So, a couple observations I've noticed this week. Well, today really....
The first is that despite all the advice out there that says to eat protein for breakfast because cereal doesn't sustain you and you're hungrier quicker, I say poo. I decided to test it.
After finishing yoga yesterday at 9:30am, I had a great breakfast of an egg, smoked salmon and reduced fat cream cheese bagel-type thing, with a banana and an apple. It was yummy, but I was ravenous by 11:30.
Today, I finished yoga at 9am and had a bowl of Special K with strawberries, blueberries and a banana. I felt full after I ate it and I wasn't hungry again until 1:30pm. And to be honest, that has been pretty consistent but I was doing the protein thing just because I thought I should. Maybe it's Special K in particular? I'll test that in the coming weeks with other "healthy" cereals.
Then, I've noticed over the last few days that lunch needs to be a pretty good-sized meal for me. If I don't feel full after lunch, I have a tendency to want to snack all afternoon. And when I have lots of yummy fruit to eat, that's fine....but sometimes you run a little low or just want something different.
And lastly, I had chocolate today for the first time in about a week. And to be honest, it's crossed my mind a couple times but I haven't had a serious craving for it, so I just haven't eaten it. But today I had 2 fingers of a Kit-Kat bar (I split it with Jim) even though I wasn't feeling the need for chocolate per se; and I shouldn't have because now I want more chocolate. As soon as I finished it, I could feel myself going, 'more! more!' I ate an apple instead, but I still wanted chocolate afterward. I felt a bit like I had succumbed to an addiction, fallen off the wagon, or given in to stupid temptation. So yeah, I think I'll save chocolate for the really desperate craving times and not tempt myself when I'm doing pretty good at other times.
What have I learned from this? That you have to do what works for you...and you have to be willing to test yourself to find out what actually does work. So far, my motto in this journey has been "anything in moderation" and I still stick to that, but it still requires me to 1) know myself and 2) make good choices. And know that chocolate is like a drug.
By the way, I had avocado last night with my turkey breast sandwich and it was yummy. A bit high in calories and fat, but also really high in fiber and vitamin C. It's not something I'll do every day, but when they're on sale I may have a bit once a week or so. I was never really a fan before and now I'm a convert. Still not keen on guacamole though, I don't think. But fresh avocado is da bomb.