Wednesday 2/6

For time:
5 Front squats
25 pull-ups
4 Front squats
20 pull-ups
3 Front squats
15 pull-ups
2 Front squats
10 pull-ups
1 Front squat
5 pull-ups

Saturday’s class will be held at CrossFit Roseville. The doors open at 8 and we will get rolling at 8:30. Just like before, we will be practicing judging for each other to prepare for Open Sectionals.

Are You Hungry? Or Are You Bored?

Do you often find yourself wondering into the kitchen in the evenings? Do you some how end up at the vending machine at work whenever you have some long, tedious report due? It could be that your mind is playing tricks on you. Remember, we are hard wired to get pleasure out of things like food to ensure our survival, the neurotransmitter dopamine drives us to seek out pleasure and it is believed that low dopamine can make a person more prone to addiction. So, it would make sense that being stuck at your desk or sitting in front of the TV with nothing interesting to watch would trigger your brain to seek out something to get those synapses firing. So what are your options? Being aware of this habit is the first step in getting rid of it. This means being “present” when you grab something out of the fridge. In other words, instead of being half aware of what’s on TV while you check your Facebook page as you root around the pantry for something to eat, take a moment and a few deep breaths and really ask yourself if you are physically hungry or if you are bored. You’ll likely find that you are bored, so what do you do then? If you are at home, find something interesting to do; get moving, tackle a project you have been putting off or talk to your family. If you are at work, take a quick break, stand up, walk around and stretch out a bit or just take a couple of deep breaths at your desk. You may have to keep telling yourself you are just bored and not hungry. You might even catch yourself on autopilot going to the fridge or the break room out of habit. Stop, turn around–you are not hungry!

Of course, it could be that  you are thirsty or need to eat more fat in your diet. Dehydration can sometimes be confused for hunger. If you are not normally a water drinker and this no added sweetener rule has reduced your normal fluid intake, you could be dehydrated. Have a glass of water or iced tea and wait a little while. If you still feel hungry, by all means eat something!

If you find that you are constantly hungry, you may need to eat more fat. Keep in mind that eating fat doesn’t make you fat and that your body needs fat for a multitude of reasons, including the absorption of fat soluble vitamins and cell health. More relevant to our issue, eating fat helps you to stay full longer. So make sure you are using full fat dressing on your salads and are eating the whole egg. If you tend to eat lean meats like chicken breast, throw some avocado or olive oil on it. See if this helps, it could be that you need to eat more protein.

Being mindful of your actual hunger level will take some practice, and just like any other new skill, the more you practice the better you’ll get.


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