This week on my ‘carb-cycling’ diet has been interesting. Usually a ‘high-carb day’ is followed by two low-carb days. But this week, because of where my work days fell, it got changed up a bit. And that was partly because I was full. And that is making me wonder about food choices and fueling my body.
Left to my ‘natural’ inclinations–my healthy-choice natural inclinations–my daily diet tends to be a little high on the grains and fruit, and a little low on the ‘good fats’ and protein. And when I eat that way, I am not exactly hungry, but I am definitely looking forward to my next meal/snack. But I noticed on my ‘low-carb’ days, especially at work, that I was not hungry for a longer period of time (4-5 hours) and I even skipped my afternoon snack in the afternoon because I felt full. And that is on a total intake of 1200-1300 calories, as best I can count.
Now here’s how the days got mixed up. Last Tuesday was my ‘high-carb day.’ I enjoyed it, and ate about 1775 calories. Followed by two more days at home, where I ate ‘low-carb’ and about 1200 calories each day. Then I went back to work for 2 days, and I had a ‘medium carb day, but was full so ended at 1370 calories. I went to work the next day, Saturday, planning to have another low carb day (because I wanted to have my high carb day at home) but I did plan to switch it to a high carb day if I felt I needed it. But again, that day, I was full in the afternoon and skipped my afternoon snack, so ended with only 1165 calories for the day.
So, yesterday, I finally planned my high carb day (Fun with Food day!) I started the day at 6am with the protein pancakes, stuffed with greek yogurt and topped with cherries (350 calories total)-delicious, BTW. Was not hungry til lunch. At noon, I had a ‘bonza’ something Vicky concocted–homemade whole wheat dough shaped into a bun and stuffed with turkey/cabbage/onion/seasonings–delish, of course. And an apple (400 calories total.) Very full. It was a nice fall day, so took a long walk with the doggies–was planning to run, but my knee was acting up, so decided against it. At 4pm had a special planned snack of a ‘pumpkin latte’ that I made up myself, and 2 pumpkin chocolate chip bars (total snack calories 320.) So of course I wasn’t hungry for the dinner I planned. And if you are adding, I have only eaten 1070 calories out of the 1800 that are planned for the high carb day. By 7pm I was starting to feel hungry. So I fixed the ‘waffle sandwich’ that I had been waiting all week to try. When am I going to learn? I really don’t like sandwiches so much anymore… So I scraped the innards off the waffles, and was quite happy with what I had: turkey, cranberry sauce, a little laughing cow cheese, and some baby lettuce. I will be having this combo again! Maybe I will try wrapping it in a lettuce leaf. And I had a small serving of brussel sprouts with this. So that was only 250 calories at most. Again, VERY FULL. And we are only up to 1340 calories… I ended up having a ‘snack’ at 10pm which was less than stellar (popcorn, SF tapioca and pineapple, and a little dark chocolate,) and that brought my calorie count for the day up to 1765.
But I am mostly left pondering the feeling of fullness that I have had most of the week. Is it because of this way of eating? Is it because eating that much fruit and whole grains is not as efficient a way to fuel my body? Is it just a glitch in the system and next week I will be STARVING on this diet? Or is it a better way to eat? OF COURSE, I tried to find the information on the latest nutritional guidelines, and couldn’t find a good quick link, but I believe it is 4-5 whole grains and 9 fruits/veggies. Where does this way of eating fit into those guidelines?
I am interested to see if I lose weight this week. Its hard to believe you will lose weight when you feel full this often. But as far as I can tell, I have been as accurate and honest with my calorie count as possible. I will report back tomorrow with my weight gain/loss…
When I took my walk, I finally remembered to take my camera. I wanted to capture ‘signs of fall.’ And it was almost too late. But I got a few nice pictures that I thought I’d share with you.