hatane Posted December 27, 2013 Share Posted December 27, 2013 As the title stated, I'm starting a Whole30 challenge for the first time ever tomorrow and I'm really excited (yet also nervous??). I've never been remotely close to overweight, but I have pretty unhealthy eating habits and cravings that I would like to kick to the curb now before I leave for college and have unlimited access to bad foods. I just returned from a weeklong vacation where I indulged ridiculously. Yes, it was a vacation, but there was no reason to get multiple plates of the same dessert, multiple meals, sugary beverages, or even eat the Oreos in the minibar when there was actual food in abundance. For a little under a year now I've been on a quest to eradicate my tendency towards overeating (it's an on-and-off struggle). I've been pretty much using calorie counting and following an extremely loose paleo diet, but like many, fell into the trap of "healthy" pancakes and cupcakes that just led to me eating the real thing, hating my weakness, and the ugly cycle. I haven't done a whole lot of preparation, but luckily I've never been too picky about flavors. My lunch for the past five months or so has pretty consistently been grilled chicken breast with steamed broccoli and perhaps a sweet potato, so I feel confident with that. The sugar demon (and the cheese demon, oh my) will have to be overcome, but I believe that the Whole30 is the right way to break my attachment to these foods. I gravitate towards extremities. A small square of dark chocolate leads to me eating the whole bar, which leads to me ordering two milkshakes that are 1000 kcal each (this actually happened today - I physically felt awful, and still do. Never doing that again). Cutting added sugar out completely will hopefully lessen my binge-y tendencies. My usual breakfast is some oatmeal with peanut butter and a coffee with cream, but tomorrow I'm switching that out for eggs with sweet potato, sweet peppers, onions, and green tea. I'm a dancer, so I'm planning on utilizing a lot of bananas, sweet potatoes, squashes, and perhaps emergency compliant Larabars for a carb boost in a pinch. I've never craved nuts, so I think it's fair to say that I can eat them without fear of binging. I think I'll buy some almond butter and canned coconut milk once I have time to go to the store, as well as strawberries and as many vegetables as I can find! I'm hoping to dump this vacation weight too (because I definitely ate at enough surplus to gain at least a pound or two, which shows on my frame), but also to change lifestyle patterns and create a sustainable fuel source for me to enjoy living. I'm a high school student in fairly rigorous courses, and I need that energy to push me through the school day, through club activities, and through ~10-20 hours of dance a week. Please, to anyone who is reading, hold me accountable and don't let me fall back into my old ways. It's time for a change now. I don't want to be controlled by boredom eating, sugary desserts, or empty plate syndrome anymore. Congratulations if you've read this excessively long rant. XD Any encouragement, advice, and/or comments are welcome! Thanks for reading. c: Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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