Breakfast held me over well today (could omega-3’s be a magical hunger control!?) and I actually didn’t even think much about food. Quite an accomplishment for someone who used to think about her next snack every 10 minutes. How did I overcome this?
1) By eating a bigger breakfast. I was afriad to do this. What if I need a snack and ate too many calories already? But a couple days of trial and error helped me realize that a bigger breakfast meant I didn’t need a snack.
2) By learning my body’s cues and rhythms. I’ve blogged on this before, and I know “listen to your body” is about as cliche as it gets. But after lots of practice and experimentation, I’ve learned that I’m most thirsty between 8 and 12 in the morning. So I drink, and that helps fix any “hunger” I’m feeling. Keeping myself busy helps too….
But here’s something else I’ve noticed. I think about food less when I’m busy doing happy things. When you have quality tasks to fill your time, there’s not much room to think about food. Of course, what do you do if you can’t control what tasks you do (bad job, uncontrollable circumstances). But it’s this principle that gave me the courage to pursue a new career and go back to school. I need something to fill my days that gives me satisfaction and worth, so I won’t have to spend them thinking about food!
I had a cup of green tea (for a boost of EGCG, thanks Dr. Weil!) at 10:00.
Salmon salad with 1 pouch pink salmon, carrot, celery, mustard, 1 tbsp Spectrum light mayo, lots of curry powder.
3 oz leftover roasted veggies:
Apple slices with cinnamon:
And a non-fat Banana creme yogurt with 1 graham stick crumbled in. I eat these on occasion when I’m running low of plain yogurt or need to grab something quick.
And orange spice tea to drink:
All together for 547 calories:
42 minutes walking!! *Thumbs up!* It was nice and chilly, but I was all bundled up in my scarf and gloves. Such a great break from the office. -150 more calories.
Back to work………