So, that whole diet thing… Um, yeah. I haven’t gained any back, but I haven’t lost anymore either. I have been so busy with work, the kids and just life that I haven’t had the focus that I had last fall. I really need that focus back.
Going to the gym has been my saving grace. I have been going (up until this week) at least 4 times a week, most weeks 5 times. If it weren’t for the calories I’m leaving there, I’d be up for sure. I love salt. I could lick on a salt block all day long. And, anything white: pasta, potatoes, rice, bread. It all makes me happy. I genuinely love food, and I’m an emotional eater, so it’s like the perfect storm.
So, my dilemma… How do I squish those cravings while satisfying myself at the same time? I found a great article on Medicine.net that talks about what causes cravings and how to combat them. That they had to say…
1) Out of sight usually does not mean out of mind.
Oh, how true this is for me! If I’m craving something, the ‘keep it out of the house’ mentality does nothing for me. I would walk barefoot in the snow for a big bowl of pasta from Carrabba’s right now.
2) Make lower-calorie choices when possible.
I already so this. Most of the time. Except sometimes. When I need real mayo.
3) Our environment is toxic.
No freaking joke! I mentioned to a friend a few weeks ago at the gym how wrong it is that I’m on the elliptical and have to suffer through McDonald’s commercials while I work out. You can’t get away from it! Ever!
4) Don’t let yourself get too hungry.
This is a problem for me. I need a chef. I am bad about putting myself last and pushing off meals until it’s convenient. I have got to stop doing that!
5) Start a cravings journal.
Pasta, bread, potatoes, salt, rice, pasta, bread, potatoes, salt, rice, chocolate, pasta bread…
6) Smart Carbs to the rescue.
Smart Carbs are the healthier, whole grain alternatives to the white stuff. I’m already there on this one!
7) Take care of yourself.
I struggle with this one. I bet almost everyone who’s read this far (if anyone has read this far) struggles with this. It’s something I’ve said over and over that I’m going to work on. Getting my butt to the gym is part of m effort to do things for me.
What do you think about their advice/take on things? Do you see value in their suggestions? What’s worked for you?