Monday, September 12, 2011
Intuitive eating sounds like the bees knees, doesn't it? Let your body tell you when it needs fuel, give it just as much fuel as it asks for, and call it a day.
Oh, how I wish that worked for me! You see, I've tried intuitive eating for the past few months, but my body has the absolute worst timing. I'm not hungry when I get up, but when my stomach is sending me hunger signals at 9:30, that unfortunately coincides with my boss's morning status meeting (and by the time I escape that meeting, I'm ravenous). Still, I try to eat just a bit, a reasonable breakfast. Of course, then I'm not hungry at "lunch time" (most of my coworkers have lunch at 11:30), so when I do finally hear rumblings in the deep, I'm tied up in afternoon work stuff. I usually manage to scarf lunch around 2:30, but again I'm ravenous hunger beastie by that point. When I leave work to head to the gym, I feel uncomfortably full, but post-workout, I'm usually getting hungry again. Most days, I figure I can hold out for dinner in the next couple hours (once John gets home), but end up eating way more than I meant to because I either give up and start snacking, but still eat a full dinner, or I hold out and overeat at dinner b/c I'm (again) ravenously hungry. So I have decided this is broken. It's great in theory, and when the stars align and I get hungry when I actually have the opportunity to eat, it's nice, but that's pretty rare.
So my new scheme for fall is to nail down a regular routine. Breakfast before I leave for work, a mid-morning snack around 11:30, lunch at 2:30, a mid-afternoon snack around 5:00 (pre or post gym visit, depending), and then dinner around 8:00. That should give me enough regular small meals to keep a pretty even keel hunger-wise, plus I should have more energy since I won't be running out of fuel several times during the day. We'll see how it goes, but I'm excited to get this figured out!
So now, if you'll excuse me, I have a date with some lemon yogurt!