Calorie-counting is a funny thing.
A couple weeks ago, I introduced you all the the MyPlate calorie tracking tool through Livestrong, and have been logging in my meals ever since. Although I’m not trying to lose weight, I decided to take on the responsibility of tracking my eats to inevitably gain a better understanding of which food groups my calories were coming from and what meals I was bulking them into.
Although MyPlate DID allow me to see that I could afford to add more carbs into my diet, it also did something a bit counterproductive as well. I have always been a big breakfast eater, and in fact, started to see the most progress during my weight loss journey when I began bulking up my morning meals. I’m talking anywhere from 500-700 calories to start off the day, which naturally would keep my later meals on the smaller side because I wouldn’t get as hungry for lunch or dinner. When I began logging my intake, I unintentionally did something that really started to screw up my eating “balance”—I began to equal out the calories in all of my meals throughout the day. For instance, instead of having a large breakfast, a medium lunch, and a smaller dinner, I was having a medium breakfast, medium lunch, and medium dinner.
What did this do? Made me hungrier than ever! Because I wasn’t giving my body the intake that it was used to in the mornings, I became a snack MACHINE throughout the day (as if I wasn’t one already). I’m not downplaying snacking at all, but at times it got to the point where no matter WHAT I ate, I was never satisfied. Last night after eating a generously-portioned dinner, realizing that I was still hungry, and wondering what was up—it finally hit me. Calorie-counting and eating equal-portioned meals throughout the day may be a good strategy for some, but I should have trusted that there was a reason for my growling morning-belly and tendency to eat bigger breakfasts than my own boyfriend. That is truly what my body needed, saw results from, and clung to!
So like the rebel that I am– what did I do for breakfast this morning? Brought back a larger bowl of oats with more nut butter (sorry PB2!), extra protein, and topped it off with decorative drizzles just for kicks 8)
Into the mix:
- 1/3 cup Coach’s Oats
- 1 tbsp chia seeds (using chia seed method)
- Frozen & mashed banana
- 1 tbsp hemp protein
- Almond milk
- Strawberries, mixed in instead of as a topping
- Topped with: Cocoa Bliss Chocolate Coconut Butter & Sunbutter
Hefty breakfast = Happy Brittany
Please understand that I’m not trying to knock anyone’s personal style of eating, nor am I trying to shun calorie counting and all that it stands for. Rather, what I AM trying to say is that having large overwhelming, mind-blowing, calorie-dense breakfasts is the method that works best for me, and it took a hiatus of tracking my own meals for me to even realize it.
A bit to think about: Do your meals tend to balance out, or do you prefer a heavier breakfast like I do?