Thank you for the empathic and thought provoking comments on my last blog, Spark Friends!
I accepted the fact that my months of near-perfect compliance caused willpower atrophy, and that the culinary challenges of summer vacation time were too difficult to cope with.
As I promised, I started to re-train my Resistance Muscle (Beck Diet Solution term for willpower): now I welcome challenging food situations as training opportunities.
If no challenging situation presents itself during the day, then I deliberately choose to eat my 2 squares of dark chocolate while watching a movie with husband - and resist the temptation to go for more when chocolate is finished and the movie continues.
A lot harder than eating it after dinner, then cleaning up after dinner and go watch the movie with husband, which is pretty automatic and easy.
On the other hand, I got back to my healthy habits:
-eat 3 meals only, nothing in between
-eat sitting down, slowly, mindfully
-eat what I planned for the day the night before, or before breakfast
-avoid sugar and flour - eat whole cooked grains instead
Structure makes it easy for me. I feel full and satisfied during and after meals, I feel no hunger nor cravings between meals, and I'm energetic and alert all day.
I don't think of food outside planning, preparing and eating my meals, so I have more time and energy for everything else.
Sound too easy to prevent willpower atrophy? Indeed it is, if I do it on autopilot.
But there are always small opportunities to exercise my resistance muscle, like really not putting anything into my mouth while standing up, not even raw carrots, and Eating Slowly and Mindfully also requires some attention and willpower.
The last 2 weeks of summer still hold challenges for me, 3 birthdays lunches and a family weekend by the lake... but now I can trust that my willpower / resistance muscle will be strong enough to deal with it. Also I'll have a plan and I'll stick to it, and I'll have a positive attitude towards the challenging aspect of food: it will make me stronger, and I'll be able to handle it.
Spending time with my family will be more fun if I don't have to struggle with cravings nor food coma, and certainly I will be more fun to be with too.
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