My big fat diet mistake
There is no doubt that temptation is there all year, but at this time of year it seems to be everywhere. Mince pies, candy canes, Ferrero Rochers, boxes and tins of sweets and biscuits… I could go on and on. I’m not really sure why Christmas has turned into a time to eat, it’s not really supposed to be about that. Yes, it is a time for get-togethers and having fun, but does food really have to be the main attraction. If you have worked hard all year to look good and stay healthy do you really want to undo it all over the next few weeks? I say weeks because we never just overindulge on Christmas day itself, we do it in the run up to it and after it too – don’t we!!!
I have to let you in on a little secret, yesterday I was persuaded into a Ferrero Rocher eating competition. (I hate to pass up a challenge) We had to eat 4 in 1 minute or less. I thought, well it’s just 4 little sweets, it won’t do too much damage to my diet. How wrong was I. You’d think that after stuffing 4 very rich and very filling chocolates into my mouth in 1 minute that I’d feel sick and wouldn’t want another one. But that’s not what happened. My blood sugar went crazy and I started to crave even more sweet and sugary things. So I ended up having biscuits, a few mince pies and ice cream. So those few sweets started off a day and night of eating rubbishy foods full of calories. I can only imagine what the scales will say at the end of the week.
I am not sure yet what damage I have done but I feel pretty bad this morning knowing that in just one day I could have ruined this weeks good work. The moral of the story is that a few sweets can hurt. I am not saying that we can’t have a few nice treats here and there but please be aware that you may end up craving more of it.
Today I’m going to have plenty of protein to make sure I feel full during the day and I don’t look at the mince pies. I should have done that yesterday to bring my blood sugar back down, but the big bad honey loving devil on my shoulder was having none of it. When you do feel a spike in your blood sugar, you’ll know because you will start to crave more and you may even feel that sugar high, have some protein such as chicken, quorn , natural fat free yogurt or fish.
I really don’t want to start the New Year off a half a stone heavier, like I did last year. So this year, I’m going to stay focused and strong and say no to the things that could cause weight gain. I will have a few treats for the festive season but they will be my home made sorbet and my favourite light haloumi and pepper skewers. No more Ferrero rochers – that’s for sure.Do you have a plan of action to help you stay strong in the face of adverse temptation?