Eat, Sleep, Headaches, and Smiley Faces – Adele’s Week 4

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Eat…

I still struggle with food prep and meal planning.  So, I continue to just keep it simple.  Breakfast is mostly smoothies and sometimes oatmeal. I use my Vitamix blender to make smoothies.  I add water, 2 or 3 big handfuls of greens, 2 bananas, frozen mixed berries, ground flax seeds and a can of rinsed small white….BEANS!  The beans help keep me full longer.  This makes a full pitcher, enough for me and my husband to take his smoothies to-go.  I like to eat a HUGE salad for lunch.  For dinner, I usually make roasted veggies or my favorite white bean chili.  This week the new recipe I made was Eat To Live Daily’s Black Bean Fajitas.  So tasty!  One night this week I had eaten all my roasted veggies and I had nothing ready to go.  So I made a spontaneous sautéed veggie dinner.  I chopped up onions, mushrooms, and garlic and added whatever veggies I had on hand.  I keep some chopped mushrooms in my freezer for just in case.  If I need my beans for the day, I add beans too.  No recipes to follow, just chop, sauté in veggie broth and add spices.  Dinner is served.  It is simple, easy and fast.

Sleep…

As my 6 month Nutritarian anniversary gift, I opened up my new Fitbit early this week.  Wow!  What an eye opener!  First of all, I realized how little I move in a day.  5,000+ steps in a day was my highlight of my week.  Second, I wore my Fitbit during the night so I could use the sleep feature.  Double WOW!  I discovered I was only sleeping 3 to 6 hours a night!  Sleep is such an important component of good health.  I had no idea I was getting so little sleep.   So, I took a close look at my night time habits.  I decided to not watch television to unwind and leave my phone and iPad downstairs in the kitchen during the night!  I took my Epson salt detox bath and read a book. The results:  the first night I slept for 6 hours and 47 minutes and the second night I slept 7 hours and 57 minutes.  Last night, I had the pleasure of 8 hours and 39 minutes of sleep!  It is working!  I still can’t believe that changing one simple habit can make such a difference.  The best part…the scale is moving again!!!

 

Challenges…

SAD food continues to scream at me but not as loudly and not as often.  I resisted eating homemade S’MORES this week!  At first, the smell of chocolate was intoxicating.  My heart was racing!  This chocolate used to be my favorite.  I remember I would get Hershey’s milk chocolate bars for s’mores and secretly eat two, sometimes three, chocolate bars at a time!  There would be no chocolate left when my daughter wanted to make s’mores.  This time I had a terrible headache by the time all the s’more stuff was put away.  The intense smell of chocolate and sugar actually gave me a headache!  Weird I know!  This week I realized I am addicted to the TTLA (Tempeh, Tomato, Lettuce & Avocado) sandwich on whole wheat bread at Whole Foods!  It’s like a vegan BLT.  It is delicious!  I was going to bring one home for my husband to try.  It didn’t make it because I ate 2 TTLA sandwiches!  Yes 2!  I am thinking it might have to do with the fact that I never eat bread anymore.  I am not sure what will happen at next week’s visit to Whole Foods!  

Observations…

I started keeping a Nutritarian calendar this year.  I add a green smiley face on days I eat Nutritarian and a red sad face on days I eat SAD foods.  This is a great visual of how I am doing.   I have had a bumpy road since I started eating Nutritarian almost 6 months ago.  I have fallen off plan and eaten SAD foods, mostly sweets, many times during my journey.  I would be strong for a while and fall off and it would derail me completely.  It would take me days and sometime much longer to get back on track again.  I have really struggled with the rule of no snacking between meals.  At some point, I decided to just eat Nutritarian foods with snacking but no SAD foods.  I found that if I fell off, I could never get right back on track with the next meal.  Eating SAD food ALWAYS led to me eating more SAD food.  As of January 1st of this year, I have followed the no snacking rule, except for one time last week; I had a late night Nutritarian snack.  I just realized that since I have followed the no snacking rule, the one time I fell off and ate SAD food, I was able to get right back on track with the very next meal!!!  This has never happened for me before.  When I follow the no snacking rule, I did much better on the rare occasion I fell off.  SAD foods were ignored and I moved on!  Believe me, no snacking has not been easy for me.  But I believe that it has helped me more than I know!  Dr. Fuhrman explains in detail the reasons why no snacking is important.  I feel like I am on track now and I am enjoying all my green smiley faces in a row!  

About the Author:

Elisha is the founder of the Eat to Live Support Group on Facebook, a community of 30k plus whole-food, plant-based eaters. Elisha began blogging about this lifestyle in 2010 after discovering that it was a treatment for years of yo-yo dieting and disordered eating. Today she is a mentor to thousands who are striving to adopt this lifestyle.

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