I’ve maintained a good diet throughout PA school, but there is no denying that a periodic binge feels therapeutic. To keep it from becoming an extra 30 pounds, I’ve developed a few tricks.
1) Be honest. If you’re craving something in particular, just admit that you want it and have it. I find that I just eat and eat until I finally eat what I was after in the first place. So let your body have what it thinks that it needs, but be smart about the quantity.
2) If I have a vague feeling for munchies (which is usually an excuse to stop studying for a second), I resort to the carrot. It’s filling, it’s fiber, it’s low calorie and full of vitamins. Lately, I’ve been branching out to other veggies and keeping a prepped supply of prepped and seasoned veggies. (My favorite this week: cucumber, avocado, tomato, basil, garlic, salt, pepper, and a drizzle of olive oil. Letting it sit overnight only makes it better!)
3) I also don’t keep too many of the temptations around. My worse culprits are peanut butter and 905 dark chocolate, but I’ve established a pretty good control mechanism for them. Whipped cream? Forget about it. I’m lactose mal-tolerant and I’ll still finish of a can if it’s with arm’s reach. So take the proactive route for those vices and don’t even let them in your shopping cart.
4) If you do have that unhealthy binge, don’t fret. Don’t let it become a habit, but never hate yourself over the choices that you make.
I realize that I’m posting this right before Thanksgiving, but think about it in between the holiday seasons.
Lisa Cocco, PA-S 2015