All winter, I hovered anywhere from 114 to 116. I can look back at my weigh-in stats on my weigh-in topic on the forum and see that’s a fact. What is also a fact is that I gain weight in the summer. That’s a given with all the good fruit that’s available. The unfortunate fact this season is that I’m gaining ‘way more ‘way faster than the years before and I think I have figured out three reasons why.
- For weeks and weeks (maybe months) I haven’t been getting enough sleep. For a long time, it didn’t impact the way I felt and I didn’t put on any extra lubs. Then, it all caught up with me. Last week, I was feeling really rough and I decided, come hell or high water, I was going to get more sleep. The past few nights, I have been in bed by 10 or shortly thereafter. Not early enough but much better than anywhere from 11:30 to midnight. If everything They say about lack of sleep equaling weight gain, then getting more sleep and more before midnight (there’s that circadian rhythm again) should help me get this under control. If nothing else, I won’t look like I have been drug through a knothole as my Mother would say.
- Let’s explore the calorie component. This year, I have been eating all the yummy fruit IN ADDITION TO my usual standbys. During the winter months, I drink a quart of citrus juice blended with fruit, a half gallon, more or less, of green smoothies, and that’s just the beginning. I also have some kind of “soup” or salsa and then a huge salad to top it all off. My half gallon of smoothies can total more than 800 calories, easily. My solution? Cut out one of the smoothies. That will be 400 or so calories less that I can make up with mangoes and melons. And mangoes and melons are lots more delicious than even the best green smoothie. If I need more greens, I can always make a low calorie green soup like spinach soup, known as Swamp Soup in the kids’ section of the recipe guide I got along with the Green for Life program.
- Oh! salt! Such a tasty temptation and my downfall, for sure for sure. I have been eating lots of watermelon since the good ones started coming in and I do like to eat those wonderful chunks of watery goodness with salt liberally sprinkled on. If I stay off salt for one whole day, I can drop three lubs in water weight easily. Trouble is, I can’t seem to lick the salt habit. (Get it? Lick the salt—salt lick? Oh, okay. Bad joke.) So…I still put salt on my salad. So sue me. I’m human after all. I’ve been able to eat my watermelon several times lately with no salt. Even if I haven’t cut it out, at least I am cutting down.
So, there you have it. I’ll report back and let you know if it works. I’m not afraid I’ll get fat but I have a whole wardrobe of clothes that are size 4-6 and I don’t want to outgrow them. Besides, I feel better when I get more sleep and I look a whole lot fresher, too. Here’s to eating raw food the raw vegan way!!