Terrible Day Yesterday...Consider
ing Moving to Clean-Eating (Feedback pls!)
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
I was almost back on track for 3 days in a row...and yesterday just was terrible! I had a very bad binge day, of which I have not binged like that in about a year. I am frustrated with my job, it's not what I want to be doing, but I have bills and student loans to re-pay. My boss is a micromanger and has litterally told me that "micromanaging works." He has never worked for any one else in his life and doesn't understand the problems that mm causes. Anyhow, it was a rough day and after spending 2 hours on L.A.'s finest freeways, I got a call from my boss that I had to go into the office. It was already past 5:30p. We ended up having a conference call meeting while I was still on the freeway. When I got to the office, he wasn't there. I missed my Zumba class, which I really needed yesterday and by the time I got home, there were no more classes of anything for the night.
I ended up eating my gluten free cookies, the entire container. Then decided I should actually eat a normal dinner...so had some turkey black bean soup. I felt horrible. What did I do? I ate more, 4 popsicles (yes they were low-calorie, but still) and then a handful of pistachios. I felt really horrible before going to bed. I need to learn not to do this. It does not help me in anyway...and over the last few months...I have noticed that food doesn't even make me feel better anymore. So why the heck am I still doing it?!
I think there is also one other thing that is put into play here that I didn't realize until this morning. My new insurance has caused an issue with my prescriptions and Target just changed my birth control pills. That isn't the issue...I just realized that I had missed 3 days of my birth control pills and was greeted with that mistake this morning.
This morning, I don't feel like eating anything. I can't even believe that my stomach is growling, how is that even possible?! Anyways....I am going to make a healthy lunch (sandwich, apple, carrots and a banana for a snack) and I think I will just take a banana with me for breakfast. I have to be out in the field today, so I don't want to be left with the easy drive-thru option. I think I will also stop and get some coffee this morning.
I just really want to end this horrible cycle once and for all. I really think that I need to take sugar and sugar substitutes out of my diet. They make me crazy and I think they are contributing to my cravings. I am considering doing a Clean-eating program, since I am already Gluten Free... I was recommended the Eat-Clean Diet Recharged by Tosca Reno.
Has anybody been doing clean eating? Has it helped you? What recommendations or tips do you have? Would love to hear your thoughts and feedback!
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I try to follow the Paleo/Primal lifestyle when it comes to food. That means lean, organic meats, vegetables and fruits, eggs, nuts, quinoa. I don't eliminate dairy altogether but I do use almond or coconut milk instead of regular. Greek yogurt. Honey to sweeten things, and no artificial sweeteners. For me, my body just feels SO much better when I eat clean. I can't eat gluten without crazy joint pain and stomach issues, so I've gone grain-free for the most part.
Sorry your boss is such a tool. That is beyond obnoxious, making you drive back to the office only to not be there! UGH!!!!
1497 days ago
fwiw, most gluten free foods tend to be nutrient poor and calorie dense. i've been gf for over a year (with some 'cheating" here and there). i can't eat most gf foods, because they have either corn or potato in them (which wreak havoc on my system). i've moved to paleo, which is much better for me. sugar definitely cranks the cravings, and if i have little to none, it's much easier to control my eating. i've been trying to do the paleo thing for a couple of months, and EVERY stinkin' time i eat grains (even in sauces) my body reacts poorly.
what i've discovered is that there are a WHOLE lot of foods my body doesn't like...even ones others might consider "healthy." when i avoid those, i'm much more able to control my eating. i eat veggies, fruits, nuts, beef, poultry, pork, fish, shellfish, dairy products. no grains at all for now. i thought i'd try it to see if some of my "issues" cleared up (hoping it wouldn't make a difference), it made a HUGE difference, and now whenever i "cheat" with grains, my body responds even worse to them. so, it's obvious i need to stay away from them.
each of us is different.....learning what YOUR body needs for optimum health is the most important thing you can do. keep pressing on. best of luck discovering what works for you.
1497 days ago
I have no idea what the Eat Clean program is but I like the name.
I've been doing a lot of reading lately about how our brains are wired. And that when we eat sweet, salty, fatty FrankenFoods they cause a chemical "reward" reaction which imprints on our brains causing us to want even more. And other hormonal effects.
The book also stated that our brains don't do moderation well. That having no sugar or sugar substitutes is easier than trying moderation. After 28 days of no sugar I have to agree. I haven't had a single emotional food binge since eliminating it, along with other things.
Good luck with your clean eating program. I hope it helps you find balance and peace.
1497 days ago
I haven't read that program of clean eating. I will say that I do a LOT of clean eating though. I mostly eat only whole, unprocessed foods. It is very healthy and I feel fantastic because of it.
That being said, I don't really eat sugar. I don't eat sugar substitutes.
I still believe in moderation. I just try to limit sugar type things to once a week. (Or less)
Here is what I do. Smoothies for breakfast. Easy, delish. Clean. Salads for lunch, very filling, healthy and delish. Fruit for a snack, sometimes with nuts. Lean meat, rice and veggie for dinner.
I do change some things up, except breakfast and lunch (lunch gets changed up on the weekends at least 1 day)
For a while I even cut out natural peanut butter because there is a sugar there. I still limit the amounts of "hidden" sugars that I eat. LIke PB, or anything that you wouldn't think had sugars in it. Of course, not eating boxed food makes it really easy!!!
After doing that, my sugar cravings are much more under control. I don't have too hard of a time sticking with any of the moderation. I have even had a birthday party or some occasion that calls for a dessert for a month straight (on weekends) and I enjoyed a small piece of cake or dessert at all of these functions and then STOPPED. At least once the little sugar monster in me DID awaken and think, "MORE!!! GIVE ME MORE!" But I ignored him and he went away.
I guess I really follow SP pretty well. I make the healthiest choices possible at least 85-90% of the time. The other 10-15% is a little treat. Some weeks I am clean 100%, but I refuse to not allow those things EVER again.
I would say that clean eating is great, as long as you don't get too hard on yourself. It is really nice as it works to cleanse your body of the stuff you shouldn't eat regularly anyway.
I know that after some time eating healthy like that, I stopped randomly craving things that were terrible for me. Sure, I still have an occasional, but not nearly like it was!
1497 days ago
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