I was driving to work yesterday when I started to realize that I have been falling back into some bad habits and I’ve decided to come clean and take control.
For starters, lately I have been snacking a lot. I like to say that I lead a clean and healthy lifestyle and go by the 80/20 balance. That is, eating clean and healthy 80% of the time and allowing myself to cheat 20% of the time. Well, it seems that 20% has been more like 35-40% and it needs to stop because I can feel a difference.
My mileage is down and I’ll talk about my injury another time so there is really no need to be consuming the extra empty and unhealthy calories. For the most part I start my day with a green smoothie! Good choice! In my smoothie is greens, Green Vibrance, some plant base protein powder, frozen bananas, almond milk, chia and whatever other fruits that I might want to throw in.
Snack #1 around 10am is always a pretty good choice. If I am home and not at work I often graze a bit from 10-12. Then lunch time rolls around and again if I meal prep than I am good there. So when do I fall apart? It’s the snacking… Around 4:30 when I get home and I am prepping dinner. I graze! Maybe I have a handful of Mary’s Crackers or almonds but why? I always aim for snack around 3pm so why am I eating at 4:30 when dinner is at 5:30? I’m not hungry it’s just mindless eating!
Then after dinner I need sweet and so at first it was 1-2 little squares of dark chocolate but the other night it was 4 or 5. Saturday I had gelato at a festival and ice cream at night. My stomach hated me on Sunday. My issue with sweets is that I can’t just have one square or one little piece. It’s always more! Anyone else have that issue?
Labor Day weekend is upon us so I’ve decided to stop the habit now! I’m cutting out the dairy again, which for me means saying goodbye to baked goods and ice cream and refined sugars. I’m also going to be cutting out a second and unnecessary afternoon snack around 4:30 because it’s not necessary and cutting out any other mindless midday and morning snacking! To be honest if I just drank some water I’d probably be fine!
So here is the new plan! No more unnecessary snacking, cutting out dairy for the time being and get back to 80/20 and not 65/35!
Do you ever feel yourself slipping what do you do get yourself back in check?