A brief intro from yesterday – I guess you could count it as Day 0:
I have been reading about Intermittent Fasting for some time now, and recently decided to give it a try. I have known for a while that some times I eat because something in my *head* says “YUM!” and not because I am actually hungry, and this seems a good way to become clear on the difference. Additionally, I have worked with a number of people over the years who fasted for a day here and there (for religious reasons) and this convinced me that it is certainly not harmful – in fact, Seventh-Day Adventists fast once a week and are excellent models of health (of course, they also abstain from smoking and drinking, and I’m sure have other healthy habits as well!) Anyway, I decided to take today as a fast day when I succumbed to a small bag of chips while waiting for the bus this morning – not because I was really hungry, but because I said “hey, potatoes! and salt! and, y’know, it’s warm in the store…” So I am interested to see what goes on in my head through the rest of today.
So, the day is over and one with, and I’ve had some time to process the whole thing. I made the decision to fast while on my way to work, but I wavered on it right up until I saw that my fruit & veggie guy was not in front of the building. Even as I walked in I was thinking “Oh well, I’ll get a good salad at lunch…oh wait, decided to fast, what am I thinking?” However, I felt pretty good about it when I posted an update to Facebook about fasting for the day, and I found throughout my day that posting it on FB and Twitter was very helpful, because it reinforced my motivation when that noisy voice in my head started talking about the vending machine in the pantry, right next to where I was getting tea. By the time I left work, I had felt actual hunger pains once, and a whole lot of nattering from that not-so-helpful voice. As the day went on, the mental game got easier, and thoughts of eating became less frequent and much less persistent. I had a bit of a panic when I was leaving work, as I had two free hours that I would normally pass by stopping by a raw restaurant I love – and nothing to do instead. Luckily, a friend came to my rescue, bringing me tea and salsa practice to fill that time and keep the “why don’t you eat something” soundtrack at bay. By the time I got to my scheduled practice before rehearsal, it had been some time since I even thought about eating, and I found I wasn’t bothered by it at all. I had a very slight headache, but as likely from all the tea (which I don’t normally drink) and staring at the computer all day as anything else. By the time I got home a little after 1, my overwhelming feeling from the day was: “Hey, that was pretty damn easy!” I pretty much went straight to bed, in part to avoid the temptation to eat right away, and woke up feeling fine, no hungrier than usual. I broke my fast with five dried apricots and a small cup of green smoothie (the rest of the green smoothie I packed for work).
One of the books I’ve heard referenced a lot is Eat Stop Eat. As I recall, this is what inspired me to try Intermittent Fasting. Brad Pilon researched quite a bit on fasting from what I understand, and I plan to read this book soon – and post about it! So more info coming soon from that.
For breakfast I had five dried apricots (I would have had six but my daughter wanted one) and a small cup of green smoothie – this one I made with three bananas, a few handfuls of spinach, and a generous scoop of sprouted peas. The sprouted peaas give it more protein – this is the first time I’ve tried adding them, and I think next time I will use a bit less as they were a bit strong, almost spicy, in the smoothie. But this may have been because the bananas were not really that ripe – ideally you use bananas that are very ripe, full of brown spots, and the sweetness and banana-ness really shines, especially with spinach which is rather bland in a smoothie (in a good way). I realize that green smoothies look and sound bizarre, but I promise, they taste good or I just wouldn’t drink them. (In fact, I’ve gotten quite a few people, from those I dance with to outside consultants I have worked with, hooked on green smoothies!) My philosophy is very simple: it MUST taste good, or I won’t eat it, I don’t care HOW damn healthy it is.
For lunch I had my usual enormous salad – it’s very similar in composition when I buy it at work, this time being composed of mixed salad greens, a few olives, some bruschetta topping (tomatoes and basil with a bit of red onion), red and yellow peppers, mixed sprouts (peas and lentils I think), that other kind of sprout (the one you see in Chinese food, I never remember which one it is…), mushrooms, and drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. I also had a Lara Bar, yum.
I had a cup of tea later in the afternoon before I went home to the kids.
I had plans to workout at lunch today, but I forgot to pack for it (see what happens when I don’t make it easy for myself?) so no dice on that.
For dinner, I was *mostly* good. I enjoyed a large salad that my sister had made for me, with lettuce, scallions, cherry tomatoes, shredded carrots and shredded beets, with balsamic vinegar and olive oil. I did however also have one half of an italian sausage and two bites of the pasta she had made (what can I say? Her homemade sauce smelled REALLY yummy).
After putting the kids to bed, I got dressed up and headed out to my husband’s art show. Zombies! In 3-D! It was a blast, and I had two glasses of wine. But hey, I probably burned off half the calories of one glass of wine with the dancing lol. (I would love to say more then that, but if you’ve seen Craig Ballantyne’s Trainer versus Pizza video, you know it just ain’t true!)
I’ll edit this to add some pics of us all done up, but it will have to be later due to some technical issues! 🙂