I have a few blog entries on my brain today. One is about my husband getting motivated to get healthy and I want to write about both how inspiring he is to me as well as the areas in which it challenges me. One is about my amazing dinner last night but how high-calorie my two meals yesterday were (yes, I ate two meals and a few snacks and still went over my calories by a bit!). One is about how I weighed myself a day early (not counting it as an “official” weigh-in though) and lost two pounds since last week. But I found inspiration in my lunch bag this morning instead of all of that.
I love food. I know that calories are just the fuel that keeps our bodies moving, but I do enjoy the act of eating and trying new things. I like to experiment in the kitchen and find new, creative healthy ways to eat.
When I started to gather all of my work food items up today I was shocked by how much there was. I typically eat breakfast, lunch, and several snacks at work and on the way home from work and I eat every couple of hours, so there’s usually a lot of packing involved. I try to make my meals and snacks healthy, colorful, and nutritionally-dense. I don’t believe in “dieting” or “diet foods” – I believe in eating a whole-food, plant-based diet. Here is what today’s meals look like:
~Breakfast: Savory oatmeal – 1/3C rolled oats, soaked overnight in veggie broth, a dab of truffle oil, and spinach
~Lunch: Chilled eggplant salad, quinoa tabouli salad
~Snacks: Red grapes, baby carrots, cucumber slices, banana, blueberries, figs. If I’m still hungry or if I need a post-yoga snack I have a snack pack of seeds from graze.com
Not pictured: 12 oz of coffee with coconut-based creamer, and I usually drink around 6 cups of water before getting home
I know it’s kind of silly because, again, in the end it’s just fuel (and I sure don’t get excited about gassing up my car!) but I LOVED seeing my colorful, healthy meals laid out on my counter. I often can’t finish everything I bring and end up bringing some of it home.
How are you fueling your body? If you’re finding yourself hungry or unsatisfied, I highly recommend adding more produce and more healthy snacks to your lifestyle – snacking can be a great thing! Because, while that looks like a heck of a lot of food/fuel, it’s under 900 calories, still leaving me with 670-1000 calories for when I get home. I’m going to have unhealthy leftovers (white pasta) for dinner as well as an whole-foods-based, homemade, no-bake cookie (healthier than other cookies, but still a treat), but will still be at the low end of my calories. Love this lifestyle!