Saturday, January 31, 2015

Pushing Through Gnawing Hunger

A few of the staples I purchased today to make the next week easier for eating healthy. A note on the real maple syrup. I use a small amount to flavor my oatmeal and make some of my homemade salad dressings. It is much lower on the glycemic index than table sugar and many other sweeteners. I also purchased numerous fruits and veggies. Yum! 

I was hungry almost all day yesterday, a terrible gnawing hunger, despite eating a healthy and tasty breakfast and lunch. I imagine my hunger was a consequence of Thursday night's unplanned indulgence (lasagne). My body was scoffing at the healthy food I gave it yesterday. It wanted more of the high-calorie, high-fat content food I enjoyed the night before. Even so, I've been down that path too many times - one indulgence leading to more and more indulgences that make me feel like I can never get enough of what's not good for me.

I want better for myself. I want the energy and clarity of thought and weight loss that comes from consistently eating healthy, so I persisted last night, eating a healthy dinner with a protein drink, and I feel much, much better today - less vulnerable to foods that aren't so good for me. I'm not as hungry. I'm glad I stayed the course.

To make the next week easier, I took extra care this morning in planning menus for the next seven days. Once I had the menus set, making the grocery shopping list was a breeze because some time ago, I created an aisle by aisle grocery shopping list for our grocery store, which includes foods we frequently purchase. All I had to do was circle the needed food items and add a few that weren't already on the list.

So, now I'm set with a week of foods I'm looking forward to, foods that will delight my taste buds and nourish my body, including lentil chili that is bubbling in the slow cooker at this very moment, and several loaves of healthy whole grain bread baking in the oven. The house smells heavenly!

One thing I know about striving to eat healthy overall is that some days are better than others. And I'm glad today's a good day.

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