I’ve been eating clean since the day after thanksgiving – based mostly on Christian Thib’s ideas. 1.25 g of protein per pound body weight, low carbs, lots of green vegetables, target calories are a function of my estimated daily expenditure, etc.
I have to admit this is a bad time of year to try this. I thought I’d share some of the food temptations I’ve experienced since starting this.
- I attend a weekly meeting at night – where food is provided. This week the menu was: 1) fried chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, scalloped corn, buns, and a huge assorted box of various cookies for desert. The smell of the fried chicken was particularly enticing.
I had brought a salad with steak, chicken, and beans not knowing what the food choices would be – temptation avoided.
- Office holiday party – potluck. Every assortment of cheesy potatoes, meatballs, cheese dips, cream dips, potatoe chips, creamy wraps, cheese trays, crackers, lasagna, etc. was available. And the dessert room was unbelievable – cakes, pies, cookies, chocolates, fudge, etc. Worse, I actually had to chip in money to pay for some catered ham and turkey.
Again – anticipating problems, I brought a salad, chicken, steak, and beans – and vowed to eat nothing else. I got some funny looks – and a few people asked me what I was eating when I didn’t have the requisite paper plate piled high with less than exemplary food. Temptation avoided. And it turned out to be less of an ordeal than I expected.
- A business associate shipped my group a 9 pound Hershey’s chocolate bar for appreciation of a job well done. 9 pounds of chocolate is more than 20,000,000 calories. It is so thick, so large, that have to beat on it with a hammer and knife to break off a piece just to eat some. Fortunately I’ve stayed clear of that so far. Temptation avoided.
Looking forward – I know X-mas in particular will be a challenge. My family has a tradition of peach-smoothies (heavy on the rum) on x-mas eve – followed by some serious eating – fatty, carb-laden snacks. I’m planning to stay away from that this year – and I’m going to pass on the booze. My plan is to drink coffee instead. I like to think that having a plan and alternatives ahead of time “saves” me from having to make bad choices. That’s all for now.