Ok so here it is. I posted a blog yesterday about hunger and why it is a challenge for me. I got a lot of response to it and I mentioned that I eat only 3 meals a day and don't snack and there seems to be a lot of confusion surrounding this, so I am going to take some time to clarify.
I am a decade dieter. It's simple. I have spent more time of my adult life dieting than not. I am so over it. Over it. I don't count calories for personal reasons -- I could write an entire blog on this one alone but I'll keep it simple for the sake of this one -- counting calories *does not work* for me. It doesn't. I hate it and it makes me crazy. I won't do it and I can't do it. Counting calories is = mechanical eating. Food ends up being about numbers and not about much else.
I stumbled upon the book Lean Habits by Georgie Fear through a Spark Friend and James Fell (if you don't know who he is I highly recommend him if you can get past his political rantings and extreme use of profanity). He is very solid and rooted in realism. I read his blog on Georgie and proceeded to download her kindle book I'll link his blog here, but you've been warned if you are sensitive to language, his blog probably isn't for you...
I cannot even begin to express the "fangirling" that I have for Georgie. She is amazing. I have had direct interaction with her via her Facebook group for Lean Habits. She is kind, gentle, again rooted in realism, not woo. Her approach toward eating is so simplistic on the surface yet highly powerful when working it.
I have been working with her program for going on 2 years now. The book Lean Habits is about habits and skills based eating. It is about disengaging oneself from the dieting mentality but still being able to focus on healthy habits and weight loss.
Her fist habit is to eat 3 or 4 meals a day with no snacking.
This habit raises a lot of eyebrows, it did mine in the beginning. We have been told by the industry to eat 5 to 6 smaller meals a day to "stoke the metabolic fire" and it never worked for me. Eating smaller meals more frequently has always ended up eating MORE. With Lean Habits, eating 3 meals a day is about eating 3 SATISFYING meals with no snacking in between. Georgie supports her habits with science and there is science behind 3 meals a day. It is better for blood sugar. It promotes satisfaction with meals. It isn't about packing containers and snacks and always thinking about food. That one shocked me the most. It resembles more how grandma and grandpa ate back in the day: breakfast, lunch, dinner. Keep busy in between meals but sit down and enjoy 3 meals.
I am NOT eating 3 mini-meals and starving myself throughout the day. Far from it. In fact, it has been amazing to sit down to eat REAL meals again. Satisfaction and anything with each meal. It really is a powerful habit.
Each of the habits build on one another and the one I talked about yesterday is habit 2 which is mastering your hunger. Learning to be hungry and work with hunger is the body's natural way of saying "hey, I am ready for food". It is a primitive function of the body. Something we're born with. It is something that I am working on and with so I can learn how to make hunger work FOR me. When I am hungry I KNOW I am allowing my body to TELL me when it is time to eat, not a clock, not a calorie counter or by any other external means.
I am so over the dieting mentality. It is hard for me, at times, to be on Spark because of this. I have struggled with it. But I do enjoy the support and interaction.
3 meals a day, no snacking. It hasn't been an easy habit to learn but it has been worth it. I enjoy it and I have managed to drop a bit of weight simply focusing on just this ONE habit.
I am turtling
my way through the habits because I am focused on the long haul and the sustainability factor. I will lose weight and get to where I want to be but really, I am more focused on how I feel. If I don't budge another pound, I will be okay with that becuase I know the habits are supportive of long term eating and I am happy
As always, I appreciate the support, my friends. TGIF!