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Small Changes, New Habits

Friday, May 3, 2013



So lately I've been feeling a strong desire to change my overall diet and eating habits.  I've been feeling sluggish and lazy and I know it's because I'm not eating well.  And it's not that I don't enjoy most healthy foods, because I do.  But it was more of a habit I had gotten myself into.  Diet Cokes every day, fast food on the run, over-eating even when I was full.  Just things like that. 

And I finally made the decision this past weekend that I need to make some changes.  I'm not going to claim that I'll change overnight.  But I'm just going to attempt to do a few small things at a time.  This week, I'm cutting out sugar and Diet Coke and I'm attempting to eat four small meals a day.  From what I hear, you feel amazing after a few weeks without sugar.  I sure hope this is the case because I'm only a few days in and it doesn't feel so great!  It is so eye opening to see how much I looked forward to eating certain things during the day, now that I'm going without them.  And to see how much I depended on them as a little treat or pick-me-up.  I consumed so many empty calories because I just felt like snacking or was out running errands and felt like I needed a Diet Coke in my hand. 

So my goal is to make small changes that eventually lead to new habits.  I'm eating a lot more greens and a lot less carbs and sweets - not to lose weight, but just to feel better and have less blood sugar swings that lead to that lazy feeling. 

I enjoyed the above tuna salad with avocados today.   So many great options, I am excited!

Anyone else cut sugar out of the diet for a while?  How long until you stop craving it so badly?

5 comments:

  1. Oh, wow. I'm so impressed. Are you giving up fruits too? I would really struggle to give up sugar...although I know I should. Maybe once we're neighbors you can help me with this.

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  2. You and me both sweetie! I feel like I need to run a marathon after what we had for lunch and dinner out with friends! These small changes will make big results... let's eat better together!!

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  3. I've started eating salads for lunch again - a big improvement over the "clean the fridge" strategy I used most of the winter! The right toppings make all the difference. I love your new space, Bri!

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  4. I was a lot like you with the Diet Coke, but back in 2011, I started feeling strange and I couldn't put my finger on exactly what it was giving me this feeling. I had started dieting in 2009 to shed a lot of unwanted weight gain (from kids, college, etc) and I turned to counting calories solely. Long story short, it was the artificial sweeteners giving me this strange feeling (very anxiety type feelings)....I slowly cut them out, with Diet Coke being the last thing. Now, it's been over 2 yrs and I don't consume any artificial sweeteners, and when I do have something with it, I get that feeling back. Our little family has had a huge diet change since 2012 & I'd be very much willing to tell our story to you if interested....but we have never felt better! Keep it up!!

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  5. I just mentioned in an email this evening to a friend that after my Dx with gest diabetes, I became very aware how many "empty calories" (carbs) were in things like my 2 large cups of iced tea or the juice glass I'd pour in the mornings. I've always been a really good eater when it came to fruits and veggies but even that was an eye opener-without a source of protein, my fruits were nothing but sugar & extra carbs=eventual fat.

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