I'm really struggling with food cravings lately. I was doing great for about two months. I logged every single item I ate, increased my exercise, and was happy that I had lost 12 pounds. I had a great visit with my doctor in October (my LDL cholesterol had dropped 22 points, and he was very happy and encouraging of my new diet).
But after that good doctor visit, it's like all my incentive went away, because now I know I have six months until I see him again.
I was craving something pumpkin so badly, I bought pumpkin whoopie pies. Then I had to get a doughnut for a sweet craving. Then I stopped writing down what I'm eating. Bad weather made it harder to exercise.
I know, I know...I've got to get back to eating for health, and not let my taste buds run the show. How do I tame the cravings tiger
and turn them back into kitty cats?
I guess I should try to make something homemade with pumpkin that would be better for me. Pumpkin soup may do the trick. I have found that just getting more sleep helps...I even took a nap yesterday, which is unusual for me, but sleeping more seems to translate into eating less.
It's funny how attitudes change. During the first two months of my plan, nothing tempted me. I could turn down any dessert and not think twice about it. I had energy and determination and felt so hopeful about it all. It was like that was the "honeymoon" phase of the new diet. It was working, and while it took effort, it didn't seem to be a struggle. Now that phase is over, and it seems difficult and a struggle, and I'm not sure that I can stick with it.
My plan is to start writing everything down again, find some healthy recipes that will help with the cravings (and figure out the calories and log them), and try to get some exercise in.
If anyone reading this has advice for getting back the enthusiasm once you fall off track, feel free to post below. (And please remember to be kind...I don't need scolding, as I do that to myself enough!) Thanks!