Even though I feel like I’m usually pretty good about eating healthy, I feel like I’ve fallen off the wagon in the last few months. While I’ve still been eating when I’m hungry, that tends to be all at once, and at night, which does not equal healthy balance. Not surprisingly, I’ve put on a few pounds, and while gaining weight isn’t the end of the world, the fact that I generally feel sluggish and that my jeans have started to get a little tighter than I’d like them to be is something of a problem.
Here’s the thing: I always thought eating when you’re hungry is what you’re supposed to do. And, you know, like, not eating when you aren’t hungry is a good thing, too. What that typically looks like for me is not eating much during the day, then getting ravenous at night and eating for 3 hours straight. Healthy? Probably not. Balanced? Most certainly not.
As I mentioned a couple weeks ago, since I’ve been marathon training, I’ve been really interested in nutrition for runners and getting the right kinds of foods into my body for fuel. Even though I could read any number of healthy living blogs and probably figure out how I should eat, I’ve decided to get some professional help from a dietitian.
After doing some research, I found someone who was willing to help me virtually, since I’m a busy gal and running to dietitian appointments doesn’t really jive with my calendar right now. This weekend, I started my new nutrition plan. But really, I don’t want to look at it as a “plan” or a “diet.” I’m looking to make a lifestyle change, and a pretty big one at that, so I feel like I need some guidance from a pro to do so.
The biggest change? I have to eat all.day.long. Which freaks me out a little and seems odd to me, but apparently, this is the healthy way to do things. So whether I’m hungry or not, every 2-3 hours, it’s time for a meal. Yesterday was the first day, and here’s how it looked . . .
Breakfast 8:00 AM
Oatmeal made with cinnamon, vanilla, and coconut milk, half a banana, and a tablespoon of peanut butter. Plus coffee, of course. 🙂
Snack 10:30 AM
Plain greek yogurt with a packet of splenda mixed in and fresh strawberries.
Lunch 1 PM
Giant salad with romaine, cucumbers, grape tomatoes, pickles, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, mushrooms, balsamic vinegar, and cottage cheese.
Snack 3:30 PM
Spinach & Artichoke hummus with red and yellow peppers and baby carrots.
Dinner 6 PM
Wild Coho salmon with BBQ sauce, sautéed spinach with mushrooms and grape tomatoes.
Snack 8 PM
Half a pumpkin cream cheese muffin with peanut butter.
The verdict? I feel good! Although that seems like a lot of food to me, I realize I was eating all really healthy stuff. I felt satisfied all day and never actually got hungry, which is a whole new sensation for me. I’m used to waiting until I get hungry to eat, so this is very new. The biggest change is having snacks, which I haven’t done since high school.
I’m supposed to have the following breakdown:
Vegetables: 4 – may eat more than 4 servings of the “non-starchy” veggies
I realize my inventory may be a little off, but I’ll get the hang of it. The thing I like about the plan is that I can eat whatever I like, I just have to limit alcohol and sweets. Thanks to some serious overindulgence on Friday night, I’m fully prepared to do just that. 😉
Anyway, this is the first time I’ve posted everything I ate, and it seems a little weird, but I thought you guys might be interested, so here ya go!
Demon Back Injury Update
Yes, I still have pain. However, the pain seems to be subsiding. Thanks to Michael, who helped me out via email, I’m pretty sure it’s my SI joint that’s giving me trouble. He shared a bunch of exercises/stretches with me that seem to be helping, and I did yoga this morning, which didn’t seem to aggravate things, so I think I may be on the mend. Not running is driving me INSANE, but I’m trying not to bitch about it too much, although I may or may not have almost been in tears about it yesterday . . .
As of today, I haven’t run or worked out at all in a week, which is the longest I’ve taken off in several years. I couldn’t even tell you the last time I took this much time off. It’s somewhat traumatic.
I’m hoping (praying) fingers and toes crossed that I’ll be able to start running again mid-week.
What’s the longest you’ve taken off from running/workouts?
Have you ever worked with a dietitian? Do you eat every 2-3 hours like mine recommends?