Diets don’t work. There, I’ve said it. When we’re told not to eat a certain thing, what is it we instantly crave? That specific item. Adkins and no carbs, all I wanted was a potato! Vegetarian, all I wanted was a McDonald’s double cheese burger! Cabbage soup diet, all I wanted was anything but cabbage soup! I can’t help but think of my Aunt Duke. When she was going through chemo, she couldn’t have raw vegetables. Of course, all she wanted then was a big salad or a piece of fruit. That right there proves you crave what you can’t have!
Just look at the first part of the word “diet”. It’s die. That’s why I refer to my new lifestyle not as a diet (after all, it’s not for a specific period of time, I’m not done when the Biggest Loser is done). I’m doing something I can live with for the rest of my life. I’m not “dieting”; I’m “living”! I’m on a live-it!
All of that being said, I mentioned in my last post that I’ve been craving pizza. It’s been for a couple weeks now, and nothing has made the craving go away. My flatbread pizzas are good, but they do not kill the craving for a really cheesy pizza. I thought I would be able to satiate my craving Monday night at the Movie Tavern by ordering one of their 10 inch pizzas. I had around 1,000 calories left for the day and thought that would more than take care of it. Think again, a 10 inch cheese pizza is 1,600 calories. Yes, I could have eaten just a half; but I didn’t trust myself to be able to stop. I ended up getting their mini cheeseburgers and fries which were very good, but they weren’t a pizza.
Today, I was able to feed my craving. Knowing what I had eaten for breakfast and what I would eat for dinner, I found I could have an individual size pizza from Donatos and a nice side salad. Total, my lunch came to 877 calories. That’s pretty hefty for a lunch, but I planned for it. That is the key. I planned. I didn’t need to eat half of a large pizza to calm my craving. The individual size pizza was just enough to satisfy that hunger, and it ensured I didn’t do something stupid. Look how fabulous!
By George! I think she’s got it!