Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Oh, look! No appetite. Oh no, wait...


The other day I tweeted : "So, that weird running appetite is back... ie. I don't have one. Then all of a sudden - GIVE ME BURGERS, ALL THE BURGERS!"

And I think that pretty much sums up what this blog post is about.

What the hell is with my up & down appetite? I've really been getting into my Half Marathon training now that I have my life back / exams are over, and it's not going too bad really. I got a 3.5 mile PB the other day with a time of 31 minutes, which is normally my average 3 mile time - so to have done an extra half a mile in less time, made me pretty happy!

I've upped my classes and now intend on adding pilates once a week to my plan, but over the past few days I've noticed one of two things happening -
I have no appetite.

or

I could eat all the pie in the world, and still have room for pudding.


Now, I'm not exactly complaining about the first one. As a person that generally loves food in all shapes and sizes, a little less eating and a lot more moving can only spell 'weight loss!' in my eyes but the second one - oh my word, when that one kicks in, the cupboards better watch out. I feel like I could eat & eat & eat and never stop!

I guess there is a healthy balance in-between all of this, I just need to find it. It's been pointed out I may be dehydrated, and that can trigger either one (no bueno). I do need to work on drinking more water, but for now, I guess I'm just going to ride it out, concentrate on what I'm doing and fuel my body as & when needed. I'm sure it will figure itself out! (before I eat the entire contents of this house, hopefully.)

In Other News.

♥  Did I mention I'm giving up biscuits, (white) bread, and (mashed/white) potatoes for a month? Yeah, that's happening too. It's not 'exactly' a weight loss issue, but more of a 'health' issue. I'm very aware those things aren't good for me, I just need to accept that and put the gingernuts down...  Thats the difficult bit. But I have a little bet with myself that I can do it, so until the 20th February, those are considered contraband. ... Help me.

I'll be keeping an eye on the dreaded scales as to what difference it makes, and then maybe I'll let you all know...
Maybe.

  ALSO! See that pink thing on my arm up there? YFumble. Seriously, why fumble? I think this is the best thing that I've ever invested in, I'm pretty sure of it. It's a little pouch for all those bits you don't want to lose while out on a run, yet never have enough pocket space for. Its perfect! Comfortable, cheap and pink! Nike+ GPS works like a dream in it too. What more could you ask for? Buy one [here].

♥  That's it. I'll stop now.

:) Are you training for anything? 

How is it going? Do you experience this appetite crazyness?



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2 comments

  1. I've definitely noticed myself being a lot hungrier, but today when I focused on staying hydrated I found most of my hunger melted away... you're right - it's all about balance!

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  2. Hey! You nearly took a photo of my flat lol, I live just to the right of that photo!

    As for the appetite, I used to be constantly hungry and feeling like I had to munch on something every hour, then I discovered 'Paleo' and started to read into the science behind nutrition (most of the stuff the government give you is nonsense that came from American research funded by the agriculture industry).

    Basically hormones control your hunger levels and certain foods affect these hormones more than others - protein and fats make you feel a lot fuller than carbs. You can also confuse the hunger feeling for dehydration, so your body may just be needing water rather than food.

    High-GI carbs (think bread, bagels, biscuits and pretty much anything made with flour or processed) don't fill you up and raise your blood sugar quickly, causing a crazy insulin spike. If you're constantly up and down all day, feeling alert then tired, this is why. This spiked insulin response is also the main reason people get fat (high insulin promotes fat storage).

    You're doing the right thing giving up those foods for a while but I'd also consider what else you're eating and try to make sure your meals and snacks are all well rounded with some protein, fat and carbs (veg and fruit carbs!).

    If you want to know more, I'd suggest a website like www.marksdailyapple.com or a book like Robb Wolf's 'The Paleo Solution'.

    If you aren't interested in the science and why any of this works then I'd just suggest trying a 'Paleo' lifestyle for 30 days and see how you feel by the end. I can't promise it will be easy (some people get pretty bad withdrawal symptoms when they stop eating addictive high-GI foods) but it is worth it. I've been about 90% Paleo for a good few months now, hardly find myself snacking and feel a lot more alert and awake during the day.

    Hope you find that helpful and let me know if you have any questions or want some advice!

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