Monday, 19 January 2015

My Eats First Week Back at Work

Going back to work has actually had some stability and consistency back into what I'm eating.  I think this a much cleaner week of eating than I had for awhile, and I feel a lot better for it!

Eats


Monday


  •  Breakfast:  Porridge of quinoa, oats, currants, chia seeds, linseed and mixed spice, with milk and nectarine added,with a white coffee
  • Lunch:  Tuna rice salad with snap peas, tomato, corn, chickpeas, avocado, brown rice, can of tuna in olive oil
  • Snack:
  • Dinner:  Salmon fillet baked, with pan fried brussel sprouts, bok choy and onion in garlic and olive oil
My first day of work brought back some of my tried and true favourites - porridge and tuna rice salad.  I pre-mix the porridge the night before, and just take it in a plastic resealable bag.  Easy!  I take all the ingredients for a week of my tuna rice salad to work, and store them in the fridge. Then each lunch time is just chopping a few vegies, putting some 30 second rice in the microwave, and I'm done!  There is something clean and fresh about salmon on a Monday night. One of my favs!


Tuesday

 
 
  • Breakfast:  Porridge of quinoa, oats, currants, chia seeds, linseed and mixed spice, with milk and nectarine added,with a white coffee
  • Lunch:  Tuna rice salad with snap peas, tomato, corn, chickpeas, avocado, brown rice, can of tuna in olive oil
  • Snack: Bran and mango muffin
  • Dinner: Morrocan chicken breast with corn on the cob, and pan fried brussel sprouts, bok choy and onion in garlic and olive oil
  • Snack: Leftover berry crumble with cream
Normal work fare for lunch and breakfast, and a pretty easy dinner.  I love corn on the cob for some clean carbs, and by now you know about my obsession for brussel sprouts - I can't get enough!  The leftover berry crumble was calling my name, and I couldn't let it go to waste.

Wednesday

 
 
  • Breakfast:  Porridge of quinoa, oats, currants, chia seeds, linseed and mixed spice, with milk and nectarine added,with a white coffee
  • Lunch:  Tuna rice salad with snap peas, tomato, corn, chickpeas, avocado, brown rice, can of tuna in olive oil
  • Snack:  Bran and mango muffin
  • Dinner:  Leftover home made lasagna, with a piece of garlic bread, and salad of rocket, spinach, tomato, spring onions and pine nuts
My standard breakfast and lunch, and then a quick and easy dinner of leftovers.  Don't you love how some foods get better after they sit a couple of days?  Lasagna is definitely one of them!

Thursday

 
 
  • Breakfast:  Porridge of quinoa, oats, currants, chia seeds, linseed and mixed spice, with milk and nectarine added,with a white coffee
  • Lunch:  Japanese chicken curry on rice
  • Snack:  Raspberry yoghurt
  • Dinner:  Mexican chicken with salad of lettuce, spinach, spring onion, tomato, avocado and cucumber
I had my normal breakfast, but we went to a local Japanese restaurant for lunch.  I tried the chicken curry for the first time, and I really liked it.  The chicken was lightly fried, and the curry sauce was full of great flavour.  I had a yoghurt before going to the gym after work.  When I got home, I had some leftover chicken from the fajitas Gareth had made, and put them on top a salad - I didn't want anything heavy at that time of night.

Friday


  • Breakfast:  Porridge of quinoa, oats, mashed banana, currants, chia seeds, linseed and mixed spice, with milk added,with a white coffee
  • Lunch:  Tuna rice salad with snap peas, tomato, corn, chickpeas, avocado, brown rice, can of tuna in olive oil
  • Dinner:  Vegie burger with vegie pattie, on half a bun with cheese, lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise, tomato and avocado salsa, with side salad
My standard work fare, and a sub standard vegie burger at the local pub for dinner.  I definitely noticed the processed feel and taste of it.  It just goes to show that you do get used to healthy, clean food!

Saturday

  
  • Breakfast:  Porridge of quinoa, oats, mashed banana, currants, chia seeds, linseed and mixed spice, with milk and nectarine added,with a white coffee
  • Lunch:  Three sushi rolls - avocado, cooked tuna and teriyaki chicken, with skinny cappucino
  • Dinner:  Slice of herb bread and glass of red wine, then pan fried barramundi on lemon and thyme risotto, followed with golden syrup pudding with ice cream, and a glass of port
Today was all about refuelling after my 20km run, and then enjoying the birthday dinner for my Dad.  I only ate as much as I wanted, without feeling overfull at any time, but definitely enjoyed all the yummy food on offer.

Sunday

 
  • Breakfast:  Porridge of natural muesli, with chia seeds and mixed spice added, and skinny cappuccino
  • Lunch:  Two poached eggs on multigrain muffin with tomato and avocado 
  • Snack:  Pineapple pieces
  • Dinner:  Chow mein - base of mince, cabbage, rice noodles and vegies in curry sauce
Today was a pretty normal Sunday day of eats.  I had to improvise with porridge for breakfast, so I added a couple of things to a natural muesli in Mum's pantry.  It was nice for a change.  After the extra food on Saturday, I was happier for lighter meals.  Eggs fit the bill for lunch, and I didn't have too much chow mein - even though it is always tempting.


Thoughts

It actually felt REALLY good to eat my normal breakfast and lunches this week, and at normal times.  I still love my tuna rice salad - I thought I might come back and want something different for lunch at work, but I just want more.  It helps that its super easy, and I can change up the vegies in the mix if I get bored.  Similar to my porridge.

We were back to quick and easy dinners, which means salmon, chicken and leftovers play a big part.  We probably wouldn't normally go out for dinner twice in a week, but with Gareth's mum here, it's nice to celebrate now and then.

I'm still probably a bit more snacky than I would like, given that I'm back at work and sitting on my butt more again.  I was still having healthy snacks (like yoghurt, homemade muffins, and dried fruits and nuts), but it's just something to work on!


Next Week

I'm still trying to find a balance between eating 'normally', and having Gareth's mum here which means more celebratory meals than normal.  Even Gareth said that!  Sometimes you just have to accept your situation though.  I'm not going to get too caught up about it whilst she's here, because it's just as important to share time with family. I'll just try to make healthy decisions where possible, and make sure I'm eating what and when I really want to - not just because the food is there.

As I mentioned, cutting back on snacking is still on the agenda.  I would mainly like to target my regular on the train nuts and dried fruit - I'll try to fall into this trap this week.

Other than that, I'm just going to keep up my regular at work meals!  There are still some treats floating around the  office, so I'll just be politely declining them for awhile.


Are you back into your 'normal' eating after the holidays?  Are their any tweaks you want to make to what you're eating at the moment?




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