I’m back with my usual weekly edition of WHAT I ATE. I know I skipped last weeks, and this was partially the reason why>>. I also just wanted to take a break as well, and that’s ok too.
Before I get into it, I just wanted to remind you of why I do these posts:
- For me. Truly! I like to look back on what I ate, and reflect on how certain meals or eating habits made me feel. And see if my mood changes or body changes link in to any thing I ate during the week. It really shows me how certain foods affect me and how certain things in life (stress etc) can affect my appetite and cravings. It also shows me what I thrive on, and what makes me feel not so great. It’s a great way for me to notice things that I might not have noticed at the time.
- For you. (Of course!!). It’s really so you can see what a health nut/nutritionist/naturopath to be/lover of all foods eats during the week. I like showing you that I don’t follow a diet. I like showing you that you can find peace with your food without having to restrict yourself and without having to track your calories. I like showing you that food is to be enjoyed and embraced and not feared or hated. And most of all, I like showing you that having a healthy relationship with food is more important than eating strictly healthy foods all the time.
Now, let’s get into it!
Jared and I got up and had our usual lemon tea together, then got ready for work. We haven’t been eating breakfast at home together because he’s been starting work at 7am, so we’ve been leaving home at 6:30am every morning. I usually get to work over an hour early, but I don’t mind it. My laptop has been playing up, so it means I get to do some blogging done on my work computer before my work day begins.
For breakfast, I made: a smoothie from one banana, 1 cup rice milk, 2 tablespoons Mayver’s Super Spread, 2 tablespoons chia seeds and 1 teaspoon cacao. I made Jared 2 fried eggs (he doesn’t like smoothies, and I was off eggs for breakfast!).
For lunch, I packed: a chopped salad (rocket, cucumber and tomato) and a carrot, sweet potato and onion to roast in our mini convection oven at work. (Jared had a simple 2 egg omelette to have with his salad).
For snacks, I packed: hemp seed bliss balls. As you can see, I like to re-use any plastic containers I get :).
My pay had been stuffed up and I didn’t get paid on Friday like usual, I had to wait for it to clear that afternoon instead. Thank god for Jared’s loose change getting my train ticket that morning. The change was then used on a tin of chickpeas which I got on sale for 99c. Winning! I figured it would be great on my salad!
When I got to work, I also saw that I still had rice cakes and hummus leftover from Friday last week. Another win! Thank you universe! And past Laura for stocking up on food!
I had my smoothie for breakfast, the bliss balls for my mid morning snack and then made my lunch salad consisting of the fresh veggies, roast veggies, half a tin of chickpeas and a good dollop of hummus.
For my afternoon snack I had 2 rice cakes with hummus.
For dinner that night we had a totally random dinner of homemade chips, stir fried bok choy and a two egg omelette each. Jared makes THE BEST chips. These ones were tossed in olive oil, garlic powder, curry powder, salt, pepper and chilli and baked until golden and crunchy. So good!!
We started our morning the usual way, and got ready for work.
Breakfast for me was the same smoothie except with LSA instead of chia seeds. Jared had a 2 egg omelette.
For lunch, I packed: rocket, a cucumber, sweet potato and carrot (both to roast).
For my snacks, I packed: an uber delicious banana oat bar and some bliss balls. Recipe here>>.
I also took a shaker with my magnesium supplement too. Magnesium is such a great supplement to assist with stress, anxiety, tension, head aches and muscle cramps (as well as a multitude of other things – it’s easily my favourite mineral). My favourite non-practitioner brand of magnesium currently is the Fusion one. It all honesty, it tastes… weird. At first anyway. But you get used to it, and I always feel a million bucks on the days I remember to drink it. It’s also loaded with B Vitamins to help with energy production, and has other great additions like Zinc, Vitamin C and Glutamine. It’s a great all rounder and I highly recommend it! (My girlfriend swears by it too, and adds it to her morning smoothies. Says she can’t taste it at all so that might be a good option for you!).
When I got home, all I wanted to do was eat pizza, and curl up on the couch with Jared and our kitty (just like what I mentioned in my other blog post). So that’s exactly what we did!
I had a snack while I waited for it to come. Yummy gluten free wafers and cheese!
We got gluten-free pizzas from Mancini’s. I got the Giardino (roasted capsicum and eggplant, onion, mushrooms, olives and semi dried tomatoes) with added garlic and chilli and Jared got the supreme with pineapple. I ate half of my pizza, Jared had a slice of mine and we packed the rest up for him to take as lunch the next day.
We then watched Anastasia (a childhood favourite of mine) in bed and ate some sea salt dark chocolate. SO GOOD for the soul!
My day started at 4:30am accidentally on Wednesday! It was storming and I thought I heard my kitty crying from the living room. So I went to check on him to see if he was ok (he doesn’t like storms), and he was still fast asleep. I went to quietly go to the bathroom since I was already up, but his supersonic bat-like ears heard me and he woke up and started crying for cuddles and attention. So I took him to bed and after a bit of dashing about the bed in excitement, he eventually fell asleep on Jared’s chest (one of his favourite sleeping spots).
Breakfast was the same as Tuesday for Jared. I decided to treat myself to something (but I hadn’t decided what just yet).
For lunch, I packed: rocket, a sweet potato, onion and a carrot to roast.
For snacks, I packed: bliss balls.
I did think to get myself a toasted sandwich from a cafe, but decided to buy stuff to make it myself instead. I bought a small rosemary panini bread roll (still warm!!!), a couple of tins of tomato and onion tuna and some Nimbin cheese (YUM!).
I made a toasted sandwich with the roll, rocket, tuna and cheese under the grill at work. Totally burnt it by the way, haha! Nothing a bit of scraping couldn’t fix though! I was going to save some, but it was so delicious I ate it all in one sitting. And it felt good to as well (most importantly). It’s funny how appetite can change. Some days this would have felt like too much in one sitting, but other times this is a perfect amount. It’s funny the things you notice when you listen to your body!
For lunch I had roasted veggies topped with a shredded slice of cheese and the second tin of tuna. It doesn’t look appealing, but it was really delicious I swear!
I totally forgot to have my afternoon snack of bliss balls because I was so busy at work. I knew I needed to eat something though because I was planning to run when I got home and I hate running when I’m hungry.
I stopped on the way home to pick up a Bounce protein ball. I don’t eat protein bars or balls very often, but if I do, this peanut Bounce ball is one of my go-to’s. It doesn’t make me feel sick in the belly (which happens with some protein bars) and it tastes pretty good!
After my run, I made two dinners. Usually we eat the same meals, but I was craving shiitake and oyster mushroom and eggplant stirfry. Jared doesn’t really like any of those things, so I made it for myself and made him a bacon a veggie fried rice.
I used red rice, and topped each of our dishes with a fried egg. I made enough for both of us to have leftovers for lunch on Thursday!
No accidental 4:30am wake up on Thursday, thank god!
For breakfast, I had a green smoothie. I hadn’t had one in months and months, and of course when I finally make one, it’s St Patrick’s Day! Best coincidence!
This one had: one frozen banana, 2 large kale leaves, 1 cup rice milk, 2 tablespoons Mayver’s super spread and 2 tablespoons LSA.
For lunch, I packed: leftover mushroom stir fry, red rice and a fried egg.
For snacks, I packed: organic strawberries.
Jared also gave me $5 to get a coffee. He didn’t want to leave our comfy bed to get his phone that he left in the living room. I told him I’d get it for him if he bought me a coffee and it worked!! ;)
I actually forgot about the strawberries during the day and had 2 rice cakes with the Nimbin cheese instead.
Thursday night has now become our sushi night. We go out to get groceries and while we’re out, we visit Jared’s favourite sushi train spot. They do $3.50 plates regardless of whatever they are (even sashimi). So Jared likes to take advantage of it and eat as much raw tuna and salmon as he can. I wish I could say my options are as healthy as his, haha!
I got a plate of crab claws, dim sims, tempura prawn sushi and seaweed salad and a cup of miso soup.
We also got extra to pack for work today. Friday is my day off cooking breakfast, lunch and dinner. It saves my sanity in all honesty, and I look forward to it so much!!
I had a sleep in!! 6am is a sleep in for us on weekdays now, haha! Jared had toast for breakfast after our ACV teas, and I headed to Sugar Loaf Cafe before work and had an almond milk latte and croissant. Such a delicious treat! The croissant was freshly baked and was still warm and soft in the middle. Amazing!! I am such a pastry fiend. Some people crave sweets, some people crave chocolate, me? There’s nothing I love more than treating myself to a delicious flaky pastry. Whether it be a plain croissant, or something like slow cooked chicken pot pie.
I savoured every bite and I honestly think I even smiled at one stage. Food can be more than just “calories” or thought of as “good or bad.” Food is so enjoyable, and I think feeding the soul is just as important sometimes.
For lunch I’ve got my sushi and a bottle of ginger kombucha I bought last night while shopping, and then for my afternoon snack I’ve still got my strawberries, cheese and rice cakes. YUM!
I hope you enjoyed this week’s installment of WHAT I ATE, because I enjoyed bringing it to you this week after taking a week off!
Have a fabulous weekend everyone!