Changing things up around here with a new name for these posts. Instead of “Daily Eats” I’m calling them “Intuitive Eats” because that’s really what I want to show you. The purpose of these posts is to show you a real-life example of what intuitive eating looks like, or as I like to think of it – normal eating.
Today I’m sharing you my eats from Tuesday, which was an extra hungry day for me. My goal yesterday was to honor my hunger, which is a key principle in intuitive eating. Coming from years of dieting and then following a structured meal plan in recovery, eating when I was hungry was hard for me to do at first. I was used to only eating certain amounts at certain times, however to really grasp the concept of intuitive eating, you need to be able to acknowledge when you are hungry and honor that hunger. To me, honoring hunger is a great practice of self-care.
Before I dive in, I always like to say that these posts are not for comparison. Rather they are here to provide inspiration for your eats and give you freedom to listen to your body and enjoy good food, as I am learning to do. Everyone has unique nutritional needs. If you’re feeling lost at how to listen to your body, consider my 1:1 coaching program.
My morning started as usual with my morning routine (journaling, meditation, reading a book and my Bible) and then a strength workout. I love moving my body in the morning because it gets my blood moving and I feel mentally prepared for the day. I was hungry when I woke up, so I had a handful of granola (love Purely Elizabeth granola!) and a glass of water.
By the time breakfast came around, I was hungry and have been craving a chocolate smoothie. I blended up 1/2 a frozen banana, frozen blueberries, organic milk, spoonful of peanut butter, 1tsp maca powder, 1tsp beet powder, 1 scoop chocolate bone broth protein, and a large handful of frozen kale. It was perfectly thick and creamy and satisfied my hunger.
Usually when I have a smoothie, I am hungry mid-morning and that happened this morning too. I had a coffee date and didn’t pack a snack (my mistake), so when I got home I snacked on some crackers because savory carbs sounded good at the moment and I was going to eat lunch in less than an hour, so I needed something small to tide me over while I finished up some work (I had more than pictured here). By the way, Back To Nature rosemary crackers are so good, especially with some cheddar cheese.
Not long after, I made a egg sandwich for lunch. I baked some sourdough bagels over the weekend, and was excited to use one for an egg sandwich. I filled the bagel with a fried egg, cheddar cheese, avocado, and Everything but the Bagel seasoning. On the side I had a salad of arugula, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, and a simple apple cider vinegar dressing I made over the weekend.
After lunch, I did some more work, but only two hours later I was hungry again. It was earlier than I usually have an afternoon snack, but my body was telling me it needed some fuel, so I made some green tea and had a banana and peanut butter. I let that settle for a while, but was still hungry so I had another spoonful of peanut butter topped with some more granola (great combo, by the way). That did the trick, and I was satisfied until I started making dinner a couple hours later.
For dinner, I made one of my favorite go-to dishes, Kitchen Sink Curry Bowls. I already had chicken cooked from Sunday’s dinner, so dinner came together quick. I soaked the brown rice for an hour or so and then while it was cooking, I chopped the veggies and roasted them and made a the coconut peanut butter curry sauce (which is AMAZING). Oh, and while all of that was cooking, I enjoyed a glass of wine. Put all the elements into a bowl and topped it with some cilantro – so good and satisfying.
I almost always enjoy something sweet after dinner, not because I’m hungry but because I enjoy it. When I was out and about yesterday, I stopped by a bakery I’ve seen so many times and picked up a chocolate cupcake for Blake and I to share. So an hour or so after dinner, I enjoy a cup of tea and half the cupcake with some vanilla ice-cream.
Some days I am more hungry than others, and on those days I usually eat more snacks or meals with extra fats or protein. The beauty of intuitive eating is that we work from a place of trusting our body, and if our body tells us it’s hungry then we can trust that we can eat some food regardless of what we’ve eaten the rest of the day or thinking about what we will eat next. Think about the moment right now and ask – What is my body telling me? What sounds good right now? Do I need something to keep me full for a couple hours or just to take the edge off before I eat a meal? It takes practice to learn your body and how certain foods make you feel. Be patient with the process and give yourself so much grace.