I spent a lot of time today looking through the website (again), learning helpful hints and getting answers to questions that were bopping around in my brain. (Like the caloric intake question. . .great thread; great answers!)
Today, however, I was met with some unsavory challenges. The first was an overwhelming desire to eat something that I don't normally eat anyway. . .even when eating SAD. I was talking to a friend of mine while I was standing on the sidewalk and she was in her car. I was leaning in the window, chatting, when I looked down and saw a large beverage from a fast food chain sitting in her cup holder. It was from a FRIED CHICKEN place called Bojangles.
Now, I haven't eaten Bojangles in years. We ate fried chicken at my grandmothers on Sundays when I was growing up. . .but that was always home-made. I think the last time I ate Bojangles was at a 4th of July picnic. I saw the cup in my friend's car and was driven to distraction. All I could think of were crispy, spicy pieces of chicken and soft, fluffy, fat laden biscuits.
I WANTED FRIED CHICKEN AND I WANTED IT NOW!
I jumped in my car, thinking "Well, one little piece wouldn't hurt. . .would it?" Yes. Yes, it would. It would hurt a LOT of things. It would hurt my progress, it would hurt my self-worth, it would reinforce that I can't stick to anything, it would likely trigger a binge, it would be one more dollar in an industry so rife with filth and I would be contributing to it.
So, I took a deep breath and decided that I, obviously, had not had enough fat today. I was in the car and suddenly very hungry. I ate a handful of dates (easy to carry) and headed to the grocery store.
There, I picked up more romaine another avocado (riper than the ones from the night before) and came home and made a huge salad of shredded romaine, cukes and tomatoes. I threw 1/2 and avocado into this mini-food processor I have and blended it with the tiniest bit of juice. I stirred all of the items together and coated every inch of green in the blended avo mix. It was DELICIOUS. . .and when I was done, I wasn't craving anything at all.
I was still under a good amount of cals today. At the suggestion of my buddy, Kristi, I am going to make a batch of datorade and, at the suggestions of others on this site, start making smoothies to get the good cals in. I am so grateful that this resource is here!
I WANT TO FOLLOW THE 80/10/10 LIFESTYLE. . .because I would like to be PROUD of the way I nourish myself.
TODAY, I TOOK THE FOLLOWING STEPS IN ORDER TO ENCOURAGE THIS LIFESTYLE. . .by taking raw, vegan steps to logically avoid an illogical craving.
Peace. . .and no chicken grease. xoxo