07/28/16

My Whole Foods Journey | … now where’s the donut?!?

So, here we are smack dab in the middle of week 3 in my Whole Foods/Detox diet journey. And I have tons of energy, my skin is clearing, I sleep more soundly, my clothes fit more loosely, and my allergies are improving….

BUT…

All I can think about is the platter of warm Krispy Kreme donuts that are up the hallway and around the corner in my team’s common area.

Soft.

Flaky.

Moist.

The sheeted, crystallized sugar sticking to my lip gloss.

Seriously y’all. It was bad.

As I was sharing these daydreams with a coworker and my battle to break the sugar addiction, she suggested I read the Whole 30 Timeline. She was like, “It’s so funny and you will be shocked how accurate it is!” Having gone through a whole foods revolution herself, I consider her a very reliable source.

And so I marched myself to my computer, away from the wicked donuts (I have reverted to thinking of sugar as sin so that maybe I will be less inclined to indulge), and typed into Google, Whole 30 Timeline, and here is what I found… The Whole 30 Timeline 

….. {I highly recommend the read. It’s pretty funny.}

So, here is where I am at on the timeline, Day 12-15… Please read below for a small sampling of my current psyche.

Days 12-15: Boundless energy! Now give me a d*** Twinkie.

“Hurray! The slump is over! Your pants fit again! Your energy levels are better than normal – you’re downright Tigger the bouncing tiger! But something weird is happening. You’re dreaming. Not crazy nightmare or strange surrealist dreams, either. Incredibly normal and realistic dreams – about donuts. Or Twinkies. Or Snickers.* In your mind, sometimes you get caught and feel guilty. Sometimes you just brazenly eat the contraband. But then, the feelings start following you into the waking hours. Suddenly, you’re craving things you don’t even like. (For me, it’s Diet Coke and Twinkies, for Melissa Hartwig, it was fast-food cheeseburgers!) Your co-workers’ heads transform into giant Girl Scout Cookies as you gaze on in disbelief.

All joking aside, though, this phase gets really intense and for some people. This is the part of the program where our minds try to drive us back to the comfort of the foods we used to know. Our food relationships are deeply rooted and strongly reinforced throughout the course of our lives and breaking through them is really big deal. Journaling can be especially enlightening and helpful during this phase, and helpful for reflection later. Take some time to jot down what you’re craving, how you’re feeling and what tools you’re using to work through the cravings.”

…………

And this is SO, SO true. I am not even a huge fan of a Krispy Kreme donut. I mean, they are good & all, and 2 weeks ago I wouldn’t have even given eating one a second thought, but now, they are all I can think about!

But, I am determined to stay the course. Sure, there will be slip-ups here and there, and my days & choices won’t always be perfect, but I have learned to control what I can control, and let go of the rest! Good life lesson, not just in eating and diet choices, but in all aspects of life. And this temporary craving for all things that are sweet, doughy, and sugared? This is something I can control, and I will press on throughout my day.

And tomorrow as well.

Time to pour another cup of coffee with unsweetened almond milk. Let’s call that a cup full of resolve, shall we?!?

Resolve tastes pretty good.

xoxo…

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