Monday, 24 November 2014

A Week of Fun Food

As you know, I've decided that my approach to food has needed a bit of an overhaul.  I decided that I'm going to focus on listening to my body about what it wants and when, and see where that takes me.  I've been keeping a food journal, and noting not just what I eat, but also when, how I feel, and a few notes about why.  It's been a really interesting exercise!

But first, here is a bit of a summary of the food I ate this week.  Sorry it's a bit wordy.  I'm still being a bad blogger and not remembering to take pictures of what I eat all the time.  I'm trying!

I won't give you a blow by blow of every single thing I've eaten, just the highlights, and some of my thoughts on each day.

The Food

Monday

  • Breakfast: my homemade mixed grain porridge with milk and peanut and coconut butter
  • Snack: fruit and coffee
  • Lunch: chicken with peas and puree, and dessert of chocolate tart and raspberry sorbet
  • Dinner: grilled chicken with salsa and roasted veggies

Monday and Tuesday I was on a training course, and they provided a light breakfast, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. I had been a bit concerned that I wouldn't feel like what I was provided was healthy, but I was very pleasantly surprised and I loved every bite of lunch especially.

Tuesday

  • Breakfast: same as Monday
  • Snack: same as Monday
  • Lunch: barramundi, and dessert of peach pecan mousse
  • Dinner: Thai chicken curry with bok choy instead of rice

Again I was on a course, and had similar food to Monday - it was all super yum!  But I had a bad headache in the morning, so I didn't each much in the first half of the day, and instead had a bigger snack of yoghurt and trail mix before dinner to get me through.  I was happy with that.


Wednesday

  • Breakfast: tomato, cheese and ham omlette, half a bagel with vegemite, large coffee
  • Lunch: 3 rice paper rolls from Roll'd.  Dessert of self serve frozen yoghurt with almonds, pomegranate, toasted muesli and a few dark choc chips
  • Snack: Veggie juice
  • Dinner: Salmon fillet with pan fried bok choy, brussel sprouts and onion.  Corn on the cob.

I had an exam in the morning, and wanted to study beforehand, so I dropped into a cafe I know for breakfast.  This was a pretty big breakfast, and I was partly eating because I was stressed, but I tried to make healthy choices.

After the exam I decided to treat myself for lunch - again because I was a bit tired and wanted a reward. It hit the spot.  And I followed it with a veggie juice as my afternoon snack, which was a bit lighter.


Thursday

  • Breakfast: Two slices of multigrain toast with butter and vegemite, and a large coffee
  • Snack: Large coffee
  • Lunch: Leftover half sandwiches from a client meeting - chicken panini, ham wrap, and salami sandwich
  • Snack: Apple and coconut chobani yoghurt
  • Dinner: Leftover beef and black bean chili on a baked potato with sour cream and cheese
  • Snack: piece of cacao fudge

I went to Kinfolk to blog over breakfast :)  Best excuse ever.  I was really tired, so you can see the double (it might have even been triple) caffeine hit.  It got me through the morning.

I literally had to bolt down lunch between meetings, and I was hugely grateful that I saw these leftover sandwiches from a client meeting.  Saved the day!  And yoghurt is one of my favourite snacks.  It fills you up, and gives you a protein boost.

Friday

  • Breakfast: Two slices of multigrain toast with butter and honey, and a large coffee
  • Snack: large coffee
  • Lunch: Lite'n'Easy lunch - Chinese chicken fried rice
  • Snack: Homemade bircher muesli
  • Dinner: Glass of wine, lamb salad with feta, beetroot and carrots

Blogging over breakfast was such a great idea yesterday that I decided to do it again.  Another double coffee day.  

After a light-ish lunch, I knew I was going to have dinner late, so I had some bircher muesli I had made the day before and left at work.  My porridge mix, but with yoghurt as the bircher base, and then added some full cream milk to loosen it all up.  It was lovely and filling.

Dinner was out with Mum!  Again, just what I felt like.

Saturday

  • Breakfast: Small bowl of cereal and coffee
  • Brunch: nibbles including corn fritters, green juice, fruit
  • Afternoon snack: nibbles including cherry tomatoes, celery, carrot, dry biscuits, and a couple of drinks
  • Dinner: Quinoa with veggies, and grilled chicken.  Glass of wine
  • Snack: home made popcorn when watching a movie

This was a totally random food day, being out and about for my sister's Not-Hen's Day.  I didn't hold back, but I just ate what looked appealing.  My sister believes in fresh, real food too, so there were great choices all day.

Dinner was quick and easy!  Loved it.

Sunday

  • Breakfast: porridge made from muesli with peanut butter and milk
  • Snack: coffee
  • Lunch: two egg omelette with tomato, chives and a slice of toast
  • Dinner: lentil burger with pan fried bok choy, asparagus and brussel sprouts in olive oil, garlic and spring onion.

Sunday I started eating late because I went for a long-ish run in the morning.  I wasn't too hungry most of the day, so my goal was just to keep my energy levels up.  It was a big weekend for this non-party girl, so I was tired by Sunday night.

Summary

I really enjoyed my food this week, much more than I have recently.  But I also didn't think too much about it.  And I think that really made a difference.

I made a conscious choice to be mostly concerned with making sure I was listening to what my body was telling me.  I tried to eat when I was hungry (not before, but not too leave it too long either).  I was also trying to stop eating early, and then decide if I wanted more food.  If I did, then I had it!

I also let myself choice what I wanted to eat, rather than what I thought I should eat.  Surprisingly to me, but not surprisingly to most of you, my body wanted the good stuff.  This was one of the healthiest weeks of food I've had in a while.  And I enjoyed it all.  I also didn't have cravings for any sweet, sugary or fatty foods.  I really wasn't interested.

Go me!

Learnings

I learned that I CAN trust my body to guide me to eat the right food.  It was actually a pretty stressful week with an exam, and work was crazy when I got back into the office, and I still let my body to choose what I wanted to eat.  That meant I didn't have cravings, even when the stress and craziness hit.

This is a pretty huge thing for me to realise!  By trusting my body, I will be in a better position to make rational food choices, rather than emotionally driven decisions.


Do you trust your body to tell you what food you need and when?  Has this been a conscious learning experience for you?  What is your favourite dinner at the moment?







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