Monday, 23 February 2015

My Week of Eats: Following the Food

This week shows that for some reason, all my usual foods just weren't doing it for me.  I still like to think I ate pretty healthy, but I chose to intuitively follow my food cravings.  Not good for my wallet (more bought meals this week!), but my belly was pretty happy about it all.

As always, I  haven't shared everything I ate during the week, just the meals and highlights.

Eats


Monday

 
  • Breakfast: Porridge of oats, quinoa, oat bran, walnuts, linseed, chia seeds, goji berries, with figs and milk.
  • Lunch: Yaki Soba beef noodles
  • Dinner: Leftover pizza  with salami, capsicum, pineapple, olives, onion, cheese and tomato sauce. Two slices.
I started the week with my normal porridge.  We had a work lunch to celebrate a birthday, and I really enjoyed the Yaki Soba - it had great flavour, and was from my favourite Japanese restaurant, Yuzu.  My pizza is great the night after - I enjoyed  couple of pieces for dinner when I got home a bit late.


Tuesday

 
 
  • Breakfast:  64 degree egg with kale, zucchini, and sour dough bread.  Large skinny cappuccino
  • Lunch: Leftover pizza slice, leftover vegetable pancake
  • Dinner: Lite'n'Easy fettuccine provincale
I met a friend for breakfast at Kinfolk, and had their egg special.  As always it was great! I love having vegetables at breakfast.  Lunch was an act of cleaning out my fridge before I had to throw it out.  Both the vegetable pancake and pizza still tasted great!  Again, I wanted to get rid of some of the Lite'n'Easy meals in the freezer, so I had a vegetarian pasta meal.  I liked it too.  A happy day of food!

Wednesday

 
  • Breakfast: Poached eggs on a muffin
  • Lunch: Croissant with tomato, onion, cheese, ham, mayonnaise and mustard
  • Snack: Hot cross bun with butter
  • Dinner: Sushi and sashimi platter
I wasn't well on Wednesday, and ended up being at home and having a bit of what exactly I felt like.  I always like microwave poached eggs - it's easy and filling.  Then I had a toasted croissant a bit later in the afternoon.  Dinner was some sushi and sashimi, but I didn't have heaps - I wasn't that hungry.

Thursday

 
 
  • Breakfast: Multigrain toast with butter and vegemite.  Large skinny cappuccino
  • Lunch: Two rice paper rolls - omelette and chicken.  Sweet greens smoothie with spinach, peaches, banana, almond milk, and nutmeg
  • Dinner: Home made pork mince bolognese with Slendier Slim Spaghetti
On Thursday I still wasn't feeling 100%, and vegemite on toast is my go to meal with I'm not well.  A coffee always warms me. Although I had taken a salad for lunch, I really didn't feel like it, so I got some rice paper rolls and a smoothie instead.  I still felt extremely crappy all afternoon, and Gareth made a pork bolognese mince for dinner.  I didn't feel like a big meal, so I tried the Slendier Slim spaghetti I had stashed in the pantry from some freebie event.  It was just ok.  It definitely had bulk, but it also had no flavour, and the texture was a bit off.  I didn't have heaps to eat.

Friday

 
  
  • Breakfast: Multigrain toast with vegemite and butter, Beetroot smoothie, large skinny cappuccino
  • Lunch: Caribbean Green Boost Juice smoothie, with mango, passionfruit, banana, spinach, mango nectar, coconut milk, coconut water & ice
  • Snack: Protein smoothie, with oat bran, linseed, chia seeds, nutmeg, protein powder, spinach, frozen blueberries, and a little milk.
  • Dinner: Grilled chicken with salad of lettuce, chickpeas, corn kernels, tomato, snow peas, avocado, pine nuts.
Friday was a better day, so I had my vegemite on toast and coffee, but added the special smoothie at Kinfolk - which included beetroot.  It was extra earthy.  At first I wasn't loving it, but I came around.  It had a really subtle sweetness I enjoyed.  I actually finished up work at lunch time, but I knew I wanted to hit the gym so I didn't want a big meal - another smoothie to the rescue.  Then after my workout, I wanted to have some protein, so my third smoothie of the day delivered.  Dinner was grilled chicken on top of the salad I made for work on Wednesday. Easy!

Saturday

  • Breakfast: Poached eggs on a muffin
  • Lunch: Large spinach cappuccino, with beef brisket, poached eggs on sour dough with Hollandaise sauce
  • Snack: Watermelon
  • Dinner: Thai takeaway - basmati rice, red vegetable curry, stir fry chicken with vegetables, chili and garlic, golden bags
  • Snack: Mini pavlova with whipped cream and pine mango dressing
I had my semi-usual poached eggs on a muffin for breakfast before heading to the hairdressers.  Lunch was at Corinthians, and although there was nothing on the menu I was immediately drawn to, I really enjoyed the beef brisket - it was divine!  It was hot and humid, so an afternoon snack of watermelon was just what the doctor ordered.  Our usual Saturday night takeaway was Thai, and it was great.  And Saturday night means dessert!

Sunday

  • Breakfast: Bowl of watermelon and rockmelon, topped with black cherry Chobani, walnuts and chia seeds.  Short macchiato
  • Lunch: Spicy tuna sushi roll, spicy salmon sushi roll, and three vegetable dumplings
  • Dinner:  Chicken skewers on the grill with capsicum, onion and pineapple, with grilled corn and asparagus
Sunday started with fresh fruit and yoghurt - perfect on a warm sultry morning after a run.  We are making Sunday sushi a bit of a tradition.  It's a great lunch in hot weather.  And we wanted to use our barbecue (even though storms started coming through late afternoon), so we took a shot at having a grilled meal!  It was really good, and we'll be doing it again.  Not to mention the 500 skewers we now have in our drawer.

Thoughts


I definitely went with my food whims this week.  It was partly because I wasn't feeling well for a few days, and I had an afternoon off work, which kind of messed with my week of food plans.  But I think I was just wanting a week of not normal food.  I'd like to think it was all pretty healthy though.

I must admit though that I disregarded my February goals this week.  I had a few snacks that had more sugar than I would have liked, especially the smoothies.  I am fairly comfortable with my choices though, because it really just consisted of fresh fruit.  Not ideal, but not terrible, so I'm going to chalk it up to intuitive eating, and go with the flow.


Next week


For the last week in February I want to recommit to my goals of less sugar, and less carbs at night.  But I also think it's important to try to be true to my intuitive eating, as I really feel this approach is what is going to give me long term, healthy balanced eating.  

I do think some of my straying from the plan has been due to a lack of convenience - I have not been particularly organised in planning my work meals, and even dinners.  Although I may not be able to change things this week, I think being more organised will be a key aspect of my March goals, so I'll give it some thought this week!


Do you plan your weekly meals?  What are some of your tips to make healthy eating quick and easy during the week?


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