I've always been curious where the term "cold turkey" came from, so I looked it up this morning. According to Wikipedia there are many origins to the term. Quitting "cold turkey" is usually associated with quitting a smoking habit, a drug habit or a drinking habit. But what about an eating habit?
I quit cold turkey on Monday morning. My hubby and I went out for Chipotle for one last hurrah before the beginning of October Unprocessed that following day. I felt like crap after that meal. Monday morning came and went and lunch came and went. The afternoon was filled with temptations, horrible cravings, and will to just stay away from the need. A little more on how I did it later.
There are a number of things I will admit to being addicted to. There's sugar. Sugar is the main thing. I am (was?) obsessed with sugar. A craving would take over for anything with sugar. There was candy (gummies are my favorite), pop (I've limited myself on pop before but never completely rid my diet of it), mixed coffee drinks, juice, candy, candy, candy, ice cream, frozen custard, and everything sugar. Ugh. I was also addicted to caffeine. I mostly got that from pop and sometimes a cup of coffee if I wanted something warm. I also loved bread. I wasn't necessarily addicted to it except maybe my addiction to Subway. I was really going to Subway for lunch 4 out of 5 days for lunch eat week. Subway is ok in moderation, like everything else.
This was getting out of hand. I knew in my head I had to limit myself on these types of foods and added ingredients. I quit all these things on Monday. I quit sugar, I quit caffeine (with the exception of unsweetened hot tea), and I quit processed carbohydrates. Let me tell you, this was HARD! Monday was hard because of the temptations at work. I actually sat in my office and watched out the window with jealousy of the people that got to go to Subway for lunch. I got through the cravings even though it did some some physical will to not give in. Tuesday the cravings were still there but they weren't as strong, but that withdrawal headache was starting to kick in by the end of the afternoon. Wednesday, the headache hit with full force. I was irritable and crabby and wanted to yell and wanted to cry after a customer yelled at me on the phone. I just didn't want to be at work anymore. Wednesday was the hardest. Thursday got a little better. The headache was still there but I felt one hundred percent better. I was starting to notice that I wasn't getting the mid-afternoon sugar slump. I was tired sure, I think my body is still learning how to adjust to not having refined sugar to fuel itself. And I was hungry. I just had to make sure I brought enough snacks for myself to make sure I had something when I got hungry so I didn't go for the snack box in the breakroom, filled with processed junk.
Thursday afternoon, when I got in my car, I was a little dizzy. I think it may be because my blood sugar was too low. I did eat a handful of pretzels when I got home from work and I felt so much better. I know the pretzels are processed but I needed something at that moment. I need to look for other options in case this happens again. Friday was like a new day after the rest of the week. I was energized when I woke up and felt good through the whole day. Plus, it's Friday with a whole weekend ahead of me! Who doesn't like Friday?!
Things I've noticed this weekend since going off my cravings and addictions cold turkey: I was going to allow myself a cheat meal. The cheat meal hasn't happened yet. Maybe it would have if my husband was in town but I've been alone all weekend. I've been eating leftover Mexican Chicken soup for lunches and scrambled eggs for dinner last night. I picked up some good salmon from Whole Foods this morning that I will have for dinner tonight and cook the extra for lunch tomorrow. While driving this morning, I was thinking a cup of Chai Latte from Startbucks sounded delicious but when I got to the local establishment, I just kept driving right on by. This confused me cuz I really wanted the latte, or atleast I thought I did but I knew it was processed. I knew how much sugar was in the Chai tea mix. I ended up at home instead. Here to my computer to write about it. I ate an apple and had some lunch and started writing.
On a side note. I went to the grocery store lastnight after planning my meals for the week. I let myself have a treat of a little gelatin dessert cup. One, my taste buds have somewhat changed, even just a little, and the treat didn't really taste that good. Two, the sugar gave me a headache. Three, the sugar gave me a belly ache. So that treat really wasn't worth it to me. I would have rather had a piece of fruit.
Quitting my addictions will open doors for me. Some are small for right now. I can enjoy a lazy Sunday afternoon with my two cats, watching the leaves drop from the oaks as Fall takes hold of the Wisconsin scenery. Although I do wish it was a little warmer so I could enjoy the afternoon on the deck with a cup of hot tea.
Come back tomorrow for Monday's weigh in!