Real quick question tonight. My food journal got me thinking. Yes, my food journal. I know. I’m weird. You don’t need to remind me. :)
Anyway, I had a busy day. Woke up to a few inches of snow, shoveled, ate breakfast with the little guy and then headed to work. After work I had a hair appointment (I went a little red!) then I had to clean up, make lunches, read with the little guy, and ummmm, I don’t know relax and maybe talk to the husband a little bit??
Of course I also have to EAT during the day. Not that I mind or anything. I really like to eat. :)
When I was in my yo-yo dieting phase these busy days would have me skipping breakast and then binging on a big lunch out and an even bigger dinner. I was either starving or stuffed. There was no in between.
My days now are very different. Now, I always eat breakfast. If I don’t have time to sit down I grab a granola bar or a piece of fruit. Lunch is something I packed the night before. But it’s not a typical lunch I eat all at once. It’s a handful of "snacks" that I can eat when I get hungry during the day. Dinner is usually something I whip up (unless we go out), on the lighter side, and then I have a snack or two before bed. Today’s food journal is pretty typical (if not on the low side). . .
|bowl of grapenuts with blueberries and light choc soy milk||5|
|leftover curried quinoa stuffed peppers -even better on day two! :)||5|
|man I love having microwave popcorn at the office. :)||4|
|granola bar on the way to the salon||4|
|bowl of soup when I got home||3|
|quick mexican pizza.. i was hungry!||4|
My definition of "a meal" has drastically changed since starting this journey. This change didn’t happen over night. It evolved over time much like my overall diet did.
I’m approaching my 4th Anniversary at goal and by eating this way I’m way more satisfied (without being stuffed) have more energy and feel a lot better about myself so I’m not gonna change a thing but I’m wondering, what is your definition of a meal? Do you stick with 3 squares a day? Are you a grazer? What works for you?