How was Easter this year. I mean, how did you cope with seeing all the chocolate eggs right in your face everywhere you went? Last year Husband found it very difficult to cope, especially when he was walking past the shops and seeing them on his way to and from work, as he loves his chocolate (as you know!).
It seems that many people struggle with this one when they try to eat more healthily. Maybe it's not just chocolate, or maybe not even chocolate at all for you. Maybe it's party food at work, or other family gatherings. Whatever it is, it's so easy to feel despondent and think 'It's not fair I can't eat it!'
If you have just started the GAPS diet then take heart...it will get better. This year, Husband reports that he has hardly noticed them. A year on and we can hardly remember how we used to eat as we are so used to meat and veg all day long with few puddings and snacks. We would never have dreamt it possible to forget. Do remember though that cocoa is only allowed on the full GAPS diet, after all digestive issues have ben sorted out.
Megan Stephens sympathises. In her book 'Eat Beautiful' she says that it is often difficult for families trying to transition on to a healthier diet like GAPS to struggle when all the baked goods are suddenly removed. So she has written her book with many delicious grain-free/refined sugar-free recipes to help with the transition. She reassures her readers saying that after a while you do lose the cravings. Then you may find you can start to naturally cut back on baked goods, reserving them just for treats.
We have certainly found that to be true. Our cravings are kept at bay by plenty of fat with our meals and we never feel hungry as our blood sugar levels are on the whole stable. My biggest weakness is when I get dehydrated, when I have to confess to snacking on a few too many raisins, my one short falling. This is one to watch - when you feel like snacking, check your hydration levels first as you probably don't need the snack at all.The rest of the family are very good.
We all need a good healthy snack now and then. Last Easter I made Easter egg replacements (See picture above). We had only just come off the intro and it was a little too soon, but they were nice!
Find the recipe here if you fancy trying them out.
So don't despair! Keep going and don't quit just because of a few set-backs. It really does get easier!