Who else wants eating season to be over?
As a long distance joggling enthusiast, you tend to eat more than the average person. And this is only made worse during eating season. Never heard of eating season?
What is eating season?
Scientists who track these sorts of things have defined eating season (in the US) as the period between Halloween to Valentine’s Day. This includes all the big, official eating holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas but also covers littler ones like the Super Bowl. (Go Bears!)
But as the joggling season heats up, you’ll want to slim down to be nice and fast. Here are two novel ways to battle the eating season bulge.
Write down what you eat
For some reason, writing things down makes you eat less. In 2003, curiosity drove me to write down everything I ate. Here are my stats for three years.
- 2003 – 850,000 calories, lost 20 lbs
- 2004 – 975,000 calories, lost 8 lbs
- 2005 – 980,000 calories, gained 2 lbs
I haven’t compiled to 2006 stats yet but I probably ate the same amount and weight hasn’t changed.
Intuitive Eating Strategy
Steven Hawks, a health science professor out of Brigham Young University has started the National Institue of Intuitive Eating to promote his dieting strategy. Following it he claims to have lost 50lbs. The best part about his eating strategy is that you EAT WHATEVER YOU WANT! Candy, donuts, pizza, anything. Of course, it’s better if you keep these things to a minimum. Anyway, there are only 2 rules to follow.
1. Only eat when you are hungry
2. Stop eating when you are full (no matter what!)
This sounds like a pretty good strategy to me. Also, check out the 10 principles of Intuitive Eating.
Now all this food talk has made me hungry. Where is my raisin toast?
Wow, that’s a lot of calories! My biggest problem is to not eat when I’m not hungry. There’s always that lag at dinner where it takes a little while for your meal to catch up with your hunger. That’s the danger zone.
Pretty disapointed that you haven’t set a goal of eating 1 million calories. It would be a lot easier than running 1800 miles.
Wes, I too pretty much eat whenever food is around. But I also often forget to eat. Especially if I’m juggling or blogging.
JK, that’s an interesting idea. I don’t know why I never thought of trying to have 1,000,000 calories in a year. I’m well on my way to 1800. In January I joggled over 156 miles.
Good Deal. On my pace for 1200. Ran 108 in January. Feb will be the tough one with the marathon though.