Ahhhh, the start of a daily journal. I already had one over at the Active Low Carber forums, but I wanted to make one specifically for my blog to archive my daily thoughts, feelings, and food log.
Today was stressful. I don’t know what it was, but work was stressy, my team seemed to all be stressed, and I was just plain grumpy today. I fasted for several days last week to help get rid of my cough, and it worked for the most part, but when I woke up this morning I could feel it coming back again. That got me grumpy and I just didn’t let that bad mood go during the day.
I intended to fast for the day to help with my cough, but by the time lunch came around I was feeling like eating. I didn’t feel hungry, I felt like putting food in my face. Those demons aren’t easy to get rid of. I have been significantly less stressed out since I started this way of eating, but apparently my stress-eating is still alive and well when I actually am stressed.
To be fair to myself, I didn’t do too bad. I ended up eating 23 total grams of carbs today (13 Net carbs if you’re one of those folks who does the Fancy Math carbs, since I had 10 grams of fiber.)
B: 14 oz. black coffee with 1 tbsp coconut oil
S: 12 oz. chamomile tea with 1 tbsp coconut oil
L: Grilled chicken breast, spinach salad with artichoke hearts, mushrooms, and black olives, 2 tbsp olive oil for dressing
S: 2 tbsp natural peanut butter, 4 squares 90% dark chocolate, 20 macadamia nuts, 3 tbsp bitchin’ sauce
D: 10 oz cold shrimp with salted ghee
Stepping back and taking a look at the “damage” I did, this was actually a pretty darn good day, food-wise. Coulda done without the peanut butter and chocolate since I just wanted to eat them without being hungry or planning for them, but it was still pretty good. I’m proud of myself for having this sort of determination, but at the same time I’m glad I can appreciate how far I’ve come. Back in early 2016, my food on any given day would have been more like pancakes for breakfast with a Monster to help get me through the morning, taquitos, rice, and beans for lunch, Chinese takeout for dinner (always noodles), and then the night eating would begin. Ice cream, chocolate, cookies, potato chips, you name it, I ate it. And I would wash it all down with a huge glass of milk, my ultimate trigger food (as strange as it sounds, it’s completely true. I can’t be trusted around milk.)
I will go to bed and feel better in the morning 🙂
Take a Gauge:
- Feeling: Still a little stressed, but it’s lessened
- Hunger: None, I am pretty full
- Environment: It’s warm, and I’m listening to Studio Ghibli soundtracks
- Emotions: I am kind of pissed at myself for overeating today. I ate completely on-plan foods, but I ate past just satiating my body
- Moving Forward: Tomorrow’s a new day, kid