Maybe I should rename my snacks as meals?
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Just a case in point: Checking on one random day, I see that I consumed 1782 calories, near the very top of my maintenance range It was also a BIG day for exercise - running, walking, canoeing and even 2 short SP strength training videos. According to the tracker, I burned 522 calories. This was way out of the ordinary. I usually burn about 250-300 calories per day. Fortunately, the following day was my scheduled day off from exercise.
708 of those calories (40 %) were ďsnacks.Ē I think itís time to face the fact that I donít have snacks, I eat extra meals. I know that 6 small meals per day are recommended for diabetics. Fortunately, Iím not in that group, but their regimen seems to work well for my body too.
My husband says Iím eating all the time and I suppose it looks that way. I have this internal clock, my unique personal clock that expects fuel at certain intervals. Whatís changed for me is what type of fuel Iím using. Greek yogurt with FiberOne cereal is one choice, not the donuts DH favors. Instead of Oscar Meyer ďoven freshĒ deli meat my sandwiches now contain chicken or turkey that Iíve roasted in my own oven. DH prefers that now too and even does a lot of the roasting himself!
I even LIKE the replacements. I donít think I could continue if I felt deprived. Yes, my Greek yogurt is the organic kind with fruit. That sugar isnít my problem. Itís the sugar from digging into the container of ice cream that used to sabotage me.
Now I find that I can eat a lot comparatively and still be within my range of 1460 Ė 1810. On days that I donít workout I stay at the low end. If Iím active, I eat more. Itís becoming automatic Ė FINALLY.