I did it last year for a month with chips. I realized I was scarfing them down at any available opportunity (I didn't bring them into my house!). But at a social event, friends house, out to a restaurant, whatever, I would eat them a little bit out of control. That month of not eating them really helped me break my habit and they haven't made their way back into my life almost a year later (I have occasionally indulged in pretzels when drinking!). But I've eliminated that automatic, emotional response and can ignore that bowl of chips at a party :)
This month, I'm going to take a break from chocolate. I definitely was eating it every day, after dinner as a little treat with Chris. Averaging about 200 cal a day that were NOT going towards nutritious foods that would benefit me. Not necessary!
A little reset will be good! Remind myself that chocolate is not an everyday food - it's something that should be consumed sparingly.
Also, it will help me devote more calories of my day towards filling, fibrous vegetables or other nutritious foods. Things that will satiate me and fill me up as we go into this holiday season where there are going to be a lot of temptations! If I was already eating chocolate every day, the daily sugar spike would have me all primed and ready to not be able to say no to pies and cakes and candy and other holiday treats.
This morning was devoted to grocery shopping and housecleaning. I got a great haul from the co-op:
Lots of seasonal veg (squashes, sweet potatoes, onions, beets, cabbage, etc.), apples from local farms, flax milk, canned pumpkin and tons of other stuff. We'll shop for meat later in the week :)
I also did a lot of food prep, like making my pumpkin smoothies for the week, cooking up a nice mix (Mexican spiced chicken with tomatoes, onions and mushies) and generally just getting everything ready so that lunches and dinner are really easy this week.
Still feeling really good in general - making proactive choices to make life better helps me feel good, even if life is a little bit hard right now. Hope is a beautiful thing!
I hope everyone is having a great day and setting themselves up for a great week!!