Planning to Kill Cravings
Monday, January 03, 2011
I learned one very important lesson over the holidays – I really need to stay gluten-free. I was doing pretty well at being GF before the holidays but basically thought that it couldn’t hurt to be “off program” for a couple of weeks. Boy, was I wrong!
I’ve now been back on target for 4 days, and the awful stomach cramping and runs have passed. But I’m craving sourdough bread, and there really isn’t a tasty GF version of this. I can do okay with rice pastas and things made from quinoa, but good bread…!
In addition to staying GF, I realized that I really need to stay away from refined sugar. It didn’t help that there was constant candy around, courtesy of just about everyone we know. And desserts. And really GOOD chocolate. Now I’m also trying to kill the sugar cravings!
My goal for this week is to plan the next day’s food the night before, so I don’t need to think about it when I get up or throughout the day. I’m also limiting wine to Fri-Sun nights and not having any during the week, in an effort to save even more calories. We’ve planned fun things to cook each evening and some emergency menus for nights when we get too busy, and the fridge, freezer and pantry are all well-stocked with the healthy things we need. I think we’re set up for success!
Exercise hasn’t been a problem, and I’ve been able to schedule time each day for the rest of the month for workouts. If I don’t schedule it, someone will put a meeting over the breaks and I’ll be stuck in a chair with the phone plugged in instead of in my walking shoes with dumbbells in my hands.
So wish me luck. I’m hoping that in a couple of days, the ‘need’ for certain no-no foods will pass completely and it will be easier to manage my intake. Exercise planned, so good to go there. Little victories are important!!!