I noticed an interesting thing today. It's amazing just how strong the habit has formed in my mind to eat. I went on an errand at lunch time (after having eaten my very satisfying lunch in the office). As I was driving down the highstreet, my brain immediately went to the pub that has the awesome chips. I dismissed it. Then I parked, right near that newsagent that sells the Ritter Sport chocolates with whole hazelnuts. I actually started turning that way before I realised. It happens without me knowing, it's become such a habit with me. As soon as I realised what I was doing I actually said out loud "stop it!" and went on my way to the pharmacy. It wasn't hard and I don't feel cheated, but it really amazed me. My unhealthy relationship with food has gone way, way too far.
Here's what I ate/will eat today, if anyone's interested; it's going quite well so far. No hunger, no cravings (thank you, satisfying and delicious nuts!), no urge to break diet. I know the first day is easy because it's still a novelty but this feels good.
Food diary, Tue 20 January
Morning snack(s): coffee upon getting to work**; 15 macadamia nut halves (the book says 15 almonds but I don't like almonds); cucumber sticks with homemade hummus
Lunch: Salad (lettuce, spring onion, red pepper and a small amount of sesame seeds) with chicken (shop bought roast chicken breast slices) and dressing (I thought I'd make it chinese-y so soy sauce, toasted sesame oil and dried ground ginger - SOO good, I'm using sesame oil instead of olive oil every time I can from now on! Book says olive oil and balsamic vinegar but this must be equivalent.)
Afternoon snack: 10 cherry tomatoes, 2 laughing cow light cheese wedges
Dinner: Chicken breasts marinated in soy, ginger, spring onion and sweetener (I'm in a soy kinda mood), grilled, with brocolli and snow peas. Maybe a salad depending on how hungry we are.
Dessert: I probably won't have any but if I feel like something else I'll have fat free plain yoghurt with sweetener and cinnamon, an old favourite of mine.
**I'm going to limit myself to one or at most two cups of caffienated drink a day as it stimulates insulin production, apparently, but the book says with all these foods cut out they won't do it to you to take away your coffee too!.
*Hope you don't mind!