So, last week I posed the question: what if I ate at home all week and made lovely, healthy food?
Well, I can report back exactly what happened. First, let me say that I was pretty sure I'd drop 5 pounds of weight. In the very least, the salt of restaurant food alone was worth 5 pounds. Then, I thought I'd feel amazing, all glowing with health. Finally, I thought I would enjoy my food more and appreciate my meals.
People. None of that happened. I weight exactly the same, which is fine; I just thought there would at least be some kind of measurable result. None. Also, I didn't feel any better or worse, in large part because I overate. Overeating at restaurants is easy to do with large portions, socializing and drinking wine. Turns out the same thing happens at home. I think part of the problem was a distorted sense that I could eat more because what I was eating was healthier or 'cleaner.' I kind of grazed/snacked all day, and because I was coming home for all of my meals (I packed food a few times), I was able to graze more. Typically, when I eat out, I only eat when I'm sitting down. Then, I'm off doing something else. By coming home for all of my meals, I just ended up eating more, snacking more and grazing throughout the day.
I ate a lot of apples and cheese and handfuls of walnuts and chocolate chips.
Here are a few pics of the foods I ate. I kept it pretty clean until the kids got home and then grazed on their popcorn, apples and tortilla chips. I mean....there's the problem, right? I also had a half-bag of m&ms yesterday afternoon, so don't let me sell you on some story of sainthood.
I slept no better or worse. I felt no better or worse. The only thing I really felt was slight annoyance when I had to go home all the time rather than eating lunch with a friend.
So, I am going to try (this week) an old trick I learned a few years ago that really helped me feel better (less bloating/stomach pain): no snacking.
Seriously. I think the food industry has gotten one over on us with this 8-meals-a-day business. I tried no snacking a few years ago and stuck with it until we moved. That was a great two years.
I'm trying it again this week. No snacking means I eat 3 meals a day. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. I also have a tiny dessert, just after dinner. Nothing in between except perhaps a slice of fruit or something. Certainly not a handful of walnuts and chocolate chips.
We'll see how this goes. I often feel really tired and drained after a meal. I feel bloated and like flopping down. I'd like to not feel that way, and when I avoided snacking a few years back, I noticed this heaviness was alleviated. However, memories are always a bit shady, and the tendency to view the past with rose-colored glasses is pretty much scientifically proven. So, we'll see how this goes.
Do you ever have a nagging suspicion or memory that you're sure will be wonderful and change your life if only you did it?
I am haunted by so many. My husband is haunted by zero.
No snacking this week. I'll report back.