An Interesting Eating Experiment
Sunday, February 24, 2013
Well, it was inevitable - I got sick. I had held out all this time, since the kids have been sick on and off since THANKSGIVING - but finally, my body just gave up. Luckily, the kids weren't nearly as sick as I was - they didn't get the shakes, or the sweating, or any of the fun stuff. They also got over it much faster than I did - so now, a week after this hit all of us, they are totally fine, and I still have a runny nose.
This has been the worst congestion of my life - and not only has it been extremely annoying, but I have the side effect that I can't smell or taste anything. I have been this way for a week, and it isn't letting up anytime soon. I feel fine otherwise, I just have no sense of taste.
Now, here's where the experiment comes in. I've learned a lot this week about wanting to eat vs. actually being hungry. When you have no incentive to eat, it is amazing how little you actually need. I have been eating very little because I only have my stomach to go on - if I feel full, I don't eat, no matter what is around me. Sometimes I forget to eat all day, since I'm not looking forward to it any more, and I only remember when I get a headache or something.
There have been some good and bad things that have come out of this:
I have no idea what to make for dinner anymore. My husband always asks me what I am in the mood for, and I shrug, because I really don't care. It is kind of a bummer for both of us.
I have to constantly remind myself to feed the children. I forget that just because I'm not interested in eating doesn't mean everyone else feels that way. Don't worry - I haven't forgotten to feed them yet!
Sometimes I get terrible headaches because I haven't eaten all day.
I have lost 5 pounds!! This was kind of an easy way to kick off my weight loss again. I'm feeling pretty good about myself these days.
I have realized how little I need to actually function and survive. I am beginning to understand what people mean when they say it's all in the mind.
I'm losing my taste for some "bad" foods. I have started to eat for nutrition only - what good is all the fat and calories if I can't taste it???
It has been interesting, and I wouldn't be lying if I said that I kind of hope this lasts a little bit longer - I would like to keep dropping weight! The most important thing I have learned is that 1500 calories (the limit I have set for myself) is more than enough to keep me satisfied. I hope I remember that when my taste buds come back!!