The urban dictionary defines a “Food Blackout” as, “a state of mind where a person is completely unaware of his or her surrounding, because he or she is too busy eating something insanely delicious.” I, on the other hand, define it as the moment when I realize my “health” regimen (that started at 7AM that morning) has gone to shits… so I might as well continue feasting and try AGAIN tomorrow. This in turn doesn’t lead to very successful results nor does it help with my confidence.
Over the years I have become a victim of this so called “Food Blackout” numerous times. But only because of these blackouts have I come to develop a few tips & tricks to avoid reaching that phase while maintaining a healthy diet and shedding a few pounds along the way.
Here are some things to be mindful of:
- Listen to Your Body: We already have enough to do in a 24 hour day so do we really need to add another item to your to-do list? The answer is no. Instead, why not just stop with the counting and scheduling and try listening to what your body is telling you? This means if you are hungry = eat, if you’re not = don’t. This is also known as eating mindfully: which leads me to tip #2.
- Snack Smart: Humans have evolved over the years because of our natural instincts and inner voice. So why reinvent the wheel if it has been steering us in the right direction for so long? If your body is telling you it is ready for a nibble then allow yourself to nibble. Make sure to keep lots of accessible healthy snacks around so you don’t find yourself starving without a smart solution. When you’re at that point you are also on the highway to a 15 minute singles vacation in the town of “Food Blackout”.
- Eat Slowly: By eating slowly and taking smaller bites it A.) somehow tricks your brain into thinking it is consuming more and B.) it will help you be in tune with what you are eating. This also means taking the time to completely focus on the act of eating. Instead of sitting in front of your TV/computer or—I hate to say it—talking on the phone, make sure to sit down and eat on a plate if possible. By focusing on the act of eating you can enjoy every mouthful and the visual cue of finishing your portion will signal to your inner voice that the meal is over.
- H20: I used to visit my school nurse all the time complaining of headaches and her response was always predictable: have you had enough water today? And my answer was usually yes, but that was probably not the case. Make friends with H20 and try to drink 6-8 glasses daily! Not only does it help with cravings but also helps hydrate your skin and flush out toxins!
- Eat at home: Not only does eating at home usually mean saving money but it can also equate to better food choices. Like a museum curator who carefully selects individual pieces for the gallery, you can select what goes into the cart at the grocery store and later into your cupboards and fridge at home. If unhealthy snack choices are not readily available when you’re hungry, then instead you will likely go for the healthy choices already stocking your fridge.
- Recognize: We all have different reasons that cause us to reach “Blackout Phase,” whether it be boredom, depression, happiness, eating in a group, being overtired or some combination of the latter. Being cognizant of the triggers and recognizing the reasons why you are overeating will help you monitor your habit.
With that, wishing you all a happy & healthy holiday season!
The one thing that really gets me pumped up for my runs is MUSIC! Shay and I literally don’t say more than two words when we are running together - we just blast our tunes and run. The Nike Half Marathon we just did was a long and intimidating task and music was our savor! Check out our top pics that kept us movin’ and groovin’ hahah!
- Calvin Harris - Feel So Close
- Avicii - Addicted to You
- Survivor - Eye of the Tiger
- Ivan Gough & Feenixpawl Ft. Georgi Kay - In My Mind
- Drake - Started from the Bottom
- Nervo - We’re All No One
- Calvin Harris - Thinking About You
- The Chainsmokers - The Rookie
- Morten - Look Closer
- Swedish House Mafia - The Island
- Eyedentity - Say What You Want
- Altea - Summer Skies
- Royksopp - What Else Is there?
- Cazzette - Beam Me Up
- Contiez & Treyy G - Trumpsta
- NERD - Rockstar
- The Bloody Beatroots - Warp 1.9
- Subskrpt - We’ll Be Fine
Now go run your heart out!
Running a half marathon has always been something the both of us have wanted to do - more or less a “bucket list” item. That being said, it hasn’t been a priority for us and not something we have jumped at! When Shay got approached by Nike to participate in the 10th Anniversary Nike Women’s Marathon in San Francisco benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma society - it was an opportunity she couldn’t pass up - and one that needed very little arm twisting to convince me to join her on. At first it was just a thought like “we’re running a half marathon” - but as we started to train and commit ourselves to it, we realised just how challenging and rewarding this really would be.
Fast forward to last weekend when we went to San Francisco to finally do the big run and the reality of it all sank in. I don’t want to get to mushy gushy - but the feeling, and energy that was floating in that city was unexplainable. Over 30,000 women (and some men), joining together to run a very FAR distance to raise money for a very worthy cause! People running for their losses, or running for their best friends fight, or women running to reach and achieve a goal - you could feel the energy and passion - it was magical. I’m not going to lie - having a father who HAS Leukemia - I was consumed by the monstrous feat of running 13.1 miles and was selfishly removed from all of the meaning and rewards the run had to offer until the day of!
When Shay and I took off at the start line, running in a sea of passionate and courageous women - it hit us like a ton of bricks and we both had several moments of deep emotion rush through us like waves. At the 8 mile mark running up that hill we read the signs people were holding up supporting, fighting, and remembering for the people they loved and the adrenaline kicked in. I had a few tears and just pushed on for someone else. As David put it, all WE had to do was put one foot in front of the other for two and a half hours and that is JUST what we did.
Needless to say, we had a ton of fun! And met so many amazing women!
Nike organized an extraordinary and flawless event that helped, inspired and rewarded countless lives. From beginning to end, Nike’s attention to detail and seamless delivery was incredible. Shay and I have both walked away from this with nothing but unforgettable memories and the feeling of accomplishment. For anyone reading this - you can be any shape, size, race, sex or person and I recommend you participate in this event next year - you will not regret it.
Below are our favorite moments from this truly awesome experience, ENJOY!
Shay having a little nap before boarding the plane!
Shoes designed by each of the ladies… for each other!
Oh, the attention to detail!
The shoes designed by Shay!
The “10 Year” sign atop the Nike Town Store!
Our matching initial necklaces, lucky charms!
Shay found a resting spot on my lap and of course a photo-op of our runners…
The ladies during a Q & A in the Nike tent!
Lakey Peterson, Jamie Chung, K Flay, Shay and Melanie Fiona!
Struttin’ of the stage…
Not going to lie, Shay and I watched Lakey’s documentary Zero to 100 - became huge fans - and realised she was running as well…fan moment…
Yummmmmmmmmyyyyyyy “carb loading” hahaha
Drive-by photography on our driving tour around San Francisco! We were on a tight schedule and wanted to see as much as we could.
"The Painted Ladies" or more commonly known as the "Full House" house
Our good buddy Brent (a San Fran resident) and the one and ONLY David Dean!
More drive-by photography from the photographer herself Shay!
Nike pulled out all the stops with a fabulous pre-run “carb-loading” dinner…again, the attention to detail!
In the little orange box, was an angel charm that went onto the laces of the shoe for race day good luck…le sigh…perfection.
5:45 a.m - bright and early and ready to rock!
The incredible Stacey who supported and humored us before the race!
Waiting for go-time… look at all the ladies!!!!!
19 seconds to go!
It was still dark!
Run, run, run!
Everyone rocked the most colorful and fashionable gear.
This was only the 3rd mile hahaha
Our first incline…ugh!
Mile 6…almost halfway :)
The fog rolled in and after just recently being at Halloween Horror Nights it felt like zombies were going to appear…
One of our favorite signs: A pic of Ryan Gosling with the quote “Hey Girl, I like the way you cure cancer”
Look at all the pink & purple :)
Runners for miles…
Photo-op at the 10 mile mark!
The finish line!!!
Getting our Nike x Tiffany Reward!
WE DID IT!!!
With our fellow teammates after the run!
I wore my “Buttah” aka “Shay Buttah” tank for good luck!
Won’t miss this gal running at night!
The aftermath of runners!
Shay’s glow in the dark Cheetah runners :)
All done and rocking her official marathon tank! #6,938!