After a long week of working out, I was ready to go out for dinner Friday night with my fella.
When he asked what I wanted, I said, “Well, I feel like I’m craving chicken fingers. Or fish and chips. Greasy things.”
After a few minutes of thinking, I finally decided that what I was actually craving was fat, so we decided to channel that into a more healthy desire, and headed out for Mexican (and a big dish of guacamole!). And once I had that guacamole in front of me, visions of fried food were no longer dancing in my head.
This is one of the first times that I think I’ve really thought all the way through my cravings and desires, to figure out what I was actually craving. I’d been pretty low-fat the rest of the week, and coupled with my new exercise schedule, my body was definitely trying to tell me that I needed a few more calories. I felt as though my body and my brain were really communicating!
This is the positive side of expectation; learning what you want, trusting your body to be satisfied once you decipher the code. Expectation met.
The negative side…I saw that at dinner too, in a fellow diner. We’ll call him Difficult Vegetarian Diner. DVD was sitting next to us with his stressed out wife and his two toddlers. He looked like he had his hands full when he walked in the door, but then proceeded to pick apart the menu (and the waitress, and the entire restaurant experience) because it was somewhat challenging for the restaurant to meet his somewhat limited dining options (from what I could hear, no meat, no dairy, no flour). He ordered the babies a bowl of rice and beans, and ordered himself a vegetarian burrito, but without the wrap, the sauce, the cheese, or the sour cream. It was basically three sauteed veggies.
And folks, trust me, I’m not saying if you have a challenging diet you shouldn’t eat out. I’m just saying you should pick your restaurants more carefully. Because the kids didn’t eat any of their dinner, mom sent hers back, and DVD barely got a chance to dig into his plate of Mexican-spiced mushrooms, because nobody else at the table was happy.
I live in fear of becoming DVD. As it becomes clearer to me what I should and shouldn’t eat, will it become more challenging for me to eat out? I have to think yes. But I also like to think that I won’t be the kind of lady who harasses a waitress and sends her back to the kitchen multiple times to ask if the rice is vegetarian.
Have you had any surprise cravings while trying to eat healthy (like my sudden craving for chicken fingers)? How did you cope? If you have any nutritional guidelines that you’re trying to follow, is it challenging for you to go out?