I enjoy breaking my fasts in the evenings after coming home from work. I'm able to maintain steady energy and mental clarity throughout my work day, then come home, eat dinner, and relax with my family. However, there are several reasons that I may decide to break my fast early. Most often, I break my… Continue reading Deciding to Break My Fast Early
This week is a particularly stressful one for me. It is my first week back at work and my kids' first week back after a two-week long winter break, AND... I'm PMS-ing. ? When I'm in PMS mode, my moderately healthy eating habits go right out the window because I'm tired and grumpy, and I… Continue reading Why My Cravings Have Nothing to Do with Food
While procrastinating on homework, I stumbled upon an interesting article in my school's online library. It was titled, "Meal-Insulin Cycle: A visual summary of the biochemical events between meals." This article caught my attention for a couple of reasons. First, it was not published in a diet and nutrition journal, as one might expect. It… Continue reading What Happens In-Between Meals?
The weekend before Christmas, our family took a rare trip to the "big city" to do some last minute Christmas shopping. Since the pandemic hit, we've been spending family time outdoors and it's rare that we take our kids with us to enclosed public spaces or restaurants. Needless to say, our kiddos were excited to… Continue reading Creating New Non-Food Related Family Memories
I'll be completely honest. One of the reasons that I was drawn to IF is because I've always been a big eater and loved that I could eat one giant meal a day and still keep my weight down. But after several months of practicing IF and eating massive dinner portions, my weight loss stalled.… Continue reading Do Portion Sizes Really Matter?
I love water! The weightlessness of wading in the pool, the coolness it provides on a hot day, or the therapeutic warmth of a steamy bath. I even love the sound of water. Waterfalls, ocean waves, rainstorms…I love it all! In fact, the only thing I don’t like about water, is actually drinking it. It… Continue reading Water: Is More Always Better?
Last week I grabbed one of my favorite snacks of pita chips and hummus during my usual shopping trip. I love to snack on these while cooking dinner or relaxing in front of the TV, and my mouth was practically watering just thinking about munching on them when I got home. Plus, it's one of… Continue reading A Curious Craving for Celery
Last week, a downblast consisting of 90mph winds, heavy rain, and hail blew through our small town, leaving some major damage in it's wake. Our family was extremely lucky to have only experienced some minor property damage and several downed trees in our yard, as others had major damage to their homes and vehicles. My… Continue reading Feeling Superhuman
November 14, 2018 was a surprising day for me. It was my friend/coworker’s birthday and I had decorated her office all things Chris Evans, AKA Captain America, and given her a package of her favorite fudge stripe cookies. After gushing over shirtless pictures of Mr. Evans plastered all over her office, she tore open the… Continue reading Fudge Stripe Cookies Now Taste Like Plastic
After several months of success on my What IF Diet Plan, I cringed at the phrase: “Breakfast is the most important meal the day.” Bull Crap! I’d lost more weight, gained more energy, and felt less hungry by skipping breakfast, (and eventually lunch,) so that statement had to be a bold-faced dirty lie. Surely cereal… Continue reading Breakfast is Still the Most Important Meal of My Day