1. Breakfast is not the most important meal
For decades I used to force feed myself breakfast as soon as I woke up because I believed that if I didn’t, my metabolism would not kick in and I would overeat during the rest of the day and get fat/fatter. This was all at the time when the world still believed that eating fat made you fat and that eggs and avocados were bad for you and that you should eat margarine instead of butter.
We know better now. And skipping breakfast, or rather – delaying breakfast, is not going to make you fat. It’s especially not going to make you fat if you call it intermittent fasting ;)
I used to eat breakfast as soon as I got into the office at 8-8:30, that is about 2-2.5 hours after waking up, but now I just have my first coffee at that time and have breakfast at 9:30 when I truly feel like I’m hungry.
The reason I’m doing this is trying to shorten the number of hours I eat in any 24 hours. Just because I like to eat a lot and I’d rather eat when I felt like eating and not force feed myself early in the morning. So far it hasn’t made me binge later on in the day and some days I am actually hungry at 8:30 and I will eat then. It’s all part of learning to listen to my body and eat intuitively. Something I really suck at because like I said, I like to eat a lot – not only often but large quantities. I like to feel full but the trouble is that if I stop eating when I feel full then 30 min later I feel STUFFED. Food is such a complicated emotional thing and I’m not sure I’ll fully ever get there and only eat as much as my body needs, but oh well, one day at a time.
And talking about food quantities and calories:
2. Not so nuts about nuts
Yes, nuts have a bazillion good things in them but they are very nutritionally dense. That means they have a bazillion calories as well and I personally cannot just eat 4 cashews. I eat 40 and that’s my muffin top right there. Also, peanuts and peanut butter makes me bloated. They’re legumes so no wonder. I used to chuck nut butters into my shakes and smoothies and chop nuts into yoghurt or granola but I’ve decided that I’m not going to be actively adding nuts to any of my food anymore – my stomach and my muffin top are much happier if I eat a large quantity of greenery instead of 2 almonds. This also means I’m laying off energy balls and bars – I do not need so much energy and again, a bowl of greek yoghurt with honey and banana is much more satisfying than a tiny little energy ball.
3. I hate the cold but the cold might be a little bit miraculous
I spent 30 minutes in 11.5°C water the other day and afterwards my foot/toe that has been niggling me for a while, felt totally fine. Cured.
The next day it felt a tiny bit sensitive again but I iced it after my run and will keep doing it until it’s totally healed. I’ve been a total douche by not icing it before but I always thought that when physios tell you to ice something that they just don’t know what’s wrong with you so they just say something, anything, so you can feel that you’re doing something proactive to fix it.
It’s like when you take kids to the doctor and the doctors never have a diagnoses, only a recommendation to give Calpol.
But lo and behold, there IS something when it comes to icing achy body parts. I must now Google Wim Hof method and who knows, next week I might be all over Instagram sitting neck deep in a bin filled with ice cubes.
4. I don’t get subscription boxes
I have only tried one Birchbox but I see that there is no end to new subscription boxes popping up all the time – beauty, health, sport, baby, kids, teenagers, you name it. They are not super cheap and considering that many items from the box one would not end up liking, it’s quite a bit of money for stuff that you do like. I get that the aim is to get to try out lots of different things but I personally have enough stuff in my house. I am also very happy with the beauty products that I use and I don’t like having lots of different things.
I wonder whether these schemes are so popular because people like to feel special and it’s like receiving a present every month? I sort of just buy something that I want or want to try. I don’t need “surprise” things in my life.
And – just this morning I was stopped on the street by a guy trying to sell me subscription to have cut flowers sent to my house every week. I don’t have anything against flowers but I can think of a million things I’d rather spend money on.
But I want to pick my own food and my own leggings ;)
I’ve also been thinking about lots of other things like considering getting hypnotised to get over my cuticle picking habit and my fear of phones, how much (and when) to tell my kids about the state of my mental health, how Crossfit actually does make you ‘bulky’, how to find more coping mechanisms for living with my mother, and so on but I’ll save these for another day ;)