Friday, June 21, 2013
I was challenged to eat intuitively today in Spark People, and come here to share how it went. It just so happens that I have been doing that as much as I am willing to do since June 1.
Well, you know I'm trying to get better at following Dr. Fuhrman's Eat to Live plan. To do that, I have been planning my meals for the week ahead using SP tracker and the outline of his plan, sticking in raw and fruits and vegetables, legumes, seeds and nuts daily with whole grains and animal products here and there. Then I'd make my grocery list, prep fruit and veg, make a few big batches of things and follow my plan. Once in a while, I changed the pre-plan, like when something looked like it was ready to spoil and I needed to use it or lose it.
I felt that pre-planning helped me to stick with the program, staying away from the unhealthy foods I have eliminated from my life. So when I decided to see if I could stop the pre-planning, I felt I was ready for it. But I gave myself the rule that I had to stick to the food plan. If I started to think I needed a slab of cake or a pecan mudslide, it wasn't going to happen.
Lately, I've joined his website, and started up with the Naked Food Magazine website. So I have a huge number of recipes that fit my nutrition plan available and new ways of cooking I've never thought of. And I want to try them. And some I like, and some I actually throw away, like the eggplant roll ups.
So I decided to stay on the program but stop the pre-planning. Every week, I know I need to buy a refrigerator full of greens and other veg and fruit. If my sprouted grain English muffins or seed and nut supply gets low, I know I need to buy some more. So for the items besides the fruits and veg, I work from the list I generate as I run out of something.
And since June 1, I have eaten only when hungry, and only until I am not hungry. I choose food from my plan, based on what I want at the time when I am hungry. If I'm not sure, I look around the kitchen at the fresh fruit bowl, or the tomatoes and lemons sitting on the counter. I look in the refrigerator at the leftovers and fresh produce; and the things I've frozen like baked grains or crustless quiche. And something always comes to me.
Today at breakfast, I wanted an apple/lime/spinach/raspberry smoothie extracted in water.
For lunch, I wanted a salad of spinach and other greens from my garden like watercress and frisee lettuce. I added a chopped tomato, leftover cabbage stew (cabbage, carrots, onion, celery), leftover white beans no sodium, leftover roasted beets-chopped, and strawberries. I developed a dressing in my nutribullet with flavored vinegars, roasted garlic, and sunflower seeds. The salad was huge, filled a large wooden salad bowl that I might have used to serve side salad to company.
I have no clue for supper yet. Previous days, I have looked back at recipes I saved that sounded interesting. Today, I think some kind of Italian sauce over bean pasta. I found the bean pasta at my local health food store. The Black bean pasta has 25 g. of protein and 12 g. of fiber. I guess I'm looking forward to trying it!! AND having a glass of watermelon juice. I have watermelon left from a fruit salad yesterday, and I seem to want to whirl it into juice in the nutribullet. I never would have planned any of this delicious healthy meal a week ago.
I have not binged on any of those bad habit foods I've eliminated. If I had tried this a year ago, pre-Spark People, I would have had a panful of bacon for breakfast, lemon pound cake for lunch and donuts for Dinner, with no thought to size of portions.
I find I am excited about food again, and am being more creative to make tasty dishes, like I did with today's dressing.
The months of planning to help me stick to the plan have served me well to have the basics become second nature with no thought to pre-planning.
And I don't always eat three meals. I'm not always hungry at lunch time. That usually happens if I've prepared a larger breakfast. So I don't eat lunch if I still feel full.
And I used to have set times for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. And I used to eat dinner before my evening pool workout. I'd be VERY hungry after the workout. So I no longer think I have to follow a scheduled dinner time, and allow myself to wait to eat until I am hungry, usually AFTER I get home from the pool, before my late evening walk.
And you know, I've lost 3 more pounds since June 1. Amazing!! I'm actually thinking I'll be able to happily sustain this healthy program once I arrive on Maintenance Mesa.