Let me talk about yesterday. As per my usual routine, I am up between 3:30am and 4:00am. Just after 5am, I’m out the door to pick up Michael, my friend and business partner, and we head towards Novato to our health club for an early morning of work. Michael starts seeing clients at 6am and I participate in 6am Spin class. so back to me getting up by 4am…I woke up on my own and used the restroom as most people do upon waking. As I washed my hands and rubbed my eyes, I thought to myself, “Hmmmmm, it seems a little light out.” I walked back to bed and glanced at the clock to see what time it was. Wait…wait time does that clock read?…4:57am! Oh my God, I have to leave this house in seven minutes! Now you have to know this about me; I’m a ease-into-the-morning type of guy. I like to wake up early and take my time getting ready. I hate having the alarm go off and having to jump in the slower and race to get ready. I’ve been that way all my life. So, not having my alarm go off and having seven minutes to get out the door was not only extremely rare for me, it was downright disturbing. I didn’t think Houdini himself could pull this off!
Thankfully I had all my clothing laid out ready to go and my duffel bag full of everything I needed. I almost never to that the night before, I usually always do it in the morning, but for ever reason, I took the time to do it the night before. Oh, and I took a shower the night before just before bed because I was feeling sticky from the hot weather. So it seem the stars aligned for me to oversleep. So I made it out the door in seven minutes…and now to the real point…I didn’t have time to eat breakfast. I know, the horror of it all… The only thing I gad time to grab was a small orange. I knew that orange was not going to cut it…and it didn’t.
I had mentioned before that I have never been hungry since I started this Paleo diet on the 6th of May. I’m being completely honest when I say I always used to be hungry…always. Immediately after going 100% Paleo, I saw my hunger just fly out the window. There were days when I had to make myself eat a meal because I wasn’t hungry at all and I knew that missing a meal would be problematic and many ways. Yesterday morning was one of those problematic days.
After my spin class I went back to my office and began to address business at hand. I wasn’t going to be able to leave work until 11:30am (that’s when Michael finishes with clients) and I wouldn’t be able to get something to eat until 12:30pm. Around 10am, it hit me…the hunger pains. I was hungry and I needed food. We have nutritional bars and shakes at the club, but none of those items are on the list of foods for my challenge, so I didn’t even entertain the idea. I committed for 30 days to this program and I’m sticking to it.
By 11am I was really hungry. I drank as much water as I could, but the hunger remained. It was obvious that my body needed protein and it was rebelling against the lack of proper nutrition. I left work at 11:30-ish and headed back to Petaluma. By the time I landed at home it was after 12:30pm. I made myself a plate of chicken (one breast), heirloom tomatoes with a vinaigrette and roasted beats dressed with a garlic and olive oil dressing. My plate was bigger, or rather my portions were bigger, than normal. As I said, I was hungry. As the day wore on I noticed that my hunger never really left me. It had been awhile since I felt that kind of hunger. I also felt a bit off in the energy department. It became clear to me that missing my breakfast clearly messed up my whole day. I just was never able to get back on par. It just goes to prove how important breakfast is as a start to your day. We often think that missing a meal, especially breakfast, won’t really matter–that we can make up the difference later in the day. This just isn’t so. Depriving your body of nutrition at anytime has its price…or specifically, its consequences.