I had this same approach last year, and while it did work to help keep my mind off food cravings, I also went a little too crazy by eating about 80% of my "wish list" food within the first 3 weeks of being off the diet. Not only that, but a lot of the food I'd written down was real junk food. Needless to say, I ballooned!
What was strange was that I haven't been a big junk food eater in years. Oh sure, I indulge occasionally, but ever since I've learned about the effects of food on our bodies, I've cut out deep fried and greasy food completely, made the permanent switch to whole wheat everything, reduced the amount of packaged food I buy and eat by about 75%, and cut back on sweets as much as possible (not sure if I ever could give up chocolate). And yet, there I was chowing down on all that stuff (and then some) at least once per day. It was weird, and now that I think of it, it was painful too.
This time my cravings are still indulgent (by a dieter's standards) but are much simpler and healthier. My "Wish List" for post-comp foods are:
|Honey. Honey in tea, on cereal, with peanut butter, in baked foods....|
|Kashi Go Lean protein cereal, with almond milk and strawberries.|
|Dried dates. Oooh, my local HFS (health food store) has the freshest, softest, most delicious dates I've ever had. I could eat a whole handful, but I'd be happy with even just one.|
|A sandwich with swiss cheese, ham, lettuce, tomato, spicy mayo, mustard (surprise me), spicy eggplant, bell peppers, and grilled zucchini on a 9 grain bun, grilled. Yummmmm.|
|Sushi. But that's a given.|
|This soup (Oh She Glows): Creamy tomato, onion and garlic coconut|
|Veggie burger (Oh She Glows). Yes, I do usually love me a big beefy burger, but lately my diet consists mostly of meat and very few vegetables. The result is an undeniable NEED for GREEN!|
|White chocolate sweet potato cake (Martha Stewart)|
I've also got about 3 issues of Clean Eating Magazine stockpiled and earmarked, ready to go for when I'm done.
35 Days, 35 days, 35 days......