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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Mid-way into the 5th day of following Eat to Live and here's a few things I've noticed.

* I will be totally satisfied, but then drive past a fast food joint & get a craving.
* I will be not hungry at all, but get the urge for a cookie, some chips, ANYTHING... well, any kind of junk food

* I am fully capable of making myself a nice cup of herbal tea, and the craving is usually gone long before the water is hot.
* The more I immerse myself in on-line photos of fruit & veggie based meals attractively arranged, the less attractive the gooey fat-laden images in advertising are... that gooey cheese-covered dish just doesn't have the eye appeal of a colorful plate of mixed veggies. Seriously.
* I am feeling so much better! So much more energy, and it's only been 5 days. Also, most of the habitual aches & pains are drastically reduced. I won't say gone, but definitely reduced. I think by the end of 6 weeks, they'll be gone!
* Instead of spending my day on the caffeine/sugar high > crash rollercoaster, I am on an almost constant state of high energy until late in the day when I am tired & fall asleep easily. It's actually kind of weird. Is this what normal is supposed to feel like???
* I do wake up with a slight headache. Water & a few minutes of qigong practice take care of it now. Didn't the first three days.

I also notice that as I look at recipes, I'm actively thinking about the nutritional density of foods and making higher value substitutions when I think the recipe will still turn out OK (like in a smoothie, instead of 1/2 cup non-dairy "milk" I'll use unsweetened cranberry juice). On Saturday when I was doing my shopping, I bought some non-dairy "sour cream" in the vegan section. Said it was soy based. So today, as I read the label (finally got around to that, ha ha) I realize that it has OIL in it. Like, for reals?? Not a lot. But I also realize as I was eating my lunch, that mashed avocado would taste just as good (if not better), pack a greater nutritional punch, and be cheaper, too! So long tofu sour cream substitute!! So, that's quite a few changes for 5 days. And quite a lot to learn.

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    One of the things that has worked for me when I walk in a grocery store (or pass McDonald's) is to change the messages I send myself. Instead of saying, "ooh Doritoes, Chips Ahoy..." I say, "I don't eat that stuff" or "Look how they market this junk like crazy...I'm glad I'm not a sucker."
    1609 days ago
    Emotional hunger thoughts are just like any other thoughts. We do not have to obey them. Once we get interested in something else, EE thoughts disappear.
    1609 days ago
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