Hi, Friends! How’s your week going? I’ve got some good news! You’ve made it to Wednesday so it’s smooth sailing from here. All you have to do is send a couple more work emails, drink some coffee, fit in some movement that makes you feel good, reply to that group text you’ve been ignoring, breathe, sleep and BOOM it’ll be Friday night. Oh and eat. You definitely need to eat. You can’t pour from an empty cup, drive on an empty tank, add in your favorite hunger metaphor HERE.
Maybe it’s my inner voyeur; maybe it’s my innate nosiness; maybe it’s a craving for new food and meal ideas; maybe it’s just my “millenialness.” But, I LOVE reading blog posts and watching Youtube videos that include full days of eating. And, luckily, thanks to the internet I’ve learned that you all like them, too!! Probably the most common question people ask me (online and IRL) is “what do you eat?” My answer is sometimes “food” and sometimes it’s slightly snarkier and more sarcastic: “mostly vegetarian Monday through Friday and on the weekends I like to indulge in the flesh of people who hold up the sidewalk by walking at a snail’s pace.” Both answers are partially true (I’ll let you guess which parts). And, true to form, neither really answers the question.
I understand the interest. We’re all a little nosey and, sometimes, it’s easier or more intuitive or less overwhelming or just more interesting to see what someone else is doing and eating instead of just reading about it. So, I’m going to show you every goddamn thing I eat and try to make What I Ate Wednesday’s a ‘thing’ here in my Little Corner of the Internet.
However, I don’t promise to stop giving sarcastic answers to this (or any) common question and I can’t promise that every week’s post will be beautiful, or perfectly nutritionally balanced, or seeping with riveting content. Is that what your Wednesday’s are like? Didn’t think so. Well, mine aren’t either!
- I truly live and eat the life of a food blogging, registered-dietitian-to-be Millennial—it’s magical.
- I eat like a teenager whose going through a growth spurt and on the JV hockey team.
- I eat yogurt for three meals a day.
- I eat the exact same breakfast as the previous four months.
- I don’t eat a whole lot.
- Kale and beets and salmon and adaptogens and kombucha and homemade nut mylk pressed through a spiritually cleansed mesh bag are the only things that are going to satisfy and satiate me.
- Cheetos, gin and tonics, and ice cream are the only things that sound remotely palatable.
Mainly, though, I eat like ME—that means a mix of all of the above. I eat intuitively and I eat lots of plants; I don’t really eat any meat and especially not cows because I adore them. I learn about cultures by trying local specialties when traveling—even if they may not completely align with my nutritional or taste preferences. I eat with friends and I eat alone. I cook at home and I eat out. I’m creative with my food and I also throw meals together in three minutes flat. Ultimately, I just eat.
This morning started offensively early—around 5:30am. My work schedule is really nontraditional—which I love when I’m done with my day around 2pm but I swear to god, every single day that my alarm goes off that early I think it’s time to start looking for a 9-5. I don’t eat breakfast that early but I head to the kitchen to down a glass or two of water while I get ready. I don’t really have anything to make for breakfast but before I go to bed I huddle everything I’ll want together in the fridge. You’d be surprised at how hard the simplest tasks can be before the sun comes up.
I hop into a car and get to work in about 15 minutes—no traffic is one of the benefits of commuting at 6am. I listen to Up First, a news podcast from NPR during the ride—it’s usually 12-15 minutes so my ride is just long enough to get caught up on the day’s news—and drink some more water.
Today’s breakfast was a lemon, triple cream yogurt from Siggi’s, a handful of almonds and some adorably tiny strawberries from our neighbor in Connecticut. I ran out and got an iced coffee with a couple splashes of organic whole milk.
Around 1pm I walked a couple blocks to pick up my salad from Sweetgreen. Sometimes I like to make my own rendition of a guacamole greens: arugula, mixed greens, quinoa, tomatoes, red onions, lime juice, avocado, sesame tofu, tortilla chips and I added croutons by accident in the app but they were really good! Filled up my water bottle again.
I got home around three and drank a ‘booch while snacking on an apple with cashew butter (sorry, I was starving a demolished it before I could take a pic!) while answering emails and listening to another podcast.
Did some boring adult stuff at home and drank some more water before I started to walk uptown for a restorative yoga class where we basically just breathe and stretch and meditate and use lots of props for an hour (I shit you not, every person in class has about 62 years on me and it feels like home).
Had almost no food at home but was too zenned out after yoga to remember to pick up dinner on my walk back. Scrounged around and made two quesadillas with Siete Foods almond flour tortillas, mushrooms, shredded (unsalted) mozzarella and raw cheddar. Added basically the only vegetables I find: a pile of arugula and radishes—I dipped/dressed both in Tessemae’s Caesar dressing. I also warmed up a side of Better Bean Co.’s chipotle red beans. I’ve loved all of their products but these were WAY too spicy for this white girl so I ditched those.
Wrapped up the day by watching reruns of Curb Your Enthusiasm (can’t wait for the new season!), rolling/torturing myself with a foam roller and fascia stick and sipping on golden milk—it’s just milk (I used unsweetened almond), one Copper Cup packet (a single serving turmeric latte packet that is caffeine free and makes the process way easier), some collagen, a couple drops of stevia and tonight I added a couple squares of unsweetened chocolate from Eating Evolved.