I was lost at the plate this week, too. Not at home plate, where I am for once hitting consistently in softball, but at the dining plate (and at times, the "straight out of the container" plate). I was a "what the heck, we're on vacation" eater in July. That works for a while, as we tend to be active on vacation. But when I get back to my desk job, that becomes a problem. It's a particular challenge at night, when I can stay up at home, but not so much on the road.
|Soccer under Mt. Rainier on a sunny Seattle day|
But a wonderful thing happened. Nothing. There was action on the field, but the parents were remarkably mellow. No soccer hooligans for me to corral. I chased down a couple of errant balls, but most of the time I was just standing meditatively, under a cloudless sky, with a gentle breeze. Mount Rainier loomed in the background for added inspiration. I checked my phone, twice, I think. But mostly I just stood there.
Disconnecting is a healthy thing and I had an epiphany to work my way out of my junk food rut:
1. Choose 75% of my food items from vegetables, fruit, protein, and whole grains.
2. Commit to not eating after 8:00.
The salty snacks I had been having for three weeks had overwhelmed my body's natural stop signs. I had to get healthy food back in the driver's seat. And since late night eating has been my main problem of late, I needed to fill up on healthy food, and then stop before late-night eating took hold.
So that's my plan. I'm out of my funk. Still thinking a lot about FUELS - Food, U (You), Exercise, Liquids, and Sleep, and doing well on the last four. But I needed some clarity about eating. And it came when I was alone with my thoughts.