On this day one year ago today, I only ate 459 calories. Yikes, right?
I’ve been unintentionally hitting somewhere between 700-1700 calories in this last week. I’m now noticing a pattern. My calorie intake has been dropping steadily even though I don’t feel like I’ve been eating less food. I’m feeling full and satisfied, sometimes overstuffed and forcing food down for the sake of nutrition and calories to support my gym goals. I’m eating somewhat frequently, but really not desiring much. I’ve been avoiding overt fats and hitting the non-sweet fruits and greens harder than usual, per my body’s cravings. I’ve also been drinking a lot more water than usual.
I’m noticing that my body doesn’t seem to want or need as many calories around this time each year. Unintentional seasonal calorie reduction? I won’t call it restriction, because I am NOT forcing this to happen. My body is giving me signals and I’m paying attention. I doubt it will last for long. My gym performance doesn’t appear to be suffering, and my weight is holding steady, so I’m not worried at all. My body will tell me when she’s hungry for more again.
I wonder what’s so special about this time of year. The weather? We are seeing 100 degrees most days lately now. Feels awesome to me. Or maybe this is some sort of annual bodily house-cleaning? Who even knows. All we can do is observe honestly and report, right?