I remained off track for the weekend, but not terribly off track, and was very proud that I rocked it Monday-Friday, but not without struggle. I had many cravings Monday-Wednesday, but by Thursday those finally calmed down. Overall I was successful 5 out of 7 days this week. I was ready for the week, I planned and prepped my meals and prep myself mentally for the cravings because I knew they would coming. Friday was a weird day, I was more hungry than usual, I wasn't having cravings, I was just hungry, luckily I had extra healthy snacks at work otherwise I would have been in trouble!
This weekend is Memorial Day Weekend and in my attempt to stay on track I am going to do Beachbody's 3 Day Refresh. I think that will really help me get through the weekend and off to a good start for next week!
At the point I am in my journey of creating clean eating as my new lifestyle, I have learned (the hard way mind you) these few things -
- If I give in, even just a little bit, my defenses are down and I am significantly more likely to veer off my healthy eating plan, and veer off quickly.
- Once I get off track, it's really hard for me to get back on track right away. After eating lots of processed or sugary foods, it takes me about 3 days to stop having constant cravings.
- Just about any emotion makes me crave food; happiness, sadness, boredom, frustration, anger, etc.
- What I am really craving is that quick fix sugar and chemicals give me.
- If I stop to think about the consequences of eating whatever I am craving I am significantly more likely fend off the craving.
- If I allow myself to eat without thinking, I am likely to go find more food to eat, I don't just stop at what I had in front of me.
- Even though processed and sugary foods give me that momentary feel-good high, almost immediately after swallowing I often feel bad physically, mentally and emotionally.
- Eating "clean" foods fill me up much more than processed foods.
- "Clean" foods leave my hunger satisfied, processed foods leave me wanting more.
- It's a SLOOOWW process. I am often envious of those weight loss transformations where people lost 15 pounds in 30 days, that just isn't how my journey has gone.
One thing that has been a HUGE help in my journey to create this new healthy eating lifestyle is not a diet, not motivation, not a trick, not willpower...it's simply AWARENESS!
I love to journal, to write out my feelings about things and in doing so I have become so much more aware of not only how I feel right when I eat different foods, but how I feel later. It has helped me realize the long term effects of eating processed and healthy foods.
My advice to you is do whatever you need to do to become more aware of how food affects you. I don't keep a food journal (which I know is a very popular tip) I don't write down everything I eat and how I am feeling when I eat it. I journal when I feel like I need to work through my feelings, it just so happens food and my feelings are often intertwined.
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