I have written quite a few of these “What I Ate” posts and usually use them as a template for some sort of nutrition topic. I’ve showcased different days of eats, each with a different focus like protein, variety, fats, fruits and vegetables, iron and macros.
Breakfast: Pumpkin Banana Oatmeal // Dates // Coconut // Peanut Butter
But as I snapped away at my food yesterday, I realized that despite my passion for nutrition and its impact on my food choices, a HUGE part of what I eat is dictated by what I feel like, how much time I have, what’s available, who I’m with, and let’s be real… how bored I am.
Lunch: Egg + Spinach + Avocado + Salsa Pita // Carrots + Hummus // Tomato
And I think that’s a concept we have to stop being so ashamed of. Sometimes we eat because we’re avoiding homework. Sometimes we eat because we know how much effort someone put into it. Sometimes we eat because it just looks SO GOOD. And I’m becoming more and more convinced that there is nothing wrong with that.
So while it is my hope that I get to spend my life helping people eat to feel their best, the thought of encouraging someone to become a robot and to spend their day scrutinizing how ‘perfect’ their food choices were is one that makes me so uneasy.
Dinner: Cauliflower Alfredo // Brown Rice Spinach Noodles // Blanched Broccoli
And if you’re looking at my food and thinking it looks really healthy so what-the-heck-are-you-talking-about, know that I ate what I felt like. Some days that translates to a chocolate croissant, pizza and beer, and other days that translates to food like this. And whichever type of day it is, I do my best to enjoy every bite while reminding myself of what a beautiful thing it is to be an unpredictable human with unpredictable tendencies.
I <3 Werthers
And for the record, if food guilt is something you struggle with, remind yourself of how very human that is too. There are totally moments when food takes up too much space in my head and that I recognize that I’m being too hard on myself. But tomorrow is a new day to work on it.
Blueberry Oatmeal Greek Yogurt Muffin // Almond butter // Milk
So here’s to Wednesday that is so so savoured. The company, the sights and the food.