After a very long night of powerful storms, the sun is shining today. It's a great way to start the day! The trees are still dripping and fence posts are steaming as they release the moisture they have stored through the cold night into the clear, dry air. It's quite something to see. This is one of the reasons I love Colorado, one of thousands. It's just so beautiful here, no matter the weather.
Last night I was tested in a big way, attending a happy hour for someone leaving our company. I was surrounded by delicious junk food, some of which I have eaten in the past and enjoyed a great deal (Kobe nachos - nothing wrong with those) and frosty adult beverages. Luckily I arrive just late enough to have the only available seat with the water drinking crew. I'm going to be completely honest: I was not tempted at all. Someone asked me how I can just say no to all that delicious food and I said "All I have to do is remember the pain it causes me, and that's enough." And it is. Remembering feeling like I had a bowling ball in my gut, all of my digits becoming bloated and my gut seizing like an engine with no oil - that's plenty for me. I hope that it will be for you, too.
Anyway, I came home and made myself some leftover curry and enjoyed it immensely. I ate a little too much, actually, and a wee bit of a tummy ache for a little while. This morning I didn't want to to have curry again (holy crap, I've eaten it about 8 times!) so I threw together something quick and really delicious:
1/2 C pumpkin
1/4 C coconut milk
1 tsp organic evaporated coconut crystals
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger (spice, not fresh)
1/8 C unsweetened, shredded coconut
1/2 tsp alcohol free vanilla
1/4 banana, sliced
I warmed all of this in a teeny cast iron pot and then dug in. It was really good! I had a link of organic sausage for protein along with it, and wow, I am full.
I'm learning that the use of smaller pots and pans as well as a small plate are very easy ways of controlling portions. I started doing this about a week ago as I switched over to solid food, and I must tell you, it really works. If I'm using a smaller pot to warm my food, I am not encouraged to overfill it. Then using a small plate (I'm using a side/salad plate) gives you the visual cue of "full plate". If I savor what is on my plate I am full by the time I'm finished with what is on the plate, and once in a while I can't finish - it's too much! Imagine just making that one change, and what a difference it could make for you. I've heard of this approach to eating before but was not a believer until I tried it and found it to be true. You can believe me!
I'm also 100% accustomed to not snacking any more, and I think that's making a huge difference as well. In my previous life I snacked 3 times per day, and while I tried to really watch what I was snacking on, those were extra calories I did not need. The funny thing is that I don't get hungry between meals any more, which makes me wonder if I ever did, or if I was just trigger eating. Other people snack, I snacked. It was "snack time", I snacked. Now that I don't snack, I don't crave snacks. Makes sense right? Stress eating and trigger eating were adding calories that I didn't need. Boom. Done.
Energy level: Good
BM: Massive, yes
Other Gastro: Feeling good!
Mental clarity: Good
Exercise: Hubby is in Denver today so I didn't get to take the little guy for a long walk, just got to take both of them for a short walk. Hoping to get some laps in at lunch time today.
Other: Sleepus-interruptus happened again last night. Not sure if maybe it's time to increase my magnesium intake? Will check with Dr. Jessica, because I'm tired today and I'm not a fan. I was tired yesterday too. Two days in a row of tired means I'm not on my game.