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Today I'm trying a new experiment. One of my problems at this time of year is that I tend to keep up the holiday eating even when the holiday is over. To combat that this year, today I have filled the house with fruit and veg, and intend eating nothing but fresh, raw fruit and veg. I'm not limiting myself beyond that, and I'm still drinking coffee (although the one brewing at the moment is decaf.)

And boy, am I ever jonesing. Even as I fill myself with bananas and mandarins, there's a significant bit of me that wants to head out to the nearest café and eat large slices of cheesecake. It reminds me of the first day or so of giving up smoking. I'm guessing it's some kind of carbohydrate withdrawal1.

I think this is probably a good sign, on the whole. If I can get over the hopefully-brief withdrawal symptoms, I may be able to reset my appetites for the new year.

1Probably not helped in the least by spending Christmas in Crete, land of nice bread and fine pastry and lots of Christmas biscuits.

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After my 3 weeks off in October I decided I couldn't face going back to canteen lunches, or expensive M&S lunches. So I started bringing my own lunch in. I knew I'd get fed up with sandwiches in no time at all, so I turned to http://lunchinabox.net/ for inspiration. I've been eating bucket-loads more fruit and veg as a result and feeling so much better for it. Until Christmas eating kicked in that is.


Stay away from the cheesecake! YKIMS.

Edited at 2008-01-01 03:54 pm (UTC)

Ta for the tip, I shall give them a look. Lunch changes may have to wait until later in the year, though, as I've just bought "Cooking for Blokes" and decided to do more cooking for my evening meals, and I don't want to hit myself with too much change at once...

I have successfully stayed away from the cheesecake, and the cafes that serve my favourites will all be closed soon, so I think I've won. Maybe I'll have yet another Jonagold apple (from Fresh and Wild and roughly the size of a beachball...)

I know the feeling.
I decided (not through some stupid New Years resolution cause those are STUPID) that my family needed to eat healthier. I think it was when I realized that the bulge in my stomach was making it's little fat goblins move their way to my sides...

I don't even like fast food, but I'm craving a double cheeseburger from pretty much any place that will sell one to me right about now.
And I'm a grumpy bastard, as of late. But...this, too, shall pass.

Glad to hear I'm not the only one suffering through a lifestyle change....

No, you're not alone. I imagine there's quite a lot of it about at this time of year. I've not made any resolutions, per se, but I did take yesterday as a day of reflection on the year gone by, and set a few goals for the year to come. More along the lines of "find another outlet to get published before the end of March" than "I will go to the gym every day"...

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