A few of you asked me to do a “What I Ate Wednesday” post and I am obliging because it means I don’t have to get creative today! Is that cheating?
A lot of bloggers do a post like this EVERY Wednesday. I will spare you the boredom because I tend to eat a lot of repeat foods. Brussels sprouts and eggs – errrry day.
Some people say I am a bottomless pit and I get a lot of comments about how much food I can put down. I sometimes feel like I need to defend my eating and that’s just not cool. Yes, I eat a lot, but you’ll notice *most* of the food I eat is REAL food. I also exercise, a lot. I’m an endurance athlete who runs 5+ days a week and I usually throw in a spin class and pilates, as well.
One of my biggest pet peeves is when someone says, “you’re so lucky, you can eat whatever you want.” That is nonsense. I actually do not eat whatever I want. If I did, I would have half of a large pizza with a kale salad for dinner. I love to eat healthy but I also love to indulge, so I would have ice-cream for dessert every night if I could. But I don’t. I eat to fuel myself and I indulge in moderation. I know everyone hates the word “balance” but I do feel it is the best way to describe my lifestyle. It’s not restrictive and it’s not out of control – it’s simply balanced.
I am healthy. I am active. And when I’m hungry, I eat.
Over time, I’ve learned that deprivation does not work for me. I’ve taken it to the extreme where I wouldn’t go near a cookie with a ten foot pole and I’d avoid social situations that involved eating. Then I went through a time in my life where I could eat 12 cookies in one sitting. Now I can happily eat just one cookie without guilt or remorse or the urge to eat 11 more, and that is exactly where I want to be.
By now we know, calories are not created equal. We should be counting colors, not calories, but for the sake of understanding how much energy I consume, I included calorie counts. Again, calories aren’t something I feel we should be focusing on and I haven’t actually counted my calories in ages. I just want to prove a point here. It takes a lot of calories to fuel a runner.
So here’s what I ate today… and I apologize for the terrible photos. This is a semi-typical day.
6:30 a.m. – Coffee with collagen peptides and almond milk creamer. (120 calories)
9:00 a.m. – Breakfast: 2 Vital Farms eggs on 2 pieces of toast from Sprouts (280 calories)
(I would normally have a snack around 10 or 11 but I was stuck in a meeting and my larabar was out of reach.)
12:15 p.m. – Lunch: 1 organic chicken sausage and a bowl of brussels sprouts cooked in avocado oil in a cast iron skillet. (the sausage is 140 calories, so we’ll guess 350 calories)
One of my co-workers was making Indian food so I definitely nibbled on some of that. I am a nibbler. Always taking bites of things. I also had a cold-brew coffee and one girl scout cookie. This is what happens when I don’t have a mid-morning snack. (cookie = 75 calories, coffee = 50 calories, nibbles = 150 calories)
2:00 p.m. – Unexpected snack: There was a massive amount of leftover sushi from someone’s meeting so we all dug in. I have no idea how much I ate, but I got up in there. (no idea but let’s just say 300 calories to be safe)
2:15 p.m. – Drink: Kombucha. California Grape Health-Ade. The best. (80 calories)
3:30 p.m. – One itty bitty piece of dark chocolate (50 calories)
5:30 p.m. – Snack: Lime LARABAR – only ingredients are dates, cashews, almonds, coconut and lime juice (220 calories) Believe it or not, I was hungry again!
6:00 p.m. – Exercise: Ran 5 miles with Sheri (Strava says I burned 543 calories based on my height, weight and heart rate. It was hilly.)
7:50 p.m. – Dinner: a salad from the Whole Foods salad bar with a little scoop of turkey stew. I put shredded zucchini, watermelon radishes, and less than one hard boiled egg on my salad. (It honestly wasn’t a ton of food – so let’s say 300 calories to be generous)
Total Calories: 2,010
I burn 2,300 calories on average each day – sometimes closer to 3,000 depending on my activity level. I never try to be at a deficit but sometimes it happens. Other days, I eat more than I burn so it all balances out.
If people are often commenting on how much you eat, I hope this makes you feel better. Don’t let anyone food shame you. Eat what you need to eat, girl. Fuel your body so it can perform at its best. Listen to your body. It will tell you what it needs.