Sunday, February 19, 2012
I'm continuing to enjoy hunger in anticipation of my meals, and hunger is helping me feel light and nimble and alert! Then I'm eating just until I'm satisfied, not more. And waiting until the next scheduled meal or snack.
Today I was hungry when I got up. Great way to start the day . . . waaaaay better than a food hangover. So took my time and made myself a delicious and substantial Greek omelette with feta and spinach for breakfast, plus hot hot salsa and lots of coffee.
Crunched up a granola bar after my cross country ski (gorgeous! sparkly! perfect wax, perfect kick/glide) and before upper body ST at the gym.
Then a large bowl of cheese tortellini tomato soup for lunch with chopped carrot, celery, bell peppers, yellow cauliflower: mmmmmm. Lots of Italian seasoning. Tasted great. I was definitely hungry for it.
Bought: a great pair of size six trousers, brown/taupe/grey/camel tweedy. Liquidation bargain: expensive brand, marked down to $14.00. I didn't even try 'em on: could see that they would be a good fit for me and a good length (and they are). Will work with a number of items in the ol' wardrobe . . .. This is the time of year when it's kinda fun to add something new to the tried and true.
I'd seen a single serving brownie recipe last week and found time today to experiment with it, modifying a little bit by adding melted dark chocolate on top: posted the recipe too (129 calories). Worth'em, but calories could be further reduced with Splenda instead of brown sugar, and fibre could be increased with whole wheat flour of course: next time. The brownie made a quick gooey snack after a brief trip to the office; just 42 seconds high power in the microwave, then 30 seconds more low power to melt the chocolate -- and 10 minutes to cool (while I made a second one for DH!. I savoured it, slowly. If you try it, let me know what you think!!
Looking forward to some supper . . . in a little while. I'm planning a salad with lots of chopped veggies and some chicken. Fresh berries for dessert. But first, gotta experience that hunger!! Gotta remind myself: hunger isn't an emergency. Hunger is what thin people expect very day. Hunger is what can help me enjoy my meals to the max. And eating just until I'm full sets me up to enjoy the next meal too.
This is working for me, so far. It's a pretty interesting experiment so I'm going to continue with it for at least a few more days.
Friday, February 17, 2012
Savoured hunger yesterday with some success -- enjoyed that feeling of lightness and anticipation of the next meal! And: enjoyed eating at those scheduled meals just until full. Woke up this morning hungry for breakfast. Savoured the hunger. Savoured the breakfast: fat free Greek yogourt with raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries: just enough.
And savoured the comments on the first blog too. Thank you all!
It's that time of year when parents of young children are thinking about summer camps -- so our local paper had an "insert" on choosing the appropriate camp for your kid, which included an article about camp food. Apparently there are lots of complaints about food at camp. Not the food itself so much (although some kids have never seen so many vegetables, so few chicken nuggets and pizzas). But in particular that food isn't available all day long. That kids have to wait for meals and (generally) two scheduled snacks: late afternoon and before bed. The article pointed out that kids at camp tend to roar enthusiastically towards the dining hall, ready for breakfast. Ready for lunch. Hungry. Something many of them have never experienced before. Something many of them have been encouraged to fear. Something many of them have had pre-emptively smothered with "snack packs" and "juice boxes" handed around in the back seats of vans. Quick stops at drive-throughs.
Hmmmm. Childhood obesity an issue? Maybe summer camps, with scheduled meals and the opportunity to experience healthy hunger, are part of the solution.
I'm telling myself that I'm at summer camp!
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
This seems to be key.
Not eating until I'm "full". What an unpleasant sensation that is.
Just eating until I'm not hungry any more.
I get it. I see the light!
And: am enjoying my Valentine's Day gift from DH: an antique desk lamp for my new office. It's lovely!
Sunday, February 12, 2012
As paleolithic and neolithic hunters and gatherers and early farmers, we evolved to be hungry part of the time at least. Hunger was what motivated us to exert the energy necessary to obtain the nutritional requirements essential to our survival. So: not only is hunger not an emergency. Being hungry is biologically normal. And what are we most hungry for? The foods that required the greatest effort to obtain when we were hunters and gatherers and farmers.
Fat: it took a lot of energy to chase down the mastodons! Obtain whale blubber!
Protein: ditto, with every other animal protein source: trapping wild pigs, spearing salmon . . .
Sweets: climbing trees, fending off angry bees . . .
Salts: miles of travelling to the ocean where salt had precipitated and could be gathered and hoarded as the precious substance it was.
Carbs: gathering seeds, ploughing, planting, harvesting, winnowing, grinding, baking . . .
The exercise necessary to acquire these highly-craved nutrients pretty much offset the calories that they contained.
We still need all of these nutrients to survive . . . but we're programmed to crave 'em way too much because earlier in our evolutionary history it required so much energy to obtain 'em.
And now: not so much energy is required. All of these nutrients are so readily available, cheaply at that. Fat and protein in burgers and fries from the drive through (duh, don't even have to get out of the car!!) . Salt and sugar and carbs in the snack food aisle. All of the above in the prefab meals in the freezer. Throw 'em in the cart!! Wheel it out to the car! Drive it home and microwave it!!
But . . . . .although I don't have to grow 'em for myself, those veggies would require some washing and peeling and maybe cooking. Soups and salads take work. Fruits too. Even chewing 'em would be a little more work. All that effort just to satisfy our rational knowledge about what we should eat?? But -- that's intellectual knowledge, logic. Less powerful by far than the biologically- driven craving for fat, salt and sugar.
On top of that, we're surrounded every day with thousands of cues to eat to excess what we are biologically programmed to crave: commercial advertising (TV, computer, even on SparkPeople), billboards.
"What would I like to eat?" Hmmm. As I'm leaning into the fridge. I'd like to eat what I'm biologically programmed to eat, of course. So: not a good question.
What do I need to eat? Vitamins, minerals, some carbs, some fat, some protein. Within my calorie range. To meet my pre-planned rational decision as to my nutritional needs.
This would be a better question probably. But it's less firmly located in that ol' limbic brain of mine. In fact, not there at all.
It's not so long ago that slimness was associated with poverty. Take a look at these famous Venus paintings. Pretty chunky, weren't they? And now they've been photoshopped to contemporary fashion in body shape by Anna Utopia Giordano:
Our ideal of beauty has changed: our biology, not so much.
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