100 Days of Eating Clean – Week 3

OrangeMeditationWrapping up week three and still hanging in there. That’s how it feels sometimes doesn’t it? Like you’re just barely hanging on. This has been sort of a stressful week for me. I noticed at the times when I felt the most stressed I also had the worst cravings…for junk. When faced with a project that felt overwhelming or a client issue that I just didn’t know how to approach my thoughts would suddenly turn to food. I’d desperately want some ice cream or pizza or a glass of wine. It would seem really important until I would realize what I was doing. I was, mentally, turning to food to alleviate my stress.

The good news this week is that I only turned to food mentally. I managed to break from my normal behavior and stop myself before the thoughts turned into actions. One of the reasons I was able to do that is because I decided to commit to my 100 days of eating clean.

Another part of it was that I’ve been down that road before. I’ve gone for the ice cream, the cookies, the chips…what have you… and it didn’t help! All it did was make me feel like a big fat failure for caving in and overeating all that junk. It didn’t solve the problem. It didn’t make things any better. It helped me escape, briefly. That’s all. I deserve a better solution to my stress than that. So, it’s an ongoing battle, but I’m making progress.

One thing that helped for sure was to get on the scale and see that I’ve lost 4 pounds already. It’s great to see progress and as much as it helped I can’t help wondering if this week would have been less successful if the scale had less favorable news for me. That’s why it’s so important to figure out how to manage stress. You can never depend on the world to make it easy. So, the more tools I have that are effective, easy to use and can be accessed quickly…the better my chances will be.

On a lighter note…the dish of the week. This week I enjoyed one of my favorite vegetable sides, brussels sprouts. This is the recipe I use… roasted brussels sprouts with garlic, mushroom and tomato. Delicious! 🙂

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2 Responses

  1. Stacy says:

    So, what tools do you use to manage stress?

  2. Laura says:

    That is an excellent question. Stay tuned for next week’s post… I’ll be covering the list of tools that I’ve had the most success with.

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