Good morning! I am writing this Wednesday morning, full disclosure. We’ve been busy during the evenings, so I haven’t had a chance to type up this post until now. Also, I know I didn’t get a meal guide out this week, and that’s because we are trying a new produce delivery service (Misfits Markets – get 25% off your first order) and didn’t get it until yesterday. So, I’ve been winging meals this week. I love Misfits Markets, and should probably dedicate a post to it at some point, but all that to say, it’s going to throw an interesting spin on each week’s meal guides.
Today, I’m sharing another round of daily intuitive eats from yesterday, and I wanted to take some time to explain why I share what I eat. If you follow me on Instagram, I share most of my eats in my stories every day, and I feel that I need to put a disclaimer out there. So before we dive into the food, I want to share a little background.
In my disordered eating days, I was always searching for the “perfect” diet (i.e. what thin people ate) to follow to a T, so I would be thin. And then even in my recovery days, I would follow a precise meal plan because I didn’t trust my body, or I should say I worried that if I let my body lead, I would gain weight. However, what I have learned that every single person has their own unique needs when it comes to food, exercise, and really everything in life, but we’ll focus on food right now. Meaning, what I eat isn’t necessarily what you should eat.
So why do I share? I share what I eat in hopes that you leave feeling inspired and full of permission to listen to your body, as I am. My goal is to show you that normal eating IS POSSIBLE. That you can eat a variety of food, eat more some days than other, celebrate delicious food, and some days not always get it down perfectly. Intuitive eating isn’t another diet or rigid plan to follow. I know that sounds scary if you’ve followed diets for a while, but that’s why I share. Again, it is possible to let your body lead.
I also share to give you inspiration for some yummy eats that include ALL FOODS (there are no good/bad foods in my book). I’ve gotten a lot of meal inspiration from other bloggers, as well as a sense of permission to eat certain fear foods. So my hope is that through these posts and my Instagram stories, you leave feeling inspired and full of faith that you too can let go of all food rules/control (as I have)! Now let’s dive into Tuesday’s eats!
I woke up feeling refreshed and energized, so I decided to get some movement in right away. Since I was a little hungry, I had a handful of granola before my workout. By the way, I made Minimalist Baker’s Super Chunky Granola this weekend, and it is AMAZING! I’ve been having nibbles throughout the day if I feel hungry.
After my workout, I quickly showered and read my Bible, journaled, and read a personal development book (this has been my favorite morning routine recently). I then quickly made a smoothie to eat with my niece. We were taking care of my niece over the weekend, so mornings and evenings have been a little more hectic. In my smoothie went 1/2 a frozen banana, frozen kale, frozen cauliflower, frozen pineapple, almond milk, sunbutter, vanilla protein powder, and maca powder. It wasn’t the most flavorful smoothie, but it did the trick and was easy to eat while getting my niece ready for school. Ideally, I would sit and slowly enjoy my breakfast but that’s not always the case. I am working on slowing down my eating and being mindful with meals.
After breakfast, I put a loaf of sourdough in the oven that I had mixed up the night before, and then dug into some work while finishing my coffee. Mid-morning, I grabbed some more of that granola since I could tell my brain needed some fuel. And then an hour later I broke for lunch. I had roasted a chicken over the weekend, and have been enjoying leftovers for easy lunches this week. I put some chicken on top of romaine, celery, cucumber, dried cherries, and feta, and drizzled it with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. On the side, I had some fresh sourdough (I went back for another slice after this). I usually have something sweet after lunch which could be fruit or chocolate depending on how hungry I am. I was still hungry after lunch, so I had a juicy orange.
I finished up a bit of work, then threw on some real clothes and makeup (love my quick Flawless in Five routine) before heading out to a women’s networking event. If you’re a female business owner in the Philly area, you need to check out the Wellstruck Lady Boss events. I was hungry on the drive and forgot to pack a snack, so I got a full-fat cappuccino at the event. It took the edge off my hunger, but by the time I left I was hungry (note to self – always have snacks in your purse). I stopped at Trader Joe’s on the way home for dinner ingredients and picked up these sweet potato tortilla chips, which I snacked on on the way home. In the past I would have avoided fried foods even if I was really hungry, but now I know I can trust my body when it tells me it wants something specific. The sweet, salty flavor combo and crunch sounded really good at that moment.
I had plans for some girlfriends to come over for wine, masks, and the Bachelor, so when I got home I had to quickly whip up dinner before they arrived. For dinner, I sauteed chicken sausage, mushrooms, and cherry tomatoes with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and sage, and when it was done cooking, I melted some butter and threw in a couple handfuls of arugula. I then mixed it all with cooked gnocchi and parmesan cheese. I was so satisfying and will definitely be making it again.
The girls came over right after dinner, and we settled in with some wine while watching the Bachelor. I haven’t been watching it this year, but it was a fun excuse to get together and chat. Right before bed I was a little hungry, so I had a couple pieces of unpictured dried mango and some more nibbles of sourdough. I know it wasn’t very mindful, but I was tired and just knew I needed something small before bed.
Yesterday was an example of less mindful eating than I’d like and grazing as opposed to sitting down with a full meal or snack. I share this because it wasn’t a perfect day, but again intuitive eating isn’t about perfection. Also, when you’re beginning your journey with intuitive eating, you may overshoot or undershoot at certain meals as you learn to tune into your own hunger and fullness. Approach these times with curiosity and ask yourself what you can do next time to honor your body and hunger adequately.
I’d love to hear from you – How do you like these daily eats posts? Are they helpful in your intuitive eating journey?