What I Ate Wednesday: Intuitive Eating

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Happy Wednesday!  Another week with a peak into what I eat on the daily.  Not always the same but always aiming to eat 4-5 meals each day, lots of nutrient-dense foods, some ‘fun’ foods, and some quality protein to help with those muscle gains.  I do have a certain amount of macronutrients I try to eat each day but am really trying to listen to my body more instead of eating my consistent meals I feel comfortable with.  I do not track calories currently and I haven’t for over 6 months-this was a huge step for me and I would love to show others the light when it comes to NOT counting calories.  However, I am a creature of habit and crave consistency.  I like my meals that I eat so I always think “why should I change them?”.  This may be OK for some but I am realizing this is unhealthy for my body and mind.  I should want to add more variety to my meals than I have been allowing myself.  And it is OK to eat outside of your comfort zone and try new things with your eating patterns.  Let’s see  how this panned out shall we?

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breakfast//1/2 cup oats cooked with MTS vanilla whey protein powder, topped with blueberries and cinnamon with about 2 Tbsp coconut butter drizzled on top

I made a version of these oatmeal into pancakes the other weekend….just sayin’.  I wanted to eat my usual breakfast since I knew the rest of the day would be a little inconsistent with food choices.  I swear I am addicted to coconut butter and just can’t shake it…

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IMG_5333IMG_5311lunch//kale, carrot, and avocado salad I made for a potluck topped with 4 oz of swai fish (I had broughten this myself to add some protein) and then a paleo pumpkin bar I made earlier this week. Along with bites of cauliflower mashed potatoes and hummus and veggies.

Listening to my body meant eating a kale and avocado salad instead of my usual roasted or steamed vegetables.  Finishing lunch with a pumpkin bar because they are HEALTHY and not because I cared about the macronutrients in it.

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4 pm pre-workout work snack// Quest peanut butter and jelly bar, almonds, organic Chocolate O’s cereal

Listening to my body meant eating my usual 4 pm snack because I needed some fuel for my workout. Not skimping on food because I had more than usual at lunch.

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dinner//black bean veggie burger with more avocado, Joseph’s high fiber whole grain wrap, and Trader Joe’s cruciferous blend of kale, broccoli slaw, and brussels sprouts with nutritional yeast and Sriracha.

Listening to my body meannt eating more vegetables after dinner because my body was craving greens.  And eating more healthy fat in the form of avocado because I love it.  No other reason needed.

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dessert// A protein brownie made with 1 scoop protein powder, 2 tbsp cocoa powder, 1/4 cup almond milk, and 1 tsp baking powder and microwaved for 20 seconds topped with 1/2 Tbsp Enjoy Life chocolate chips and 2 Tbsp peanut butter.

Dessert to me means something with peanut butter. And if I can add some chocolate, that is fine by me!  I never used to think I could buy chocolate chips and eat them in moderation.  Well, times have changed and I can’t believe I have had a huge bag of Enjoy Life chocolate chips (they are dairy, soy, and gluten free and I found them at Walmart…I usually just buy dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips…doesn’t matter to me) in my freezer for months and don’t even “crave chocolate” anymore because I know I can always add some into my meals and not feel like I am eating a “cheat food”.

You know what surprised me by switching up my meals?  I love what I eat. And that’s OK.  I love trying new foods as well. And that’s OK.

Everyone is going to get to their happy place with their nutrition intake.  I am still working on it!!  But the fact that I feel healthy and happy inside and out should be a good starting place.

Thinking Out Loud

Ok, so here goes. My very first Thinking Out Loud post.  Thank you Amanda for these amazing weekly totally-random-but-totally-up-my-alley posts.  Sometimes on Thursdays, all you can think about is Friday and your brain just needs a break. Hear me?!

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1. Coming back from vacation is hard. Like really hard. I ended up talking this over with a good girlfriend.  Why do we always have to be in a sullen mood after coming back from a vacation?  I know I usually get into such a funk once I am back into my regular life.  Like, how can I be sitting on top of the Grand Canyon one day and then at my computer desk the next day?  Sometimes it just gets to me.  My fix: GRATITUDE.  Realizing how freakin’ amazing it was to even have the means to go on the vacation.  Being grateful for the amazing experience it was versus being mad or sad you are back.  Try it the next time you are in a funk after a long fun weekend or vacation!IMG_3555

2. I really wish I was excited for Halloween this year but I am just not. There, I said it.  I feel like a terrible person.  I used to be OBSESSED with dressing up with my friends (ie. Spice Girls, Barbies, Wizard of Oz, the list goes on and on) but this year I am just not. that. into. it.

3. Is it wrong to STILL be putting pumpkin in my oatmeal daily?  If it is, I don’t want to be right.  The key is not to add the pumpkin until after the oats are cooked.  I like my oats more on the crumbly, dry side (not too liquidy) and adding pumpkin in before cooking would just make it mushy.  You understand me right?!

4. They were giving out free Justin’s Maple Almond butter packets at my job yesterday and I literally hoarded them.  Like, I secretly went back to the stash approximately 5 times to get just ‘a couple more’ so that it looked like I only took 5 packets but I really took 5 x 5 packets….sorry about it!!  How perfect are these to take to work?  Because you know I usually bring a whole jar of nut butter to work to have on my rice cakes at lunch…YES I’m that addicted to peanut butter.

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5. I have a current obsession with donuts. Yes, I said it.  Most people think donuts are appalling, yet for some reason I can’t get them out of my head. Maybe its because I haven’t eaten one in over a year and I just need to taste it and be done with it. Or maybe its because I like to do my grocery shopping AFTER the gym and they just always look so dang delicious.  I was THIS close to buying a box of pumpkin donuts at Walmart yesterday. Like who am I?! No donuts made the cut on my shopping excursion but 2 jars of peanut butter, hot sause, and orange flavored selzer water did make the cut.  But they sure are pretty…

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Thanks for listening to my rambles on this beautiful Thursday.

Come back tomorrow for a Friday post covering “Why You Aren’t Losing Weight”…it’s gonna be a good one!!