Well, I'm on day six, and I have to say that mostly it's been easier than I expected. I don't feel as guilty when I eat, because I'm tracking my food and I know that what I'm putting in my body is healthy and the portion is acceptable. This has helped me enjoy my food much more, which seems to be limiting my cravings.
When I do have a weak moment (or minute, of HOUR), it is TORTURE. About once a day, almost every day, I feel like I want to cry if I can't just go into the cabinet and stuff my face with whatever I want. It feels like physical pain, even though I'm really not hungry, and I know I've eaten enough. It takes every bit of strength I have not to eat.
These are some of the things that I think/do to help:
If I don't give into these cravings, I will probably be down a jean size by the time my kids start school in September.
It will NOT feel this way forever. Once I get used to my new healthy diet, I will hardly have these cravings any more. (I know this from experience, so hopefully I'm smart enough to take MY OWN advice!)
Gum and water are AWESOME. Also, celery and cucumbers.
These cravings last for a few hours and then they're gone. The shame and sadness of what I've done to my body is 24 hours a day. Would I rather be tortured for 2 hours a day, or 24?
STOP THINKING ABOUT FOOD. Go find something else to do. The more I think about it the more deprived I feel. Redirection!
So that's what has helped me the last couple of days. I can't wait for this to get easier. (And it really, really will. I know this.) In the meantime, I will feel like a super hero every time I don't give in.