The key to busting your sweet and snack craving is to substitute stuff that's good. I know, I know, carrot sticks != snicker bars, but figure out a few things that are good for you that you actually enjoy, and keep count of the calories and content. I do adore celery sticks with peanut butter, and besides the oil in the peanut butter, it's quite good for you. I have also found that if you're in the mood, a flavored protein shake satisfies cravings for milkshakes and whatnot, and the protein gives you a very hunger-satisfied feeling for quite a while. All marketing hype aside (I'm not a shill), the Jay Robb vanilla
is quite tasty without being chalky or loaded with a bunch of filler ingredients. I don't recommend the chocolate flavor, but YMMV.
Progress: Another 30-min tennis bout with my son and a long walk around the park and down the beach yesterday. My lovely wife is cooking some sort of pasta dish today, so my carbs are tapped for the next 3 days or so.
Otherwise, doing OK. Lost some of the bloated feeling after meals, and I seem to breathe easier when tying my shoes. Could be natural fluctuations though; let's see how the rest of the week feels.
One question: I know stress plays a part in the health theater, and I'm up for a bit of an increase in that for the next two weeks as my floor lead is on vacation and my work expects me to fill her shoes while she's gone. I've never been good at being a super-organized or management type, and she definitely is, so I'm wondering how that will affect me. I'll prolly be tempted to do caffeine again, what's you folk's advice on that?