WEEK FOUR WEIGH-IN RESULTS
3RD FEBRUARY 2020
Today I weigh in on the scales at 331.8 pounds. That is a 0.8-pound loss. I know it’s not great, but I’m thankful not to see a weight gain. Here’s what happened this week.
LOOKING BACK OVER THE WEEK
This week was incredibly hard. Each day I felt that I was under a massive amount of pressure not to succumb to intense cravings. I had to keep telling myself over and over; food is not in control of you. You are in control. But, I felt completely out of control.
On Tuesday we had a visitor who brought a box of chocolate with them. And, that was all it took. Straight away, I should have chucked them all in the bin. But, no. I scoffed the lot in a matter of minutes. They didn’t even touch the sides. Immediately I was looking for the next thing to eat.
I drove to the shop and bought more chocolate, cereals and sweets and had a full-on binge. The next day I did the same thing.
Among other things, I felt so confused. Yes, I was craving for sugary foods. But, I was sure I was also feeling more hungry, more often than I had done in previous weeks, which didn’t help. I didn’t seem to feel satisfied with anything I was eating.
Then, I got my period. And, it started to make sense.
According to Kathleen Hernder RD, CDE of Pulse Nutrition “before your period, you’re more hungry because your body needs more energy!”? (Source)
So, it’s likely that most women will likely feel hungrier than usual for a few days before a period.
And, according to Jayne Leonard, in an article, she wrote for Medical News Today, “compulsive eating is common in the days leading up to a period”. Which, to be honest, is an absolute nightmare for people more susceptible to binge eating because those binge sessions can continue beyond the days before and during your period.
Leonard’s advice includes eating a diet rich in complex carbs, like beans, whole grains and vegetables (aka REAL FOODS!), rather than reaching for the simple carbs we may be craving such as sweets, cakes and cookies for example.
Like simple carbs, complex carbs can also cause the body to release serotonin to lift our spirits and fight fatigue, however, complex carbs won’t cause sudden crashes in energy or mood. (Source)
I think just being aware of the effects of the menstrual cycle can have on my mood is crucial in avoiding a binge this time next month. Maybe it’s a case of a slightly increasing my real food intake during this time, to better manage the hunger and cravings that are unfortunately unavoidable? I’ll track it and see.
A major player, this week is exercise. In total, I did five, 1-hour walk sessions. I genuinely believe I would have seen a weight gain if I hadn’t of increased my walking this week.
OLD HABITS DIE HARD!
Randomly, I caught a TV interview on This Morning with the nutritionist Graeme Tomlinson. It was hard not to miss the headline ‘How to eat pizza and chocolate… and still, lose weight!’
I was immediately intrigued and ordered the book from Amazon. It was a fascinating insight into my thought process actually – I can eat what I want and lose weight? I want that! Old habits die hard.
The next day I read the book. It focuses on keeping track of your calorie intake and eating whatever you want as long as it falls into your daily calorie allowance. The idea is that you don’t restrict yourself regarding the types of food you eat so that you don’t feel guilty for eating foods you love. A ‘keep the diet you’ve got, but eat less’ kind of deal.
The majority of the imagery used supports Tomlinson’s message by comparing the calories of processed foods and real foods, with an emphasis that the processed food option has fewer calories, and therefore the suggestion that it’s the better option. Unfortunately, the overall nutritional benefits of real food, although sometimes mentioned, are not at the forefront.
I can tell you right now – there’s no way on this earth I’d be able to order a pizza and eat one slice. No way! I’d scoff the lot!
In all seriousness, while the diet may work for some people (if Graeme’s testimonials are anything to go by), it does, unfortunately, go against what I believe. For the benefit of my long-term overall health and natural weight loss, real food is king.
REAL FOOD RECIPE OF THE WEEK
This week we enjoyed Mushroom, Feta and Tomato Baked Peppers, a recipe from The Hairy Bikers cookbook, The Hairy Dieters How to Love Food and Lose Weight.
My brother-in-law first cooked these for me about eight years ago when we were on a family holiday in Edinburgh, and they have been a staple ever since. They are on my table at least once every two weeks.
As per usual, I made a few minor swaps so the meal used 100% real food ingredients:
|HAIRY BIKER’S INGREDIENTS||CHERYL’S REAL FOOD SWAPS|
|Sun-Dried Tomato Pieces||✔️ (check ingredients list!)|
|Sunflower Oil||Unrefined Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil|
|Dry White Breadcrumbs||Whole Wheat Breadcrumbs|
|Dried Chilli Flakes||✔️|
|Red or Yellow Peppers||✔️|
THE REAL FOOD GEEK RECIPE OF THE WEEK
My blog recipe of the week is my Real Food Homemade Tomato Soup with Basil. It’s everything you need to warm up your belly when it’s so cold outside!
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this post. Please leave a note if you’re on a journey of your own, I’d love to hear from you. Any advice and tips are welcome!
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