Calling All Athletes: Help!

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.

Michael made me promise to start carrying emergency snacks with me. We went to Costco over the weekend and I got these:

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. 😉

Michael and I did not feel much like cooking after hitting three grocery stores. We were both craving fried chicken (who are we??) so I grabbed a few chicken strips from the grocery store.

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!):

I’m so excited to have some. I really enjoyed it when I was in Tucson. I’m going to pick up some plain Greek yogurt and use a little bit of Agave Nectar. Yum!

QUESTION:  How do I solve my crashing issue?

Craving Fried Chikken

Fall weather has definitely arrived in Portland. Cold, damp, rainy, weather plus the trees are changing.

I love the autumn leaves. Despite the cold and rain, it’s my favorite time of year.

Yesterday was a very stressful day at work. Lots of pressure, lots of stress. Plus it was a potluck. I went for a walk at lunch to avoid the potluck and get some fresh air. I had forgotten to bring food to participate plus I knew that the mood I was in I’d make bad choices. So it was a Lean Cuisine for me, then a walk to Washington Park.

If you follow me on Twitter you saw this ridiculous statement:

I very rarely crave anything fried. Usually my cravings center around sweets and chocolate. But damn, all I wanted was a bunch of fried chicken with mashed potatoes and warm, flaky biscuits! After much debate with Michael, he finally said I should just workout 10 minutes longer after work and we’ll go get fried chicken. Yay!

I got to the gym with my swimming bag and saw that all the cardio machines were gone. Yep…the gym was one big, dark, empty space. Now I know they are doing a remodel, but….? What? I got in the pool and swam my little butt off. I usually swim 1.25 miles in about 42 minutes or so.

This time, I did that little extra mileage for a total of 1.5 miles (with 2 extra lengths for fun). It felt fantastic. I lounged in the hot tub, my muscles sore from yoga, and fantasized about the fried food I was going to be eating shortly! On my way out, I asked the front desk about the cardio machines. He said they were moved to the new floor, but turned off for a few days. However, I can use another gym nearby.

When I walked in the door at home, I immediately saw this:

Yes, that is a Costco sized bag of Halloween candy. And yes, Butterfingers are my favorites. Dammit.

Temptation is everywhere!

Michael and I headed out the door to eat at the Delta Cafe. It’s a hip cafe that serves Southern food. I’ve heard good things about it, but never eaten there. When we arrived it was almost 8pm and there was a line out the door. 🙁 There was probably at least an hour wait to eat. There was no way I’d last that long. Swimming causes me to sink into a dark, desperately hungry hole and I MUST eat now. There’s no waiting an hour for food.

The Fried Chicken plan was thwarted. 🙁

There was greasy Chinese food, pizza, burritos, or Thai food nearby. None of those sounded very good to me. We stopped at a sushi place instead, Tani’s Japanese Kitchen & Sushi Bar. We got a table immediately (thank god) and I ordered a salad to tide me over.

It was really good. I think it was cabbage and cucumber, carrots and peanuts with a rice vinegar dressing. I liked it a lot. Michael got a miso soup. He wasn’t feeling too great so he stuck with water. I had a glass of dry Riesling.

The place was cute. It seemed like a friendly neighborhood restaurant. A lot of the patrons seemed to be on first name basis with the sushi guys, so that was kind of cool.

I was in a fog of hunger so I’m not positive what we ordered…Philly Roll, Spicy Tuna Roll, Spicy California Roll with Crab and some specialty roll with shrimp and avocado.

The sushi was delicious. Not quite the fried chicken I was craving, but the salt content in the soy sauce seemed to satisfy a little bit of the craving.

Michael and I both agreed we ordered 1 too many rolls. Neither of us really wanted to take home the leftovers, either. I’m not a big fan of sushi the next day. It just seems wrong…

We called it a night. I was jazzed and wanting to stay up a bit later, do something, go somewhere…but Michael was sick and honestly I knew my energy level would be crashing shortly. And it did! I was suddenly exhausted from the day. The stress at work had caught up to me, and the extra hard swim finally fatigued my whole body.

We did break into that Halloween candy though. I ate 4 of the miniature Butterfingers for dessert. Just because they are bite sized, doesn’t mean they are free calories! 4 minis equaled a regular sized candy bar (and over 300 calories). Oh well.

QUESTION: Do you ever crave weird things? Do you give in?