dressing to the restaurant. I ordered a large garden salad with no cheese, no croutons and no dressing. I added my favorite balsamic vinegar and tahini salad dressing and my goodies to the garden salad. Simple. Easy. Delicious. It embarrassed some people I was with but it didn’t stop me. This is my body and this is what I choose to eat to be healthy. I found these helpful tips from the Eat to Live Support Group on Facebook. Thank you Sandra Goodson McClanahan for your genius goodies bag and garden salad idea. Thank you Sherry Rosen for sharing the yummy salad dressing idea. I am no longer uncomfortable or stressed when going out to eat. I enjoy the time spent with my loved ones.
I continued to keep my meals simple this week. I did food prep on Sunday making my favorite white bean chili recipe (freezing half) and roasted veggies. I decided to challenge myself and make one or two new recipes a week. I made Peanut Sauce from Eat to Live Daily made with sunflower seeds instead of peanut butter. Unfortunately, nuts are not an option in our house. For breakfast, smoothies mostly or oatmeal. I took the time and ate a huge chopped salad for lunch. For dinner, I had either white bean chili or roasted veggies.
This week I had a shocking moment. The proof is in the pants! My size 14 jeans BUTTONED!!! They have been hanging in my closet for several years, waiting for this moment. I can’t believe it! Now I am so motivated to fit into a size 12!