To those of you who’ve asked to see this: here’s a full day of eating. (And to anyone else who’s interested, of course.)
May I just say that it was strange spending the whole day stalking my own food with a camera?
I chose Monday so I could track a rest day (no gym).
- Yes, I normally eat five to six times throughout the day.
- After dinner, I don’t eat again until later the next morning (unless I’m going to the gym). I like a good fast before I start my day of noshing.
- I love food and only eat what I enjoy.
- Other than two cups of coffee in the morning, I only drink water.
- I’ve cut down on processed foods, but I do eat more of it on the weekends. Even then, I try to keep it minimal and nutrient-valuable to some degree. I avoid deep-fried foods, sugary foods, and empty-calorie foods.
Before I get into the dirty details, I should add that:
- I take meds and supplements, but the only one I’m mentioning here is my thyroid medication, because that explains why I wait 30 minutes before having coffee in the morning.
- I drink water all day long, so I didn’t bother to include it in these pics.
Monday, October 9, 2017
5:30am: Alarm. Get up. Take thyroid medication (for Hashimoto’s/autoimmune hypothyroidism) with a full glass of room-temperature water.
(Wait 30 minutes because of the thyroid med.)
6:00am: Coffee (Sumatra is my favorite!) with plain, unsweetened soy milk and a teaspoon of organic coconut palm sugar. (x2 – I have two cups of coffee)
9:30am: Two slices of Dave’s organic thin-sliced 21 whole grains and seeds bread, toasted and topped with creamy natural peanut butter (lots of it!), banana slices, organic hulled hemp seeds, cinnamon, and a light drizzle of organic light agave nectar. Raspberries on the side.
1:10pm: Whole wheat pasta with olive oil, fresh sauteed garlic, sea salt, a sprinkle of organic hulled hemp seeds, and a lot of nutritional yeast, aka nooch. (Maybe too much nooch. My blood tests always show that my vitamin B12 is “borderline too high.” B vitamins are fat-soluble, so there’s such a thing as “too high.”) Broccoli on the side. An orange.
With pasta, I like veggies on the side. I’m not the biggest fan of veggies in my pasta.
After lunch: A tablespoon of apple cider vinegar stirred into a tall glass of cold water.
I’m inexplicably hooked on this. I drink it twice a day, every day, after lunch and again after dinner. It’s weird because I don’t necessarily like the way it tastes, but I love it and look forward to it. It makes no sense. I’ve been drinking it for a year now.
3:25pm: A pear.
I have fruit four or five times a day. Since I quit eating sugary sweets about a year ago, fresh fruit has become an ecstatic experience… especially the fruit I eat in the afternoon. Somehow, that one piece of fruit in the afternoon makes my whole body feel energized and alive. It’s amazing.
5:15pm: A bowl of mixed nuts and sunflower seeds (somewhere around 3/4 cup).
I also eat nuts and seeds every day. Sometimes I throw raisins in there, too, but raisins are sweet, and let’s face it… nuts and seeds are wonderful vehicles for salt. They’re also wonderful carriers of trace minerals that we need in our bodies, not to mention other nutrients, a little protein, and a lot of healthy fats.
Examples of trace minerals: magnesium, zinc, selenium, iodine, chromium, iron, copper, etc.
(I’ll never say “no” to raw and/or unsalted nuts and seeds either, though. I do like them. It’s just that salt is my one vice.)
Walnuts! I prefer unsalted walnuts. Anyway…
8:00pm: We’ve been eating large salads for dinner four to five times per week, and cooked meals for dinner on the remaining nights. On Monday, I made our salad with red leaf lettuce, arugula, tomatoes, thinly-sliced mushrooms, olive oil, fresh lemon juice, sea salt, and cracked black pepper.
I love red wine vinegar on salads, but my favorite thing these days is just to press some fresh lemon juice over the salad already drizzled with olive oil. With lemon juice, I can really taste and appreciate the flavors of the lettuces and greens.
I didn’t get a pic of the finished salad, but here’s the main ingredient:
8:30: Small bowl of blueberries.
After dinner: A tablespoon of apple cider vinegar stirred into a tall glass of cold water.
There you have it… a smattering example of what I eat on an average weekday rest day.
Let me know if you’re interested in seeing a full day of eating on a gym day, or a full day of eating on a weekend day when I eat more processed foods!