I realize that lately (well, for a few months now) my weekly meal planning includes a daily dose of desserts after lunch and dinner. Hmmmm, when did that sneak back into my routine?
I admit I got some crazy logic to go with that too. Time to assess and plan better to get back on track.
1. If it fits in my hand, it’s okay: I only plate my lunch and dinner. Then I “top it off” with a few mini-snack size Reese’s Peanut Butter cups that barely goes from fridge to mouth while I walk to the trash to get rid of the wrappers. Uhhh, wait a second there. I’ll go back to brushing my teeth right after....or drinking soothing tea to calm my tastebuds. I will get off my sugar-crave train and choose better healthier choices. For me usually a week or two does the trick to retrain my taste-buds.
2. Small servings are okay: For ice-cream, I have a favorite go-to small bowl, but wow, I’ve gotten pretty skilled about layering those m&ms onto the scoop of ice cream ...like a mini Sundae. Sooooo why is it that I’m routinely buying “Sharing Size” bag? Those fist-full” grabs for a quick sweet blast are adding up. I labeled it with my son’s name. Yes, it does work for me.
3. Eating a small dinner means I deserve a treat: Yup. I see the blaring truth now. With a small adjustment to my mind-set, I can eat my proper servings of healthy foods so I fill up and feel nourished, satisfied, and go for a 20 minute walk. I used the excuse, “I don’t live in the same neighborhood anymore, I live in town now”. Ya, and so do all those dog owners, runners, walkers, and shoppers. My block has restaurants, shops, and it don’t matter beaches and parks are closed...20 minutes is not far at all.
4. I know what I like, and what is fast- I got no time to search for recipes!: My stressed tunnel-vision-self needs a bit of support. When did I forget that Spark People has a great suggested meal plan in the Nutrition section? I can check it out as part of my morning check-ins, and before my grocery runs.
When I’m under prolonged stress from circumstances around me at work and personal life, it’s easy believe sugar will give me the relief I’m looking for. In fact, it throws me into a viscous cycle of unhealthy choices and denial. I know this, and I’m ready to accept my personal challenge to eat better to feel my best. It’ll be the boost I need, to muster through my tough days ahead.