This has been a frighteningly long week. I can’t believe I have only had 6 full sugar, flour, and wheat free days. It seems like an eternity!
What I miss most is the convenience of fast food. I don’t just mean a drive-thru, although those are included here, but all foods that are quick, easy, and require little to no clean up from me. The ease of sandwiches, frozen foods, and yes, fries and shakes from a quick loop around Sonic, seems so far away.
I have even avoided sit down restaurants this week. Some people are perfectly fine with ordering baked chicken with vegetables when dining out. Unfortunately, I am not one of them. I am all about appetizers and desserts. The meal is just there to kill time in between those two courses. I hope to be able to go to restaurants again with my family soon. This new lifestyle will have to be a little more stable before that happens.
At the beginning of the week, I had a plan… A great plan. I filled out my nifty Food Addicts Anonymous weekly food plan. I must admit, I have tried this program before which is why I have so many of their resources. I don’t even think I made it a week last time so I will count this as a win so far. Anyway, here is my plan for the week. You may click on it to enlarge for better reading. I tend to have the handwriting of a first-grader, but hopefully you can make most of it out…
Did I follow this exactly? Absolutely not! Did I stay away from all sugar, flour, and wheat? YES!
I am incredibly grateful for that fact and I’m holding onto it as my main goal. Where you see the nice orange roughy meal, it was replaced with brown rice cakes and almond butter. Yes, that was also my dinner the next night. Neither of those items are on the FAA food plan but I have decided to put them in mine. I must have something easy and quick to grab on the go.
You can see part of my plan written on Monday, the day before I started. I listed several things to accomplish in order to save time through the first week. Roasting a large amount of vegetables, baking chicken, and boiling several cups of brown rice should have been done that day. However, none of those three things happened. This, I deeply regret. I underestimated the detox symptoms I would suffer. Feeling tired and cranky does not encourage me to cook.
Here are some things I wish I had done differently. If you plan to do your own sugar, flour, and/or wheat detox in the future, pin or bookmark this to avoid my mistakes and ensure success.
- Cook as much as possible before the program begins. The freezer can be your friend if you fill it with healthy, non-processed options. I’ll be sharing some recipes Friday to help with this one.
- Make sure you have a support system in place. My husband was out of town this week, which made my life much harder. Stress = bad food choices… I plan to discuss finding support in tomorrow’s post.
- Plan for plenty of rest and extra sleep. I am exhausted! As I said before, I didn’t expect to have these symptoms so quickly. I’ll be sharing more of my detox symptoms and ways to relieve them later this week.
I am so thankful to each of you for supporting me on this journey! I did manage to create a new Google+ account this week. If you are on Pinterest, Twitter, or G+, please connect with me there as well. All of my links are in the right side bar.
See you tomorrow! If you have missed any of the 31 Days to Food Addiction Recovery posts in this series, please click on the button below to catch up and learn more…