Monday, February 04, 2013
So, I promised I'd follow up on my sugar issue. It's taken a few days, some serious introspection and self-talk....hmmm, no make that self-arguing, but I have come up with a plan.
First of all, cereal with milk has to go! I can have a bite or two of dry cereal to satisfy my bizarre cravings, but once I pour milk on top I'm done for! My cereal guidelines are as follows:
No cereal with milk! I will miss it, but can live without it!
No cereal before bed, not even dry!
Obviously, cereal is not my only issue, since I absolutely adore anything sweet, so I know I need some guidelines for the rest of my sugar intake as well. I've decided that I will only have a sweet treat when it is accompanied with protein, but it also has to fit in my calorie range. I will allow myself a rare treat, outside of my calorie limits, on a special occasion - emphasis on RARE, but it still has to be with some kind of protein. That means when I am having a dessert it needs to be immediately following a meal, not in the middle of the afternoon on an empty stomach. I know that when I have sweets without protein, I get a crazy blood sugar spike that makes me feel fantastic, but then I crash, feel like crap and then need more sugar.
Since Friday I have been following these guidelines and it is amazing how much better I feel. I am able to use my calories on healthy, filling foods and I am not ruled by my sugar cravings!
How ironic that it is when I am the most disciplined and self-controlled that I feel the most freedom!
Just another reminder, that the world's way of doing things (my natural tendency) is not the best way! God's way is ALWAYS better than man's!