Monday, February 25, 2013
I'd managed to lose 35 lbs and regain 10. We have a giant birthday celebration coming up and with family coming from each coast and south of the border, you bet I want to look as good as possible. So, yesterday, I jumped back on the bandwagon, spent half the day literally starving, and managed to go UP THE SCALE. :(
I know we can't judge one day from the next as we do fluctuate a lot, but it certainly had me going back to the drawing board and even led to a Eureka moment. NO MORE STARVING ALLOWED!
Enduring the feeling of starvation causes stress, increases appetite even more and truly will not help us be any more healthy than we already are.
Eat what you must, when you must and go as long as you can (within reason) without eating more, especially if you're prone to unhealthy snacking. Yes, if all we ate is lettuce for the rest of our lives, we'd be skinny, but lettuce isn't a balanced meal, won't leave us full for very long, if at all. We do need to eat good and healthy foods, and balancing our menus satisfies us more both mentally and physically.
So far today, I've had a sandwich that was only two slices of bread, two very thin slices of lean turkey and a splotch of barbecue sauce for flavour and two cups of chocolate almond milk. I'll have my veggies with my other meals and snacks, so it is true that this particular meal wasn't fully balanced, but not too bad for someone who had very little time to get out the door this morning and the most amazing part is that it's only ten more minutes to lunch and that is ALL I've needed to eat so far! NO STARVATION NECESSARY! :) Even more amazing is that I've been up for seven hours already, so it's already been a very long day! A carb-protein combination does go along way, especially if there's meat protein involved.
Work with your food guide but don't be afraid to experiment a bit to find what food combinations work best for you. NO MORE STARVING ALLOWED!!! :)
editing to add that for lunch, I'm having bean and veggie salad with some imitation crab meat. Yummy, uses up what needs used up in the fridge and again, fairly well balanced. I'll have some lemon Greek yogurt for dessert and should be in great shape until supper time!