Today I went to the gym for my strength training workout. I pushed it harder than ever. I did not have time to swim today, but I will bike for 10 minutes this evening.
Foodwise I feel like I ate too many carbs. I feel lousy when I eat them; I guess part of me still wants to eat the way I used to eat (for example, I had tuna for lunch and wanted crackers with it. So I had wheat thins, rather than the Ritz I used to eat, but still it made me feel like crap.) Lesson learned and I skipped the bun for my sloppy Joe dinner and had it over salad. I'll get myself an English cucumber and slice that up to eat with tuna instead next time.
154 g carbs
97 g protein
65 g fat (38% of calories)
I am happy with the calories and protein. I'd like to get the carbs down closer to 100, which I think is doable. I have mixed feelings about the fat percentage. I used to try and stay under 30% until I did some reading on Paleo and Primal eating and realised the benefits of healthy fat. I was eating 40-50% of calories from fat since then, mostly from nuts, seeds, avocado, healthy oils, eggs, and free range meats. I dunno. I like the satisfaction that comes from eating more fat. But having been raised in the low-fat generation, it feels a little *guilty* sometimes! I think I will aim for 30-40% for now and see how that feels.
Tonight I feel kind of icky, with a slight headache and stomach ache. I know why. When I count calories it is like THAT structure takes the place of other guidelines in my head. I see a food and instead of deciding to eat it based on health, or carbs, or protein, I think "hey I can fit that into my calorie budget!" and eat it. So I ate more processed food and grains today than usual (like a protein wafer bar, those crackers, and a homemade oatmeal muffin). And it did *fit* but I feel bad from it.
I do think I have hidden insulin issues. I'm not sure if these are symptoms but when I eat anything carby without a balance of protein and fat, I feel a total crash and shakiness later. I get headachy and irritable. I feel SO MUCH better when I eat high protein and low carb. So I do tend to eat that way, simply because I like feeling good. I have to focus on that and not *just* the numbers as I am prone to do when counting calories.
There have been some *awesome* comments on the last couple of posts. If you haven't read them, you really should. It makes you think. I really believe there is an ideal way for each of us to eat. Notice I said *each* of us... not *all* of us. That's what makes this hard. We are all different, and even things that worked in the past for someone might not work for the same person right now. Figuring out the puzzle is interesting, and worth it. I am going to piece this together for the sake of my health and sanity.
Friday Update and Reality Check
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