I’m sick. I seldom get sick so when I do I feel like a big baby. So what. What’s more, my favorite cough drop (Ricola Original Herb) has sugar in it. Again…so what. I’m also making chicken soup with noodles on the side for everyone else. I just want the soup part anyway.
It’s funny how when you’re sick you convince yourself that you “deserve” things. I’m sick…I deserve a cookie. I’m sick…I deserve that sherbet. I’m sick…I deserve a pedicure. (Okay – that last one I may just do but I want to wait until I’m sure I won’t infect the poor technician.) It reminds me of the rationalization I used to go through every day when I was drinking. I broke a nail…I deserve a drink.
But I’m not going to eat poorly just because I’m sick; especially since I believe that eating like crap may have helped to get me sick in the first place. I’m going to eat well and nourish my body so I can get well. I’m going to stick to the plan.
Speaking of the plan, if you’re new to the Whole 30 and you’re feeling hungry don’t despair. Part of that is normal (I figured it was my body throwing a temper tantrum because I wasn’t giving it the sugar it wanted) and it may also be that you’re not eating enough at your meals. Eat slowly at each meal and eat until you are full. Your body will tell you when you’re full. Soon your hormones and body will begin to sync up and you won’t be hungry in between meals anymore.
I’ll admit to still struggling with the nighttime munchies. The lower floor of our home is one big open space so the kitchen is there ALL THE TIME. It’s like a whining child in my ear sometimes. “Come on! EAT! You know you’re hungry. You know you want something. At least go stare at the open refrigerator…maybe you’ll be inspired! There’s bound to be something new in there that wasn’t there the last 20 times you looked right? Right?” I used to give in because I thought I…wait for it…deserved it. But I’ve learned a few tricks to silence that whiny little brat.
I go up to my room to watch TV. I do not watch the Food Network (not even Chopped with all of it’s weird ingredients and especially not Diners Drive-ins and Dives!) I paint my nails. I read “It Starts With Food”. I surf the net and look for success stories from people who are as committed to this plan as I am. I go to bed early. I brush my teeth.
Anything to keep from eating when I’m not hungry. If I really AM hungry (which is seldom), I’ll grab a piece of fruit, a grilled chicken breast or a small handful of nuts. Then I take whatever I’ve chosen back upstairs so that when I’ve finished eating it, it’s a pain in the ass to go back downstairs for more.
So, as they say in certain parts of the NE…how YOU doin’?