The Learning Just Never Ends
Monday, March 17, 2014
A few weeks ago, I blogged about my new plan to change my eating habits a bit and see where that took me. My plan was to go grainless for breakfast and lunch, and to eat a normal amount of grain (or perhaps "starch" is an even more accurate description of what I was centering on) for dinner.
The first week went very well. In addition to being very focused and in control, I felt a lot better physically on this new plan. Then we went up to a hockey tournament in New Hampshire, and the last day there, because we left so early in the day and grabbed breakfast at McDonald's on the way home, and it was all downhill from there. I did try to go back to it on that next day, but it was Ash Monday (celebrated by the Maronite Catholics, of which I am one) and I had to fast until noon, so by the time it came to eat I had a headache and was starving and NOTHING was going to satisfy me that day. Then I tried again the next day, but I hadn't done the necessary planning or prepping, so I didn't really have what I needed to put myself in position to successfully return to my planned eating pattern.
Then, as usual, once your focus becomes UNfocussed (if that's even a word), it was back to the old ways. Not saying I didn't try to eat well, but I somehow convinced myself that those couple of days when I was trying to go grainless without having the necessary food prepped to do so, I was hungrier than I had been the week before, when I was not at all hungry. The part of me that LOVES grain convinced the part of me that had experienced satiety WITHOUT grain that without the grain, I was hungry by the end of the day.
Not true. Once again, the triumph of mind over matter. Or at least of wanting things to be so because I so missed my grains.
But a funny thing happened on my road to fooling myself... I realized at the end of last week that I was eating more and yet, I was still hungry, something I had managed to avoid that whole first week of grainless eating during the day. And something else: I didn't feel nearly as well as I had during that week either. I had less energy, I didn't sleep well, my "gastric" health seemed to take a step backwards.
So, the breakfast/lunch grainless Tina sat the grain-loving Tina down for a talk. And it really didn't take much talk to convince her that she owed it to herself to give grainless T another chance, but this time with the proper preparation and planning.
On Saturday, my list for my trip to the market included such things as extra eggs to hard boil, extra chicken to season and grill on my stove top griller, lots of bagged salad and fruit and veggies, so that I had the ingredients in the house to be prepared. Then yesterday, during a rare but needed and very much appreciated afternoon at home with no hockey distractions, I boiled those eggs, I cooked that chicken, I washed that fruit..
So, grainless for breakfast and lunch, take 2. We shall see...