Distraction . . . I’ve read that is a key part of fasting and I believe it.
Monday, I (unintentionally) fasted for 20 hours. Why? Something came up which required my attention so I was able to not think about food for a while.
How do I know this was effective? Because prior to my urgent task, I had been thinking about food a lot and it wasn’t much fun at all. I was hours earlier in the fast and really looking forward to 1 PM when I would hit the LG 16-hour fast mark and I planned to eat.
When I got busy and could not spare a moment to think about the food I was going to have soon, my hunger disappeared and did not return until I was at home and could finally get something healthy to eat.
So, my question for you is:
- How do you distract yourself from food?
- What tactics and techniques do you use to keep yourself occupied so that you don’t think about your next meal?
This morning was my fourteenth Workout B (legs and chest): Leg press Chest press Running
See my note from Tuesday about working out this week.
Another good article from SparkPeople: The Mix ‘N Match Workout – The No-Brainer Way to Add Variety to Your Program
This article offers you an easy way to keep your workouts varied, interesting, and effective. Give it a look.
Breakfast @ 5:45 AM: two scoops of whey protein powder in water
Lunch @ 11 AM: fajitas with my wife at La Hacienda
La Hacienda Ranch is a chain in NoTex in north Dallas, Frisco, Carrollton, and Colleyville (near DFW airport). If you are in the DFW area and like Tex-Mex food, they are one of the best around.* Though you might be able to enjoy more of their menu if you go on a Free Day. 😉
Try the Whole Enchilada: a 20” platter with 3 enchiladas (cheese, chicken, beef), crispy beef taco, soft chicken taco, soft cheese taco, and a guacamole tostada. Delicious and MORE than enough for two to split.
Dinner @ 5 PM: the rest of my fajitas, refried beans, salami, the other half of my roast chicken from yesterday, some sugar-free jello and a bit of light Redi Whip . . . now to start my second 24-hour fast……
Other food throughout the day: water, coffee
* Of course, nothing beats Desperados but hey, I can’t always make it to one of their locations. IF you ever get a chance to make it there, do it! Try the Steak Argentina (excellent steak covered with an incredible chimichuri sauce) and you will fall in love.