Alrighty - were to begin? Let's start with what I ate yesterday:
Breakfast: My morning shake; green tea
Lunch: Salad with roast beef, salami, havarti cheese, walnuts, raspberries, olive oil and pomegranate vinegar
Snack: Redi-Whip and 2 pieces of my homemade dark chocolate & coconut oil fudge (made with equal parts coconut oil and dark chocolate chips - cool in fridge until set)
Dinner: Homemade meatloaf, potato buds, asparagus, green salad with avocado
My parents had us over for dinner at their house last night
Okay - Now for the cherry pie story. On Saturday we had 13 people for dinner and served cherry and apple pie for dessert. When it was time for dessert, I really didn't care if I had any or not - no cravings and no real desire. Since I was feeling this way I decided to try an experiment..... I really do like cherry pie (just the cravings were not strong) so I decided to try some to see how it made me feel physically. This experiment had nothing to do with weight loss/gain but had everything to do with how the sugar would make me feel. I decided to have 1/2 piece of the cherry pie (which was about 7 bites), with a small amount of ice cream (like 1/3 cup) rather than just the 1-3 bites like I had been doing. Within an hour I noticed that I was craving chips and the other bready items that were sitting around (before the pie I honestly had NO cravings whatsoever - I had eaten dinner and was very satisfied). Then Sunday morning I woke up around 6:00am and could NOT get out of bed (and I normally get up between 4:30am-5:30am EVERY day without any problem). I was so super tired. I know my body pretty well, and I knew without a doubt, that it was from the sugar (I wonder how I would have felt if I had eaten the entire piece). Do you know the feeling that I'm talking about (it feels different than being tired from lack of sleep)??
So I concluded that I do best when I stick to the 15/6 guideline on a daily basis (for weight loss and for feeling great) and when I don't, and I indulge in a treat, 1-3 bites is about all my body can handle. Of course, different desserts have differing amounts of sugar, so this could vary, but it's easier for me to allow 1-3 bites and be done with it. I'm not talking everyday - I'm talking about at special occassions and functions. I think one of the reasons I've been doing so well this time on the BFC is because I always keep Rosalie's recommendaion in mind that when you're at a function and you're really wanting something non-BFC friendly - pick out the 1 item that you really want and enjoy a few bites so that you won't feel deprived. I know now that 1-3 bites of any dessert really is my limit and I'm okay with that. I remember reading years ago that your pleasure diminishes after the third bite (of the same item)... anyone else ever hear this?
We have a huge fire burning in our Colorado foothills - about 20 miles from where we live in Windsor. Last I heard, over 40,000 acres had burned with 0% containment. A guy who used to work with my husband lost his house and his horses :( Very, very sad. The smoke is incredible. Heard on the news this morning that the smoke plume was reaching over 20,000 ft. into the sky. Friends who live in the next town over (in Fort Collins) have ash and charred pieces of debris falling in their yards. I have a friend whose husband is a fireman fighting the fire. We are in no danger since we live far enough away. Just sad to watch it happening to others. Here are a few photos that we took from our yard of the smoke:
Pray for rain ~ because we really need it!!
Hope everyone has a great day!! You CAN do it while ENJOYING it at the same time!! :)