Friday, July 1, 2016

On Not Eating Much

I am feeling really good today! Finally just happy and relaxed. The food stress seems to have passed for now and I am really enjoying the peace that comes with being off sugar and eating lower carb. It gets easier and easier NOT to eat junk. Today I woke bright and early at 5:45 and had my decaf coffee and was not hungry until close to noon, when I had one Babybel cheese and an iced cold brew coffee with cream and sugar free syrup. I also had a really small plum hybrid thing that came in the CSA box this week, too. I don't know what they're called but the skin is tart and the inner fruit is bright red and sweet. We got a whole bag of them, plus blueberries, carrots, onions, zucchini, small potatoes, and green beans this week. I plan to make some kind of creamy kale soup like they serve at Olive Garden with sausage and the onions and potatoes and some green beans added. That will be tomorrow, probably, because tonight we have company coming for a barbecue in the back yard! My son is making burgers and hot dogs on the grill and I got a watermelon to go with it. (I will have my burger wrapped in lettuce with some avocado slices instead of cheese). I find that having one larger meal per day (usually dinner), like I did on Medifast, works best for me. My breakfast, lunch, and snacks can be pretty darned small and I can get by just fine until dinner as long as I have some fat and/or protein every couple of hours. I can push breakfast out pretty late or even just have coffee some days, which is against the common mantra of never skipping breakfast, but intermittent fasting or a shortened eating window has often been suggested to me as a way to give your body a break from digestion. I don't get blood sugar crashes early in the day before I eat, unless I have nothing at all for the whole morning. Even coffee with cream seems to be enough. When I don't eat much throughout the day, I don't feel triggered to keep eating. I am fine waiting until dinner for a substantial meal.

We're heading out on a fishing trip later this week, staying in a cabin we rented on a lake in the woods. I can't wait! It does have a kitchen and a grill so I can bring lots of healthy foods and stay sane with my eating. We will be doing plenty of boating and swimming too along with some hiking. I love a good family adventure! Feeling blessed to be able to do this. I am weighing every day but will post an "official" weight when I get back.


Andria said...

The value of eating breakfast has been repeatedly disproven. I quit eating it and immediately lost weight because I was eating less overall, and because eating first thing in the morning, when I'm not hungry, seems to awaken the hunger beast and then I just graze all day and never feel full. Eat when you're hungry, stop when you're full.

Andria said...

Should cite my source:

Anonymous said...

You've got this Lyn! Remember a long time ago you wrote it all comes down to one bite. If you don't take that bite that drives you over the edge back to junk, you will continue and reach your goal! Remember you use to spit the wrong bite in the trash if you caught yourself before swallowing it? Or would throw the cake in the trash. You can do this!

Anonymous said...

I was 323 pounds at one point in my life. I started looking at pro-Ana boards and wishing I could do that. I tried to mimic for some time and lost 35 pounds, but I knew it was not healthy the long run. I now eat one large meal/day, anything I want in a one hour window. I only have diet drinks the rest of the day. 187 pounds now but the skin is horrible.

Anonymous said...

*Lyn, forgive me but I HAVE to reply to this.

Oh how I wish that even though it might seem glamorous and tempting to go for the pro-ana stuff that you can find all over social media people would realize that anorexia is the deadliest mental health disorder there is.......
Because it IS a disorder not something you decide to do. Not a fad. Not a phase. Not a diet. It is DEATH. It is NOT an alternative to appropriate weight loss.

Anorexia has ruined my life. I will never have children. My body is in the condition of a 80 year old (I am in my 30's and have had heart attacks and my bones are fragile as glas.)
Whoever you are reading this; never think that "pro-ana" stuff is a good idea to lose weight.
Please think again......

Read this and see the REALITY of anorexia
(Might be triggering for some but this is what this illness does)

IF you do believe that you have issues with an eating disorder I compel you to contact NEDA at:
Help is available.

Lyn said...

Last Anon~

wow, I am SO sorry this happened to you. Thank you for addressing this... I wish you all the best.

Anonymous said...

Lyn, I hope I didn't overstep. It just made me so sad. I had to say something.

Lyn said...


no, not at all! I am reading the link you posted and it is heartbreaking.

I remember a time in my life, over a decade ago, when I wished I "could be" anorexic or bulimic. I thought if I could channel that starvation mindset, or teach myself to throw up after a binge, I could control my eating and my weight, and then when I got thin I would "stop" being anorexic or bulimic. Of course I know it doesn't work that way. I have heard others wishing for something similar, and I know how dangerous that is. It is not something you can turn on and off like some kind of fad diet. It is a mental illness and sometimes people cannot recover from it. I appreciate you bringing that to light.