kew Posted September 20, 2012 Share Posted September 20, 2012 For my second Whole30, I need to focus on some things that I did not handle so well in my first. 1. Snacking between meals. There are two issues here. One is emotional eating (usually from stress/anxiety, sometimes from boredom, sometimes as a reward for a hard day). Even if the snacks are Whole30 approved foods, they still come from a junky place in my mind/behavior. The second is planning: I am so busy that I have not been good about planning an adequate lunch, nor taking an adequate lunchtime. So, I don't sit down and feel 'present' at lunch, which leads me to bolt my food, which may make me overeat, either in the moment or later. I also don't have the conversation with myself that says, "this is a carefully planned and satisfying lunch. It is sufficient because I planned it that way." 2. Exercise. This I started to fix towards the end of my first attempt at a Whole30, and I need to stick with it: running 3x/week, and Crossfit 1-2x/week. (I'm giving myself the option to scale back on CF in part because of injury risk, and in part because of scheduling. I need to do the running, though, if I am to stay on track with the half-marathon training.) 3. Evening ritual. Decaf or herbal tea. Not fruit, with or without coconut milk, or pumpkin seeds with coconut flakes, etc. SWYPO. Also unplug (I was pretty good about that last month.) 4. Breakfast? I know Whole30 says to eat breakfast, but I have two issues with that. If I force myself to eat when I don't feel hungry, then I typically do feel hungry again later and eat a second breakfast. I have spent enough time lurking at Mark's Daily Apple to feel that intermittent fasting may have a place in my life. Generally, I think that stretching the intervals between meals is a good way to remind this graze-a-holic about the difference between impulse and hunger. So, I am going to spend the first 2 weeks practicing not eating _until I am hungry_ in the mornings, whether that time is 10:00 or lunchtime, and see how that works. Then, for the second fortnight, I will try making myself eat in the morning and not impulse-eating a second time before lunch. 5. Scale In keeping with the experiment in #4, I will weigh myself tomorrow (Day 1), Day 16, and Day 31, and not otherwise. 6. Emotional health a) As often as I can manage, I will practice gratitude, mostly by writing down a list of things big and small I feel grateful for -- this is not a "should" list, but a getting-in-touch-with-feelings practice. Continue the practice I began in my first attempt at a Whole30 of building body acceptance, my own and others'. "All bodies, all sizes; all human, all striving." Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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