I’ve been enjoying many many tasty eats recently! So I thought I’d join up with the tasty eating party over at Peas & Crayons for WIAW!
Breakfasts have been pretty dang consistent lately because I am absolutely in LOVE with what I’ve been having. Yogurt mixed with cereal has been so tasty lately! I missed yogurt so so much and I am so happy I’ve welcomed it back (with open arms!) Plus, it just seems to be so refreshing now that warm/hot weather has finally made its way to Wisconsin! I usually throw some almonds and dried fruit/raisins in the mix…but now love that a lot more fruit is in season, so I can add in some fresh fruit, too! I’ve been adding in fresh, chilled grapes this week and I am loving them! Especially since summer air has rolled in with hot and humid temps!
My morning snack lately has been unsalted saltines. (That sounds funny, doesn’t it? The cracker’s root word is ‘salt’ and they are unsalted. So maybe these should just be called ‘ines’?!? Why did I not go into marketing/advertising? ;)) They have just hit the spot lately. Sometimes I’ll pair them with peanut butter, other times I just like ’em plain. But the days I have them plain do very little to fill my tummy, so I usually dig into lunch a bit earlier on those days.
Lunches are pretty plain jane. I’m the master of sandwiches. But, you know what? I flippin’ love sandwiches! I don’t care that they are simple and pretty boring and uneventful. They are tasty! I love the turkey, mayo and hummus combo I’ve been having lately. I try to always include a veggie with lunch and milk. My favorite veggies are carrots, sliced peppers and tomatoes…sometimes just one, sometimes all three! Adding milk has been a HUGE change for me. I never had anything with calcium while I was restricting and know that due to my ED my bone health took a hit. So I’ve been working really hard to get natural, food-based forms of calcium into my diet again, instead of relying on calcium supplements alone.
Afternoon snacks can be the ‘grab a little bit of this, a little bit of that’ type of scenario. I get munchy, but not sure what I’m really in the mood for so grab a bite of this and a bit of that. Sometimes some cereal, sometimes some kettle corn, sometimes carrots. Carrots and hummus is always a good pairing. I will usually always have a granola bar and some trail mix packed along too. Those are my usual go-tos, just because of the convenience and because I virtually will always have these things around the house or packed with me!
Dinners have been pretty simple lately. I usually opt for quick dinners since I have a lot I try and fit in in the evenings. Taking time to cook and prepare meals has not really been my thing. Although, I definitely appreciate and understand the importance of prepared meals. But, sometimes quick meals can be just as satisfying!
Chicken with balsamic vinegar and quinoa, side salad with italian dressing, milk.
Chicken marsala with pasta, side salad with italian dressing, milk
Turkey and cheese sub, pasta salad, fresh fruit
Quinoa with chicken and the BEST seasoning, peppers with hummus, milk
Speaking of the best seasoning ever….yeah, this stuff makes everything taste awesome!
I mix it in with anything and everything, seriously!
Panda Express mushroom chicken, string bean chicken, rice, and mixed veggies
My evening ‘snacks’ have still been a weak point for me and my hardest and most-lingering behavior I still have and struggle with in my recovery. I have successfully gone 30+ days with eating breakfast, lunch, and dinner and most often including morning, afternoon, and evening snacks, as I promised my parents I’d do for my gift to them for their anniversary. But I have had a hard time, still, letting go of the binging at night. I am going “double or nothing” and going for another 30 days with my meals and eating…this time though, I’m placing special emphasis on changing my nights up so that I start to really reduce and eventually entirely eliminate my binges at night.
So instead of sharing with you what my normal binges look like (because lets be honest, there is nothing awesome about it or worth sharing), I’ll share the snack I had Monday night, the first night I successfully implemented my plan of going to bed early when my husband does (which NEVER happens!) since I will binge when he’s asleep, and waking up early the following morning to get my workout in first thing in the morning. Half a serving of pretzels. Yep, just plain old gluten free pretzels. (Not really on a gluten free diet, but I bought them and actually like them better than normal pretzels because they are much crunchier!) That was ALL.
Knowing what I normally eat when I binge, to what I did have is SUCH a huge contrast. I felt amazing. I had a bit of a harder time settling in to bed, since I’m used to going to bed feeling really full, but fell asleep much quicker than I thought I would. I woke up bright and early and also got my workout in for the day. It felt great. My hunger has been really revved up from a combination of not eating much before bed and working out in the morning, and I am OVERJOYED! This is what I have been working sooooo hard for. Eating healthy and balanced meals and snacks, exercising in moderation, and feeling good. I really want to keep this up so I’m going to do everything in my power to do so! In seeing just how great I feel after one night, I have to keep pushing forward. The feeling is too sweet to let go of. I will fight with every ounce of my being!
So that’s what’s up in the world of my eats. I can’t wait to munch on some more goodies and get more comfortable with eating more during the day and less at night! It’s exciting to be excited about food! 😉