In Week 30 our challenge was to eat only when hungry, not just because it's meal time. A tricky one!
Have you ever heard of reactive hypoglycemia? I hadn't either...
Basically, it's when your blood sugar drops into your feet and you want to simultaneously sleep and kill people, and it's all to to with when and what you eat. So, I eat when it's time, and I eat the right mix of protein and carbohydrates, or I (and everyone around me) pays the price.
Still, I think this experiment was more about eating consciously and listening to your body, so I've just had a crash course in advance. Here's what I've learned, in case it helps anyone else:
- drink a lot of water; often when you think you're hungry you're actually thirsty so try that first, and definitely have a big glass half an hour before your meals
- balance your proteins and carbohydrates, and make both of them look like side dishes next to your vegetables
- eat slowly; put your fork down between bites and chew - it gives you time to notice when you've had enough
- your mother was wrong on this one - you don't have to clean your plate if you don't need the food, but notice how much you actually need and take less next time... (I'm a fan of smaller plates)
- plan mealtimes at regular intervals - don't leave it too long before eating or you will make bad choices (Pringles and Twix, anyone...)
- sometimes an indulgence is worth the suffering afterwards, just do it consciously and be prepared!
Sorry if this sounds like an epistle - it's just something I've had to think a lot about, mostly because I went so long not thinking about it at all...