The Indulgence Cycle

I feel like I’ve been awfully indulgent the past few months: there was my birthday, Winter Ball, a weekend in D.C., a weekend in Vegas, a night of karaoke.

Honestly, I wouldn’t change any of it, but I’d like to be cognizant of it–especially because indulging, for me, can sometimes beget more cravings and lead to a cycle of indulgence. (I saw someone post something along these lines over the weekend, but I cannot for the life of me remember who it was to link to. If it was you, please let me know and I’ll link.)

Sugar and carbs and fried, fattening food can definitely be addicting, and my recent indulgences have brought back cravings for those foods that I previously had under control. Lately, it’s my healthy routine that’s kept me on track, because my body hasn’t been craving fruits and vegetables like it usually does. When I walk past pizzerias and bars with fried food on my way home, it takes a lot of “don’t do it, Theodora” to talk myself out of it. I remind myself of how crappy and bloated I feel when I eat fried food or pizza. How it doesn’t fuel me for my workouts.

Work’s been tough lately, and it would be easy enough for me to slack off and eat crappy food and not work out–but I know that would only make the situation worse. So I’m just going to keep talking to myself and keep telling myself to eat the right stuff and work out.

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Tonight when I left work, I knew I needed to grocery shop. But I was tired and hungry and had no idea what I was craving. I started looking through blogs for recipes and nothing looked appealing and/or easy to me. I looked at Skinny Taste, which one of my friends recommended for her delicious and healthy recipes, and her first recipe was for my latest favorite dish–pasta with broccoli rabe and chicken sausage. I was happy that my grocery store had broccoli rabe–it definitely made this dish better than when I used spinach the first time around.

I know I’m in an absolute cooking rut, but I grabbed easy stuff for this week. Next week I’m going to challenge myself in the kitchen. Seriously.

4 comments on “The Indulgence Cycle

  1. River

    I know exactly what you mean, and it really is all about will power.

    I just did a 2 week sugar cleanse, and had great results. I didn’t want to go back to eating junk again, and I haven’t been too bad, but I lost it a little bit in the weekend! A bit disappointed, but I know it only takes a couple of days to lose those cravings again.

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  2. Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine

    I think we all can relate to this in some way or another. Every weekend I feel like I completely fall of the healthy bandwagon because of drinking and drunk eating. It’s okay to eat junk once in awhile, but I think the lack of control I feel when I do it is the bad part! That pasta was awesome with spinach, so I’ll bet it was even better with the broc.

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  3. Laci

    OH SkinnyTaste is my FAVORITE place for healthy recipes!!! I have tried SOOOOO many healthy recipes that I’ve just ended up throwing out because they’re bland and gross, but every recipe I have tried from SkinnyTaste has been absolutely delicious!! I encourage you to try more!

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