Good morning and happy What I Ate Wednesday day! Today’s eats are from last Wednesday, my birthday 🙂 For today’s post I wanted to get back to the discussion of intuitive eating. Since I began intuitive eating and living a mindful life, my food choices and mindset towards food have changed dramatically.
As I have shared in other WIAW posts, I have never been a normal eater. For years I cycled between restrictive eating and binge eating. It took years of educating myself about how food is nourishment and not something to manipulate plus surrounding myself with normal eaters and giving/receiving support from my sister who shared in the same struggles to stop the cycle.
This year, my eats on my birthday are a great example of how intuitive eating has changed my relationship with food and I want share that with you. Before I do, let’s remember that we all have different nutritional needs and let’s not judge each other, mmk? This is for inspiration and ideas not for comparison and judgement!
So let’s get to the eats!
Last Wednesday, my birthday, was a work day. And I decided I wanted to go to the gym. I truly enjoy working out. I love the feeling of getting stronger and I love the way exercising first thing in the morning feels. I didn’t exercise because I needed to “work off” what I was going to eat later, I just did it because I knew it would bring me joy!
The day started off with the usual pint of water with lemon and a shot of diluted apple cider vinegar. Then I had a pre-workout coffee, which is coffee blended with coconut cream, almond milk, salted caramel BCAA’s and maca powder. I also had a banana for pre-workout fuel.
After I got back from the gym, I enjoyed a breakfast I had prepped the night before. Chocolate peanut butter overnight zoats! I made this batch with just a 1/3 cup rolled oats, and I didn’t have enough bananas on hand, so I added honey instead. I topped it with all the goodies I could find! Peanut butter, cacao nibs, dark chocolate covered cacao nibs, a few slices of banana and a wee bit of some 85% dark chocolate. YUM.
I got too hungry to wait for lunch, so around 10am I had the most juicy peach. Love summer fruit!
Lunch was a salad with canned wild albacore tuna, farro and a dressing made with wasabi and plain Greek yogurt. I made this on Monday too and it turned out a little better than today because I used kimchi juice to make the dressing. I was all out this day. Oh well, it was still delish!
I got hungry again an hour or so after lunch, so I ate my favorite dessert (that I forgot to snap a pic of)! Sweet potato topped with 85% dark chocolate and peanut butter. I realize this makes me sound like a dietitian when I say that’s my favorite dessert, but I am just being honest! For a second I felt like I “should” go get a cupcake or something to celebrate my birthday, but what I truly wanted was what I had packed.
I didn’t need an afternoon snack since I knew I was going to be eating dinner really early. I work in St Petersburg, FL on Wednesday’s, so my husband met me in St Pete with our dog and we went and ate a restaurant we had been dying to try. Urban Brew and BBQ did not disappoint! I started off with a local brewery’s chocolate hazelnut porter, which was FANTASTIC.
For dinner, Nick and I shared their signature macaroni and cheese, slow pulled pork, Brussels sprouts and Nick also got a BBQ sandwich for himself. When the meal first arrived, I thought I would easily eat every bite of what we ordered. I took my time to eat, truly enjoying and savoring each bite as well as enjoying the time spent with my husband and pup. I ended up getting comfortably full and was unable to finish what we had ordered, so we got a to go box. I had also planned on getting 2 beers, but only wanted one, so I didn’t order anymore. In the past, I would have forced myself to binge eat all that was there because I “should not” eat heavy foods. This would have later led to me feeling too full and restricting future meals because I felt guilty for overeating indulgent food.
After dinner, Nick and I walked around downtown St Pete and finished the night off with gelato. About half way through, I was starting to feel too full and was no longer enjoying the gelato so I stopped eating it and threw it away. I don’t think I have ever done that in the past. I used to think if I am going to “allow” myself to eat something like ice cream, I have to eat as much in one sitting as I can. I no longer feel that way because words like “should’ or “should not” or “allow” are no longer part of my vocabulary when it comes to food, which is such a wonderful feeling.
So this is what intuitive eating means for me (at least on this particular day). Everyday is a little different, as it should be! My question for you today: what does intuitive eating mean for you, today?
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