“Did you ever stop to taste a carrot? Not just eat it, but taste it? You can’t taste the beauty and energy of the earth in a Twinkie.” ~Astrid Alauda
As much as I do love carrots (and natural, unaltered, unrefined, real foods)… sometimes you just want a Twinkie… Or, in my case, a cupcake!
In celebration of Administrative Professionals Day, someone brought cupcakes to our weekly team meeting– just enough cupcakes for everyone in the room to have one. So, rather than stare at a lone cupcake in the middle of the table, I decided it was okay to indulge in something I haven’t had in almost a month. Was it worth it? You bet. Did I have food guilt before, during, and afterwards? Surprisingly, no! I thoroughly savored every bite, and didn’t feel bad (emotionally or physically) afterwards. (May I add that Oreos were my favorite childhood cookie?) I think it’s important to let yourself indulge sometimes and not completely restrict foods that make you happy. So, there you have it: a major cheat for this 30-day challenge, but one that I’m okay with.
I ventured to the amazing Whole Foods in Friendship Heights for dinner with Lia. If you are contemplating which WF to go to and you live in/ near DC– choose this one every time. It has the best selection, best layout, best eating area, and most efficient check-out lines EVER. I won’t even attempt to list all the wonderful foods I ate, but my favorites were the grilled vegetables and grilled pineapple, and the curry chicken. I was slightly disappointed at how there is canola oil in nearly every dish at the prepared foods bar. I knew I couldn’t avoid it so I didn’t dwell on it. I just focused on my protein and veggies!
Somewhere between the cupcake and the likely salted (or non-Paleo seasoned) dinner, I could tell my taste buds yelling “more! more! more!” I tried to block it out. With some almond milk, an apple, and macadamia nuts/ almonds (why am I always convinced these will do the trick? Note to self: Nuts don’t do the trick!) Why are evening cravings always the worst? Anyways, I think I’m just thirsty now. So I’m drinking lots of water before I go to sleep. I can’t afford to lose sight of why I’m doing this whole thing. I still have 6 more days of the challenge left, and I intend on completing it without falling apart. Full speed ahead!