My Eats Lately
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It's almost that time of the year to witness all sorts of things on diet, cleansing, and detox. I am not a fan of either of those things because it's unhealthy, unnecessary, and they are nothing but hyped up buzz words. So if you are planning on doing any of those, please first consider wholesome, less processed food and active lifestyle approach because in the long term, that really works!!! If you need help, I'd be happy to guide you or connect you to a fabulous dietitian. It's been a while (I really mean a year) since I shared "My Eats Lately" so I thought I'd give a quick glimpse of what I have been eating lately..Let's do this! Since I am a dietitian, everyone assumes that I only eat kale and absolutely avoid fried food and desserts, which is soo not the case. If you know me in real life or via the blog, you probably know that I am more into balance and moderation rather than cheat days and off-limit foods.
By now, we all know that breakfast is pretty important and it should be your priority. Whether it be a piece of fruit, eggs, smoothie, or toast with some nut butter, don't start your day with an empty stomach! It's just increases your chance of getting a drive-through, over eat during your lunch and possibly be cranky around everyone, which no body likes.
This week, breakfast has all about over easy eggs + breakfast sausage or stove top granola (stay tuned for the recipe next week) with yogurt. Lately, my meal planning skills have been poor (let's blame it on holidays, weather, and traveling) so I have been eating lunch at work. Some days I make myself a salad but there are days, I get sucked into Chinese food which is freaking delicious!!! One of the things I try to practice and also tell my clients is to make simple/healthy swaps when possible - for example, instead of egg rolls, I filled my plate with veggies. Or, ask if they can switch your regular white bread to 100% whole wheat bread, fruit cup instead of fries, and of course water rather than sugary beverage. It may not seem like a big deal but if you regularly eat out, these small habits will eventually pay off.
Most days, you will find me drinking tea or coffee especially when I am at work. Currently drinking Relaxed Mind Yogi Tea.And, I keep this water bottle next to me when at home and traveling.Typically, I eat 3 meals a day and maybe a snack pre-work out, which varies. Some of my favorite snack includes granola bar, energy bites, and of course fruit when I have nothing else. The general recommendation is to eat 2 cups of fruits daily but that's an area I struggle with especially if I don't drink smoothie in the morning. Instead of being a stickler and counting every grams/calories/servings, choose things that are nourishing to your body. And don't feel guilty about not getting your daily recommendation for your fruits/veggies..or going over your calorie limit. We all are a work in progress!! Instead of regretting what happened yesterday or your previous meal, focus on making better choices next time.
On days, I have no leftovers or meal planned, I throw together random ingredients from the fridge with broth (have you tried this miso ginger broth yet? DO IT) and make a big batch of soup! Sometimes I will add noodles or rice to bulk it up but it again depends upon, what I ate for lunch and if I am in the mood for heavy or light meal. And, I don't like to make a big deal about holiday season, indulgence, and weight gain - this year has been more about mindfulness and intuitive eating. I have enjoyed eating out more than 1-2 times a week, ate more than a fair share of chocolate but at the same time, I didn't hold myself back from getting me a juice (why is juice so expensive like $9) or a big salad when my body wanted it. BALANCE!! While we are on the topic of intuitive eating, check out this great post by Kylie on "why not to go on a diet this year'. Nothing but truth there!And of course, there is always some room for chocolate or whatever treat you enjoy. While I am not suggesting you to enjoy a tub of ice cream or a whole bag of chips in one sitting every single day - definitely make some room for your favorite treat. Also, it is always a good idea to check if you really want a treat or are you simply bored and want something to munch on..Most nights, I end my day with dark or currently 3 ingredient microwave fudge(MUST try this recipe).
I hope this post gave a rough idea on what I am eating lately. Each day of the week is different but at the end of the day, it's about balance, variety, moderation, and really listening to my body. Also, please understand that food and dietary habits are a personal choice and what works for one person, may or may not work with you. Don't fall into a comparison trap or worry about perfecting every meal rather make mealtime an enjoyable experience and do what works for you and your body.
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