Once again, I gave in to my cravings. Now I’m going to take control.

This morning, it was a half-consumed bag of cheesy potato chips. This afternoon, it was a trio of dark fudge chocolate chip cookies. Now my body is feeling all the guilt of the fat and the salt and the sugar, I feel heavy and dizzy, and I feel like puking. It feels as though my body is not as young and as healthy as it appears on the outside. On the bright side, I’m thankful that my body is straining to reject the crap that I have just put into it, instead of just gleefully digesting the stuff as it used to back when I was younger. Now I’m just drinking as much water as I can in an effort to flush it all out.

(Update: Looks like the water therapy worked. I’m feeling so much better now.)

The lesson from today is: I can no longer eat all of this junk food indiscriminately. I just remembered that I have a genetic predisposition to diabetes — a fact that I often kept out of my mind as I munched through the next slice of creamy blueberry cheesecake. I’m no longer young, and I have to take care of my body if I want to preserve the youthful feeling for as long as possible.

So, I’m making a food plan. I’m planning for everything I eat, down to the smallest snack, for every weekday of the next four weeks. The rule is: If it’s not in the plan, don’t eat it. It’s that simple.

Or not. There are a few obstacles. First, and the most difficult, is the temptation. Usually, in order to avoid the temptation, I just do not stock up on food that I should not eat. Thankfully, I’m good at resisting making unnecessary purchases; I’m a naturally thrifty person. Unfortunately, my partner loves buying all of these tasty unhealthy snacks — chocolate bars, cookies, candies, potato chips, etc. — so whenever I open the refrigerator or the pantry, I would see a couple of delightful-looking KitKat bars or a sexy can of Pringles staring right into my face. Yikes.

The second is the cost. Healthy food is often more expensive than unhealthy food. I just made a Google search for “healthy snacks,” and most of them would carve a bit off my wallet.

Third, I’m not naturally a planner. I’m the type of person who deals with life one day at a time, and prefers spontaneity over predictability. In MBTI terminology, I’m a P, not a J.

Now how to deal with these challenges: First, I discovered recently that by reminding myself that the food belongs to another person, I got to resist the temptation of eating it. We had a guest who kept a box of chocolate-covered nuts in our refrigerator, which he would have the next time he visits. How did I resist eating it? With this sweet tooth of mine? I labelled the box with his name. So whenever I feel tempted to eat that chocolate, and I see his name on it, I get reminded that it’s not mine to eat, and I leave it alone.

Second, after a bit more searching in Google, I found this article on cheap healthy food. I’m relying on it for my food plan.

Third, this is not the first time I’m making a plan and sticking to it. I’ve made plans for my personal projects, and found doing so to be more effective than my usual just-winging-it, as it helped me focus on what I had to do. I’ve also made self-development plans for the next almost-three years, and documented them on the Day Zero Project. Again, seeing those goals in writing helped me to actually work on them. So, I’m applying the same principle to my diet, optimistic that doing so would compel me to actually eat healthy. I may not be a natural J, but doing the J thing has been very helpful to my life so far.

That’s enough with the preface. Now, on to the plan:

Week 1

Monday: breakfast – peanut butter sandwich, black tea; midday – brown rice, tuna; snack – milk; dinner – apple, hard-boiled egg, lemon juice

Tuesday: breakfast – cheese sandwich, black tea; midday – pork and beans; snack – wheat crackers, milk; dinner – brown rice, chicken, lemon juice

Wednesday: breakfast – peanut butter sandwich, black tea; midday – brown rice, tuna; snack –  milk; dinner – apple, hard-boiled egg, lemon juice

Thursday: breakfast – cheese sandwich, black tea; midday – pork and beans; snack – wheat crackers, milk; dinner – brown rice, chicken, lemon juice

Friday: breakfast – peanut butter sandwich, black tea; midday – pork and beans; snack – wheat crackers, milk; dinner – brown rice, chicken / tuna, lemon juice

Week 2

Monday: breakfast – cheese sandwich, black tea; midday – brown rice, sardine; snack – milk; dinner – banana, hard-boiled egg, lemon juice

Tuesday: breakfast – peanut butter sandwich, black tea; midday – mushroom soup; snack – wheat crackers, milk; dinner – brown rice, chicken, lemon juice

Wednesday: breakfast – cheese sandwich, black tea; midday – brown rice, sardine; snack –  milk; dinner – banana, hard-boiled egg, lemon juice

Thursday: breakfast – peanut butter sandwich, black tea; midday – mushroom soup; snack – wheat crackers, milk; dinner – brown rice, chicken, lemon juice

Friday: breakfast – cheese sandwich, black tea; midday – peanuts; snack – wheat crackers, milk; dinner – brown rice, chicken / sardine, lemon juice

Week 3

Monday: breakfast – peanut butter sandwich, black tea; midday – brown rice, tuna; snack – milk; dinner – carrot, hard-boiled egg, lemon juice

Tuesday: breakfast – cheese sandwich, black tea; midday – oatmeal; snack – apple, milk; dinner – brown rice, chicken, lemon juice

Wednesday: breakfast – peanut butter sandwich, black tea; midday – brown rice, tuna; snack –  milk; dinner – carrot, hard-boiled egg, lemon juice

Thursday: breakfast – cheese sandwich, black tea; midday – oatmeal; snack – apple, milk; dinner – brown rice, chicken, lemon juice

Friday: breakfast – peanut butter sandwich, black tea; midday – oatmeal; snack – apple, milk; dinner – brown rice, chicken / tuna, lemon juice

Week 4

Monday: breakfast – cheese sandwich, black tea; midday – brown rice, sardine; snack – milk; dinner – spinach, hard-boiled egg, lemon juice

Tuesday: breakfast – peanut butter sandwich, black tea; midday – oatmeal; snack – banana, milk; dinner – brown rice, chicken, lemon juice

Wednesday: breakfast – cheese sandwich, black tea; midday – brown rice, sardine; snack –  milk; dinner – spinach, hard-boiled egg, lemon juice

Thursday: breakfast – peanut butter sandwich, black tea; midday – oatmeal; snack – banana, milk; dinner – brown rice, chicken, lemon juice

Friday: breakfast – cheese sandwich, black tea; midday – peanuts; snack – banana, milk; dinner – brown rice, chicken / sardine, lemon juice

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2 thoughts on “Once again, I gave in to my cravings. Now I’m going to take control.”

  1. I’m a nutrition major in college and I feel like it is hard for people to resist cravings but I have learned that if you do have a sweet tooth replace it with something that is healthy and sweet. For example, one snack I always go to is apples and peanut butter or hummus and carrots. There are things that taste great that are low in calorie and great tasting. Also, when it comes to the price of foods, “healthy snacks” if you mean “healthy chips” or packaged foods, of course they’re going to be more pricy just like organic foods. This is where cooking or vegetables, and fruits can be bought instead of packaged meals and snacks. It is great to look up recipes that are healthy and you don’t always have to go to the grocery store to attain the ingredients because most likely they’re already in your house. As for keeping on track, there are apps on mobile devices that help you track your meals,water consumption and even exercises such as “myfitnesspal”. Hope this helps a little. If anything you can always contact me, Goodluck!

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