Starting to feel a little strange, but in a good way. Very clear-headed, clear-minded, very focused and strong, and though I’m hungry, and I don’t have a large appetite. It’s like my mind/body has kicked into “competition” mode…you know what they say…bodybuilder’s are competitive dieters…Still I love eating tasty food, and cutting back on fat and salt, cutting out all starches until Sunday, and reducing my portions has definitely made things trickier to get that satisfying feeling that I’ve eaten something delicious!
Today was another Low/Very Low Density Carb day, and I started the day teaching the 7 am class at True Fitness in Mumbai. I started off at 6 am with a small omelette and a coffee made with milk. After class I practiced the Bikram Beginner’s class, and just had a 10 oz latte to tide me over. I don’t like practicing in the morning with too much in my belly. After class I had the yogurt, and then went back into the hot room to do the 2 hour Bikram Advanced class with Mandeep and Christina, and after that I had the lamb meatballs with whipped lentils and peppers. I decided to pack the lentils as a post yoga meal as they do have a significant carbohydrate element to them, though in total I probably only had about 12 – 15 g of carbs at this meal.
11 am: 3/4 c whole milk yogurt with 1 tsp honey, 1 tsp cashew butter, a sprinkling of sunflower seeds and about 10 raw almonds…Just the right amount of food to take in before my 2 hour advanced yoga class in a 101º room.
Post Yoga Meal: lamb meatballs with whipped white lentils and roasted red peppers. This was a home run. I made the meatballs with sauteed mushrooms, tamari and a touch of dijon and onions, and they were sooooo moist and flavorful. A real treat. They paired perfectly with the little bit of whipped lentils I had left over from yesterday. I knew going into today that I would get knocked out with 4 hours of yoga in the heat, so even though it’s a low carb day and lentils are about 60% carbohydrates, this is only a very small total amount of carbs.
Mid-day Meal: This was okay but not amazing. About 4 oz of chicken sauteed with a touch of olive oil, some blanched cauliflower, a touch of cream, one sliced olive and about 1 tsp of tomato pesto. It tasted…healthy, lol….! Next time I would cook the cauliflower in some broth for more flavor, and would let the chicken marinate in the pesto so that the flavor deepened and was more even…
Evening Meal…lol, unfortunately, I had already made this and had no choice. But I did add some parmesan cheese to it, and it really improved the flavor a lot…Still, back to the drawing board with this one!
Bedtime…this is what Jean-Jacques has been recommending to me instead of Melatonin and a shake, and it actually works surprisingly well. Oatmeal made with whole milk, butter, tahini, honey and some nuts. It wasn’t a lot, maybe 3/4 c total, but it hit the spot. I don’t know if he would approve of the added nuts and tahini, but I know that I needed just a little extra fat to get me into deep sleep…and I also need to finish the day eating something truly yummy…