This weekend was a rough one in terms of the food and drink I’ve imbibed. The food: I was in situations where I had no other choice than to make the least bad choice, one of which was a Pho restaurant. Don’t get me wrong: I love pho, but it’s a noodle soup. What I did to mitigate the damage was to eat the broth and meat but skipped the bean sprouts and I ate only about 1/3 of the noodles in my bowl. I had to get something into my stomach to keep from feeling hungry all afternoon, and when you’re eating with a group, you eat. It would be more awkward to be the guy not eating, and I refuse to be “That guy.”
There was also a lot of drinking alcohol on Friday and Saturday nights. On Sunday for lunch, my LT and I bought our section pizza for lunch, so I had pizza for the first time in two years. It was Little Caesar, and before you say, “That’s not really pizza,” it used to be one of my go-to’s before I adopted the Paleo lifestyle. How was it? Absolutely delicious. I really do love pizza, but it doesn’t love me back. I stuck to two pieces, and while I could have gone hog wild and eaten the entire thing, I held steady. My stomach was a bit unhappy about it afterward, but I did alright.
Then, on Monday, I had Ton Katsu with rice, a fried eggroll, and a few pieces of sushi and sashimi with my daughter who was in town for a funeral. Once again, she asked to go eat at the sushi place, and I threw my caution to the wind and enjoyed a lunch with her the way we did when she was growing up and still living at home. It was a nice lunch, and I didn’t feel nearly as badly afterward (intestinally) as I thought I would.
What’s the net result of all this bad eating? Nothing. No weight gained. How is that possible? I attribute Intermittent Fasting (IF) to this success. I adopted IF last week, and practiced it throughout the weekend. I honestly believe that IF kept any damage in-check, and while I didn’t lose any weight (which is my goal with IF), it did keep me from ballooning like I always do on drill weekends.
So, I will take this as a huge IF win. I am back to my healthy foods and running this week, so we will see further how IF does with good food and exercise. I have high hopes based on this weekend’s experience. Wish me luck!