Tuesday, February 19, 2013
No No No.
No primal or paleo, no low carb, no low fat, no fads or fiddly things, no foolish mono-diets, no no no no no. Just intermittent fasting and eating healthy foods at least 70-80% of the time. By that I mean vegetables, and many of them raw, as well as all the other natural foods like chicken, fish and meat, grains, legumes, cheese, eggs, buttermilk, yogurt and even cream...and ice cream:)
Nothing is forbidden.
I forgot my own rule for a little while and nearly landed up in the depression ditch being frustrated and disheartened yet again. Fortunately good sense prevailed and I sighed a rather large sigh of relief as I dug into my delicious dinner of whatever I jolly well pleased and returned to the best way I know for me to lose weight - Intermittent Fasting.
Fasting allowed me to eat that gorgeous gourmet meal and thoroughly enjoy it, no guilt, no remorse, no excuses. I am just eating less, that is all. After all, it is energy in and energy out isn't it? The secret to all weight loss.
Breakfast is now something I may eat at 12 noon, which is when I start eating. Water and herb teas are the only things I have in the morning and I have not felt dizzy, weak or dejected. That is because I am genuinely not hungry until noon and my body is having a well-deserved break. Feasting is from noon to 8 pm after which I am done with food and return to drinking water until I go to bed.
I find that I basically have one main meal in a day and the rest is pretty much snacking on healthy foods. After trawling the net for 100 calorie snacks I now have a comprehensive list written in my food diary to which I refer when needed. It is really handy information. Imagine this, you can have one meal of 750 calories, and really enjoy it, and then you still have at least 5 to 10 other 100 calorie snacks left over to enjoy in the 8 hour feasting period.
Well, that's one way to look at it.
The fact that I can have pizza for my main meal of the day thrills me no end, and strangely enough, I haven't had pizza in ages. The very fact that I can have it makes me not crave it. But I know I can have it anytime. After all, it is MOD (My Own Diet) and I make the rules:))
I used to think it very important to eat breakfast and I would argue that point quite strongly in the past. Not now though. I feel much better for not eating in the morning; far more energetic and lively. It just goes to show that we keep on learning and that we can change course at any age :)
Keep on truckin' mama!