Monday, November 26, 2012
I've decided to set a challenge for myself. My goal is to eat breakfast every day, but the trick this time is to make it a substantial breakfast! Whenever I eat breakfast, it ends up being a few bites of leftovers, or a couple nibbles of cheese. It's never anything with any staying power. By the time lunch rolls around, I'm so hungry that I always overdo it and generally eat a bunch of crap. Well, the other day I was watching Ali Vincent's show, "Living Big" and she was talking about the benefits of truly counting calories and making those calories count. It was all stuff I'd heard before but the way she put it was so tangible that I decided to give it a go again. I went out and bought a nice food scale (which I've been wanting for a long time just for baking!), broke out my measuring cups and spoons, and off I go!
What struck me when I was watching it was just how satisfying a meal could be if I did what she suggested. She was advocating for three meals of 500 calories, and two 250 calorie snack. When I thought about actually eating 500 calories for breakfast, my mind was blown! Maybe I wouldn't be STARVING HUNGRY all day if I actually did that! So this morning, I got started and made some oatmeal, and piled on a cut-up apple, almond milk, a serving of pecans, and a tablespoon of maple syrup. All of that ended up being 450 calories (how is it that I can eat 450 calories of chips/cookies/etc with no problem, but I had to cram my 450 calorie breakfast down my throat?!) Well, I'm happy to say that it's 10:30 and I'm still quite satisfied from my gigantic bowl of oatmeal! Maybe this habit will stick!