Day 3: Wednesday, November 20th, 2013
Well, as I expected, today was tough. Not only did I start to get cravings, there were temptations EVERYWHERE. First, I went to get a simple water at Starbucks, and the woman there perked up asking if anyone wanted a “free caramel hot chocolate”. Mmm…would have been so nice on a chilly day like today. Then, there was a plethora of free cookies at my college union. Oatmeal raisin, chocolate chip, peanut butter…it took all of my willpower to not indulge. That was the worst my cravings have gotten so far. If there’s one complaint I have about this challenge compared to the gluten-free challenge is the lack of variety. At least when you eat gluten free, there are so many options you can choose form now, like breads and bagels and cookies. But almost EVERYTHING has sugar in it, and when you get a craving, hardly anything can stop it besides maybe fruit, self control, and taking sips of water until the craving passes. I completely expected this, but as I walked through the health food store today for an hour exploring what sugar free options I could find…there was anything but variety. Even the organic craisins they had contained “evaporated cane juice” which, I’ve read, could just be plain sugar. I didn’t want to take the risk.
Mmm breakfast :]
Anyway, I had a pretty normal day of eating. I was a little bit hungrier than I had been the past few days, which was nice since this was the first day I woke up feeling hungry rather than yucky. I kind of skimped on dinner because I was running around a bunch, but I had some pistachios to get me through a run and rock climbing, and came home and had a few forkfuls of leftover brown rice form the other night. One plus, I found DELICIOUS thumbprint cookies at the health food store that were gluten free, vegan, and sugar free. It helped me get over my sweet craving a bit.
So, with that, I’ve made it over the three day hump! What’s the one thing I miss the most? Cereal. I miss waking up and being able to have cereal. At least on my gluten-free diet I was able to at least have that. Like I said, the lack of variety is discouraging, and was something that made my gluten-free diet fun. I could explore so much. But, I’m trying to keep it fun still! I do feel great, and my run was very nice. So, with that, on to day 4!