Day 12: Unsuccessful (barely!)
Day 13: Success
Success Rate: 84.6%
Another couple of successful days!!! It is becoming more and more difficult for me. I’m facing cravings, and they are getting more powerful. Usually I’m good at sidestepping cravings, but this is becoming intense. Not even for highly processed carbs, but more for the lightly processed carbs that I am used to eating. Whole wheat tortillas, whole grain bread, even simple rice (brown rice is not always available)
The thing to remember, though, is that it takes ~30 days to create new habits, or to break old ones. I assume that goes along with getting over cravings. That simply means I need to stick it out like a big boy, and run toward success. Yeah baby, I’ll do it!!!
Over the past couple of days, I ate relatively simple foods. Fried eggs with all natural pesto and homemade hash browns for breakfast (FYI, Yukon Gold’s are the best potatoes for hash browns). Yesterday, I had Thai food with a friend for lunch – chicken Masaman, with brown rice. So so so good (I also had Chicken Sa-teh, and Tom Ka with Tofu…god I love Thai food).
Dinner last night…and the night before, was where I shined! But I just realized (as I am writing this) that I actually had an accidental, tiny, slip-up.
2 nights ago (day 12), I made grilled chicken with grilled Carrots. The chicken was awesome, I used the following marinade:
- 1/4 c. Dijon Mustard
- 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1.5 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon dried Tarragon
- 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- Chicken breasts
- Peel Carrots
- Toss with a bit of oil (not olive oil – use Canola, Vegetable, safflower, peanut, whatever, but not olive oil)
- While those are grilling over medium high heat, mix together ~1 Tablespoon of butter (melted) with a Tablespoon or two of balsamic vinegar, a dash of mustard (to help it emulsify), and dried thyme (maybe 1/2 teaspoon?)
- When you first flip the carrots (do it when they have grill marks) brush on the butter – careful, it will flare up.
- Keep grilling until properly charred, and tender.