Carnivore, Day 3


Status: Ready to go!

Yesterday morning went really well. I didn’t feel that wonderful as soon as I woke up. The first day back in any grind isn’t a trip anyone likes to take… I don’t think anyway. But, once I got up, all was well. No headache or other issues. Plenty of energy to start off the day. The kids and I took it easy getting ready for school since it was their first day back too. No chores. Just poked around and played a game of Slap It with our extra time.

The morning at work went well too. I really enjoy coffee and tea though. I love tea with honey. For this N=1 experiment, I gave up coffee and tea. It doesn’t seem to be having a negative impact on my work, but I miss the habit. My cold water isn’t as comfy as a warm coffee or tea to hug while I get into my work groove.

12:18PM, I got a hunger pang, and a few minutes later yawned. I usually don’t eat lunch until around 1:15 and got to it even later than that. By the time I warmed up my leftover eggs in the microwave, I was a little light-headed, very hungry, and ready to eat!

Last night was also better than most evenings. I had more energy than usual. Not by a wide margin, but it was nice to not be exhausted. I’ve been writing the bulk of each post at night so I don’t have that much to do each morning, and I don’t know if it was the ‘blue light’ from the computer screen or what, but I had so much energy last night it was crazy. My hubby is usually up and talkative. Last night he petered out while I was laying next to him giddy and ready to carry on a conversation. I feel asleep with a huge smile on my face, giggling to myself over nothing. Just happy as a clam!

This morning, waking up at 6am wasn’t my favorite thing. I’ve been getting up earlier to finish each post. I have to say though, even though I’d rather wake up when it’s getting light out, I feel good! I’m a little hungry right now, but I’ll make a bunch of eggs for breakfast again when the kids are up. I’m looking forward to today!


Yesterday’s Meals:

I made the kids and myself some eggs scrambled in butter, with a little bit of salt, for breakfast yesterday morning. I made 7 eggs, and I don’t know if they each finished a whole egg. I took the leftovers for lunch. Dinner was chicken in butter. It was delicious! About 5 1/2 extra large eggs, and about 3/4 of a pound of (measured before uncooking) chicken. I met the 1000 calorie goal to be able to complete my My Fitness Pal diary.


My Fitness Pal, % Calories by Meal

My Fitness Pal Nutrients

My Fitness Pal Macros

Are you wondering, “How is it that she consumed fewer grams of fat than grams of protein, but there’s way more red than green on the pie chart?”

Scroll to the end for the explanation!

Changes (1 negative, 10 positive):

So, I realized I’ve been light-headed a few times now. I didn’t plan on tracking that, but I think it’s worth mentioning so I’m adding it to my list.

  • Sleep – 9
  • Energy – 8
  • Mood – 10 – There are times where one little thing goes wrong and then I spin into a horrible downward spiral I seem to not want to get out of. Last night could have been that way. I got frustrated with my son during homework time, but I snapped right out of it and moved on instead of lingering in my frustration. NOT EASY FOR ME! It was fantastic. I actually had patience. I think the night went so much more smoothly than it could have because I didn’t stay upset for long.
  • Cravings – 8 – After homework the boys each had some of their leftover Christmas candy. Hershey kisses. I LOVE chocolate. I smelled them. I took a few lovely whiffs and moved on. The smell is SOOOOOOO GOOOOOOOOD!!!!!! But it was easy to be happy with just the smell.
  • Vision – Haven’t noticed any major changes.
  • Teeth – 9 – My teeth are cleaner without effort. In the past when I’ve done low carb, one of the first things I’ve always noticed is that my mouth, in general, totally changes. No morning breath. Feel like I don’t need to floss. My mouth just feels more clean. Hubby also said last night that my ‘sick breath’ from the other day is gone. My sinuses were also very clear last night before bed. A little stuffier now, but still better than a week ago.
  • Skin – Haven’t noticed any major changes.
  • Hair – Haven’t noticed any major changes.
  • Weight – 120.0 lbs
  • Digestion, Belly – 9 – I feel things inside me moving. No pain. Just odd to feel things shift and hear the sounds. HAHA!
  • Digestion, Gas – 10 – No gas at all, this is wonderful!
  • Digestion, Poop – 6 – Woke up yesterday feeling constipated. Guess my bowels need more time to wake up than I do, didn’t take too long though—another 6 (on the scale between diarrhea and perfect poop). About 20 minutes after dinner same thing.
  • Light-Headedness – 7 – Seemed to be light-headed at work near lunch time. Didn’t last long, but it was definitely noticeable.

My Prayer:

God, thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you. For everything. For the little things the kids did yesterday. For sending me to sleep with a smile on my face. For the little pieces of heaven you place into my life when I need it most. You make the pieces of the puzzle fit. Your timing is mind blowing. Your provision is flawless. You give us enough trouble to grow us, and the nutrients we need to do the growing.

Lord please keep me here. Content. Wanting to get to know you more. Thankful for the trouble because it makes my joy that much more pure. I love you Lord. In Jesus name I pray.

Amen.


Further Reading (Macro proportions):

If you’re new to the macro-tracking world, you might be a little confused by the My Fitness Pal Macro screen shot above.

Fat = 9 Calories / Gram

Protein = 4 Calories / Gram

If you recall, in my Eat Lots of Plants and Animals post, we need a finite amount of protein to maintain health, and a variable amount of fat to keep us satiated. I guess you could say I’m here, experimenting with carnivore, because I really couldn’t explain to myself why we need carbohydrates! Anywho… grams of protein necessary for each individual is based on lean body mass, regardless of your weight, your lean body mass will stay relatively the same. After the calories from protein, we need fat to keep us from feeling hungry. Too little fat and we’ll be hungry. Too much fat, and I think that’s what I experienced a few days ago… it’s like a brick wall with a sign on it that says stop eating, that’s enough!

I started at around 125 pounds, and I’m around 121 now. For round numbers, lets say my lean body mass is 100 pounds and I need one gram of protein per pound of lean body mass. In the post I just mentioned, you’ll see the real math is slightly different, but for the below example, it makes the math easy.


Protein

4 cal / g


100 lb lean body mass * 1g protein/lb = 100 g protein requirement

100g protein * 4 cal / g =

400 calories from protein

From the equations above, you can see that my body needs 400 calories from protein per day to maintain my health.

Considering I ate 800 calories on Wednesday and wasn’t hungry, and 1000 calories yesterday and wasn’t hungry, I’m assuming a 1000 calorie per day diet might sustain me.

If I’ve got 1000 calories total to play with, and I need 400 of those calories from protein, that leaves 600 (or more) calories remaining to keep me from getting hungry.

Fat

9 cal / g


1000 cal / day


1000 cal / day – 400 cal from protein =

600 cal remaining for fat consumption


Might Feel Hungry

1200+ cal / day


1200+ cal / day – 400 cal from protein =

800+ cal remaining for fat consumption


Full As Can Be!


Say I ate 1000 calories yesterday; 400 protein and 600 fat, but I was still hungry at the end of the day. Does the hunger mean I need more protein? No, my lean body mass hasn’t changed! Additional calories from fat fills the gap between health (calories from necessary protein) and hunger.


What’s the point?

The number of calories in protein and fat are different, thus, macro charts in percentages and grams present results in different proportions.

Keep this in mind when viewing the macros pie chart above. The pie chart shows calories for each macro as a percentage of total calories. That 40/60 split doesn’t hold true when measurements are shown in grams. Thus, if you’re measuring out portions on a plate, say for instance, lean chicken (protein), and butter (fat), the weight measurements won’t be in the same 40:60 proportion.

For whatever reason, I felt like I needed to explain that. If you were at all confused, I hope that helps out when looking at the macro pie chart.


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