Monday, 9 February 2015

Week of Eats: A Birthday Weekend

I hope you all had a lovely weekend!  Mine definitely involved lots of yummy eats, all in the spirit of birthday celebrations.  I did give myself a free pass from my February goals for the occasion.  Here are the details!

As always, I haven't detailed every single thing I ate during the week.  Just the highlights!


Eats


Monday


  • Breakfast: Porridge of oats, oat bran, quinoa, cinnamon, linseed, chia seeds, currants, walnuts, with milk.  Large skinny cappucino.
  • Lunch:  Salad of lettuce, tomato, sugar snap peas, corn, chickpeas, avocado, spring onion, pine nuts, and tuna in olive oil.
  • Dinner:  Pan fried broccoli, bok choy and onion in garlic and olive oil, with grilled crumbed chicken.
Started the week according to plan.  Less carbs, more vegies.  It worked!

Tuesday


  • Breakfast: Porridge of oats, oat bran, quinoa, cinnamon, linseed, chia seeds, walnuts, and blueberries with milk.  Large skinny cappucino.
  • Lunch:  Salad of lettuce, tomato, sugar snap peas, corn, chickpeas, avocado, spring onion, pine nuts, and tuna in olive oil.
  • Dinner:  Leftover roast vegetable frittata, pan fried bok choy in garlic and olive oil, vegie burger on top.
I enjoyed a meat free day (if you don't consider fish to be meat).  Still kept to my no sugar, lower carbs plan.  I did have blueberries because they are a lower sugar fruit, and just add some yumminess to my porridge.  My salads at lunch are pretty huge, and do keep me full all afternoon!

Wednesday


  • Breakfast:  Porridge of oats, oat bran, quinoa, cinnamon, linseed, chia seeds, walnuts, and blueberries with milk.  Large skinny cappucino.
  • Lunch:  Salad of lettuce, tomato, sugar snap peas, corn, chickpeas, avocado, spring onion, pine nuts, and tuna in olive oil.
  • Dinner: Pan fried broccoli, tomato, asparagus, and bok choy in olive oil and garlic, with baked salmon fillet.
Another meat free day.  I didn't realise!  Bit of a repeat day actually.

Thursday


 
 

  • Breakfast:  Sesame bagel with butt and vegemite; large skinny cappucino.
  • Snack:  Overnight oats with quinoa, amaranth flakes, oat bran, cinnamon, linseed, chia seeds and walnuts, with blueberries and milk.
  • Lunch:  Bahn Me Vietnamese roll with coriander, chicken, salad, and brown rice cooked tuna sushi
  • Dinner:  Leftover roast vegetable frittata with vegie burger
Porridge just wasn't appealing, so I got a bagel where I get my coffee.  I know - not the healthiest choice, but I knew I'd be craving it if I didn't have it.  I did however get a bit hungry in the middle of the morning, so I had my overnight oats as a snack.  I didn't bring lunch that day, so I wandered around for ages before I decided on something.  It still wasn't exactly what I wanted for lunch, but it was good enough.  I got home from work pretty late, so a quick reheated dinner was perfect.

Friday


 

  • Breakfast:  Multigrain toast with butter and vegemite.  Smoothie of banana, apricot, coconut, chia, dates and tumeric,  Large skinny cappucino.
  • Lunch:  Salad of lettuce, tomato, sugar snap peas, corn, chickpeas, avocado, spring onion, pine nuts, and tuna in olive oil.
  • Dinner:  Two chorizo sausages with salad of spinach, rocket, cucumber, spring onion, tomato, pine nuts.
Again, I felt like a Friday morning cafe breakfast, and toast and smoothie was what I wanted!  The rest of the day was pretty standard.  It was a nice evening, so Gareth grilled some meat on the BBQ, whilst I threw together a salad.

Saturday

 

  • Breakfast:  English muffin and peanut butter.  Smoothie of rocket, spinach, frozen blueberries, amaranth puffs, linseed, chia seeds, greek yoghurt, and milk.  Small macchiato.
  • Lunch: Chicken quesadillas, with sour cream, avocado,  and salsa.
  • Snack:  Chocolate pudding with whipped cream and strawberries.  Skinny cappucino.  Some popcorn and Coke Zero.
  • Dinner:  Panak paneer (spinach and cottage cheese), saffron rice, chicken tikka, vegetable samosa, some garlic naan.
Long run day!  I refueled with a smoothie that actually wasn't that great - a bad combination of ingredients I think.  And I really wanted vegemite on my muffins, but it had been thrown out because it was past its best before date.  Pffft!  The rest of the day was birthday celebrations for Gareth, who got to choose where we ate.  I didn't hold back - I just picked what I felt like.  It was all yum!

Sunday


 
 

  • Breakfast:  Porridge of oats, quinoa, oat bran, chia seeds, linseed, cinnamon, walnuts with blueberries and milk.  Small macchiato.
  • Lunch:  Skinny cappucino.  Poached eggs on 7 grain bread, with tomato, spinach and avocado.
  • Dinner:  Tuna curry casserole with pineapple, corn, celery and rice.
  • Snack: Chocolate cake with raspberry jam, raspberries, chocolate icing and whipped cream.
Another meat free day!  There you go.  Out for brunch - Gareth's choice again, and I just went with a classic breakfast for me.  Dinner was my Mum's recipe, so it was proper ie. contained butter, but not too much.  But it is easy and tasty!!  Dessert chocolate cake was a must for the birthday boy, and for me.  It was a pretty good cake, if I do say so myself!

Thoughts


This week I definitely went with the intuitive eating theory of eating what I wanted, when I wanted it.  I did ask myself when I thought about eating if I was hungry.  If I was, I went for it.  If I wasn't hungry, I'd have a mini think about why I wanted to eat.  Sometimes I had a drink instead.  Sometimes - like Gold Class dessert - it was a conscious decision, which I chose to enjoy.

I know it hasn't been a full week of no sugar yet, but I will say I haven't really noticed a craving for sugar.  Once in the evening I had some homemade cacao fudge, which, although not strictly sugar free, I was comfortable with in the spirit of my February goals, and was exactly what I wanted to eat.  On the weekend, I ate a few sweet things, but just what and as much as I wanted.

I felt a lot better after eating less simple carbs during the day.  I had big lettuce salads during the day, instead of rice based salads, and at night I just left out the carbs when it made sense.  I basically just had more green vegies as a result, and for me, more vegies is just better.  I slept better (except that night Angus scratched ALL. NIGHT.), I have more energy, and less cravings. 

Next Week


This coming week will still not be a full sugar free week, but I'll only have something sweet for Valentine's Day.  Not just because.  The less simple carbs thing is always working for me already, so I'll keep that up.  I was even fine with the glass of wine two nights a week, instead of 4 ... or 5 :P  If I can keep this up until the end of February, I'll be pretty proud of myself!  I probably shouldn't reward myself with chocolate though ... right?? 


How does your body handle carbs?  Have you tried to reduce your carbs / only have carbs at certain times of day?  Did you notice any change?


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