So now I know that I have to come up with a ‘Plan B’ for attending NFL games. The idea of going to the game and not eating and drinking sweets there is just not going to happen. They no longer let you carry in your own food, and the food that is available is all of the ‘loaded with carbs’ variety. Yesterday I chose smoked pork ribs, french fries, and we split a large sugary Coca Cola in the souvenir cup. For two let’s say that the cost was ‘expensive’. The food was excellent, but I don’t want to have to spend that kind of money. I could have gotten a large bottle of water, but the cost of that was likewise, expensive.
If I want to eat like I want, then from now on I will have to eat before the game. That is not really that hard to do, and it shouldn’t be that hard to eat and not need to eat again until I get back home. The game is only about six hours of time away from the house. Eating a large breakfast normally holds me over fine until noon, and that is with me eating at six in the morning.
I ended up having two Cokes yesterday, and two orders of fries. One Coke and fries I got on the drive home. Carbs are like that. If you eat or drink a bunch of carbs, within three hours or so, you always feel like you need more of them. We had a nice normal dinner after the game, pork chops, fresh vegetables, cottage cheese, unsweetened tea. After dinner, I was still craving carbs and ate quite a bit of a bag of kettle corn that we got at the art fair this weekend. That is how carbs are. If I hadn’t had the kettle corn in the house, I wouldn’t have went anywhere to get a snack, I would have suffered through my craving.
Changing your habits means changing the location of the trigger points. Eating carbs triggered me to want more. Having them around makes me want them. Not having them around, or planning ahead so that I don’t have to eat them, because they are the only option (like at the football stadium), is the only way to avoid the temptations. Being too full to eat at noon is the best solution to this problem. Next time I will go to the stadium full, and all I will need to get is the expensive bottle of water so that the sun doesn’t turn me into a raisin.