…It’s been two weeks into the venture and looking over my meals I’ve noticed the following:
- I’m not that hungry in the mornings. Usually my coffee, and yoghurt/seeds/sultanas set me up for the morning
- I’m inconsistent about lunch. Often I have it very late, and when I’m already really hungry but I’ve stopped snacking so much between my meals.
- The evening is when I graze. I think this is a mix between boredom and also not having as ‘big’ a meal as I perhaps should. Maybe I don’t realise how much my body needs fuel.
- If I wanted to cut out anything that was ’empty’ food, it would be the beer and wine during the week.
- Since eating slower, I am getting more satisfaction and satiety in my food. This is especially the case for breakfast and lunch.
Looking back at Rebecca’s advice, I think I need to focus on the context in which I’m eating for the next couple of weeks. I’m recording what I eat quite well, and how much, but not the triggers, and my energy levels.
I was quite hungry when I woke up. I also felt really, really tired. It was a struggle to get out of bed again. I didn’t have quite enough yoghurt to make my normal breakfast, and I had dreamt of pancakes during the night, so I decided to make a batch of wholewheat pancake batter.
I had 2 pancakes, and a small helping of my usual breakfast. By the time that I finished that, I was really, really full. In fact, I think I would have been fine with 1 pancake rather than 2.
I learnt that peanut butter does not go well with pancakes. It’s a shame because I love peanut butter, but there’s something about the taste combined with wholewheat pancakes that is just icky.
I tried to enjoy my food, I was eating slowly, drinking my coffee slowly and reading my book (Vet on Call) while eating.
I needed another pick-me-up. I probably could have drank some water instead, but I really love coffee!
Lunch was fairly late, and I wasn’t actually that hungry. I decided to have bacon (protein) and some veggies rather than anything heavier as I really needed a break more than anything else.
I continued to read my book while eating, but I took care to eat slowly and enjoy the different textures and tastes in my meal. The bacon was smoked, and a bit on the sweet side – I think it contained sugar, but it did taste so good!
In this instance, my trigger was the need of a break and the slight rumblings of my stomach. Preparing lunch was a way to get away from the computer.
I got some bad news yesterday and I immediately wanted sweet things and treats to feel better. I was popping into the OH’s work before meeting up with friends in the evening and I brought cookies in for his team. I helped myself to them instead. I thought I did fairly well – in that I only had one of each, but all of them weren’t needed.
I didn’t remember to take any photos of my dinner but I remember what I had:
- A chicken Cesar salad
- 2 large glasses of white wine
- A couple of bites of chocolate brownie
- 2 pcs of Lindt dark chocolate when I got home
This wasn’t the best day in terms of food. And I feel slightly guilty of what I ate, and the reasons behind it. I don’t think I get on with wheat that well, and the pancakes sit pretty badly in my stomach.