I’ve stopped eating breakfast, at the recommendation of Dr. Gutman. I’ve actually done this before – it’s called Intermittent Fasting. The idea is to eat in only a certain portion of the day (in my case an 8 hour window: 12-8PM). Not only does this keep you in a catabolic state for longer (from supper the night before all the way until lunch the next day, about 16 hours), but it makes it a lot harder to eat a lot of calories in one day. When I’ve done it in the past, I loved it. I experienced more mental clarity, energy, better mood and focus at work. But having not done it in a while, I’m re-experiencing the whole learning curve that comes along with it. There are a million little tricks that help make it an easier process, and I thought I retained that information – apparently I was wrong.
For instance. I remembered that drinking coffee makes the fasting easier until lunchtime. But what I remembered was stretching that cup of coffee out as long as possible. I didn’t remember that having my cup of black coffee at 8:30 in the morning will last me all the way until lunchtime. I didn’t remember that drinking WARM water instead of cold helps make your stomach feel less grumbly. I forgot how studiously I need to distract myself with work so I don’t fixate on the number of minutes left until noon. I’m sure there are some other tricks I’ll remember as I go along. Do comment below if you have any tips!
My mood is a lot better today – I’m doing stuff, moving, grooving, getting my worklist tackled. Cooking for my cousin last night was an experience. He’s in from Australia, and I haven’t seen him in over 13 years, so I wanted to make the meal special. This is especially so because he’s not vegan, and I wanted to appeal to his taste. I think I did okay 😉
Supper began with a bowl of leftover lentil soup my wife made. It’s still awesome. SO good. But SO filling.
I combined two kinds of beans (black and pinto) with onions, mushrooms, turmeric, black pepper, and some vinegar for the core of the meal. Next I sauteed a bunch of vegetables (jalapeno peppers, green bell peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, some spicing (chili powder, cayenne pepper, cumin) and lemon juice). That was the bulk of the meal.
Lastly I made three other things: A salsa (1 can stewed, fireroasted tomatoes, 1 jalapeno pepper, 2 green bell peppers, 1 red onion, 1 lime’s juice, cumin, black pepper, garlic), a simple guacamole (1 ripe avocado, 1 lime’s juice, cumin), and a kale salad (steamed kale, steamed bean sprouts, raw shredded beet, raw sliced radish) and dressed that in my leftover dressing.
We ate the bulk of the meal as tacos, and I don’t mind telling you, he ate a ton, and so did I. I was so full, I did no snacking last night!
So the message I’m getting is this: the food I’m eating is amazing – at the end of a meal, I’m totally full, and I enjoy every bite. The trick to lasting until the next meal really comes down to distraction, so I don’t even hear the lies my body is telling me. That’s my immediate goal. Stay so focused I need an alarm to tell me it’s lunchtime.
Attached is a photo of my leftovers from supper, taken as lunch, sprinkled in ground flax seeds for extra oomph. Dr. Gutman seems to approve (Lower right is some dates for dessert).