1. Hunger cues
I’ve noticed something interesting whenever we travel.
I typically always “lose a little weight”. (Not a lot or anything, but I tend to feel just a little trimmer and slimmer than usual when we get home. Which always surprises me, because I do not watch what I eat at all when we travel. And we primarily eat out all the time.)
We are typically very active when traveling, though, so I’m sure that may play a role. I feel like I just sit so much these days when at home/ working.
But diet wise, I’ve been thinking that it may have to do with the fact that although I’m eating mostly restaurant food on vacation, I think I probably actually eat less overall.
When I’m at home, alone, sitting at my computer….every little “hunger pang” speaks to me. It’s ridiculous! I mean, why do I need to eat something every time I feel a tiny bit hungry? Can’t I just…be hungry for a little while?
My normal eating schedule lately has been:
- ~7:30- 8:30ish breakfast
- mid-morning/ 10:00 ish need a snack
- workout around noon or so, then need lunch
- post-lunch….sweet treat time??? And tea. Maybe another little snack.
- late afternoon (3-5 pm or so) another snack or two…
- Dinnertime varies, usually 6pm or later.
- *Not shown- other little random “BLTs” (bites, licks, tastes) that could occur, like stealing a bite of the kids’ food or snack, or rogue jelly bean, etc.
(Usually after dinner, I’m not much of a snacker. I suppose if I’ve already eaten 425 times in the day, I shouldn’t need anything more! 😆)
OMG. I don’t eat a lot every time, but I just feel like I should not need to constantly eat. I think it’s mostly just a habit. And the apparent inability to just BE HUNGRY, ever. Not even for a minute?
(*Of note- I do try to eat “filling” meals, with a good amount of protein/fat, and I think my main meals are appropriately sized. So I don’t think I’m actually lacking.)
Alternatively, when we travel, there are definitely times that I feel hungry for a while before we actually get food. It’s not like I’m going to go racing out of a museum just to get a snack or lunch! We’re usually pretty busy doing stuff, so I just naturally have to “wait” for food. I also feel like we tend to eat basically 3 square meals, but rarely any snacks in between. And oftentimes breakfast is very, very light.
I read this post the other day titled “The Myth of 3 Meals a Day” I don’t think I want to actually do intermittent fasting (I read a book about it and kind of tried it out last year a little, and I just didn’t seem….very good at it. 😂) But he talks about how clear his mind becomes when he’s not constantly EATING and digesting food. Not to mention the time freed up from not constantly preparing and cleaning up food! It was interesting.
2. Last night’s dinner
Speaking of food, I made shrimp tacos last night. These were on last week’s meal plan. But- shocker- I didn’t actually make all those meals I said I would last week. Haha. Yep, that’s par for the course for me.
So here’s last night’s shrimp tacos….which for me, ended up turning into a “shrimp bowl”. Just didn’t feel like more tortillas. (I actually had hard boiled Easter egg + avocado + corn tortilla “tacos” for breakfast yesterday.)
The boys had after school activities until late last night (drama rehearsal until 6 pm/ volleyball). Around 4 pm, I really needed a break (was planning to work until at least 5). So I went upstairs, made the food, and then went back down and worked until 6 instead. I was pretty proud of myself for having dinner DONE by 5:03 pm. 🙂
I am grateful for my bathroom lights being on a dimmer switch. Seriously, I LOVE being able to have them on “low”, especially first thing in the morning.