Saturday, October 23, 2010
The 2:30 Pastry Craving
Every day at around 2:30, an intense craving for baked goods hits me like a pillowcase full of doorknobs. It has to be pastry. Cookies. Tarts. Scones. I don't know why I crave the carby goodness (uh, it's delicious?) at the same time every day, but I do.
I work hard to avoid it. I often ask myself, "are you actually hungry?"
The answer is no. But wouldn't a vanilla sugar cookie or a piece of baklava taste *awesome* right now?
I've tried building room into my diet to accomodate a daily treat. This works, but I'd rather build up the willpower to say no. Cookies and pastries should be a sometimes food, a treat, not an everyday occurance.
I've tried quitting cold-turkey - no sweets at all. This works, but only for a couple weeks.
I've tried packing an extra fruit or veggie snack to munch on mid-afternoon. This sometimes works. And then sometimes, I go for the sugar hit anyway.
I've decided that for the next few weeks, I'm going to try to use self-talk and a hot cup of tea (with splenda) to try to break this habit. I don't need to snack. I'm not hungry. I'm antsy. I want the work day to be over. I'm looking for a distraction.
Any advice? Another option is to find some low-point, reasonably healthy pastry-like treats. Any suggestions for those?