Daily Eats: A Day Off

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Though I don’t get to do these kinds of posts daily anymore, I still love checking in when I can to share the things I’ve eaten throughout the day. I’ve had lovely feedback recently from some of you readers saying that you enjoy these recaps, as it helps give you ideas for your own meals. And it’s so great to hear, because that’s exactly why I write these posts, to just help give you some ideas on things to try yourself. It’s not meant to be something you compare yourself or your own diet to, we are all different after all! I love sharing just to simply provide foodie inspo (and also because I love taking photos of food and writing about it, let’s be honest!). With that in mind, here’s my recap of today’s eats!

Today was my rostered day off, so I slept in a little. I didn’t mean to actually, I usually love starting my days early. But aside from briefly waking at 6am when Jared was getting ready for work and saying goodbye, I slept in until about 8am. My body must have needed it, because I felt so well rested and satisfied when I woke up!

I got up, made myself a hot chocolate and got back into bed to enjoy it. After doing my 5 Day Reset last week, I’ve started skipping my morning coffee and in turn having something with little to no caffeine to wake up with. Today it was 2 tsp carob and 1/2 tsp SuperFeast medicinal mushrooms in a mug, topped with hot water about 3/4 of the way, then finished off with some coconut milk. So warm and comforting! Severus also joined me for my morning hot chocolate, his little paw kills me!

I had plans to either go for a beach walk or a morning yoga class, but my body was still asking for more rest time so I listened and spent the next hour or so reading blogs and articles until my hunger forced me to get up and get ready for my day.

Before I walked out the door, I grabbed a handful of raw almonds and 2 sundried figs. It was past 10am at this point and I was getting pretty hungry. 

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I make it a little tradition to take myself out to a cafe on my day off for a bit of self care. I love going out for a meal by myself, it’s a nice way to relax and just enjoy my own company. I went to Grind & Dose in Neutral Bay, a cute little cafe just on Military Road. I got the low carb breakfast which came 3 poached eggs, bacon, sauteed tomatoes, avo and feta. I also got an almond milk latte. 

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I also brought along a book with me – The Clever Guts Diet. I bought this last week and I’ve been really digging it! So much interesting information about the gut and the ever fascinating microbiome inside it. I’ll definitely share some insights from it soon! 

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I sat at the cafe for over an hour, eating slowly, sipping slowly and reading my book. I was in no rush to go anywhere, and I wanted to really enjoy my time there and my meal. I ended up eating about 3/4 of my plate, it was a very filling and satisfying meal from all the protein and fats, and I was comfortably full when I left. 

On my way home, I did some grocery shopping, scored a couple of bargains at the op shop and headed home for the day. The crisp winter air was nice to walk in, but I was ready to get home and get all nice and cosy in our apartment for the rest of the day.

Cosy = Jared’s jumper and pyjama pants, my ugg boots and a cup of herbal tea! This was the YEP flavour from Thrive by Nature, which has Yarrow, Elderflower and Peppermint. Yum! I topped this up a couple more times today. 

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I worked on some things for the blog for a couple of hours and before I knew it, it was 2:30pm! That breakfast had held me over so well! I’d only just started getting hungry at that point, so I had a lighter kind of meal for lunch. I just re-heated some veggie and bean soup that was leftover from last week!

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I wasn’t hungry in the afternoon, so I didn’t have a snack. I did however, make myself another hot chocolate, except I changed the carob for cacao and I added 1/3 tsp of manuka honey. Comfort in a cup!

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For dinner tonight I made a fish curry, with the curry paste made from scratch! The best part about it was the whole thing only took me about half an hour. Half an hour!! I don’t know why I felt so intimidated by homemade curry pastes, this was so simple to do. I’m actually really excited to experiment with other flavours now. This fish curry recipe passed the taste test for both Jared and I tonight so I’ll be sharing it on the blog soon! 

We had it with organic basmati rice and papadums cooked in a little coconut oil. Such a warming, nourishing and delicious winter dinner!

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I’m currently enjoying dessert right now – herbal tea and a couple of rows of 70% dark chocolate. I haven’t had any all week, so it tastes extra delicious tonight!

I’m off to enjoy the rest of my night now, which will probably just consist of curling up on the couch with some M*A*S*H episodes! Hope you’ve had a good week so far, and I’ll see you again soon!

Laura x