Surviving a Rough Patch
Greetings 4 Hour Peeps,
I had a rough couple days this week. I ended up in a couple situations, mostly at work (I'm a barista at Starbucks. Yeah, I get to stare at pastries 8hrs-a-day, 5 days-a-week, gnarly.) where I found myself VERY hungry and with no slow carb food in sight (I dare you to find ONE thing to eat at Starbucks that is slow carb friendly.) This was partially my fault, as I didn't pack any to take with me. I live 2 blocks from my store and usually walk home on my break and make eggs and lentils for lunch. But this week I ended up starving long before lunch and decided to eat a bagel and use damage control. This happened twice (Sunday & Monday). The result was more psychological than physical. I ended up in that mind set of "once you blow it you want to just throw in the towel". Last night I seriously considered having lemon pound cake and hot chocolate once I finished my shift. Two very specific things changed my mind though. First, I thought about having to tell all of you guys that I caved, but Second and perhaps most importantly, I saw myself in the bathroom mirror and noticed how much my body had changed and realized that no matter how burnt out I felt, or frustrated, or how delicious lemon pound cake and hot chocolate would be for the 10 minutes I would spend eating it, it was not worth reversing my progress. So, I finished work, went home, made turkey meatloaf and feel very proud of myself and grateful for the support and strength I receive from this group.
Sorry to hear you've had such a struggle! But, I am really proud of you for getting back on the wagon! I think it would have to take a super human to do SCD 100% compliant 100% of the time (though its a great thing to stride for).. We all have our struggles and i applaud you for putting yours out there!
But, i am very very happy you're back in it! since you've been such an inspiration to me! We are so lucky to all have eachother!
you go girl!
Well done you for not caving the whole way. I've run into the situation a couple times of being invited to a dinner party at a private home (so NO choices in the meal). The first time I could minimise the amount of the non-SCD foods. The second time there was NOT ONE item offered that was SCD-friendly, and even the wines were all white. Both times I had a snack of protein beforehand so that I wouldn't be as hungry, drank loads of water throughout, and compromised on the diet so as not to go hungry or offend, nor to go the other extreme and go whole hog. The first time I was actually down in weight the following day, and the second I was up only a little which disappeared in a day. I think doing what we can to minimise the damage and staying on course is a way to handle some of those tricky situations. (I also mark those as a 'cheat meal' just for my own records.)
Great job sticking with it !
Personally i have allowed myself one extra non SCD breakfast a week. Fridays at work were we all eat together, and for some reason it kinda seems to jump start a fat burn the final day before my cheat day.
I wouldn't worry if you fall in with e.g. one meal if you have no alternative. do the damage control and then make sure it doesn't start a streak of nonSCD meals
Again great job dealing, and thanks for sharing
I know exactly how you feel about being surrounded by that stuff. The first time I tried SCD I was about 6 months into my year of Baking & Pastry Arts at college. I had willpower, for about the first 3/4 of each class day. Then it was all over. Congrats on getting through it and finding your resolve again. Very cool that it was your own results, a glance in the mirror, that did it for you.
Sorry you had a rough patch and being unprepared for it. I commend you on your willpower at your workplace. Now you know how important having meals prepared ahead of time can be. Perhaps next time if that happens again, have some veggies ready in your employee fridge and some raw almonds(pre-apportioned) in your locker or whereever you store your valuables. This way, if it should happen again, you can go get those and eat them and drink lots of water until you find a place you can eat.
But, perusing the Starbucks food menu...I HAVE found some "SCD Friendly" foods you can eat, but you'd have to omit the carbs. Mostly in the Bistro meals, while small, would be something rather than that bagel or the lemon pound cake and hot chocolate.
Chicken and Hummus Meal sans the pita breads
Chicken Lettuce Wraps sans the wraps and the peanut sauce(perhaps get a vinigrette or a oil&vinegar dressing if you have one) Eat it as a salad.
Tuna Salad Bistro Box sans the crackers and cheese
Suffice to say, you may have to get like two of each of these to get a "full meal", but it's something that is SCD-approved that you can still eat and keep you satisfied until you get something better and more filling.
It IS possible to eat out on the SCD plan, it's just a matter of knowing WHICH foods to avoid and making the effort to "make otherwise carby meals into SCD meals".
To succeed in SCD AND just in keeping the weight off, you have to make better and healthier choices. Obviously, when you are finally at your goal, you can lax a bit with the dairy or white carbs...but until then, you CAN find stuff. Heck, you could probably get some of those sandwiches sans the bread and eat that. Just watch the dressings and cheeses.
So, there ya go! You can do this, Sarah! Stay strong!!
Great job on resisting temptation. I really rely on cheat day when I'm feeling hungry or tempted. I add whatever is tempting me to my cheat day menu. I've found that when cheat day rolls around I don't want all the items on my list anymore or I just get so full it's not enjoyable to eat them. Nothing tastes as good as healthy feels. I used to say nothing tastes as good as thin feels but the reality is that thin or not you feel crappy when you eat crap. Thanks for sharing your journey. It's inspiring.
Good job on the restraint!
I recently found myself in a similar situation. I was at a memorial service for a family member. It was not cheat day and the day started out well. I thought we were going out for dinner, but we stayed at the house until late that evening and there was nothing to eat but snacks... pretzels, cookies, pastries, cake, Chex mix. The wraps had meat in them and I'm a veggie so that was also a no-go. I nibbled on some dry-roasted peanuts, but that wasn't enough. I was so hungry by the time we left that I grabbed a cookie and chowed down on the way out the door. I had a couple of hard-boiled eggs back at the hotel which I promptly ate when we got there.
I'm sure one cookie didn't do too much damage, but I was wondering... in a case like this is it better to just go hungry or eat non-SCD foods?
Well done! Thank you for sharing
I have known a couple of people who have worked at Starbucks and it seems like it is a pretty tempting place for some, especially because don't they give out free samples of new product to staff? Yuck. Starbucks food (any coffee shop or cafe really) always tastes like the fridge to me...you know what I mean?
OH WAIT! They *do* have that 'Protein Plate' at Canadian Sbux but the only thing that is SCD approved is the 2 hardboiled eggs which would do in a pinch, the peanut butter that comes with the plate MIGHT be ok if it wasn't loaded with sugar.
You did well, keep up the good work!
I myself fell off the wagon yesterday, the day after my binge day, and i looked at a can of beans and mixed veggies, and went to Applebee's for a burger the is next to the hotel i am staying in.
now for the truly important question
Turkey Meat loaf more information please, that sounds amazing.
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