I woke up craving chocolate and ice cream recently. Normally, I crave “unhealthy” or “off-limits” foods when they’ve actually been off limits (duh!). However, as you know, I’ve been eating these foods most days, sometimes more than once if I have a granola bar with chocolate. I’ve been working hard to stretch my food rules more, move away from “good/bad” foods and just think of food as FOOD. I know, major revelation right? Anyhow, since I haven’t been depriving myself of these things, perhaps my cravings come from indulging too often?
Knowing that a breakfast of ice cream and chocolate chips wouldn’t really start me off on the right nutritional foot, I pulled Bertha out from the cabinet and made another juice. This juice did not disappoint! In the mix:
– 4 stalks celery
– 7-8 leaves kale
– 1 lemon
– 1 Fuji apple
– 1 beet (a bit larger than a previous beet)
– hunk o’ ginger
I had my juice over ice at the office since I was running late to get to work and it was a very refreshing start to my morning. I had a White Chocolate Chip ThinkThin bar for a snack later in the day and it just amazes me how satisfied I feel when I eat these bars (probably helps that I got my chocolate fix). Lots of people write about disliking the feeling of a full belly, but I have to honestly say I like it. My morning juice was very tasty and invigorating and I know it did wonderful things for my body. Trust me, I’m not giving up juice (not even close), but I really do enjoy the act of eating something and feeling full. I don’t enjoy feeling weighed down in the “I just ate a juge bowl of fettucine alfredo with 4 breadsticks and a slice of cheesecake” kind of way, but I do like my “happy food belly”.
How do you balance your cravings? And do you like feeling full?