Lucky charms. Apple fritters. Or apple pastries of whatever sort. Chocolate. Apple cider. Ginger beer. Pizza. Fries. Etc etc etc.
You guys. It’s bad. The cravings, I guess that’s what they are, they are in full force, and given that I’m nearly 7 months pregnant, I’m finding that more often than not, I’m allowing myself to give into almost every craving. And this isn’t good.
This isn’t based on weight gain (I still haven’t gained a whole lot). This is because old habits die hard for me, and I KNOW how hard it is to put a stop to the ‘giving in’ especially when I don’t have an excuse like being pregnant anymore. If I keep it up the way I have been going, I know that when I don’t have the pregnant excuse anymore, it’s going to be ridiculously hard to get back on track…so the key here is to just stay on track.
My tips for making better food decisions:
1. Have a support system: So against my better judgment (but not really though), I relayed my thoughts to Robert and told him to help me reign it in. He’s such a big help and so supportive when it comes to stuff like this (well, when it comes to most things, but he really helps me keep it in perspective). I told him to remind me in the nicest way that I don’t need a bowl of Lucky Charms every night, or, you know, give me the ‘ole “do you really need that 4th serving of potatoes?” Because no, I don’t. I’ve also told friends and co-workers that I’m trying to be better about my choices, and everyone is always very supportive and respectful!
2. Have healthy snacks: What usually happens is I am struck with hunger at odd times, I think of something that I want, and then I can’t get that thing off my mind. Then I’ll snack on whatever is in arms reach. If I keep healthy snack options around (like granola bars, roasted pumpkin seeds, apples, peanut butter, etc), then even when I do get those random hunger attacks, I can satisfy them in a healthy manner. I’m not depriving myself from eating, just making better choices about what I’m eating.
3. Water: Drink. More. Water. Usually, if I am feeling a little hungry, it’s because I’m a lot thirsty. When I feel a snack attack coming on, I’ll drink several ounces of water and wait about 20 minutes. If I’m still thinking about food after those 20 minutes, I’ll have a healthy snack (see #2).
4. Get busy. Not that kind of busy…(but I mean…to each their own)… If it is an odd time, say 2pm (and I just at lunch at 1pm), and I start to get snacky, I do something to take my mind off of the urge. Go for a walk, take an internet break (usually means peruse BuzzFeed), get up and refill my water bottle, etc. Find something to take my mind off of the snacky feeling. This works almost all the time, and I’ll get caught up, and the next thing I know, it’s time for an actual snack (and a healthy one).
5. Portion control. This is a biggun. It’s easy to allow yourself a snack, like roasted pumpkin seeds, and overdo it in a flash by not knowing how many you are eating. I measure things out constantly. So I know how much is a quarter cup of seeds, or cereal, or 2tbsp of peanut butter. It just makes it easy, and then when it is gone, it’s gone. Your hand can’t keep migrating back to the back for more and more. And likely, the snacky sensation is reigned in.
6. Have a support system. Oh. I already said this one, huh? Well here it goes again. I can’t reiterate enough how important it is that the people you spend the most time with are aware of your goals. The folks who care about you WILL help you. Some of them might not have much finesse about it, but ‘put that cookie down!’ and ‘are you sure you want that?’ are just two different ways of saying the same thing. These folks don’t want to see you fail either, or get down on yourself for making a poor choice. So trust your friends, family, and colleagues to help you stay on track.
These are a few of the tricks that I am going to use moving forward to keep myself on track so that after B2 arrives, I don’t have to dig myself out of a hole to get back into healthy eating.
In the meantime…
just kidding. kind of.