Okay I need the help of my lovely athletic readers. I have a bit of a dilemma about Hunger.
I’ve mentioned it before but I don’t think I’ve gone into detail: I crash when I’m hungry. The most common scenario is this: after I swim on Friday nights I am so famished that I feel nauseous, I get the shakes, I have a hard time making decisions or thinking. I get a “foggy” brain. Keep in mind that I am not an indecisive person. I’m also not a cranky person. But when that hunger hits I get a case of the Crankies. Michael calls it “going to the dark side.”
He’s a total sweetie and usually has a quickie snack prepared for me the moment I walk in the door after the pool. Most of the time it just needs to be a small snack (Wheat Thins and some cream cheese are a good one). Once the food is in me the symptoms go away and I feel much better. I can patiently wait until dinner without having any symptoms.
I’ve tried every combination of food to eat pre-workout to prevent these crashes and it’s never consistent. Most of the time a banana with some peanut butter or Chobani Greek Yogurt works well. So what do I do when those don’t work?
I’ve talked to my doctor and last summer when I had my physical I had my blood sugar checked but it was fine. I don’t know if I have hypoglycemia or some other unknown something. I’m looking for something to prevent this from happening because it’s just no fun.
I am not very happy about these bars. I’ve been trying REALLY hard to get rid of the processed food that I eat. These were a compromise for Michael and I. He wanted me to get something in the 200+ calories range and I firmly believe that eating 200+ calories of junk will do WORSE things to me than my current cranky-post-workout-crash. I got these because they are 100 calories only. They have sugar and chocolate and nuts in it which will immediately go into my bloodstream and calm The Cranky Crash Monster.
I put a few in my swim bag, my car and will carry one in my purse for emergencies. My hope is that I won’t need to eat them. It really does bother me to have to eat “something” immediately after working out to just stay even-keel. I had hoped to buy the miniature Luna Bars but Costco didn’t carry those. If I see some, I will buy those because I’d rather eat a 90 calorie protein bar than a candy bar.
Anyone experience this? Anyone have advice or tips that worked for them? Help!
Sunday was a low-key day for me. I slept in, ate a Oats Revolution oatmeal (140 calories) and went swimming. The oatmeal kept me full a long time. When I got home from the pool (no Cranky Crash Monster) I reheated the last piece of pizza for lunch. I also steamed some broccoli as a side.
We went grocery shopping and I spent the rest of the afternoon watching Netflix. “The Kids Are All Right” was a GREAT movie. I highly recommend it. Despite Annette Bening and Julianne Moore not having much chemistry as a lesbian couple I thought the story was intriguing, the characters were all likeable and of course Mark Ruffalo was adorable. 😉
I ate 2 chicken strips (small ones) and a serving of onion rings. Mmm fried. This is not a normal occurrence in my diet. However I stayed within my calories for the day and I’m trying not to beat myself up too much for giving into a craving.
It was a good weekend. I had a fantastic workout on Saturday morning despite the negative feelings I was having, went for a hike, and we made pizza. Thank you all for the dough suggestions! The culprit for the blah dough was: forgetting to use salt. Ooops. Mystery solved.
I also picked up this at the grocery store (on sale too!):
QUESTION: How do I solve my crashing issue?