Tuesday, June 18, 2013
I've been reading blog posts from people who say their husbands or loved ones try to sabotage their healthy eating efforts. My Mom does something similar -- she's crazy for anything "free" so if there's an event that offers free hotdogs, she has to go and get one. "Well, they're FREE!" she tells me. And then I get, "One hotdog won't hurt you."
She may be right -- that one hotdog might not throw my diet out of whack -- but more important than that is the fact that I DON'T WANT A HOTDOG!
If I don't want a hotdog, and haven't been craving a hotdog, I'm not going to eat a hotdog just because someone else is eating one or because it's there. And frankly, since I'm trying to avoid as much processed food as possible, I don't really miss all that kind of stuff.
Here's what I don't really miss and what I don't really want anymore:
1. Soft drinks. I was beginning to think I had an addiction, seriously. Okay, so it was Diet Coke, and no calories, but I had my suspicions about the artificial sweeteners they use. I think they make you hungry. Anyway, now I only get soft drinks when we go to restaurants, which isn't often, and I'm finding I don't really miss them. Water is more satisfying when it's so hot out, and if I want something special, I'll drink Perrier. Of course I'm not giving up my morning coffee -- I'm not THAT crazy!
2. Salty snacks. A few months off of pretzels and cheddar cheese goldfish, and I'm not really even missing them. I have some of the individual 140-calorie packs, which I break out if I've got a huge calorie deficit for the day, but I'm just not missing eating handfuls of them at a time.
3. Cheese. Oh for real?! I'm completely lying. I LOVE CHEESE!! I've cut back on it a bit, but I'm still enjoying low-fat string cheese (noodle cheese as my son calls it) and cottage cheese. But could I take down a chunk of Brie, singlehandly? Absolutely! And I may do so after I've hit my goal weight :)
4. Bread. I'm lying again, but only sort of. Homemade bread is delicious, but I haven't made any in ages. Buns are disgusting. Now I see why people wrap their burgers in lettuce. I started to eat a bun at the BBQ festival, but realized it tasted nasty, so I threw it out and just ate the fish. Flatbread and balady bread like Pita -- that's a different story. But I haven't been eating a lot of sandwiches, so I haven't felt the need for bread or bready foods of any sort. And the cereal we get is grossing me out, which leads me to number 5.
5. Sweets. I don't know if I've burned out my sweet tooth or what, or if it's because I'm eating so much fruit, but I am really sensitive to how sweet a lot of foods are. Like our breakfast cereal (Raisin Bran Crunch.) It's almost too sweet for me to eat. Cereal always used to be my go-to meal when I ran out of time to eat, but now I guess I need to find an unsweetened cereal -- like the cheerios I always used to like -- that I can liven up with fruit. Even some fruit is too sweet -- I was eating canned pineapple with cottage cheese the other day and wondered if I'd bought the kind that was in heavy syrup because it was so sweet (I hadn't.) I haven't wanted chocolate either, which surprised me.
So I know the above 5 categories are cravings that a lot of people struggle with, so I'm feeling really lucky that I'm not having those issues. Or is it because I've been off of them for so long that I've "broke the addiction" ? I hadn't actually been PURPOSEFULLY avoiding anything other than the sodas. (Even though I was limiting my salty snack intake, I didn't eliminate them altogether.)
I guess for me the big struggle is going to be cutting back on the alcohol. I know I probably sound like an alcoholic, but it has always been a huge part of my diet, because other than breakfast and 11ses, we drink wine with every meal. If I can cut back to 4 ounces with dinner, and 4 with evening snack, that will be a good start (that's only 100 calories, and I'm okay with that.)
Onward and upward ...