As a school counselor I sometimes get a lot of time off of work. These times off are when I tend to do my worst when it comes to eating well.
But 4HB has been different for me. These past two weeks that I’ve been off of work were actually quite easy for me to stick to the plan. I always felt that when I was at work, because my day is fairly structured, made it easier to stick with eating well.
Today made me question that notion.
Let me start by saying I didn’t do anything off the plan. I ate my meat and beans, and drank my water (and lots of black coffee – but that’s normal for me)…but I caught myself multiple times tempted to get a snack (and not a “good” one – I think educators are second to cops in consuming donuts…) Not because I was hungry necessarily, but because it was at times when I wasn’t busy and typically walk around the school and pick at junk.
I didn’t ever actually come close to “cheating” but the mere fact that I had thought about it caught me – since I hadn’t really thought about eating junk these last two weeks.
Ultimately it was the realization that I’m not hungry and I don’t really crave or want those things – I’m just sort of bored, more of a psychological craving than a physical one.
Has that happened to you?
What stopped you from eating? or if you did eat, why were you not able to maintain your discipline? This isn’t a judgemental question – rather I mean it to make you (and me) realize what is important and what we need to do and why.
4HB is sort of a diet plan – but really, as I’ve said before, I see it more as a lifestyle. A way of living for the long haul – the “slow carb” foods are what are good for us and what our body needs. Processed junk, starchy carbs and breads that spike insulin, calorie-laden drinks – our bodies were never meant to consume those foods. The closer we get to eating natural foods (and if possible organics) the better our bodies and health will be.
Will you be strong enough the next time you have a weak moment? I hope so, and if you need to…seek us out, or seek out someone you respect and is healthy and takes care of their health. Tell them what you’re doing and why – tell them about 4HB or slow carb and ask them to help you out. Most people would be more than happy to help you – and if they aren’t? Find someone else who is. This is a journey – and we’re on it, let’s make the most of it!
Breakfast: 3 eggs (2 whole/1 egg with substitute) with spinach and black beans (full cup)
Lunch: leftover chili with black beans and red kidney beans over romaine lettuce and tomatoes…nice and filling
Dinner: my wife is awesome. She may not follow the diet with me, but she doesn’t question my doing it so she tries to make sure we have food and meals that will stay in line with the plan. Today she bought thin cut sirloin steaks, asparagus and squash. I grilled the steaks and she roasted the veggies. A side of three eggs and salad rounded out my meal. As I sat eating it I felt like a pig…like “why am I eating all this” – but in all honesty I was hungry…and it was meats, eggs, and veggies. Yes it may have been high calorie but it was “clean” calories (at least in my opinion – others may not agree) and more importantly I was satisfied, but not gorged. Full, but not bloated.
Keep doing what you’re doing!
p.s. I have a challenge for you (not a “game” challenge, but rather just a call to action). Each day this week, tell at least two people about 4HB and slow carb and what you’re doing. Send them over to amazon if they sound interested, or lend them a copy of your book (scratch that, you’re probably not done using it, I know I’m not!) – but get the word out. Can you talk to at least two people (unprompted if need be) – and let them know about 4HB?