I've been a veg. for almost 2 years now, and now I'm determined to go fully "kind." I was just at a party and was feeling so good all day, had granola for breakfast, sprouted wheat toast for snack, raw salad for lunch. feeling SO GOOD all day, then I went to this party, had a glass of wine, and a brownie. Then it turned into another brownie, and another glass of wine. Then i ate another cookie and before I knew it i was feeling the same way I used to. My heart was pounding, i could feel the blood coarsing through my veins, every breath was a struggle and I could barely keep my eyes open. I could feel the effects right away. I hate it. Right now i'm sitting up in bed knowing that I just sabatoged the wonderful night sleep i was looking forward to all day.
I've been really taking notice on the effects that these things have on my system as I'm abstaining from them, and I think this is somewhat of a good thing, because now I know what exactly screws me up and in what way.
Bumming so hard. :( Any secrets or things that help anyone resist?
It's so tough not let yourself "gorge," especially with all the delicious food out there! I honestly think the moments of "messing up" help you realize why you want to get on the right track. You need the low swings every once in a while to show yourself how amazing it feels when make yourself a priority over the guilty pleasure - and how amazing your body feels when you do so!
My latest venture, along w/Lindsay, has been really watching the amounts of what I eat and how I eat it. It's been very easy for both of us in the past to have a delicious dinner, snuggle up on the couch w/ a movie and devour an entire pan full of popcorn. And not a small pan. Like wok-sized. Poof. Gone.
Whether it's three good sized meals a day or five smaller ones, I've been trying to focus on eating when I'm hungry. Again, w/ all the delicious food out there, it's a tough concept to apply. But I'm sure as you know, the satisfaction of a good meal, snack, or dessert is so much better when it continues on longer than just the eating part. After the fifth brownie, or when the entire bowl of popcorn is gone, the yummy feeling doesn't last for very much longer. It won't be a fun night, or next morning, or probably even next day....
Stick to your guns!!!! If you want to feel good and still enjoy yourself, do it by staying in control. Enjoy the taste of the brownie, but be okay with limiting it to just one. Now Lindsay and I make a huge helping of popcorn, but we fill up a bunch of baggies with the majority of it and eat a smaller serving.
It's always toughest to keep to it when you're in social situations, but if you really, truly know what the yucky after-effects are like, you'll be in much better shape to avoid letting it happen again.
So find your limits. Still enjoy. But stay in control :-)
And I'd recommend this book called Thrive, by vegan Ironman triathlete Brendan Brazier. It focuses a lot on nutrition for performance, but it most definitely applies to life overall. He talks about the stresses certain foods/drinks/lifestyles can cause your body and the after-effects. It has really helped put me in a mindset of eating consciously. And then when I want a little treat, I'll know how to balance it out with the rest of my eating decisions.
Baked goods! You'll never get the best of us! haha