In college, I used to carry around this little composition notebook where I wrote down everything I ate. A few of my college friends poked fun at me because I would whip it out at the lunch table, and feverishly write down every single bit of food on my plate: “Mixed greens, tomatoes, olives, 2 slices of Whole Wheat Bread, 2 slices of turkey, 1 slice of Cheddar” etc. Some days I wrote down my calories, other times simply writing down my food would suffice. Every time I stopped logging I felt as if I lost part of my control. By logging my food I felt assured that I could continue to make progress in my weight loss and Fitness journey.
I like freedom. I like flexibility. So in the coming weeks/months I want to try something new. I want to try listening to my body and eat a little bit more intuitively. Ok, so I still have a few rules:
- Eat 5-6 meals
- Carbs at 3-4 meals
- Fat at 3-4 meals
- Protein 5-6 oz per meal
- Veggies! Lots and lots and lots of veggies!
Whenever possible, I will still measure my food to try to get into the habit of seeing what a serving for me looks like. Eventually, I would like to eyeball my plate and get a good idea of how much I am eating. It is a little scary to not know a calorie count, or to not worry about grams or macro percentages. I no longer want to be attached to my phone anytime I have a bite to eat, and I am hoping that letting go of MyFitnessPal and the extensive Food diary will help me create life long eating patterns. Seeing as I tend to be out and about quite a bit throughout the day, I will plan my meals for the week and meal prep like usual– mostly because I have found recently that eating out most of the time just isn’t as satisfying.
Let’s see how this fares up!