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Not Eating As Planned

Thursday, January 31, 2013

I had my breakfast, lunch and snacks packed for lunch, as I usually do these days. And all was well - I had my breakfast and my first snack as planned. But today I was providing lunch to my team at work to thank them for covering my work while I was out for surgery on my esophagus (for acid reflux). I was gone for a month and a half and they really took it upon themselves to keep my work done so that when I came back, I wasn't deluged! I ordered Jason's Deli for them, sandwiches, chips and a fruit tray. When it was time for them to eat, it was NOT time for me to eat. I have to eat every three hours and it was too early. But I thought I would try a bite of pineapple, a slice of apple, a strawberry and some grapes. The world was good, and I got in some much needed fruit. Then it came time for my REAL lunch time. Okay, I decided to have some more fruit. It was delicious. So, I had a couple of strawberries, a bite of pineapple, a slice of apple, and some grapes. Now mind you, my eating has changed immensely since I had the surgery and I was absolutely stuffed. Then I forgot to eat when it was snack time. I was leaving work (two hours late, deadlines to meet for the last day of the month) and I was ravenous. Okay, so I decided to eat the snack that was meant to be for two hours earlier, which was hummus and pretzel crisps. I made chili for dinner. So I ate very well even though I didn't eat the lunch that I had taken with me. I went off track but didn't eat anything unhealthy - no junk food, nothing terrible. Except one thing...I had planned my calories too. Fruit did not replace the calories that the chicken and rice would have given me. So now it is bedtime. I am full and I missed my calorie target. Probably some people would say that is not a big deal but I am trying really hard to eat the minimum calories. It is a curious thing to me. We are to eat the minimum number of calories but only eat until we are full. If I am full before I hit that mark, what should I do? They say that not eating enough calories might cause our bodies to go into starvation mode and hold onto the weight/fat. I know one day isn't going to hurt me but I still have to wonder about all of this.
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    1846 days ago
    Bodies are designed to fluxuate. I firmly believe that going under and over randomly will help keep your body interested. That's the normal way we've eating for thousands of years! Plus you're right, one day won't hurt at all. :)

    I think if you're finding yourself full before your calorie limit it would be a good idea to add a few higher-calorie snacks. Maybe throw in some nut butter or, if you're alergic, some baked beans?

    It sounds like you're keeping focused; that's great! Hopefully everything has healed well after your surgery and your motivated to stay healthy. :D
    1846 days ago
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