Saturday, March 08, 2014

The Diet Fix Day One: Gear Up

Confession: Day One is not really my Day One.  I read the entire book on my plane trip to Washington, DC, and used some of the strategies to manage hunger while I was at a conference.  I stopped at a Rite Aid and bought a box of individual packets of nuts, which I used as snacks to ward off hunger.  I was glad I did, because the conference was serving moderately-portioned all-vegetarian meals. I appreciated this as an environmentalist, but it did mean that I was hungry sooner after eating than I would have been if the food had been heartier.  I also made sure to grab an egg sandwich for breakfast before our day on Capitol Hill.

The theme for yesterday was Gear Up. I was actually planning to make Friday my Day One, and I went to the grocery store and stocked up on all kinds of protein sources: Fish, meat, cheese, eggs, hummus, and whey powder.  I also got fruits and vegetables.  I already had all the other gear called for in this section, as this is not my first rodeo.  But I didn't weigh myself as suggested, and since I wanted to have a real 10-day before-and-after number, I decided to make Saturday Day One. I cleaned out our pantry and realized that we had duplicates of a lot of dried beans and whole grains, so I moved similar items together and tried to arrange things so it was easier to see what we have.  I threw out a container of amaranth that I bought years ago and never figured out what to do with. I made a list of the things on each shelf, especially the top shelf, which is hard to see.

I have been using Lose It! for a long time now, so the diary is not hard for me, but what does seem to be hard is eating as often as suggested with as much protein as suggested. I am a carb lover. If I could eat a bowl of popcorn or pasta every three hours, it would be easy.  I didn't want my mid-afternoon snack at all, probably because I made my lunch too big. I think that I will start to learn how to pace things better as I go along, and I'll also have a better idea of what snacks fulfill the protein requirements.  I can definitely see the benefits of eating this way.

By the way, I had a couple of back-and-forth tweets with Dr. Freedhoff today, and he asked me to let him know if I had any questions. I asked him about the close-the-kitchen thing I had been planning to try for Lent:
Hey Jen,

I don’t think there’s any true evidence behind the recommendation to close the kitchen early.

That said, the every 2.5-3.5 hours is meant to take you to dinner. Beyond dinner, I’d do what felt comfortable but pay attention the next day if you go to bed without a snack - you may find you’re hungrier.

So that is what I am planning to do -- see how I feel and do what works best. I was not able to follow the 6:30 food curfew during my conference, though I had no trouble Friday night, when all I wanted to do at 9 p.m. was go to bed. I think the more important thing is to make the snack quality "capital-F-food" if I'm going to have it. The Diet Fix will replace the kitchen curfew -- especially because I read the book on Fat Tuesday.

Last night I wasn't really hungry before bed, but I did wake up hungry a few times in the middle of the night. I went back to sleep, and this morning I didn't feel that much hungrier than usual.  But I will see how today plays out.

My pantry. It still looks a little chaotic, but at least I can find everything. I recycle jars to store seeds and nuts.

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