Aside from missing certain foods such as an ice cream when I was at the beach with my son’s (they both had huge ones) one of the big struggles I’m having is getting enough calories especially on training days.
Today for example I burned (according to Garmin) 1000 calories across one dog walk and 2 CrossFits. Now as I’m trying to gain muscle and strength that requires a surplus on weight training days. Even a slight surplus. Which means getting around 2800 calories in my face. Sounds like bliss right? But in your head you probably aren’t thinking eggs, meat and potatoes rather pizza or something else highly caloric.
The great thing and in this current situation the difficult thing is that whole foods contain fibre, protein and fats all of which fill you up.
In fact I’ve found one interesting thing, take all the refined sugar out of your diet and you get full very quickly. Even removing the low amount of sugar in my diet before this fundraising year has had an impact. Some researchers suggest this is due to lowering of insulin levels throughout the body.
It does make me wonder if our modern food is simply too caloric and not satisfying enough. This would make it easy to over eat. I’m not however a nutritionalist just a woman with a blog having a ponder.
I didn’t get the chance to blog yesterday, but it was fabulous day. My son’s and I went stand up paddle boarding, well I mainly went sit down paddle boarding. I did stand a few times but went straight over fairly quickly. I’m blaming the broken toes, or the waves or something else. It was huge fun though and I definitely want to try it again, I’m just trying to find somewhere that I can hire paddleboards for a couple of hours without it costing a fortune each week. The only photo of us is with the small humans also paddleboarding that day.
Meals of note in the past two days
Yesterday was eating out at the beach and the safest option sugar free wise was mackerel and salad. It was actually wonderful.
Today to get a few extra calories in meatballs and spuds with broccoli and a homemade sauce (really easy just passatta, dried oregano, dried garlic and fresh basil at the end of cooking). It was lovely but I did leave two spuds.
Dog walk today was a trip through fields and by the castle, next to river was good and cool for J dog. Kids here are so lucky to be able to grow up playing in the river across the summer. Having grown up in a city I just think it’s wonderful to have all this within walking distance.
I’m off to eat some strawberries and cream now.
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Featured image is a floral celebration of the moon landing J dog and I saw on our walk.