March 19, 2013

Diary of a Meat Eater: Day 8

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This past week was rough. Fatigue plagued me like never before. Each piece of fruit gave me about 30 minutes of energy, then I deflated like a ruptured balloon. I walked from work to training to bed in a tired fog.

Today, I woke refreshed. Full of energy and hope. And full of cravings. I kept smelling foods I don’t even like that much, and it made my insides itch to taste them. White sauce. Scones. Granola bars. All mediocre things that I want.

The cravings should subside in about two weeks, or so I’m told. If anyone’s got tips on how to survive that long, send them this way.

Imagine me shipwrecked on a desert island, holding on to sanity by the skin of my teeth and the tip of a coconut.


February 26, 2012

Cheat days

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I don’t know how I feel about cheat days. On the one hand, I see the point of the people who compare it to smoking: if you keep having cheat smokes, you’ll never really lose the cravings. On the other hand, I see the point of people who say that you have to live with this diet for years, and in order to stick with it, you need to be able to indulge sometimes.

I guess, if I had to take a stand, I’d go with option B, mostly because I can’t quite imagine never eating a slice of pizza again. So I indulge, once a month.

But here’s the rub: when I’m going to indulge, and I set a day aside for myself to eat whatever I want, I want a lot. I don’t just eat one piece of fudge from the box on the table, I eat the chocolate, the chips and the fudge, and nevermind the sharing. I make a list of the foods I miss the most, and eat all of them.

Sure, it’s just once a month. Not enough to kill me, and definitely worth it to keep my spirits up and my heart content, but is it healthy? I would never stuff my face like this if I didn’t feel like I was trying to get the most out of some magical “free pass.” I’m like a hungover frat boy at an all-you-can-eat buffet, when I should be a French lady, tasting everything, but eating moderately.

Is this just me, or do you too feel like you have to make the most out of your cheat days? How do you deal with your cheat meals? Do you have any at all?

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