You know what I’ve noticed? I eat WAY more during the day when I’m hanging around my apartment bouncing around doing laundry and blogging and taking pictures of all the food and whatnot. It’s not that that it’s a huge problem, but it’s definitely not mindful eating. It’s mindless eating.
Side note–how beyond adorable is the little girl I babysit?!
But seriously. I snack on Mary’s Gone Cracker’s pretzels because I’m craving something crunchy twenty minutes after eating a loaded Chipotle burrito bowl. I eat hummus with hot sauce out the wazoo because I’m craving something salty after that chocolate chip cookie. I munch on everything under the sun because I’m bored and because it’s staring me in the face screaming “EAT ME” very, very loudly. I grab it because it’s there, and so am I.
I do eat really well most of the time, and when I go to grab a snack, I honestly don’t think much about it. If I’m hungry, I eat. Over-thinking food can be quite the slippery slope. Being too obsessive about the choices we’re making and whether or not they’re healthy/low-carb/gluten-free/fat-free/fun-free is no fun at all–in fact, it’s downright dangerous.
But that doesn’t mean that crushing snackities all day long because you’re bored or tired or irritable is a good thing, either. I think it’s really important to stay active during the day, to surround yourself with positive energy, and to occupy yourself with activities that you truly enjoy. Personally, I find that I tune in way better to my work when I’m at a coffee shop as opposed to when I’m sitting at my own kitchen table. I can’t get up and roast sweet potatoes when I already have three in the fridge if I’m at the coffee shop, right? And for me, being able to focus is pretty darn invaluable.
So if you’re one of those people that can’t help but plow through the whole pantry and then some when you’re home all day, get out! Take the dog on a walk. Go for a run. Take your laptop to the park. Grab coffee with a friend. The more you get out of your day, the less likely you’ll be to sit around the house feeling guilty for over-eating out of boredom.
Onto the eats!
Breakfast was my usual blueberry chocolate green smoothie rendition. This one had one cup of frozen blueberries, one cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk, two dates, one tbsp cacao, one tbsp chia seeds, one tbsp hemp seeds, a huge handful of spinach and a dash of vanilla extract.
I also snacked on some roasted zucchini slices…a summer fave!
Lunch was a good old Chipotle salad. I always get the salad base (no dressing) with black beans, brown rice, peppers and onions, tomato salsa, corn salsa and lots of guac. Hits the spot every time! People who think Chipotle can’t be healthy are so very wrong. There are very few quick places that can be nutritious without breaking the bank, and Chipotle is most definitely one of them!
I went to Stauf’s coffee shop all day to work on nutrition counseling packages for Alchemy. Their sundew iced tea is to die for! I’ve been choosing iced tea over iced coffee lately and my body loves me so much for it.
I also noshed on a vegan zucchini banana chocolate chip muffin before my Barre3 class…the perfect workout fuel! More on those gems next week.
I packed dinner since I had to babysit two little nuggets at 6pm. In the mix went a leftover salmon burger (minus the goat cheese and spinach), roasted broccoli and sweet potato slices.
Sliced strawberries for snacking…
In typical babysitting fashion, I then went ham on a bunch of sweet potato chips dipped in large amounts of unpictured garlic hummus.
And obvously I wasn’t going to say no to this freshly baked chocolate chip cookie. Yes puh-lease! Oh and I’m writing this post at approximately currently 9:46pm on Tuesday evening and I just took a batch of pinto bean & swiss chard enchiladas out of the oven sooooo you better believe I’m going to be sampling one of those bad boys. Ya know, just to make sure they taste ok. #allthecarbs