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Perhaps it’s the unrelenting winter weather, the shorter daylight hours, or the grind of life, but my nutritional patterns have been whacked for a few days. I find myself eating sporadically, not hungry at logical times, and with an appetite-out-of-control at silly moments. I’ve missed a couple of workouts during this brief phase too, though one day featured two snow shoveling occasions - so that’s something.
Examples: After rising at 4:30 a.m. to a day of client sessions, I find myself at home in mid-afternoon. I’d lifted only an hour and 1/2 earlier, at the end of my work day (traditional strength training). Usually my post-workout Progenex shake satisfies me for 60-90 minutes, and I then consume vegetables/eggs mixed together.
This day found me stalking the kitchen and pantry, hoping for some type of snack food. Considering I don’t have any in the house, I was frustrated, but did slice and toast some frozen bread and smear it with almond butter. Almost opened a pack of rice crackers but had no hummus, so didn’t. Looked longingly at an unopened package of sharp cheddar cheese, but was afraid to open it and start! Finally, I brewed some coffee, added coconut oil and butter, and the weird food cravings passed.
Yesterday was another off-kilter day. On Thursdays I don’t begin sessions until noon, and when possible, use that morning for writing. However, I had a contractor working on the house, and had other errands built into the morning, so not only was my routine disturbed, but I didn’t even have time for my Concept-2 rowing workout, or throwing kettlebells around in the basement. I was frustrated.
I’d had 40 grams of protein shortly after getting up, but a couple hours later, rather than my usual pan of vegetables and eggs, I was roaming again. Several spoonfuls of almond butter got my taste buds started, then I had a big bowl of white rice! Late morning, no workout, and I’m chowing down high-glycemic carbs like I was starving! So weird.
Before heading to the gym I made a big shake of HempForce and Gaspari MyoFusion proteins, coconut milk, Fiberlyze and a handful of blueberries, so I settled down and felt back on track.
For many of you, this might not sound too much like off-the-tracks eating, but for me, awash in food issues, my routines and habits are powerful aids in keeping me healthy and in shape. Days such as these help me to better understand the issues and struggles my clients face daily with food and drink.
Today I feel back in control of my eating, though looking out the windows at a full-on winter blizzard reminds me I’m not really in charge of much. Getting up early, I had crock-pot beef roast, cold, with my morning coffee, and feel comfortably full. I’m ready for a long yet good day.
How many of you find your eating and drinking patterns disrupted by winter weather?
I'm one of those "I don't get sick" people. Making my living in a busy commercial gym, with my constant exposure to runny noses, sneezing and unclean hands on barbells, dumbells and machines, I long ago decided my immune system must be top-notch. Of course I supplement and eat to maintain a healthy eco-system in my body, but with long hours and early morning wake-up calls, I get run down.
The last two or three days I've been dragging. Sore throat, constantly tired and bone-weary. Didn't miss any workouts, and in fact enjoyed a great strength workout Wednesday, a couple of CrossFit sessions and two Concept-2 rows. But by yesterday I was definitely sick; sore sinuses, runny nose, scratchy and hurting throat. After leaving the gym at mid-day, I got in a good nap mid-afternoon. Woke up feeling pretty good. Brewed four cups of strong Peet's coffee, drank them with my usual butter and coconut oil, then made my way to Friday evening CrossFit! Yeah, it was either a great idea or a very bad thing, but I went.
Fran. Need I elaborate? After my lengthy warm-up, then some lifting, it was Fran time. I was toasted by the workout, of course, but felt strangely better in my head, lungs and throat. Last night I chilled, ate a good dinner of vegetables, white rice and eggs, sipped a half bottle of red wine, and went to bed with a slug of Nyquil! Hmmm, red wine and Nyquil; could that be the secret?
Slept 9 hours! An unbelievable event; I never sleep that long. My usual is five or six hours, been that way my entire adult life. An hour after getting up, with three cups of coffee in me, I was back to CrossFit! Power cleans, and a 2000 meter row interrupted every minute by ever-more burpees. Now my throat and chest are normal; my nose is running but I feel like I broke that cold before it could get the best of me! Or I'm a fortunate soul and my health and fitness are carrying the day.