Good news: I’m making progress with my sugar habit!
I realize that something like this doesn’t happen overnight, but I’m starting to figure out what’s going on with my cravings and how to best deal with them. If you ask me, that’s some sweet progress!
So, I think that my sugar cravings are more emotional than physical. I definitely experience physical sugar cravings and feel like a crazy person until I get my fix, but I’ve noticed if I don’t give in right away, it’s much easier to deal (like waiting until after dinner to treat myself ). Plus, if I’m busy or distracted, the cravings aren’t as strong.
I started my day with a bowl of Greek yogurt with fresh raspberries and Peanut Butter Puffins on top.
Clearly, this meal had sugar in it, but the protein from the Greek yogurt filled me up and satisfied me. (Again, if someone offered me a cupcake, I probably would have eaten it, but the urge to seek out a sugary food wasn’t powerful.)
I also enjoyed a glass of iced coffee with breakfast.
After making a coffee connection with my sugar cravings, I’ve reduced the amount of iced coffee that I drink in the morning and it seems to help. However, I’m not sure if the coffee/caffeine encourages my cravings or if it’s all in my head. All I know is that not spending the majority of the morning sipping away on iced coffee has made dealing with my sugar cravings much easier for me.
After breakfast, I went grocery shopping and ran some errands with Mal, so sugar never once crossed my mind (just like Thursday morning), which is why I think that my cravings are more emotional. (Perhaps related to stress/anxiety or boredom?)
Lunch was a romaine salad with cucumbers, tomatoes, green bell pepper, parsnip chips, and balsamic vinegar.
Parsnip chips + balsamic vinegar are so delicious together!
On the side, I had a toasted whole wheat English muffin with almond butter spread on top.
I ate the salad first and saved the (sweet) English muffin for last, which seemed to ”˜trick’ my taste buds into thinking it was dessert. I guess it worked because I didn’t crave sugar at all after eating my lunch.
After lunch, Mal and I visited our long, lost friends, Dave and Marie. (In case you’re wondering, they are alive and well!) We stayed at their house for a few hours and caught up while watching the Patriots game.
I had zero sugar cravings while hanging out with our friends, but I snacked on a few cheddar cheese twists while there.
Just before dinner, my stomach started to grumble, so I took the edge off my hunger by eating a SOYJOY bar. No sugar cravings followed because I knew dinner was right around the corner.
Tonight’s dinner was something special! Mal suggested barbeque chicken sandwiches, so he went all out selecting the ingredients at Whole Foods this morning. He picked up a bottle of Homestyle Meals Smoked Chipotle BBQ Sauce and some Iggy’s rolls.
I dreamed about these rolls all day long.
The end result was out of this world! Everything about this sandwich ruled. Best barbeque chicken sandwich ever.
To make the barbeque chicken, I just baked two chicken breasts in the oven, chopped them up, and added a lot (like, half a bottle) of barbeque sauce.
On the side, I had some roasted broccoli.
After dinner, I (sort of) satisfied my sweet tooth with four pieces of milk chocolate and a mug of Eggnogg’n tea. As I write this post, I still want to eat more chocolate, but I hope that brushing my teeth with stop the craving. The post-dinner sugar cravings/expectations are still the most difficult for me to manage.
Slow and steady progress.