There are a few days a month when I’m, umm, weak. I spend the days searching for snacky foods to eat instead of eating my usual meals. Normal days consist of 5-6 meals that include a vegetable and protein as the base. They might also include dairy or fruit or some whole grain carb, but not always. Snacky days consist of wandering the kitchen, eating whatever comes to hand. I tend to eat a lot of PB&Js on those days because they fill my “need” for something sweet without pushing me into a sugar coma.
Yesterday, I ate Joe Joes. Halloween Joe Joes, to be specific. (And while we are in confession mode, I also had two diet cokes, something I almost never do anymore – we won’t discuss my college eating habits.)
As you might imagine, the sugar ups and downs of eating cookies instead of real meals threw my day for a loop. It was this nasty cycle of eat cookies, run around manic doing stuff, come down off the sugar high, doze off at computer, drink diet coke… Repeat. Not pretty.
I know days like that are caused by hormones. It happens at the exact same point every.single.month. It’s like someone flips a switch in my head. You’d think after all these years of dealing with it, I’d have come up with some coping strategies. But, no.
On the bright side, I did manage to sneak in a 3.5 mile run yesterday after Beer Geek got home from work. That helped me a little on the food front and a heck of a lot on the “homework wars” front.
Do you have these once a month issues? How do you handle them? I’d love some good coping strategies (or good recipes for snacky sweets that won’t send me into a tailspin.)