Well what a weekend that was. If you’re in the UK, you’ll know we had glorious sun all weekend long. And have it again today. Is this the end of a very long hard Winter? Dieting is of course always easier when it’s sunny. Well, if you accept that dieting can ever be easy! Which of course it isn’t.
Today I am kind of having a 2 from the 5:2 diet plan which many will be familiar with. I didn’t intend it that way. But I had a very small breakfast, one-egg ham omelette with tomatoes. And didn’t have lunch till 2pm which was a piece of cheese, a tomato, some ham slices and, er, that’s it! I’m just not very hungry today. So I’ve decided to go with it. My body is saying don’t feed me so, fine, I won’t! Bar the necessities to stop my blood sugar plunging.
But here’s the thing… in the past when I’ve missed a meal or am due to eat, I often used to get a bit dizzy, headachy, disorientated even. Concentration was difficult. Head felt fuzzy and light – as if my head had left my body and floated up to the ceiling. I don’t get these lows anymore. Perhaps, here on day 18 of my Paleo plan, my blood sugar levels have stabilised now I’m no longer eating processed carbohydrate? I was promised this would be the result of eating a high protein low carb diet but I found it hard to accept. Well seems my body is ahead of me there. And we need, I believe, to listen to our bodies a bit more.
Missing meals or eating very small amounts at a major mealtime has always worried me on a diet. It can be a licence to splurge later. And make you feel just dreadful with the old hypoglycemia. But the affect of eating very little has actually been rather pleasant. Not heady or dizzy. Bit buzzy, yes, but in a nice way. I feel very energised.
Off Arse And Moving
Now that burst of energy could be a result of going for a walk in the sun at lunchtime. Part of my OAAM regime – Off Arse And Moving – which is what I prefer to call physical activity rather than exercise which sounds like school. Great thing about OAAM is that you can incorporate it into your life whatever you’re doing; well, assuming you’re not chained to a desk or lathe and even then nothing your boss can do to stop you wiggling your toes and raising your eyebrows – hey, it all helps!
OAAM is a lot easier when the sun’s shining. Makes you want to go outside and soak up the rays. Also much-needed source of Vitamin D which many nutritionists fear we’re not getting enough of right now. The sun can also be a bit of a tyrant I feel – hey, don’t sit there! Come out here and soak some of me up. Living in the northern hemisphere where we can go for months without seeing much sun, that tyranny when it does deign to shine is perhaps understandable.
Don’t shut the sun out!
Best thing about the warm,ish, weather or at least seeing the sun again is that there is much less need for warming-up food; less desire for comforting carbs and calorie-laden, blood-sugar rocketing sweet foods. Sweetness comes from the sun instead.
It’s so lovely to work at home again because if I were in the office where I used to work I know they’d have all the blinds shut about now. So not only can you not be out in the sun, you can’t even enjoy it from indoors. Awful! In the days of typewriters and telex machines we never had to shut the sun out for fear of not being able to see what we were typing! And it was much easier to set a tabbed-up table on a typewriter whereas most word processing programs seem to have minds of their own but that’s a whole other thing we won’t get into here.
Diets make you feel fat!
Still no idea if this diet is actually working. But one of the worst things about finally admitting you have a problem with food – Hello! My name is Laura and I like eating – is that you have to face up to how fat you are! Well that’s how it is for me. Till then you could live in this blissful world of that river in Egypt. De Nial. Once you take ownership of your problem and admit to a higher power that you need help (no, I’m not really doing 12 steps) you see your body as it really is. You see yourself as others must’ve done for months, years, decades… makes me want to hide away till this diet has maybe worked. I always feel at my fattest when I finally face up to my piggery and go on a diet!
My waist is going in a bit – hurrah! – but that means my tummy looks even bigger! It’s going to take ages to get there… but from small steps are giant leaps born. I’m going to stick with it. If you’ve stuck with me thus far, thanks. If you’ve just joined us, previous programmes are available online. All you have to do is scroll down. Bit of calorie-burning right here for you! More later in the week.