When you are trying to lose weight on a diet that doesn't involve counting calories, it's important to be in tune with your hunger cues.
Unfortunately, I don't think my stomach and I have been talking for a while. I'm pretty sure I know what hungry feels like, I'm not quite sure if I know what full feels like. However, I do know what overstuffed to the point of hating life feels like, and more often than not that's how I gauge my biggest meal of the day. While this is apparently just fine if I want to maintain my weight:
MAINTAINING LIKE A BOSS
Obviously my eating habits right now aren't serving my goals so something has to change. Here is what a usual day of eating typically looks like:
- Coffee / Tea / Water until anywhere from 12 - 2 PM
- Lunch is the biggest meal - typically will eat around 80% of whatever I'm eating that day then.
- Coffee / Water / Tea / maybe an apple until anywhere from 7:30 - 9:00 PM
- Something small like a smoothie or greek yogurt
If I wasn't trying to lose weight, I'd probably just keep this up. It's clearly working from a maintenance point of view, but I need to learn to control what I do at lunch. If I'm honest, it does bother me that I want something like 1,000+ calories to feel 'satisfied' at a meal. That's definitely going to be past the point where I should stop feeling hunger and achieve sweet, sweet satiety. To that extent, I've already implemented a couple changes:
- Eat most of my meals at home at the table instead of on the couch.
- Take a multi-vitamin / fish oil at least 4 days a week.
- Drink more water with meals
- Try to remember to put down the damn fork between bites
Past that, just trying to be more 'present' while I'm eating. Trying to actually appreciate and taste the food instead of wolfing it down. Most importantly, learn to be happy and comfortable being just slightly full, not stuffed. That is going to be a tough one for me. I failed absolutely miserably at it yesterday!
WHAT THE HELL IS CLEAN EATING UPDATE
I was complaining to one of my clients about how 'eating clean' doesn't actually mean anything, so she was kind enough to loan me a copy of a book called "The Eat-Clean Diet" by Tosca Reno, as well as an issue of Clean Eating Magazine. I read through both of these rather quickly, because for some reason when I read things that I disagree with vehemently, it usually inspires me to read more. If I'm going to dislike something, I usually like to be able to really thoroughly tell you why. (This may or may not be why I know way too much about the Twilight series storyline)
Here are the laws of eating clean according to Clean Eating magazine:
If you read through my weight loss journey last year - or you could infer my eating schedule above - you know that I tend to not follow rule #1 exaaaaactly right. As well, I'm pretty cool with saturated fat. You should be too. Which made this my favorite quote from the Eat-Clean book:
I know right??? BACON AND SAUSAGE IS SOOOO GROSS - especially compared to plain oatmeal.
Okay, I can't just be a negative Nancy and bash these two publications. After all, some of the rules from the magazine (avoid processed and refined foods, slow down and savor, reduce portion sizes) are all things I just said I'm trying to work on. But come on now, don't try to tell me bacon and sausage doesn't taste good.