I’ve been feeling pretty relaxed about my new way of eating, something seems to have clicked (after all these years) and being able to identify mouth hunger has made such a difference to me. It’s been fairly easy as my life has been pretty routine lately so I have been able to prepare all my own food and stick to a routine that works for me.
Yesterday that all changed: I was out all day at meetings (including a lunch) and arranged to meet a friend for dinner as I was in her area. I had to take this new plan out into the real world and see how I fared (no pun intended!).
Breakfast was fine: brown rice porridge with fruit at a restaurant with a coffee. Lunch was more of a challenged: the salad options were limited (which is what I really fancied, not because I was dieting). In the end I chose a chicken breast with chips and salad and ate only a few chips. I felt in control.
In the evening we went to my friend’s choice of restaurant that, again, had virtually no salad options (was I being tested?). It was a glorious evening so I was surprised at the number of people who wanted a cooked meal. I had a Vegeburger and swapped the chips for potatoes. It came with quite a nice side salad (if they could do that why didn’t they offer a full salad on the menu?) and left most of the potatoes. I felt ok, I felt I had managed the situation and was able to revert to my own way of eating today, though didn’t feel particularly hungry.
I am worried writing this that it sounds like I am on some sort of diet, but I realise I am just trying to keep to this plan, make this way of eating normal for me, so I am paying attention to stop me going back on the old diet treadmill. In the old days I would have had a cooked breakfast (because I could), all the chips and potatoes (because I would be back on the diet the next day) so this is a real step forward. The next step is to be able to do without worrying about it. I think that might take a bit longer…..