Day 4: meh

That’s how I feel today. Meh.

I woke up with another (the same?) headache. If I am going to wake up with a headache, I want it to be because I partied too much the night before, NOT because I have stopped eating sugar and am eating more healthfully. The injustice of it all!

That said, I did not get any more sleep last night than I have all week—less, actually—and I feel pretty good today. Aside from the meh, but I will attribute that to our lovely January weather.

Also, I am not really hungry today. I ate breakfast, then after walking the dog I polished off the last of the cashews. I had a small handful of almonds a bit ago, and that’s it. Not in the mood to make anything for lunch. Crazy, I know. I do know from experience that I am going to need to cut back on the nut consumption if I want to lose any weight, but I am cutting myself some slack in that department right now.

After dinner last night I was jonesing for something sweet. The Whole30 gang says not to cave to the “Dessert Demon” by having fruit. Well, I had a satsuma, and then I had a few slices of dried apple, which sounds really good right now. Squirrel!

I placed my first order at U.S. Wellness Meats this week, as this is the only bacon and breakfast sausage I have seen without sugar. I placed the order on Monday and it was on my doorstep Wednesday afternoon. I do not like waste, however, so I fried up the last of the Whole Foods ultra-fatty-delicious bacon for breakfast, which I am certain was cured with some sugar. Whatever. It’s miniscule and I had one slice. Sue me.

I poured off a bunch of the fat to save for future cooking, and then fried up mushrooms and orange bell pepper in the remaining goodness. I used some of the veggies in my eggs this morning, and the rest I am going to use along with the sausage I ordered to make egg “muffins” this weekend for breakfast next week.

For dinner, I am using my slow cooker for the third and final time this week, and this is the easiest one by far. I am making PaleoPot’s Paleo Kielbasa & Super Kraut recipe. I used Bubbies Sauerkraut, which has no gluten or added sugar. And because I like my kraut on the sweeter side, I added some apple cider to the crock along with it. I had grass-fed beef sausages from Mountain Beef from my annual 1/3-cow order. We purchase a grass-feed steer along with two other families and then split the order three ways. This year at the pick-up–in the pouring rain!–they had lots of great grass-fed beef hot dogs and sausages and kielbasa, etc., so I got some. Here it all is ready to cook in the crock:

Day 4: Dinner ready-to-cook

Day 4: Dinner ready-to-cook

Breakfast:      Mushroom-Pepper Scramble, bacon, black coffee

Lunch:             Lots of nuts–cashews and almonds and some cabbage and a bite of kielbasa (I do not usually eat this way, and do not endorse it. It’s my “meh” diet.)

Dinner:            Slow Cooker Sausage and Superkraut

Thinking about my über-snacking mode, I am reminded by the Whole30 peeps to determine whether I am hungry or not.

Hunger vs. Cravings

It’s not always easy to tell whether you’re actually hungry, or just having a craving. Here are two methods to help you figure out whether you need to eat something healthy or just ride it out the next time the Sugar Dragon rears its ugly head.

HALT! This acronym stands for Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired. The next time you’re having a craving, stop and ask yourself, am I really hungry, or am I just angry (or frustrated), lonely (or bored), or tired. If you’re not really hungry, then use some of our craving combat strategies below to see you through. If you discover that you really are hungry, then eat! (We’ll help you figure out what to eat when the Sugar Dragon is spitting fire next. Hint: it’s not fruit!)

Steamed fish and broccoli: This next trick is a bit simpler, and brutally effective. The next time you get a hankering for something to eat (and are wondering if it’s just a craving), ask yourself, “Am I hungry enough to eat steamed fish and broccoli right now?” If the answer is no… you’re not really hungry, you’re just craving, so act accordingly. If the answer is yes, then you really are hungry!

I have used that steamed fish and broccoli vision before, and it is effective.

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