Rule #2: Examine All Cravings
October 29, 2007
I can already see how important accountability is when trying to adhere to an eating regime: I got home from work, desperate for something chocolate. Yet, knowing that I’m going to be posting this to the whole world (even if the whole world isn’t reading it!)–well, that’s what basically prevented me from stopping at the local Loblaws on the way home and buying a large-sized chocolate bar.
I’m still feeling a little full from lunch, even (and a healthy lunch it was, too: the leftover sweet potato salad, with raw almonds and a big, crunchy Gala apple), yet still have a craving for chocolate–anything chocolate. What to do?
Well, if I’m going to be honest and stick with my original rules, then I shouldn’t eat it unless I’m really, really hungry. Should this rule be amended, then, to include “or when you really, really want just that thing“? This is what The Solution advocates. So maybe it’s worth including.
What I’m going to do with this craving is twofold: first, I’m going to examine it, try to figure out why it exists today, at this time. Next, I’m going to give in to it, within limits. I know myself well enough to know that it’s impossible for me to eat “just one piece” of chocolate (at this point in my life, anyway). Therefore, I will attempt to assuage the craving, but with something chocolatey that fits within the parameters of the NAG diet. So: Halvah!
I like halvah, it’s very filling, and I do a great halvah with a chocolate swirl. But guess what? Having blogged about this, I no longer feel like eating it. So it’s off to the next activity, in this case packing for our house-move (coming up in one week–yikes).
We’re so proud of you, Mum! And what was that about a house move??