So I've been thinking about this on and off all day and decided to finally write about it. I realized in the last few days that I've been doing low carb for 6.5 weeks and in that time I have not had any bread, pizza, chips or snacky foods like chips, ice cream, pastries, pie, donuts and all sorts of other things that fall into those categories and the most shocking part to me is that I don't crave them and I don't miss them.
I think what I miss is the idea of them though. I go past the bakery and pastry aisle in the store, I go down the ice cream aisle sometimes, I buy Gabriel mini bags of chips for his lunch, stuff like that and before low-carb I would eat those things and enjoy them. Actually I wouldn't just eat them, I'd probably binge on them. I couldn't have one ice cream cone out of a box of four, I would eat all four unless someone managed to eat the other ones before I got to them. I couldn't buy a pint of Ben and Jerry's without eating the whole thing (although the whole eating a pint thing stopped several weeks before the low carb). If there was a pie in the house it would be all the pie or none of it. Yes, I know I have issues.
Anyway, now, I don't binge. I think I binged once in the last 6.5 weeks and that was Halloween, it was planned and it made me horribly sick. I don't have weekly cheat days any more. I can still fit in an occasional cheat snack like I did with half a slice of cake for Gabriel's birthday but that was included into my calories and macros and planned for carefully.
Honestly though, I may not want those things while I'm in the store or something, but if they were in front of me I don't know if I could control myself. I'd like to think I can but... I don't think I'm there yet. So if it's something I KNOW is a binge food for me I don't get it at all. I did try to get one bar of hazelnut chocolate and eat one small piece a day and that lasted for 5 days before I went nuts and chowed down on what was left (which is why this week's weight loss will be a lower than last weeks'... I think anyway). Obviously I'm not ready for that kind of chocolate to be in the house and now I know it.
The other thing I miss is how easy things were. I didn't have to plan everything ahead of time. If we ran out of time and energy we could order some pizza... now I don't eat pizza. If I wanted a snack I would just grab whatever looked good. Now I go over the nutrition label and my macros before putting anything in my mouth. Sometimes I miss that but the positives I've seen outweigh the negatives by a huge amount.
The thing that really shocked me was the bread. For months and months (maybe even years) I refused to go low carb because I'd have to give up bread. As I've said, I've had no bread since I started this and I don't miss it. I don't even think about it and there's been various breads in the house.
Once again though, if I were to make a loaf of homemade bread I'd probably stuff a chunk into my mouth as soon as it cooled down (if I waited that long) so for now I'm not making any.
I have no worries about Thanksgiving since we don't really do it anyway but I do have a cheat day set aside for Christmas because that's our Chinese food day and I am NOT willing to give that up! But I do plan to eat less than normal, choose more carefully and, frankly, one day is not the end of the world.
And at the end of all these thoughts, it all comes down to how much better I feel, how I'm losing weight steadily and how good low carb has turned out to be for me so far. And that makes all the inconveniences worth it!