Yeah the consistency seems to be key for me too. Working from home, I sleep from 5am-9am, then from around 4pm-7pm – I like getting two days out of one [I have fascinating dreams so I get two great ones per day tongue emoticon ]
It started experimenting with “least sleep possible” about 2.5 yrs ago and then let myself fall into a pattern within a few days and stuck with it.
The circle’s definitely the best. Sometimes I prepare it, sometimes it’s prepared for me. But I don’t have a problem with boxed foods either; my main focus is:
protein : carb : fat ratio
I don’t go nuts with it numerically but more of a “sense”.
For example, when I see chocolate, I see a stick of butter flavored with cocoa and sugar. I’ll eat the chocolate but I’m aware of what it really is.
Same with cheese. Love cheese. But I know it’s basically butter with a little protein. Good protein but I’m aware of what it mostly is.
Peanut butter? It’s liquid butter with some good protein.
I still eat it – and I know what’s good and not-so-good fat, so I try to balance one with the other.
Extra sharp cheddar. Feta. Blue Sharp cheeses all the way for me. I won’t turn down a Reese’s – favorite. But given a choice, I go with the darkest chocolate i can find. I like the bitter stuff.