11.75 Ounces of Almonds
This is my food for the day. Not much at all for a guy who likes to eat, but I had high hopes. I figured if bacon had gone so well, this might be similar due to its high fat content. So, I packed the super convenient, ergonomically designed container and went to work. I was hungry and had a handful in the car for breakfast.
It looked kind of like this:
But it felt like I was eating this:
Pretty early on in the day I started to feel a little bit sluggish and almost woozy. My mind also began to feel foggy and somewhat slower than normal. Naturally, I was starving by 10:30, so I ate a snack.
At lunch, naturally, there was an “Iron Chef” competition and a free gourmet lunch for everyone at work. I thought about abandoning ship, but instead I had another handful of artificially flavored smokey almonds and took a hike. I logged 2.5 miles and saw a couple of bald eagles. I also felt pretty good. Being outside and active cleared up my head.
By the end of my hike I was very hungry. But, I had eaten over 1,000 calories and my day was not half over so I toughed it out. And stayed hungry. And kept toughing it out.
Around 4 I had another snack, which left me hungrier than I started.
Around 6 I ate dinner, which was the last third of the almonds. It was the first time all day I felt full. I sat around and gloried in that feeling for about 20 minutes, then went running.
The run started with a bad omen: a jerk driver swerving around honking at me. The first mile went OK, but a little on the slow side. The second mile I lost about 30 seconds on my pace. Right at mile 2 I developed a weird pain in my stomach that seemed to split in half. One half went up into my chest and hurt up there. The other half migrated down into my intestines and boiled and rolled and caused a good deal of discomfort. This made running very difficult. With a tremendous amount of willpower I made it home accident free. And that’s all the news that’s fit to print.
Taste: Really should have gone dry roasted. It was consistently pleasant and I always looked forward to snacks.
Fullness Factor: Horrible. Portions were so small I never felt like I ate a meal. Hungry all day.
Performance: see above
X Factor: Superior packability and snackability. It made me appreciate the genius of trail mix. Mix a little chocolate in there and you have an amazing mix of fat, protein and carbs that weighs next to nothing.