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My Employer Tried to Poison Me Today

Thursday, May 02, 2013

(Lots of links and history in today's post. Might be easier to view here: wp.me/p1N36Q-6L )

I'm all out of whack this week. With all of my AOR stories, I have been neglecting to provide a status check-in.

Mostly it's because I'm still on Day 0 wheat free/binge free, and really just don't want to talk about it. I just want to crawl in bed and sleep for 8000 hours, and I'm pretty sure it's because of the carbs and sugar I have consumed over the last 48 hours. It started yesterday when I brought my car in for service. My dealer always has bagels out for customers, and because there were no loaner vehicles available, I knew I was going to be waiting 2+ hours with binge-tastic bagels staring me in the face. Armed with all of my reading and research that suggests protein is the key to feeling full and satisfied, I downed a bottle of Pure Protein (23 grams of protein, 1 gram of fat) for breakfast, drove to the dealer, and held out for that happy, nourished, "I don't want a bagel" feeling.

It didn't work. Within an hour, the voice in my head was saying "It's just a bagel, one isn't going to ruin your day." (Lies. It's all lies, as Dr. Pam Peeke would say. More on her book tomorrow). One bagel turned into two bagels turned into a ton of other crap when I got home from the mechanic. I struggled through an evening workout, skipped dinner, and woke up this morning feeling lethargic and miserable.

So - easy to get back on track when you are feeling full post bagel-binge, right? Not so fast. Today I had an off-site meeting where lunch was served - my second such meeting this week.

Now, I mentioned this last week, but for the first meeting I attended on Monday, I was able to RSVP in advance for a special gluten free meal option. I ordered a salad with chicken, craisins, and all kinds of crunchy, delicious greens with a vinaigrette dressing. Snack time was even better - yes, there were cookies and brownies out, but they also had a trail mix bar available. They simply put out little baggies and jars full of nuts, M&Ms, raisins, craisins, etc. and you could fill to your heart's content. Clever, no?

Today's meeting was far less accommodating. Lunch offered nothing but sandwiches. Wheat, White, Rye, Wraps - there was certainly enough variety of poison. I did take a turkey sandwich and behaved myself by removing the bread and just eating the turkey, lettuce, and tomato. My good behavior didn't last when they opened the snack bar, though:

You're looking at is a cookie and brownie buffet well after I attacked it.

What I wouldn't have given for that trail mix bar again. I would have maybe made it through a new Day 1 wheat free and binge free.

I need a strategy for when I'm surrounded by cookies or bagels and can't really control my environment. A panic button. A "Break Open In Case of Emergency" Gluten Free Cookie to keep in my purse, perhaps. I'm not certain it will work, as I haven't made a gluten free cookie yet, but I'm optimistic. The gluten free banana bread and lemon bars were both good, satisfying alternatives - although neither would win out over a chocolate chip cookie in my line of vision. Perhaps I'll spend some time baking this weekend to create my "emergency" kit.
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    You can do it!
    1873 days ago
    You might want to try something high-fat but without sugar or grains, like nuts. Gluten-free foods are usually very high-carb and still keep your cravings going. For me, if I stay under 50 grams of carbs/day all cravings go away and I can allow myself as much fat and protein as I'm hungry for plus lots of veggies.

    1873 days ago
    I like your idea of a Gluten free emergency kit. Maybe you can discuss with your employer that you can't have gluten and that you have an allergy to it and if they could see about providing gf options for you to have.

    It's all about baby steps and yes there are set backs but your making a huge step in the right direction about what you need and where you want to be with your diet/health. I wish you luck!
    1874 days ago
    I am with you! These last few weeks of school, there is always some cake, cookie, etc in the cafeteria for the teachers. Multiple end of year meals where ridiculous snacks will be served. Some are pot-luck, so I will bring a wheat-free selection and hoping our counselor will as well, since she is reading wheat belly.

    Today, didn't do well either. Ate a piece of key lime cake at school, then 5 (yes, 5!!) oatmeal raisin cookies at my grad school program tonight.

    Not sure what to expect for graduation next week, but I am seeing my dr tomorrow to talk about wheat, whey protein, and other things including thyroid.

    The emergency kit sounds like a great idea!
    1874 days ago
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