I didn't do something right with my eating habits today,and I've been feeling it since the beginning of the day. The past few weeks have been really good - I'm exploring protein, and really aiming for 100g a day.
Today = FAIL
Protein powder and Luna bars are my friends. I'd never get anywhere NEAR 100g during Vegan Week without them.
With my protein shake this morning, I had an english muffin with peanut butter. Normally, I eat oatmeal with walnuts and berries during Vegan Week. The english muffin/pb is usually a mid-morning snack.
But for the mid-morning snack, I had a Luna Chocolate Peppermint Stick bar. Which I'm kinda obsessed with right now. A protein bar is usually my mid-afternoon snack.
My alternate mid-afternoon snack is a whole wheat pita and hummus. Which I had for lunch, with an orange.
Leaving my Boca Chik'n on a 7 grain roll with spinach as my afternoon snack.
By that point, it was obvious something was wrong. I was upside-down. I tried another protein bar.
When I got home, I was still having that 'feeling'. Nothing wrong, not shakey or weak, but something wasn't right.
SO, considering I'm about to head to the pool, and I can't afford to NOT be fueled, I decided to allow some extra calories, and see if I can't get ahead of this under-nourished feeling.
And that's the perfect way to say it: I wasn't really feeling hungry, I was feeling under-nourished!
It put me about 500kcal over range (if I stick with my planned dinner later), but I feel better after this before-pool snack: another protein shake, a whole wheat pita and hummus, and a protein bar. So it's 500kcal, but it's also nearly 30g of protein and good carbs.
Great movie quote, but I can't remember the movie: "Sometimes you start out wrong and just keep going."
I didn't eat breakfast right, and it was downhill from there.
Sometimes it's okay to have extra calories, as long as you REALLY make them count, right? Nutritionally dense? Normally when I think about extra calories and 'making it count', it's from a junk food perspective or allowing myself a treat like cake or ice cream.
I think this is a better way to think about it. Less about an 'emotional' type treat, more like a nutritional treat for my body. If I'm going to take in the extra calories, they shouldn't be empty ones...
And with that, I DO NOT feel guilty at ALL!