Helllooooooooo October! Pumpkin season and all kinds of being basic has arrived.
I’m home in the midwest this week visiting family – on Sunday we drove from Illinois down to Indy to stay with my mama. She stocked the pantry with all kinds of TJs pumpkin goodies. Love her.
I snacked on cereal along with a couple cups of coffee with creamer (I switch back and forth between Nut Pods and Califia Farms) while I wrote this month’s newsletter and had some peace and quiet before anyone else was awake. My baby slept like a unicorn after many late night parties the past couple weeks so I felt like I could take on the world at 5am. Baby sleep is a straight up mystery if you ask me. And is continually teaching me patience and letting go and the life sustaining gift of coffee.
It’s been so dang toasty here this week (like in the 90s) that hot oatmeal is not happening. Ew. So instead, I made banana oatmeal in pancake form using this recipe. Topped with banana, pb and maple syrup. A couple weeks ago, I realized I was getting too hungry in the early morning …usually I snack on cereal or granola with coffee for an hour or two while I work and then I eat breakfast with Cal and Nick (I nurse Cal in the morning and he eats breakfast like a hour-ish later around 7:30 or 8) …but I have been MEAL hungry by 6 or 6:30am if I wake up early, not snack hungry. So I started eating a mini breakfast if I’m feeling meal hungry and then eating again with Cal. IE lesson –> if you feel meal hungry a snack is not going to suffice.
I wasn’t meal hungry this particular morning so the usual cereal + coffee held me over until we ate pancakes.
I ate an early lunch around 11:30. Turkey + avocado + tomato + lettuce in an Ezekiel wrap along with sweet potato chips, carrots and an unpictured apple. Around 11ish I usually start to get hungry. I used to eat a hearty snack and then eat lunch later on, but I realized the snacks never really satisfied me and what I actually needed was an early lunch. I was meal hungry, not snack hungry.
After I put Cal down for his afternoon nap, I ate chocolate + pb while typing up some of this post.
And then a little while later I did a Barre3 video out on our back deck. I didn’t do any movement other than daily life for a while and then I started noticing my hips where really tight and my body was aching. Then I did a short pilates video one evening while Nick was getting Cal ready for bed and my body felt soooo much better. I’m realizing that I need to do some sort of stretching/strength/flexibility stuff a couple time a week for 20-30 minutes to feel functional and well physically. So I’m trying to incorporate that back in. I just find a quick video on YouTube and do that during nap time since that’s how movement realistically fits into my life right now. I like the morning time to be focused work time and then don’t enjoy spending our afternoons at the gym. This is what’s working for now. Who knows what it will look like in the future.
My brothers & sister in law were over for dinner.
I snacked on sweet potato chips + a zevia my mom had in her fridge while Cal ate dinner.
Plus shrimp cocktail later on.
Dinner was grilled pork tenderloin, roasted broccoli and potatoes. Washed down with an IPA.
After everyone left my mama and I cozied up on the couch to watch The Voice and eat brownies & ice cream. Ghirardelli is 10000% the best boxed brownie mix. Add in a couple scoops of sea salt caramel cashew ice cream and I was in my happy place.
Tell me the delicious things you’re eating in the comments!
This all looks amazing! I love how you describe snack & meal hunger. I’ve been enjoying almond flour pumpkin muffins by Erin of Well Plated, no bake granola bars with Earl Grey glaze by Kath (mine didn’t hold, so it’s a delish granola), TJ’s Pumpkin O’s, & pulled pork + farm fresh eggs from one of my husband’s coworkers. 🙂
Love these posts so much!!
I’ve been enjoying Kodiak pancake mix with blueberries & chocolate chips with scrambled eggs for breakfast – charcuterie style lunches – and really looking forward to cozier meals once it cools down here in IA. It’s also been super hot here but finally cooling as of today!!
YES! Ghiradelli is the ONLY brownie mix I buy because it’s just so DANG GOOD!! AND sea salt Carmel ice cream is another fav!! My ultimate favorite dessert combo right there🙌
Not eating anything good due to pregnancy nausea and vomiting but looking forward to wanting to eat again someday!
Looks great! I recommend topping your ice cream brownie with some type of whipped creaminess. Since becoming pregnant and now breastfeeding, I have a daily bowl of ice cream (preferably of chocolate variety) and always add whipped cream. I really enjoy it in the larvae afternoon. It powers me through the end of the day and helps me to eat mindfully in the evening because I’ve already indulged my cravings. I love seeing your real life food choices.
Ashley V says
Ghirardelli brownies are the best ever! I’ve made homemade brownies that didn’t even come close, so I just stick to the mix! I have to say, back when I was in my ED, I was following you and would see you make posts about a snack of chocolate and PB, and those posts blew my mind. I felt like I could never be free enough to do that too, but now I am! It just makes me smile to think about how that specific snack was something that I couldn’t imagine ever “getting” to eat. I really enjoy these posts-they give me new ideas and sometimes remind me of foods that I love but haven’t had in ages (like a wrap)!
I feel the same way!! Robyn was my first introduction to intuitive eating and 2 years later…I still love her what I eat in a days. It gives me great meal ideas and reminds me that food freedom is SO WORTH the discomfort that can come with body image problems. Thank you for what you do Robyn!
There is nothing quite as yummy as Ghirardelli boxed brownies. 🙂 And they’re so easy. Also, I love what you shared about being ‘meal hungry’ and snack hungry. I think that’s a really good distinction to make when talking about intuitive eating.
You’ve got to try Cado ice cream! It’s made with avocado & is dairy free. I bought it out of curiosity but had VERY low expectations because I am an ice cream fanatic…but the caramel is the BEST caramel ice cream – dairy or not! And the avocado gives it a wonderful texture. It’s not cheap, but I stock up when its on sale 🙂
MaryAnn Coy says
Fortunately I don’t care for chocolate, or peanut butter, and I’m allergic to dairy So brownies ( Homemade From Scratch, that take about 5 minutes to whip up and eliminate the mixes & all the additives they contain) happen only occasionally & Hubs eats most of them. There is no TJ in our part of Boston so no temptations for junk food I’m not allowed( Hypertension, resistant to meds) Doesn’t anyone eat vegetables anymore? I see a carrot but fruits or vegetables are my snacks. Of course I know nursing mom’s are feeding two, so extra calories & nutrients are needed. But fruits & vegetables are my style of snacks. I use nondairy calcium fortified milk in my 1 cherished cup of Joe and on cereals. I’m an oatmeal lady, pancakes are a rare treat. Today’s treat an OJ. Instead of an Orange.
I love how Robyn shows her healthy relationship with food by all the yummy things she eats! I’ve learned so much from her when it comes to satisfying meals and snacks. Carbs, proteins, and fats make up a satisfying meal for most of us! I usually see that in her meals and it gives me great ideas! Something I love the most is that alongside her nourishing foods she shows those delicious foods she loves eating without any guilt because they aren’t “bad”; chocolate, ice cream, brownies, chips! Those are definitely part of healthy eating when you are at peace with your food choices and include gentle nutrition.
Kyle Adams says
Nice read, thanks 🙂 I’m usually a “healthy” eater but I’ve always had a yo-yo / discipline problem…..I’m currently Kindle reading this amazing book called Struggle Buster which advocates eating that which you grew up eating even if its deemed carb or fat heavy (which in my case includes pumpkins, hence trying out this recipe of yours 🙂 )…seems to be working so far! Many thanks and keep up the great work 🙂 Cheers – Kyle.
I love the recipe. Very good. Thanks