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Urge to order out, defeated.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

This may not seem like a huge deal, but for me it is. I have been struggling with delivery food and I feel like I just won a major victory against it.

Just now, I was feeling pretty down. I didn't feel like cooking dinner, and all of a sudden I was hit by a major craving--not one for a particular food, but for a restaurant (makes no sense at all, does it? but neither does any other addiction). So, before I could process what they were doing, my fingers began ordering dinner from a local italian place.

I recognize this as compulsive behavior. I should not be doing it, because I don't have the money, I can't afford the calories/sodium, and I have a fridge and freezer full of food to be cooked. However, by this time my brain was in full-out crave mode--and the excuse machine was working overtime: "but you don't feel good and it's so hard to cook, and they have a gluten-free menu, and you can probably find something healthy, and after today you will do better..."etc.

Well, I just said "screw you!" to that excuse machine. First, I got myself a small snack to get my blood sugar up, and I felt a little better after that. Next, I went into the kitchen and grilled up some bison burgers with corn, and made a tasty squash-kale-and-potato soup. And you know what? It didn't take long, even though I was tired and not feeling 100%. I did it, I stayed in my calorie/sodium/carb ranges, I saved money, and the food was DELICIOUS, too. I am incredibly proud of myself.

Self: next time you are feeling bad, I hope you can come back to this blog for some inspiration. It really doesn't take long to whip up something delicious, and that craving is all in your head--no matter what you cook for yourself, the satisfaction will be triple that of a quick delivery meal, not only because you are an awesome cook, but also because you will have the satisfaction that comes from knowing that you cared about your health enough to cook it.

Let's break this habit right here, right now. emoticon
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