No, don't worry, not the down-in-the-dumps blues.
Nope, I've got me a case of the sugar blues.
My eating habits have been out-of-control bad lately. Between having the sadness blues for a while, dealing with a house guest in the form of my mother-in-law, GH being sick on top of the cancer, a cranky Ri-Man, and the stress/excitement roller coaster of a job search, I've needed to find some ways to comfort myself. I have chosen food. I have specifically chosen sweets.
I've always had a pretty strong sweet tooth. I got it under control when I lost 20-ish pound on Weight Watchers in 2003. Then my taste for sweets totally disappeared when I was pregnant. Gone. Poof! It was awesome.
Sweets tasted good again once I had the twins, but then I was out of the habit of eating them. Slowly, though, ever so slowly, my taste for them has come back. Over the past two weeks, it's been crazy. Mini candy bars. Cookies. Sugar in my coffee. Hot chocolate. Muffins. Granola bars. Pop Tarts. Yes, Pop Tarts, albeit the Trader Joe's organic "healthy" ones. I'm surprised I haven't just taken a spoon to the sugar bowl, frankly.
There are three problems with this. One, I've definitely gained a couple of pounds. Two, and, frankly, more troubling, all that sugar makes me feel like ass. I get headaches. I am lethargic. I have the crankies. Three, I'm downing sugar at the expense of veggies, fruit, and other healthy, raw food. This needs to STOP.
Today I made sure not to pack any sweets in my lunch. (Fruit doesn't count.) OK, so I finished off the bag of mini Heath bars that I bought last week. Fine. That's still a lot less sugar that I've been eating. I don't feel better yet, but detox takes time. In fact, I had to hit the extra-strength Tylenol because at 1:00 I developed a "crash" headache. Ugh. But it will be worth it. I know it will. I don't like feeling this way and I don't like putting all that crap in my body.
I need suggestions, though. I find that lots of portable, snack-type foods--even healthier ones--fall squarely into the sweet category (granola bars, power bars, dried fruit, fruit-flavored yogurt). Anyone have suggestions for relatively healthy, more savory snacks? I'm getting sick of string cheese, plain yogurt, and nuts. Any and all suggestions welcome.