Thursday, January 20, 2011

Day 4

I've successfully navigated the first three days of eating refined sugar- and gluten-free.  I feel great.  Yesterday was the first day in I-don't-know-when that I didn't hit a huge afternoon wall and want to curl up in my bed during kiddie naptime.  I still wanted to curl up in my bed to just take a break, but I didn't feel like I could sleep for three hours.  Maybe just 20 minutes.  :)

I visited a new-to-me bakery on Monday and I almost caved when I saw their Red Velvet Cupcakes.  But I didn't.  I've been super frustrated several times over the last few days and wanted to dive into the first box of cookies, crackers, and cereal I could find.  But I restrained myself.  My secret weapon has been the delicious citrus that is all over the place right now.  Tangerines, tangelos, blood oranges, navel oranges..... yum!  They are super sweet and delicious.  We are all devouring them like crazy!

I've been feeling more "hungry" and had to be a lot more mindful of what's going in my mouth.  Both huge pluses.  The key is that I've been much better prepared.  My goal is to eat mostly fruits, veggies, and protein (meat!).  We love meat at our house -- my husband's favorite food group.  (I am less in love.)  So I've been spending time the night before chopping, dicing, tearing, and measuring so that it's a billion times easier to eat nourishing food in a snap during the day.

Of course all this evening chopping-dicing-tearing is only possible because my husband got shifted to start work at oh-dark-thirty in the morning this week... which he hates, but I love because he's home in the evenings for dinner and then I can prep in the kitchen with him keeping an eye on any pre-World War III battles elsewhere in the house.

Whew.  I knew I could do it, and I knew it would take a while to get in the groove, but I'm really enjoying the benefits.  And I'm only on day 4.  My next step is to up my water intake.  I've gotten lazy about it because using the bathroom All. The. Time. is a big pain.  But I will survive.


Story Lady said...

WAY TO GO!!!! I admire you so much for doing this! Thanks so much for the update -I've been wondering how it was going for you. Keep it up!

BunnyO said...

Wow, let me just say, hubs had to go gluten free about two years ago. In the first six weeks he dropped 30 pounds and his mood substantially changed for the better. For real before going G-Free, I would say to him ALL THE TIME, "Dear God, there is no way my cooking is so bad it's making you sick all the time. The kids and I are eating the same stuff you are...". Um, er, oops. Little did I know I actually WAS poisoning him. Welp, after forcing me to give up all things bread, pasta and breakfast cereal, I spent a few months pouting and resenting him... only to find I felt tremendously better after the change. There was some serious withdrawals for a bit, but I couldn't believe how much better we both felt. Good for you!! I will bet your mood will go WAY up from here. Hugs-

MONICA-LnP said...

you brave girl!just thinking about giving up sugar makes my heart thump faster,wait maybe thats a sign I should be doing this!good luck and cant wait to see more updates.