Wednesday, January 27, 2010

"Running Low, Running on Empty" -Jackson Browne 1978

Whew! I made through a week of phase 1 South Beach so far and NO CHEATING! Do you know how remarkably amazing it is that I have had no sugar? Perhaps that is why my head is loaded and I have been a very proficient "tumor farmer" in my lifetime. Maybe they all spawned off of the constant and large volumes of sugar I fed them over the years. (Cancer previously and later innumerable brain and spinal tumors; trying to find a way to make them starve now and shut down the growth)

Anyhow, back to "running low"......

On day 4 I woke up with an incredible urge for sugar! I assume it was triggered from my intense hike push the afternoon before where the stockpiles of glucose in my muscles had not been replenished.

After the friday hike I was pretty starved but brought myself a bag of celery and some cottage cheese as snacks. The intent was to eat the cottage cheese when on the mountain but I wanted to make it down before dark. Therefore, I shoved a couple spoonfulls in my mouth, packed up, and headed back down.

I stopped off at the grocery store on the way home which takes INCREDIBLE willpower as there all sorts of inticing cheap and fast treats to tempt you. Amazingly, I did well though to keep it healthy and my treat was to buy some part skim ricotta cheese to make a South Beach phase 1 approved ricotta cream dessert that evening.

I enjoyed it so much that when I awoke the next morning, I satisfied my sugar urge by starting out the day with a vanilla ricotta cream (1/2 cup ricotta cheese mixed with a packet of sugar substitute and a 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract). My hunger/sugar craving was further satiated by 2 cups of coffee with one sugar substitute packet. No, I am not a coffee drinker at all really but just started to get me through this hard phase and to try to adhere to a consistent schedule.

Gotta get out and train again today - same mountain.

I will post my daily menu from days 4-7 when I get back. I made it to day 8 out of 14 so far! Phew! Actually it is not so bad. I am sort of having fun with it and experimenting with food creations.

Catch ya later! ;-)

1 comment:

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