With the stress and sleep deprivation of last week (along with being displaced from my home for four days), I fell off the sugar wagon. I found myself eating banana chips, much more fruit than normal, and fairly excessive quantities of chocolate (and more semi-sweet chocolate as opposed to just sticking with my normal 80%). At least I had the sense to stay soy-free and dairy-free (and I don’t touch grains with a 12-foot pole, so that wasn’t an issue either). I also ate more coconut and macadamias (which I’m typically okay with in small quantities, but I had enough last week that I’m sure they contributed to my current lichen planus flare). Yes, I’m pretty sure the last thing my body needed while still recovering from the Great Tomato Debacle was a high carb week of near constant snacking (I have learned through much trial and error that snacking does not work for me since I find it very difficult to stop eating).
So, now I am reigning in the bad habits and getting back on track. My tried and true strategy for doing this has three components. First, I eat enormous meals with tons of healthy protein, omega-3 and monounsaturated fats (fish and avocado), and tons of non-starchy veggies and a little fruit (the goal isn’t to go crazy low carb which tends to shock my system after a bad week). I eat until I can barely move. Yesterday, my breakfast consisted of 2 whole kippers (smoked herring), about 1 cup of leftover cauliflower rice, about 1 cup of braised spinach and a peach. My lunch consisted of a large slice of homemade grass-fed beef liver pate served on half of a large English cucumber, sliced, carrot sticks, and another peach (I got these amazing organic peaches at the Farmer’s Market on Saturday). Supper consisted of half a grilled avocado, a large grass-fed beef hamburger patty, about 1 ½ cups of sautéed mushrooms and onion, 1 cup sautéed sweet potato greens (another Market find), carrot sticks, kombucha and chocolate avocado pudding for dessert (very little honey to sweeten and a whole avocado, recipe from Practical Paleo). Yep, BIG meals. But, they keep me satisfied until the next meal and after 2 or 3 days, I will be able to scale back a little and still avoid snacking (note, that it’s common for me to gain weight with a bad week but lose it quickly even with this quantity of food). I took 2g L-glutaminebetween meals and made sure I took my Vitamin-D3this morning. I drank tea and lots of water between meals. The other two components of my strategy are to make sure I get to my yoga classes and/or go for a walk (part of keeping busy between meals) and, very importantly, go to bed early.
Stress and sleep deprivation are a killer combination for me and it is typical for me to relax my eating habits as a result. I always try and pull it together as quickly as I can and this is what works for me. It’s been two days and I feel back on track already.