A Healthy Craving!

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I had a craving for one of my favorite salads for lunch today. It's so simple...sliced cherry tomatoes, chopped avocado, and feta crumbles. Drizzle on a tiny bit of olive oil and balsamic vinegar, and voila! A flavor explosion full of nutrients!

It's Atkins compliant, but the tomatoes and avocado are a bit on the high-carb side for veggies. So I'll just scale back slightly for the rest of the day.

Fits and Starts

So January was a bit up and down. I'm still working on that mindset thing.

My main hurdle has been the sense of deprivation. I think this has actually been a huge obstacle to successful dieting for me in the past, as well. The feeling that I'm missing out on something - a "normal" dinner with my family, a piece of delicious sourdough bread, a glass of Sauvignon Blanc, or anything else that others are having that I "can't" - has interfered with changing my mindset.

I placed "can't" in quotes above because I've identified this as a main point that needs a big work-around in my brain. It's not that I "can't" have that buttery piece of garlic bread that everyone else at the table is sampling, but it's that I "choose not to" have it. In reality, I can stuff my face with whatever I want to. But if this is going to stick this time, a new neural pathway needs to be created in my little ol' head.

I recently picked up the book "The Power of Habit" by Charles Duhigg. So far I've only made it past the first chapter, but I can definitely see, even in the few pages I've read, where I can make some significant changes in my thoughts - and therefore my behavior toward food and exercise.

I made an ice cream cake for my husband's birthday last week. I "chose not to" have a piece, but I got a lot of satisfaction seeing the rest of our family enjoying it.


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