When we were in Israel two years ago both Aba and I came home weighing roughly 10 pounds less. We chalked it up to the extra walking but I think I've found an added component. Intermittent fasting!
The last couple of weeks I've been toying with eating primally. I've found that my energy is up and my noshing is down. It was difficult because I would still have a grain-heavy breakfast or lunch and find myself *needing* an afternoon coffee. I finally committed to a 21 day trial and Sunday went full-on primal.
What I've found is that when I eat a nice primal breakfast (3 eggs cooked with a bit of raw cultured butter, a cup of steamed carrots and a sliced tomatoes with a cup of tea) I can go 6 hours before I get to the "I need to eat something NOW!" point. Add a small handful of crispy almonds or some berries at the 4 hour mark and I'm fine until dinner. (Salad with homemade Asian dressing, asparagus cooked with garlic and coconut oil, 2 chicken breasts and a cup of mango.) Then I'm fine until the next morning.
So I'm eating two large meals and a small snack between the hours of 9:30am and 6:30pm. Which is how we ate in Israel (though the times were shifted because of jet-lag) and a common part of primal eating.
I don't eat like this every day. I did Sunday and Monday but I can already tell today will be a three meal day. The girls wanted smoothies for breakfast so I made myself one. It was tasty and my stomach is full, but I'm already feeling the desire to nosh. I suspect I need the sacred action of sitting to a meal and the physical action of chewing food to feel fully satiated.
Two days in to primal eating and I feel great. I have wonderful energy and no mood swings. The only downside is that I sprained my ankle last week. I want to walk and hike, but can't.