Monday, 15 December 2014

My Week of Eats

I haven't had to deal with too many festive season events yet, but this week I did have my sister's wedding.  I've been a pretty bad blogger this week and I haven't taken too many photos.  I assumed I would have heaps from the wedding, but I soon found out that being a bridesmaid meant that I was in a lot of the photos, but I didn't really get to take any myself!

As always, I won't share with you every single thing I ate last week - just the highlights.



  • Breakfast My super mixed grain porridge with a peach, and a large skinny cappucino
  • Snack Raspberry Chobani yoghurt 
  • Lunch Tuna rice salad - snow peas, cherry tomatoes, avocado, corn, mixed beans, rice, tuna with chilli
  • Dinner Veggie burger with pan fried bok choy, broccoli, onion and garlic, with a corn on the cob

I had a normal but busy start to the week.  I was cravings lots of vegies, and I think I got my fill throughout the day!  I always take my porridge mix with me to work, which is great especially when I know I'm going to have a busy day and I want to get started as soon as I walk in the door.  I just need to add water and put the bowl into the microwave for a couple of minutes, and I have breakfast sorted.


  • Breakfast Two slices of multigrain toast with butter and vegemite, and large skinny cappucino
  • Lunch Tuna rice salad (see above)
  • Snack punnet of raspberries
  • Dinner salmon fillet with pan fried brussel sprouts, bok choy and onion, with mashed sweet potato
I knew Tuesday was going to be a little painful, so I took half an hour in the morning to sit in my favourite coffee shop and have breakfast.  It's my favourite way to start a day.  I dropped into the supermarket and saw that berries were on special - yum!  I can knock back a punnet without thinking about it, and I enjoyed every one of these raspberries.  And you can never go wrong with salmon and brussel sprouts for dinner!


  • Breakfast my mixed grain porridge as overnight oats with blueberry chobani yoghurt, and large skinny cappucino
  • Lunch Tuna rice salad (as above)
  • Snack Apple, trail mix
  • Dinner Kangaroo sausages with corn on the cob and pan fried brussel sprouts and broccoli
It was a bit warmer during this time of the week, so the night before I left work I added some yoghurt to my porridge mix and let it sit in the fridge over night.  The next morning I had instant breakfast!  I just added a little milk to soften the mixture.  I still haven't finished my pack of kangaroo sausages!  I love them :)


  • Breakfast 62c egg on sour dough with kale, asparagus, pine nuts and goats cheese mousse, large skinny cappucino
  • Lunch Tuna rice salad (see above)
  • Snack punnet of blackberries
  • Dinner three sushi rolls - tuna and chicken
Wednesday was a huge day at work, and by Thursday morning I wanted to spoil myself, and have a great breakfast to kick off the day and kick start my energy!  Kinfolk is my go to cafe for a great breakfast, and they didn't disappoint with this 62c egg special.  I don't know if I can have eggs any other way now!


Old pic, same porridge concept ...

  • Breakfast Porridge of rolled oats with LSA mix, sultanas, cranberries, almonds, peanut butter and mixed spice with milk, skinny cappucino
  • Lunch 2 poached eggs on sour dough with tomato and avocado
  • Snack
  • Dinner Four slices of gourmet pizza - ham and pineapple, prosciutto and potato, the works
I was in Ballarat and off work, so not my normal Friday food!  Our family went out for lunch and I felt like all day breakfast, and I always love tomato and avocado as my sides.  I would have had spinach too if it was on the menu!  Then we had a post wedding rehearsal picnic dinner down by Wendouree Lake with family who were already in town for the wedding.  There were a bunch of pizzas, and I had a few slices.  The Forge has the best pizza in Ballarat, and I couldn't (and didn't want to!) turn it down.  I ate just enough to be satisfied but not overly full.


No food pics, but this is me with my Dad and my sister Bree on her wedding day!  She is stunning :)
  • Breakfast Porridge of rolled oats with LSA mix, sultanas, cranberries, almonds, peanut butter and mixed spice with milk, skinny cappucino
  • Lunch Turkey, cranberry and spinach sandwich
  • Dinner Wedding! Entrée of dips, cured meats and cheese.  Mains of salmon, lamb and pork belly with mix of pumpkin, Greek, couscous and buckwheat salads.  Dessert of mini chocolate brownie, lemon tart and honey and fig panacotta.  All with a few glasses of sparkling and white wine.
Wedding day!  Nothing normal about this day, or the food we ate.  The wedding spread was divine, and I enjoyed every bite (great choice Bree and Thayne!).  I still felt like my day was full of good quality, fresh food.  There was just a bit more than normal, and I was totally ok with that - I did not want to miss out on any of it!


Post wedding party drinks - I think most (but not all!) chose to go without the alcohol ...
  • Breakfast  Two slices of pumpkin seed toast with butter and vegemite and honey.  Skinny cappucino
  • Lunch Mix of green, rice, Cypriot, egg, coleslaw and Greek salads, baked potato, roast beef and gravy roll.
  • Snack  Desserts - tastes of lime cheesecake, brownie cake, gingerbread cake, fruit and jelly slice.
  • Dinner  Two spicy tuna sushi rolls with three vegetable dumplings
Sunday was a recovery day for most of us.  For me, I was just tired and needed a little extra energy boost.  We had a post wedding bbq, so there was another great spread of food for lunch.  Again, I felt like I had a range of fresh, wholesome food, with a few desserts thrown in.  For dinner we weren't too hungry, but just wanted something to get through the night.  Sushi to the rescue!


The week started pretty normally in the food department, and ended on an amazing food high.  I'm actually most proud of my attitude towards food all week.  I didn't stress about what I was eating before the wedding - no last minute crash diets here!  Through the days around the wedding, I had less control about the food I ate, and that was totally fine too.  I just tried to make sure I had a good mix of vegies and protein, and didn't hold back from the desserts that I wanted to try.

I feel like I've come a long way from where I was about a month ago in my intuitive eating approach to food.  I only felt enjoyment in the food I ate - no guilt at all.  I could have had some other bits (like lollies) and I just made a decision at the time of whether I wanted them or not.  Mostly I didn't!  I honestly want real foods, and am happy to pass on the processed foods.

What's next

The next few weeks will have more Christmas events, but I'll be happy if I can continue to take the same approach as I did this week - make choices based on whether I'm hungry and need food, and if so, eat the foods that I really want to have and that will satisfy me.

What foods / dishes are you most looking forward to over Christmas?


  1. I'like take your Tuesday meal. :) that looks good. And as a Mexican, I'm looking forward to Tamales on Christmas.!!

    1. My Tuesday meal is one of my favourites! Tamales for Christmas sounds amazing! I might have to look into that myself :)

  2. So many of your meals look good! I have been eating a lot more Kale and I really love it.

    1. Thanks Lauren! I've been trying to have more kale too, but I just haven't gotten into the habit yet. I'll add it to my grocery list for next week though!