Happy Friday. The top two requested posts from this week (I asked you in Mondays post) were:
- Daily Eats
- What To Do On Days Where You “Feel Fat”
So, on Wednesday I posted What To Do On Days Where You “Feel Fat” and today I’m sharing three days of eats. Reader Maddy commented sharing with me that she enjoys when I share my “IE (intuitive eating) notes” with each meal. Remember when I used to do this? Example here.
Before we start, let’s keep in mind the purpose of sharing my IE notes and daily eats is to show you that it’s possible to feel good in your body without counting calories, diets, or deprivation. Moderation, fun with food, and freedom is possible for EACH of you.
This day started with a banana and Clif Bar for breakfast while I was working.
IE note: Normally I don’t eat while doing anything else. I love to enjoy my food. But, this day I was so excited to get to work that I compromised and reminded myself to not be surprised if I didn’t feel as satisfied. Intentional choosing is what I’ll call that.
For lunch, I made breakfast. Two slices of toast, two eggs, and half an avocado with sea-salt.
IE note: Sure enough, breakfast wasn’t that satisfying. Ha! So, I had breakfast for lunch. So yummy and fun.
For a pre-dinner snack I had Sea-Salt & Vinegar Kettle Chips. I’ve been in such a vinegar mood!
IE note: Marco and I had just gotten home from Costco and I had started making dinner (oh, at Costco I had a bite of his veggie pizza too). While we waited for the rice to cook we had chips. I put the chips in bowls so we could really enjoy them. See, I learned from breakfast :).
Dinner was leftover chicken adobo from the weekend with tomatoes, avocado, olive oil, and red chili pepper flakes. Mmm!
IE note: Nothing too special to note about this meal! It was comfortably filling. I usually feel pretty cozy after I eat warm food, especially when brown rice is involved (so filling).
After dinner we cleaned up the kitchen (part of how we stay organized) and I set out my quiet time basket for the next day.
To end the evening, we watched Rules of Engagement on Netflix, shared a few squares of dark chocolate, and sipped on peppermint tea.
IE note: Again, nothing too special here. But to note for all of you, I’ll share that when I eat chocolate I love to let each piece melt in my mouth. The chocolate lasts so much longer and tastes 10x more heavenly.
This day started off with eggs and toast for breakfast (two over easy eggs) and then a trip to the gym with Marco.
Lunch was two chicken tamales with hot sauce. Mmm! Love tamales. So comforting.
IE note: Before this meal I had the thought “we should really finish the leftover chicken adobo first.” Then I asked myself “will I feel satisfied if I eat that?” Answer: nope! So, I made the tamales instead and assured myself that the chicken adobo will be yummy another day.
In the afternoon I enjoyed a slice of toasted sourdough with organic mayo, mustard, turkey, and tomato slices with sea-salt & pepper.
IE note: I was nearly meal hungry at this time, so I had a “small meal” instead of a snack. You can read more about meal hunger vs. snack hunger here.
After my small meal I got back to work in my office with a cup of chamomile tea.
I had to work until 7:00 on Tuesday, which meant that dinner wasn’t until about 8:00. So, at about 5:15 I had a snack of chips & salsa.
Ah, dinner… Dinner was salmon (baked in the oven for 30 minutes at 350) with steamed broccoli (tossed in olive oil, sea-salt, and pepper), plus a side of brown rice and quinoa mixed together. Yum! Such a filling and satisfying dinner.
To end the night, I had a petite treat of Coconut Bliss Chocolate Peanut Butter ice cream. So good! Simi introduced this to me while she was here over the weekend.
IE note: People often ask me “do I have to be hungry to eat desert?” The way I’d answer this is to share that you never ever *have to* be hungry when you eat anything. Sometimes, you’ll eat when you’re not hungry and that’s totally okay. Eating when you’re hungry is not a rule. Rather, it’s a guideline that can help people to listen to their bodies and enjoy their food more (food just tastes so good when you’re nice and ready for it). That being said, my answer is NO. You do not need to be hungry to enjoy dessert. If it’s what you want, go for it. Spoon out an amount that would feel good, and find a way to really really enjoy that portion.
DAY 3 –
Breakfast was sourdough toast and two over medium eggs.
Lunch this day was two slices of toast with organic mayo, turkey, and tomato slices plus a side of sweet potato chips for the crunch.
IE note: This toast was gluten free brown rice toast and felt more filling to me than normal toast. Filling, but in the best way. I feel like my body loves rice foods. Anyone else? This kept me full for a long time. Interesting, I’ve never noticed this before! Always learning :).
At about 5:30 I went to Batch, an ice cream sandwich shop, with friends. I ordered a gluten free fudge cookie with butterfinger ice cream. You guys, this hit the spot oh so good.
IE note: I chose gluten free again, purely because I’ve been having really good experiences with rice based foods this week… I chose butterfingers because before I got to Batch I thought about what I wanted. My simple answer – PEANUT BUTTER ICE CREAM. This was the closest to it :).
After my ice cream date with my friends I met another friend, Asia, for coffee at Bello Mundo Cafe. Asia has a photography blog (here).
We did a panel last night at Cal Poly and it was SO fun. We talked with the students about blogging, how it’s allowed us to create businesses, and answered any questions they had about the blogging world. Such a great opportunity!
To end, dinner this night was a piece of salmon, rice, and broccoli, just like the night before. I didn’t get hungry until 9:30, so it was a late one. But, needless to say, delicious as ever because I was good and hungry.
Now, before you go… Something fun! Seeing that Thanksgiving Day is next week, I wanted to do something special for you gals! I’m going to be sending out a Q+A roundup on Wednesday, answering any and all of your questions about Thanksgiving.
Post ANY questions you’d like to ask me about Thanksgiving below Go!