I made the discovery (again) that food adversely affects me. That my eating out of control makes me tired and causes me to gain a ton of weight. Doh!!! So I decided to eat no more than 1500 calories and to track everything I ate. I did that. Yesterday. I ate ~1600 calories, worked both at school and Walgreens and felt pretty good. Woke up this morning feeling pretty good, though a little tired. Stuck to my eating plan all day and was feeling pretty darn good. When I got home I got unbelievably tired. I lay down on the couch and fell asleep for about an hour. I basically felt like I had been run over with some honda mowers. Woke up hungry. I mean hungry. Had a giant slice of watermelon and that helped for about 10 minutes. Then I was hungry again. I gave in and had a cookie that was on the counter. Lord, that was good!!! Then I decided to eat dinner, pasteles and spanish rice. One word. Yuck. But I ate it anyway. Oh and while I was waiting for it to heat I had 2 more cookies. Yea!!! After dinner, another cookie. Oh yeah, I'm on a roll. Luckily that was the end of that. I managed to stop eating at that point. I was stuffed but not sick, at least not much.
This got me to thinking, why? Why did I get so freaking hungry today when I felt fine eating the same number of calories yesterday? Why did I cave so quickly to the cookies? I didn't even really want them. Why does this keep happening? As I was doing the dishes I thought about it and came to some possible solutions. Maybe to start, instead of focusing on the actual number of calories I'm eating, I should just focus on eating clean. Once I have a good handle on what is going in my mouth, I can start to focus on how much is going in.
My other thought was that I had rice at lunch today and I didn't yesterday. Could that make a difference? Maybe I should cut out all carbs and see if that helps. Of course, I won't eliminate all carbs just white ones - rice, potatoes, bread - I will continue to eat fruits and veggies.
So let's review:.
- Not focusing on calories, focusing on eating whole foods
- Avoiding processed foods and white carbs
That's it. Let's give it a go....