I consume anywhere between 1200 and 1400 calories per day. I know that doesn’t seem like a lot. It never used to seem like a lot to me. Now I often find that I unable to finish a whole meal because I get full much sooner. That’s providing that I make good choices, of course, say oatmeal vs. cereal, salad vs. Snickers. (Haha, tiny joke there. I actually don’t care for Snickers. I just liked the alliteration. Now Peppermint Patties, on the other hand…) I’m really concentrating on eating a lot of veggies and drinking a lot of water. I’m doing my best to avoid any processed food and I’m making most of my meals. (As always, I don’t aim to be perfect all the time, 85-90% of the time is good enough. I think I’d go crazy trying to be perfect all the time, until eventually I’d cave and end up eating a whole container of Ben and Jerry’s by the light of the fridge. Just saying.)
Lately I’ve been making a bunch of wraps. My current fave is a roast beef wrap with blue cheese, marinated artichoke hearts, bell peppers, baby greens and spicy brown mustard. OMG. Delish. I made some baked buffalo chicken thighs this week (190 delicious calories per thigh), which the whole family loves, and used the leftovers to make buffalo chicken wraps. Sweetie in particular liked these a lot. I also made a yummy ham and Swiss wrap with those little Laughing Cow cheese wedges (full fat, of course), guacamole, cucumber, tomatoes and Romaine lettuce. This week I grilled some zucchinis and squash and made a wrap with hummus, grilled veggies, bell peppers, red onion, artichoke and baby greens. So. Flippin’. Good.
Ok, what was my point before I got distracted talking about food?
Oh, yeah, I don’t eat a ton of calories but I eat plenty of food and I’m not often hungry except at breakfast. BUT- while I am not often hungry per se, I do find myself thinking that I want to eat something. I find myself thinking, “Gee, I could really go for a…” but I’m not PHYSICALLY HUNGRY. So is this emotional hunger? Boredom? Habit? REALLY BAD habit? I don’t think I’m qualified to make that assessment. But to date, fighting off this desire to eat when I’m NOT FREAKING HUNGRY (stupid brain) has been my toughest battle. So far, the only way I’ve been able to fight back is to drink even more water.
On a positive note, I did finally stop that habit of eating when I get home from work. I work until midnight and I was coming home and rummaging through the fridge looking for oh, just a little something, and it never ended well. But I stopped this habit with chocolate. LOL Yes, chocolate. Dark chocolate. I find that just a little square of dark chocolate quells that desire for more food. It is my dessert at the end of the day, and it helps me end on a high note. I particularly like Ghiradhelli’s dark chocolate with raspberry individually wrapped squares and Ghiradhelli’s 72% cacao dark chocolate squares. I highly recommend them!