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Good morning and happy Wednesday to you! I’m doing a brief post today since I’m working overtime to finish up the draft of my master’s degree project due in 2 1/2 weeks.
My Intermittent Fasting Experiment Results:
Three weeks ago today, I wrote about my fascination with the topic of intermittent fasting and how I was going to try it for myself. Although I never intended it to be a short-term experiment, I’m afraid that’s what it has become for me. I can honestly say that while I think the concept of intermittent fasting makes sense from an evolutionary and longevity standpoint and there is even compelling and emerging research on the benefits, it’s not something I can stick with for now. At some point, I would like to try it again, either a version of the Fast-5 program or The Fast Diet program, but with my meals later in the day as opposed to earlier.
The good news is that this experience did help me get back in touch with my real hunger and realize that if I can continue working to reduce my dependence on food for comfort even a little bit, then it’s much easier to make healthy choices and to be mindful about what I’m eating. And, the bottom line is that food tastes about a million times better when you actually have an appetite.
The bad news is that for me this approach rekindled some of my past binge-eating behaviors where I felt like I had a free pass to overeat to prepare myself for fasting. I don’t think this is a healthy attitude and I want to move away from that as quickly as possible.
Photo Food Journal:
What is my eating style now? I’m going back to the basics of the Fuhrman-style approach that has worked so well for me for nearly three years (you can read my story on Dr. Fuhrman’s blog here). And, as always, I’m still 100% vegan because of my ethical beliefs. The biggest change I’m working with now is moving from a less calorie-heavy breakfast green smoothie in favor of something simpler, and moving the bulk of my food intake to lunch, with a substantial yet slightly lighter dinner.
As part of the blogging phenomenon known as WIAW (What I Ate Wednesdays), I’m posting a picture of everything I ate yesterday on today’s post.
So, yesterday I made something totally different for breakfast which was a handful of fresh salad greens, topped with melon, cucumber, strawberries, bell pepper, flax, and chia:
This was enjoyable to eat and I felt satisfied afterwards, but I think this morning I need to add some chopped walnuts, some grains, or maybe some of my homemade vegan yogurt for a little more staying power. I was pretty hungry only two hours later and I think the quality of my workout at the gym was compromised by my hunger. So, my breakfast routine is a work in progress. Also, I should note that I did have two mugfuls of my hot cacao drink with breakfast. I’m sorry I did not take a picture of that, but you can read about it and see a picture here.
Lunch was a salad with chopped baby greens, white beans, tomatoes, broccoli, tomato, crumbled tempeh, and a hemp-based salad dressing similar to this recipe:
I finished off my Modern Apple Pie for dessert with some extra raw apple on top to make it last longer:
All together now:
In hindsight, if I hadn’t had the dessert still hanging around, I probably would have chosen something less sweet, like maybe an apple with almond butter. Still, the dessert tasted amazing.
I was moderately hungry for dinner and prepared something lighter as planned including some vegetarian refried beans topped with no-salt salsa, steamed spinach served with vinegar and onions, and some roasted sweet potato (I had second helpings of the potato which were not pictured):
I thought about having fruit for dessert, but I was full and decided that wasn’t necessary.