Wednesday, July 09, 2008
I haven't blogged for a long time because I seemed to be saying the same things over and over and I was even boring myself with all my whining about not being able to stay on the wagon.
I'm not only on the wagon again - I'm driving it.
I was at my wit's end trying to figure out how to eat nutritiously, get enough fuel for my runs without feeling exhausted all the time, and not constantly fall into the night binge trap.
I met with a dietition and nutritionist last week. I was afraid I was going to get the standard diet sheet and be told to eat 1200 calories per day and do some exercise.
Fortunately, the nutritionist is a runner, and she totally understood how I was feeling. She told me that it isn't normal to feel ravenously hungry on the amount of food I was ingesting. I'm a vegan, and my diet has always been reasonably healthy as far as getting something from every food group. I don't eat any animal products of any kind so I thought I just had to eat more of the good stuff to keep fueled. Oh man, was I wrong...lol
The upshot of the meeting was 10 day's worth of meal plans. I can switch the order of the meals, but no substitutions are allowed from the listed foods. ALL grain products have been removed from my repertoire. That means no rice, no wheat, no kasha, no quinoa. I can have 2 servings of oatmeal per 10 day cycle.
Apparently grains have been playing havoc with my blood sugar, so that was the first thing to go. We'll re-evaluate at the end of 10 days, but I already know what the answer will be. Since I've been loading up on beans, vegetables, and low glycemic fruits I feel SO much better. No hint of any kind of urge to binge.
I'm no longer exhausted after my runs - I don't crash mid-afternoon, and the stress of working long hours on the weekend didn't send me off to buy candy.
I'm sure we've found the secret key. It makes it very difficult to eat out, but we don't do that much anyway so it shouldn't be a huge deal.
I'm almost feeling like I could start training for another half marathon.