Last week, I took no snacking to a new level. I really committed, and like the week before, I noticed pretty sizable improvements in how I felt. Like the week prior, however, I also kind of fell off the wagon as the weekend approached. But, it wasn't before I was convinced that no snacking is the way to go, for me anyway.
Here is what I found:
1. My stomach felt less full after meals, and I didn't feel so heavy/tired.
2. I slept better, presumably because my body wasn't working so hard to digest a late-night snack and because my melatonin kicks ass when it's not bogged down by ice cream.
3. I drank more water when I didn't snack because I didn't feel so full. One of the biggest complaints I have about drinking water is that it's just really bloating, but I realize now that is a side effect of having food in my stomach all.the.time.
4. I wasn't eating as much junk. When I didn't snack, particularly on my kids' leftovers or snack food, I cut out a lot of the mindless eating and junk food I was consuming, even if it was a handful at a time.
5. Finally, I realized that when I don't snack, I enjoy my meals more. Food is better when we're hungry. I didn't go hog-wild and act like a crazed/starved person, which a lot of experts suggest might happen if one doesn't snack. In fact, my blood sugar seemed more stable with fewer meals.
All-in-all, no snacking works well for me and is a lifestyle habit I hope to incorporate going forward. Having said that, there is no need to be rigid. There were times I snacked. I went out to dinner one night, for example, after I'd already eaten a light dinner at home. It was an impromptu meal, and it would have been really depressing to just sit there and not eat anything, so I snacked on my son's veggies and hummus and had a half-glass of wine. Life isn't always linear, and if I stick to a rule so hard that I can't have fun or enjoy myself, the rule (even if it's healthy) becomes a punishment. I also snacked on some french fries one evening (again, kids' food) and really regretted that the next morning. So, there is a time and place, but for the most part, no snacking is the way to go for this mama.
So, this week, I am curious to see what will happen if I drink my recommended amount of water per day??? I paid attention, these past few weeks, to my water consumption. I get about 40-60 oz. a day.
That is pathetic. I don't know how it's happening, either. I used to drink much more. And it makes no sense at all, given that I live in one of the driest places in the US (the desert, literally). So, I'm going to try to get 80 oz. of water each day. This number is between the normal recommendation (64 oz) and the crazy amounts suggested by some fitness bloggers (a gallon), which is 128 oz. I weigh 130 pounds, so I wonder if 128 might leave me water logged!
I think 80 oz. each day will be a challenge in itself, but I'd like to see if I really do have better skin, sleep better, have better digestion and have more mental clarity. I could use all of those things. I'll be tracking my water and reporting back.
Hope everyone is having a lovely week. Mondays are some of my favorite days because I can just knock stuff out without anyone asking me what bones are made of or if I've had high-altitude driving training.