Tuesday, January 15, 2013
The theory behind the intuitive eating challenge is that you eat when you are hungry, stop when you are full, and don't rely on the clock or measurements to tell you when to eat. I further assume that the idea was to stay between 3 and 6 on a hunger scale, where 1 is weak and headachey from hunger and 8 is stuffed. At least, this was in a prior challenge (on the consistency and motivation team of SparkCoach).
I sort of did okay, I mean there were a couple of times I ate when I wasn't technically hungry because I was headed off to the dentist and I didn't know how many hours it would be before I would get to eat again. They didn't need to numb me, so I was able to eat immediately after. Later, I was supposed to go to a meeting and ate a little early. And I didn't wind up going to the meeting because we were going in too many directions, and the meeting was kind of optional. And I was probably full to an 8 there, because it was a little uncomfortable to play Kinect.
The really surprising thing, when I ran my nutrition feedback report at the end of the day, was that I had 71% calories from carbs, 17% from fat, and 12% from protein. Now, since I wasn't measuring as I went along, I'm not sure how accurate that is, but daaaang. (suggested range is 50% carb, 30% fat, and 20% protein). I guess one reason for this is I had made some unloved apples into applesauce last week and I wanted to use it up, so I made a pretty much fat free apple bread. And I guess eating something with so little protein or fat will keep me from feeling satisfied. Also, the reason I went to the dentist was to get a permanent filling over my root canal from last month, and there were some things I hadn't eaten while I was waiting on that (chex mix and peanut brittle) that I could finally try because I had my tooth back. It hasn't kept me away from everything sticky or chewy, but those things had particular tooth breaking potential.
Well, it was an interesting exercise but it made me pretty anxious all day. I was constantly wondering if I was hungry, and the answer was most often "no, not really".