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For many years I had to eat rather frequently throughout the day. If I didn't I would be nervous and shaky and grumpy and I'd just feel awful. I remember reading in Eat Fat Lose Fat that it was important to eat only three meals a day. Granted that was if you were in good health, which at the time I thought I was in fairly good health. I did suspect I had adrenal fatigue, so that eliminated me from the suggestion to eat only three meals a day. But… I still thought about it and how I probably really should only eat three meals a day.
I would wonder how can people make it on only three meals a day? I would eat something before I left for work in the morning, say at 5am. Then I'd be hungry by 7 or 8am at work. Sometimes I'd be hungry an hour or two later. Lunch was usually around noon. Then I would have to eat something before I started on my way home from work or I'd be so voracious by the time I got home I'd overeat on whatever had been cooked for dinner. Usually something with carbohydrates. It took me a long time to talk my husband isn't not making a meat and a carbohydrate. But it never really stuck for him until I went on GAPS and stopped eating things like mashed potatoes, brown rice, macaroni and cheese, etc.
I was realizing in the last week or so that I can actually eat only three meals a day now.
There are a couple of reasons why it's nice. For one thing, that's less food I have to cart with me to work. Today I had two scrambled eggs just before I walked out the door at 5:30am. I started to feel hungry by 8am but I had only brought my taco salad (leftovers from last night) so I didn't have anything else to eat. I used to run over to Circle K and get a banana and a package of cashews. Then I stopped the banana, and now I'm not eating nuts. Some days I just don't have anything extra from home that I can think to bring.
By 10:30 this morning I was feeling quite hungry, pretty famished. But not to the point where I was nervous or shaky or grumpy. I decided to have a few forkfuls of my taco salad, just to hold me until 11:30 which is when I usually go to lunch. I'd forgotten that I was eating lunch at 11pm with one of my coworkers. So I had my taco salad, which consisted of hamburger meat with chili powder, garlic powder and onion powder, with lettuce, tomato, cucumber, olive oil and hot sauce.
My husband drove me into work this morning, so we drove home together. We had to stop at the store on the way home and when we left the store it was 5pm. Once we got home, I had to go out and milk, since we changed milking from morning to afternoons due to it being so cold in the morning.
After milking, I cooked dinner. I grilled burgers, and also sauteed a head of cabbage. Along with that I had black olives, some avocado and a slice of white onion. Delicious!
I did overeat a bit at dinner, I was pretty hungry and I didn't really have enough to eat today.
Not having to eat so much almost surely means less calories.
Speaking of calories. I have tried so hard to not make GAPS into an “I'm losing weight” diet. It's about my health. But it has escalated into an “I'm losing weight” diet. I wore my “new” size 12 stretch jeans to work this week. Lots of compliments. Lots of people calling me skinny. Well, I'm not quite “skinny” weighing 184 pounds at 5 feet four inches. So not eating as often means less calories, which should equate to more weight loss. We'll see. I still have to make it through Thanksgiving.
Speaking of which, I cannot believe it is next week! How did it get here so quickly? I thought we still had a couple of weeks to go.
I need to find some Mini Pie Pans* (those link to some I found at Amazon) so that I can make myself a tiny little pumpkin pie. The problem with making a full sized pumpkin pie is that I will eat the entire thing. And I really don't want to do that.
I still have trouble controlling myself with carbohydrates. I am definitely going to have to work on that.
I was looking for pumpkin pie recipes, and found these: Halloween Butternut Squash Pumpkin Faces! Are they adorable or what? Here are a couple of pumpkin pie recipes I found. Heart of Cooking: Allergen-Free Pumpkin Pie Recipe: gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, sugar-free, dairy-free and the other is from Wellsphere: SCD Pumpkin Pie. Both contain coconut milk, which I've had difficulty finding without guar gum. Maybe I will have to try making some from coconut flakes…
As I'm mentioned, my youngest son has stated that he is making a traditional Thanksgiving feast with all of the standard fare: mashed potatoes and gravy, homemade potato yeast rolls, stuffing/dressing and other items that I am not eating. So that means I have to figure out some side dishes of my own as I will be able to eat the turkey. I am going to make Pioneer Woman's Butternut Squash Puree, but with a bit of honey rather than maple syrup. And I will be making Faux-tatoes with Onion Gravy.
Well, I'd better get myself to bed. Tomorrow will be my first day in a long time where I don't have to go out first thing and milk. It makes for a relaxing morning when I don't have to milk right away. But the trade off is that I have to milk later in the afternoon. Well, I'll just try to enjoy the fact that I have the morning free.
P.S. After I posted this daily report, I came across this recipe: Honey Pecan Pie from SCD Recipe. Now I really need to get those little baby pie tins so I can make four little pies for myself. 🙂 And this one: Apple Cobbler Recipe. Yum! And check out all these coconut flour recipes at Organic Coconut Flour.