A lot of bloggers participate in this link up started by Peas and Crayons. What I eat may not be all that thrilling to some - I am not into haute cuisine or really complicated raw vegan dishes that take a long time to make or anything else that extraordinary. But I thought it would be a good idea for me to share an example of what I eat because a lot of people don't seem to understand what being a healthitarian means (that's the label I give myself). I am into promoting my health and well being through proper nutrition. But this does not mean I am vegetarian or vegan, gluten-free or grain-free. I just try to eat mostly whole, real foods.
People are also flabbergasted to see just HOW MUCH I eat. I have always had a healthy appetite...and seeing how my kids eat, that must be partly genetic. Being super active helps, especially weight lifting. Muscles demand fuel to grow!! Nonetheless, I guess I eat a whole lot for such a tiny person. Or so I'm told.
Here you have it. A typical day of eats for me:
Breakfast is ALWAYS a massive (made with 1.5 cups of oats) bowl of oatmeal with either chia or flax seeds, egg whites, cinnamon, nutmeg and stevia. The bowl I use for it is so big, Adam refers to it as the "flower pot".
Lately I've been into my homemade coffee frappes instead of hot coffee, and usually have about 3 of these a day. Don't worry, there isn't much coffee in them as I put a ton of ice in.
Lunch was grilled chicken breasts, an entire roasted delicata squash and 3 zucchini roasted with olive oil, garlic and seasonings.
Admittedly, I probably could have eaten less, but I was really hungry at lunch.
Snacks were cheese and 2 Honeycrisp apples the size of my head (oh be still my beating heart, these apples are to die for!).
Dinner was shiritake noodles with scallops and veggies in a creamy sesame miso sauce.
Mmm, I love what I eat!
Honestly, I really love healthy food. Adam thinks I'm nuts (he claims he would live on chicken wings and chocolate if he could), but, my body craves freshness. So many of my clients live on fast food and I can't imagine that. I can't even stand the smell of fried and fast food. It just doesn't seem like food to me. So its not a struggle for me to avoid these things that others see as temptations.
Also notice that I am not a grazer. That might work for some people, but eating little bits all day just leaves me edgy and hungry. I like to eat 3 big meals plus a few small snacks. If I don't feel FULL after a meal, I get grumpy and have difficulty concentrating. It also helps me avoid the "See Food Diet" trap. I find a lot of people (like my father!) are prone to eating whenever food is offered or available, either because they have not planned ahead and ended up going too long without eating, or because they are totally out of touch with their body's energy needs. I make sure that I am either full from a big meal or prepared with healthy snacks so that I am not tempted by whatever crap is around...and the unfortunate reality is that in our society, there is always crap around.