This week I have continued doing what works for me. Wow what a concept, right? Doing what I know works?? But here’s the thing. There is so much out there on the topic of how to eat and what to eat. If you are prone to being indecisive OR you are easily influenced by others opinions on this subject then you may struggle in sticking to what works for you. I have this problem. If something works for me but then I read a scientific study that says it shouldn’t work or that it is wrong—-then I suddenly feel the need to change what I’m doing.
If you have ever struggled with this problem—being easily influenced by the opinions of others on how you should eat then I totally get it. I struggled with this recently and wrote about it HERE
This week I am refusing to do that. I am doing what works for me PERIOD. And guess what? Life is getting easier as a result.
What works for me is liquids only during the day and eating food that you chew in the evening.
I like to do Atkins shakes, coffee, and water on an hourly rotation from about 8 am until around 5 pm.
It looks like this:
Coffee, water, shake
Coffee, water, shake
Coffee, water, shake
Ok I switch out coffee for tea sometimes because I don’t want to be too hyper but that’s the general plan!
By doing this I generally drink between 3-4 shakes during the day. And here’s the amazing thing—this isn’t that hard after the first week or so. Now I’m not saying I don’t feel as if I want to eat at times during the day. I do. Of course I do! I am someone who always wants to eat! But here is the trick——
If I do not START eating, I have 80% more willpower to resist food. And I think this is why….
Imagine having a lion in a cage. And imagine that the lion represents “eating”. It represents “meals”
Now some people say you should let him out (or eat) 3 times a day. Some other people recommend you let him out 6 times a day but for less time on each excursion!
This represents 3 big meals or 6 mini meals.
So you let him out 3-6 times a day. Maybe he’s one of those playful and nice lions you see sometimes on Discovery Channel. The type that likes humans and even jumps up and hugs them. Look at this video for an example.
Isn’t that sweet??
I mean– who would NOT enjoy that experience 3-6 times a day???
But what if you don’t have a lion like that?? What if everyone else seems to have one just exactly like that—except for you.
What if when you let YOUR lion, cheetah or whatever animal you have out it does this??
It doesn’t seem fair. Everyone else has one that hugs and plays. But not you. Yours tries to attack you!
And every time you try to get him back in his cage he turns back into King of the Jungle!! Maybe you got along for a little bit but suddenly you are friends NO MORE. He chases you up and down the street and his bite is fierce. Trying to get him back in the cage is a nightmare. Sometimes you succeed and sometimes you don’t.
Can you guess what I’m talking about??
It’s me with food. It’s me CHEWING food as a meal.
And that is why I don’t even go there until 5 pm. I have found that as long as I don’t let the lion out of its cage–everything is pretty fine. I might notice a roar from the cage occasionally but because it’s behind glass it’s not overwhelming. It’s within my power to handle it. The real problem comes when I unleash it.
And here again is the trick—if I keep it in the cage until about 5 pm or so—it comes out with a better demeanor!
At 5 pm when it’s time to eat I feel pretty strong. After all, I managed to go all day with control. That boosts my self esteem. I can handle it now. And I do. I tend to eat fish, shrimp, or chicken with a salad. I might choose to eat other things after that but I try to do it within reason. I don’t pressure myself too much. I am “allowed” to eat pretty much what I want within reason during the evening but here’s the best part—I feel strong. I went all day on shakes. I can DO this!
You see—if the lion comes at 5 pm—it has less power. And it’s MUCH nicer to me!
So that is what works for me.
In the past people would tell me this is wrong. This is bad. This is not the way you should eat. And I would believe them. I would try to get up and eat breakfast. I would try to eat 6 mini meals through the day. But all that did was let the lion out of the cage so often that I could never get any control!
But now I’m hearing a lot in research and on social media about “Intermittant Fasting”. Suddenly THAT is all the rage.
I think in many ways I was doing that to begin with. Well not really— because I do NOT fast completely. I drink protein shakes. Sure you don’t chew it— but it is still nutrition. But in general it is similar—it is not technically eating or chewing food during the day.
And that’s what works for me better than anything I have ever tried. Unfortunately people often tell you that this is not a good idea. And those people need to realize that what works from some does not work for others.
I’m happy to hear that the idea of doing this during the day is acceptable now by a large group of individuals who promote “how to eat” philosophies. It makes life easier on those of us who already know this is a good option.
So for me–this works. But the real question is this: What works for YOU?
Whatever it is—respect it! We are all unique. It’s time we start doing what works for US!