Making the Ordinary, Extraordinary
I know I`ve mentioned before that I eat food pretty often. Every three hours, in fact. That means that, at the end of the day, I will have had about six meals. I don`t know about you, but when I first started this, it seemed pretty overwhelming. Do you know how long it takes to prepare three meals, let alone six? What about nutrition? How will you find the time to stop what you are doing and eat that often? you`ll practically be eating constantly! The little voice in my head was being a constant Debbie Downer at the start of it all.
I think it was at the time when I first experienced the symptoms described here that I was inspired to start this style of eating, actually. I felt lethargic, and I ate very little, yet I was gaining weight at light speed. I felt pretty disheartened. And then I heard some details about gastric bypass surgery patients. I heard heard that, due to the band around their stomachs, they could only eat a cup of food every two hours. It sparked a little idea in my head. I started to think, “Maybe I can eat like they do, and lose the weight, without the surgery.” I was desperate and ashamed enough that I would do it. I remember being young and silly then, always dreaming of the day when I would have enough self control to skip most of my meals during the day, and eat only a spoon full when I bothered to eat at all. I`m so glad I didn`t have the self control to hurt myself in such a way then, and that I thought of such a wonderful eating strategy.
At the time, I may only have been thinking how impressed everyone would be when they saw the little serving I was eating (I stuck to the one cup rule like a burr) and the fact that it might ease my anxiety of eating in front of other humans, but now I see that it has done me good. The first year saw me with the healing of all the damage my body has endured from poison and near organ failure, not weight loss. The second year I kept a steady weight, a vast improvement over the rapid weight gains of the past, and a loss of twenty pounds in these first few months of 2013. More importantly, perhaps, is the steadying of my blood sugar.
I no longer black out, and my fainting spells are a thing of the past. Though, of course, blood tests with my (ex) traditional medicine doctor showed that I was healthy and well in all respects, especially my blood sugar, I`d long suspected that I could not have all of my dangerous symptoms through some internal need to be dramatic and get attention, as he had suggested. Who really wants to faint and nearly crack their head open? If nothing else, I would have made sure to land in such a way that I wouldn`t be hurt if I had planned the whole thing. Anyways, old grievances aside, I found that this new style of eating steadied my mind and regulated my body, giving a perfect opening for the further healing my switch to gluten free did a year after I started my mini meal system.
Now, some of you have been wondering how I can possibly eat so often, and be balanced nutritionally, and to simply not be overwhelmed. It actually isn`t nearly as scary and overwhelming as it sounds. In fact, I actually take less time to eat my food, as I just eat my position and go on my way, instead of wasting time ordering at a restaurant and preparing and serving big meals. I just eat my dinner and breakfast with a proper place setting, and I only cook for those two meals. How do I manage that?
If you want to learn more about healthy fats, I`ve actually written quite a lot on the subject. Way To Start Your Day has some information in the comments, and I`ve commented about it on a million other blogger`s pages.