How often do we walk into work or class or whatever and hear somebody talking about how they forgot to eat breakfast or they just weren’t hungry or we see them noshing on a Special K bar and a banana.
When we wake up in the morning our bodies need a good, hearty breakfast to break the fast. Dinner was probably 10-12 hours ago and we have a demanding day ahead. In order to get your metabolism running in the morning you have to put something in the tank.
I go to bed excited about breakfast…its shamelessly true. And a big bowl of oatmeal with nutbutter + a green smoothie is something I found sticks with me and never gets old. This WIAW morning’s variation was pumpkin oats with blueberries in an almost empty nutbutter jar that probably had a good bit of nut butter left. Breakfast has to hold me from 7 to noon because we actually don’t get a snack break and since I’m on a psychiatric unit the bathrooms and doors to the unit are locked so we can’t get anywhere without our instructor- but if you’re able, I highly recommend eating a mid morning snack!
Lunch should include a good balance of proteins + carbs + fat and be enough calorically. Because if its not, typically we end up snacky even though we just ate. You know the feeling when you want your afternoon snack right after you just ate lunch? Yea, that’s likely why. Because your body isn’t satisfied for one reason or another.
I’m loving kale salads lately- so much so I bought 4 bags at TJs and passed on spinach. I massaged the kale with apple cider vinegar, olive oil and sea salt and added nutritional yeast and then topped that with frozen, defrosted green beans, red bell pepper, leftover roasted butternut squash and avocado. Lunch also included edamame, a pear and one of Alexis’s AMAZING cinnamon raisin balls.
Just because you’re going out to dinner doesn’t mean you have to skip you’re afternoon snack (or snacks) and suppress your hunger with coffee and a few liters of seltzer. Doing that will likely set you up to eat more than you intended, feel crazy around food and then you are left feeling overly full and the guilt cycle begins.
Eating out or a birthday dinner or anything out of “routine” doesn’t automatically mean indulgence or gluttony. Eating out is a normal thing and celebrations are a wonderful part of life that should be emabraced! And if they involve cake or something you don’t normally eat- well that’s the beauty of going out to eat and having somebody else cook and do the dishes. Depriving ourselves before anything has even happened not only sets us up to overeat, but it glorifies eating out or celebrating and associates those events with overeating. And that’s not a healthy way to approach food either.
Dinners this week have been BBQ tempeh (just coat a block of chopped tempeh with TJs BBQ suave and bake at 350 for 35 minutes), roasted delicata squash, sauteed kale and cornbread with coconut oil and honey.
Perhaps some super charge me cookies with almond milk and a spoonful of nutbutter. Night time snack deliciousness!