Feb 23, 2017

Lovin' Life 23/2/2017: Comfort Carbs.



Are you starting to see a pattern from my weekend food photo diary?


It goes against all the sound nutritional advice we're given by health authorities but gee eating a baked good (with a bit of butter on top) can make the world seem a better place and the impossible suddenly achievable.  

Call it emotional (over)eating if you like but sometimes a girl has to feed her spirits and her energy levels with what they want - buttery refined carbs.  It was just one of those long and crazy weekends for me and the various pastries I had for breakfast each morning gave the day that followed a bit of a lift.  By the afternoon, my pastry induced energy boosts predictably flagged so it was off down the street with Preschooler SSG for afternoon tea at Woolworths.  You know how supermarket muffins have that super soft texture, those sticky domed tops and taste 100% artificially flavoured?  All of that tastes even better than it sounds when you eat them with butter on four hours of sleep.

The funny thing is that I don't actually eat like this all the time.  Mostly out of convenience and a little because of the health benefits, my weekly diet follows a predictable routine of home made meals, fruit as snacks and no bread or baked goods.  I do eat chocolate daily though just so I don't accidentally turn into a supermodel through my diet.  Who needs that kind of responsibility in their lives when they're a fortysomething suburban mum?

Yet it was so easy to slip into a new way of eating for the weekend.  I thought my taste buds would rebel against the change but the tired and slightly stressed heart wants what the tired and slightly stressed heart wants.

Monday morning rolled around and after a solid night's sleep I woke up craving my usual breakfast and the rest of the day's food intake rolled on as it did the week before.  It was almost as if those muffins and I had never met when I did the shopping for dinner that evening.  We were strangers to each other.  Isn't it nice to reach a point in life where cravings can be indulged in moderation before hopping right back onto the sensible eating train afterwards?

Does being tired and a bit on edge make you crave foods you normally don't eat?  Do your cravings run their course once you've had a good night's sleep and the pressure's off?

10 comments:

  1. I eat what i want - not the best health advice but the stress from not eating what i want is worse than the weight gain so now I never deny myself. Plus I see my thinner friends and they aren't happier to be thinner so it is a pyrrhic victory.

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  2. I kinda did the same thing yesterday. I always take my lunch to work. Always... but I was struggling with the week, the day and everything and thought about my leftover stir fry in the fridge and went and bought a (gluten-free) toasted sandwich instead. There's a place near my workplace which has great GF bread. It's long and narrow but thick and yummy and the sandwich felt like such a treat. I know it was just a sandwich but it was the comfort I needed! #teamlovinlife

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  3. I've been following a LCHF eating plan for weeks now and managed to resist red velvet cake yesterday. I do love carbs but I find I'm not missing them- the butter and cheese makes up for it!

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  4. So much conflicting information about what we should eat. Surely a weekend treat or two isn't the end of the world. The worst is when we beat ourselves up and then eat more.

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  5. I'm an everything in moderation kind of girl. So I try to eat well at least 80% of the time and indulge when I feel like it. As long as we keep the cravings under control, treats are a necessary part of life - for me anyway.

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  6. Oh man I love pastries and carbs and OMG look at that croissant and is that a muffin. Yum! Gotta avoid them though - cos I'm too pudgy!! Ugh! #TeamLovinLife

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  7. I've been trying to limit wheat products to a couple of times a week & these days have an issue with dairy. But hubby & daughter have moved north already & last night I made myself a bowl of comfort macaroni cheese. Sure, my tummy had something to say, but it made my heart feel better.

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  8. Yes I sometimes eat things I wouldn't normally eat if I'm tired or downhearted. I like to eat chocolate too - should be pretty safe from being an accidental supermodel by now! :) #LovinLifeLinky

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  9. I'm not one of those people who can quit an entire food group - I lack the willpower! But I do try and follow the rule 'everything in moderation'. There will be some days where I won't touch chocolate and then other days where I'm waiting for lunch time to roll around so I can grab some to get me through the day (I feel wrong eating it in the morning somehow). Mostly I feel like that on those lack of sleep days too!

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  10. I am trying so hard to ditch the carbs because muffins actually give me a muffin top, but then yesterday I got whisked away to Melbourne for a corporate box at a soccer game and they served mini burgers and all sorts of other lovely things. Then muffins on the plane. Then a hangover remedy of a schnitzel on Turkish roll for breakfast. DAMN! I'll start again tomorrow.

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