Allow me to introduce myself! I am Meghan Dixon- Victoria’s partner in crime and fellow dietitian soul sister. I am the other half behind our integrative nutrition practice, Nourishing Minds Nutrition. I am also the author of the blog Root for Food, which originally stemmed out of my Instagram account: @root_for_food. Like Victoria, my greatest passion is to empower women with intuitive eating and self love while healing their digestion and regulating their hormones.
I feel honored to be a guest on Victoria’s BA blog for What I ate Wednesday! Unfortunately, my food has not been very interesting recently. I use to spend copious amounts of time in the kitchen but over the past year, my focus shifted to new ventures and my food – while still nutrient dense, is less glamorous than it once was.
Victoria and I eat very similar (no surprise here), so you might find some overlap in our food routines. I follow what we call a “traditional foods” diet. Neither Victoria nor myself believe in cutting out any food groups. However, I do eat a high fat/relatively low carbohydrate diet. One could argue it is Paleo-esc. But I don’t like labels.
Let’s get to it!
For breakfast, I always start with bulletproof coffee. I use 2 tablespoons of coconut cream, 1 tablespoon of MCT oil, and 2 teaspoons of ghee with a pinch of cinnamon. I keep it simple these days.
A few weeks ago, I was experimenting with intermittent fasting. My bulletproof coffee would hold me over until about noon– sometimes even 1 or 2. I got a weird “high” from doing this and to be honest, I didn’t hate it. It allowed me to be productive and I liked the convenience of not making breakfast. I also found that I would loose my appetite around mid-morning. For about 2 months, intermittent fasting (IF) was my JAM…. Until I got real with myself and actually listened what my body was trying to tell me. I noted I would get cold sweats—all morning, until I ate. And sometimes I would even feel poorly after I ate lunch. With nothing but coffee and some fat in my system, it felt like my adrenals were working in over time. If my cortisol is through the roof throughout the morning hours, this is most certainly impacting the release of other hormones. The more I research amount women’s hormones and general composition, the more I believe women should tred lightly when it comes to IF. Most of the benefits documented from IF are specific to men. Research on IF in women is shaky. While our senses may be heightened (hence, the “high” I experienced), our reproductive hormones and thus, our reproductive systems suffer. If there is one thing I have learned as a woman, it is that hormonal regulation is KEY to a stable, happy mood and a healthy, thriving body. All to say, breakfast has been introduced back into my life! Sometimes I am hungrier than other times, so I just play it by ear! If you know me, you know I’m usually a huge fan of the savory breakfast (think eggs, veggies, avocado), but last Wednesday I was feeling a yogurt bowl.
I used Maple Hills keifer (full fat, plain), with cocoa nibs, pepitas, local honey, strawberries, peanut butter, and ground flax seed. I’m usually not a huge fan of ground flax seed from a nutritional point of view; however, I’ve been experimenting with “seed cycling” recently. (I think Victoria is too, so she might have mentioned this already.) The whole premise is to support your body’s natural hormonal fluctuations throughout your cycle. During your follicular phase you eat flax seed and pepitas daily to support estrogen, and during the luteal phase you eat sesame and sunflower seeds to support progesterone. You can read more about seed cycling here: https://theherbalacademy.com/seed-cycling-for-hormonal-balance/. I’m not sure how I feel about it yet… but verdict to come soon!
Lately, for lunch I’ve been feeling all the greens! I guess it’s the weather change here in Florida to being blistering hot. I’ve been craving lighter fare with fresh fruits and herbs. Thus, lunch was a big plate of greens with fresh mint, fresh basil, strawberries, goat cheese, pepitas, pistachios, and a hearty amount of olive oil and white balsamic vinegar.
I was feeling especially snack-y today and THESE CRACKERS from Simple Mills are like my guilty pleasure. That sounds sad since they are just almond flour crackers… but they seriously give my taste buds so much joy. Sometimes a girl just wants a crunchy, salty snack okay?!
And… another snack. I ate a lot more strawberries and pistachios than pictured in this photo – I just forgot to photograph it before it was in my mouth. This, along with an iced matcha made with coconut milk, MCT oil and honey gave me an extra push to get through that word day grind.
DINNAAAAAHHH time! And a classic case of #goodfoodbadlighting. This might be one of the worst pictures I’ve ever taken. Nonetheless, it was delicious! It is buffalo chicken wings with sautéed broccolini and some leftover mango salsa. I still need to perfect this baked buffalo wing recipe before I release it; however, the recipe for my buffalo sauce (and my buffalo chicken tacos) is on my blog here. (“Is butter a carb…?” Nope! And it’s made with lots of butter! #meangirlsquotes #teambutter) Post dinner I ate about an ounce of cheese because I still wanted a little something-something.
Alas, my pre bedtime snack of golden milk with a sweet treat- arguably my most favorite time of the day. The turmeric gives me all the anti-inflammatory benefits and the fat from the coconut milk and chocolate fat balls (recipe here) puts me in sleepy time mood.
It was a good day of nourishing eats.
Hi my foodies! I hope you enjoyed today’s post- I sure did! It cracks me up how similar Meg and I eat…totally not on purpose!! If you wanna see my daily eats post, go check out Meg’s blog!