I haven't counted calories or tracked macros in a couple years. The last time I learned my weight was when I went to the doctor two summers ago. (I instructed the nurse not to tell me the number, but the doctor let it slip during my exam. Freaking A!)
I try to eat healthy most of the time, but I don't follow many "rules". If I crave something, I eat it. But the truth is, I rarely have an out of control craving because I know nothing is off limits. For me, when I know that I'm basically "allowed" to eat whatever I want whenever I want, I am less likely to go crazy on junk.
This mindset works for me, but it took me a LONG time to get here! It was a lot of work. I am so thankful I finally got to this place and that it "stuck".
However, over the past two months, I have been slacking in a couple of my nutrition habits, and it all basically breaks down to one thing: TIMING.
I like to eat something after every workout so that my body can recover quickly and I can build muscle. That means I'm oftentimes eating chicken on my way to work after a lifting session. It also means sometimes I have to eat when I'm not hungry. (Just because I'm not hungry doesn't mean my body doesn't need calories!) Over Christmas break, I've also been pushing off my first meal of the day to hours after I get up. A couple days I didn't eat until 1pm! That is not good. Because I have been pushing off breakfast, I have been skipping lunch, having a snack, and then eating a late dinner. And when I mean late, I mean I go to bed less than an hour after I eat! That makes me feel full, bloated, and gassy. It's gross!
So this timing thing is an easy fix, right? Well, it definitely will be easier now that I am back at work and in a routine. Thursdays are always tricky because I'm not done teaching piano lessons until 7pm, and that's quite late to eat dinner. Maybe I have to reevaluate Thursdays and instead of eating a dinner, eat a large lunch, a snack on the way home from work at 3:40 and then another snack after my piano lessons and 7pm.
This is definitely something I want to fix. I'll let you know when I'm back on track!
Tell me a good nutrition habit you have and a bad one!
Do you weigh yourself?
Do you weigh yourself?