Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Dear Boys and Girls,
I've gotten pretty good at listening to my body. I know that when I start craving it usually means that it's time to up my calories a bit.
For three weeks, the following meal plan that I previously posted seemed to work perfectly:
1/2 cup dry oats
4 to 6 egg whites
two rice cakes, no salt
1 teaspoon almond butter on each
4 to 6 ounces of real protein (white meat)
a tablespoon or two of hummus
4 ounces of chicken
4 ounces of chicken
before bed, no later than 10pm:
scoop of whey
128 ounces of water.
But sometime last week, maybe it was a week and a half ago, I started feeling hungry. I foolishly blew it off, thinking it was PMS or just me wanting more food. In the back of my mind, I knew that it was time to adjust my diet.
So, within two days, I added a scoop of whey protein to my snacks and upon the recommendation of a friend who is a trainer, I switched to Casein Whey Protein at night. I'm fine now and my body has adjusted just great. I am no longer hungry and all is good in Barbie land.
But it took my body about 3 days to adjust and last Friday night, I found myself ransacking my apartment for junk. I had hit the breaking point. I wanted foooood!! Um, I don't keep any junk in the house, so I ate a rice cake. But truly, that was not enough. So I went out to eat and ordered a quesadilla, which, to be honest, tasted too splurgy, too salty, and too junky. After eating super duper duper clean, not adding any salt to my diet, most commercial/restaurant foods taste too salty and just plain yucky. I ordered a dessert--um, yea, I went for broke--and that, too, tasted too sweet. Yuk. What a wasted cheat meal. The following day wasn't that much better. I just felt kinda hungry and cravy (that's not a word, I know). It took two days of junk to get me back on the right path.
On Monday I vowed to stick to my meal plan and waited patiently for the effects of the extra whey protein to kick in. It did and I'm glad.
I hope I learned my lesson: LISTEN TO YOUR BODY. Hunger is a sign that, duh, you need to eat more, not more junk, but more of the good stuff.
So on with the journey. I am on fire and loving my results. Bring it!
Posted by Coach Barbie, PhD at 1:01 PM