12 days in. Wow... the changes already! (BTW, I haven't weighed again because I don't want to see myself still stuck... so I'll be waiting until Thursday AM, but I feel and see a difference!)
I'm not really craving sweets. This is an extraordinarily weird experience for me! I did enjoy a mug of homemade cocoa and a slice of buttered toast yesterday (comfort food!). Othewise, I've had only a couple treats in nearly two weeks. Since I used to eat treats daily (because my body/brain CRAVED chocolate), this is amazing!
How I'm avoiding over-indulgence:
I'm eating every 2-3 hours (6am, 9am, 11-12, 3pm, 5-6pm, maybe a light snack in the PM). This way, my body is nourished so I'm not feeling deprived, although I am feeling hunger.
I'm adding REAL fat to my meals... too little fat is not a good thing. I enjoy a bit of cheese, real butter, whole milk, coconut or olive oil. (I've been enjoying veggies with olive oil and salads with cheese.)
I'm limiting sugar. We only use SuCaNat (pure evaporated cane w/ minerals intact), Stevia, Raw Local Honey, and Organic Maple Syrup. That said, I have purchased a couple of "diet" frozen treats... I'm really not sure why. I can scoop up some nourishing ice cream or real whipping cream and berries just as easily.
My breakfast consists of whole grains (oats and whole sprouted grain breads), fruit, & protein (almonds, eggs).
For a morning snack, I enjoy fruit. It's plenty sweet. In the afternoon, I try to switch off fruit to veggies. I'm eating a lot of veggies and a couple fruits a day.
When hunger strikes, I opt for protein if possible (by adding some almond or peanut butter to my fruit, having a few nuts, a chunk of cheese, real hot cocoa).
I'm altering my thinking. I realize that 80-90% of what goes into my body is responsible for fat loss (or retention). That's no small thing.
Did I mention, I don't even miss soda anymore? Really, I don't. I am working on some kefir blueberry soda... it'll take a few days, but should be promising!
*Water kefir grains (avaliable at Cultures for Health), turn sugar water into a fermented, healthy, good bacteria filled beverage. Think yogurt goodness in a soda like beverage.