Several folks I know who have done low carb for awhile are starting to lose their low carb motivation and the culprit is often boredom.
Whenever you pursue a particular menu style we cut some of the variety we’re used to when we eat whatever we want. We end up missing and even romanticizing the things we’ve given up. Some nights I close my eyes and remember the pizza and bread sticks I used to get on a regular basis with such fondness… I only remember how delicious it all was – and choose to forget how bloated and gross I’d feel after pigging out on it.
I’m into this low carb lifestyle two and a half months now, far longer than I had imagined when I first started. Am I bored with it?
After the first month I did grow tired of eggs, so I dropped them from my menu for a few weeks until they sounded yummy again. I go through phases where I’m crazy for chicken, then I can’t stand it for a bit. For about two weeks I ate a low carb wrap every day, then I just had to switch over to a hot cooked lunch.
When I get tired of something, I switch things up. I don’t feel bored with low carb as a whole at all. I feel like I have a lot of as yet un-tapped variety available to me. I am collecting low carb recipes and stocking up a low carb pantry to work with so when boredom does strike, I can fight back with something new and interesting.
Getting creative with a low carb menu is extra work – I know this! It is worth it though.
If you’re bored right now and tempted to roam into high carb territory, I’d like to encourage you to hold tough and stick to your low carb lifestyle goals.
Remember what you’re gaining from it. Since I’ve been low carb I’ve had high energy, some of the best sleep ever, more clarity and creativity at work and I’m enjoying workouts at the gym. (And yes, I’ve lost weight – about 17 pounds.)
There is nothing wrong with an occasional splurge, carbs are not evil after all. But a splurge comes with consequences and these should always be taken into consideration.
The last time I splurged I packed on four pounds overnight and it took over a week to drop it again. It’s not the end of the world but when you have a lot to lose like me, it sucks to see the scale go UP instead of down.
Don’t Make Instant Craving Based Decisions.
If boredom strikes and you can’t stop thinking about ordering pizza or hitting the Chinese buffet – go ahead and entertain that idea for a little while but go grab a high protein snack to eat while you think about it and maybe research low carb copycat recipes for the high carb foods you’re craving.
I know I will splurge again but I’m going to plan it well advance. I already know I’d like to go have sushi with my niece and maybe have some pancakes the next morning. I’m taking some time to dream about it and enjoy the anticipation – that’s half the fun anyways!
What I want to avoid is giving into a last minute urge to splurge.
I’m working to redefine what it means to ‘have a treat’ and retraining myself to not use food alone as a reward or comfort.
So what’s your best tip for overcoming low carb boredom?