I think I’m going to stop eating fruit for breakfast – it has no filling power compared to oatmeal. Only 30 minutes after I ate my stomach started grumbling. After an hour of grumbling I couldn’t take it anymore so…
- 1 TLC Peanut Peanut Butter granola bar (140 calories, 5 grams of fat, 7 grams protein, 4 grams fiber – pretty solid!)
I took an hour-long walk around noon, and when I got back at 1pm I had my lunch. I was going to go home and exercise (I think I’m getting too much sun and I’m worried about my skin), but I really enjoy my lunch walks. They are so relaxing and I usually talk to my parents, which is nice. I miss them – it’s hard living across the country from your family! I’m going to try to find a big hat to wear on my walks so that I can protect my face, neck, and chest.
- baby carrots & hummus
- 1 nectarine, chopped
- a little more than 1 whole cup greek yogurt (I wanted protein)
- another fresh nectarine
- about 2 cups of cheerios (plain)
Before I had my snacks, I felt “full”, but something was missing – carbs! It wasn’t until after eating the nectarine and still feeling off that I realized I needed something grainy. The cheerios were perfect and I felt so satisfied after eating them. I also had a teeny tiny bite of a scone, but it was so sugary and sweet that I’m not craving another bite. Weird.
- crab stir-fry – lump crab meat, green peppers, grated carrot, onion, garlic, mushrooms, cauliflower, topped with organic HFCS-free ketchup – so freaking good.
- cauliflower and hummus
- a bite of the crab cakes that I made for Bobby
Maybe I should just accept the fact that I am a grazer. My afternoon snack will often have just as many calories as my lunch (if not more), because I just don’t like to eat a lot all at once. I think this habit is fine, as long as I don’t start eating large meals in addition to my grazing snacks.
What do you all think? Is it better to graze all day or to eat 3 solid meals? If you do prefer to graze, should you try to override it and switch to the 3-meals-a-day plan? Are there different health benefits for either one?