Why Did I Eat It?

HEY I’m blogging in the middle of a school week! That doesn’t happen very often these days, huh?

I’m even joining in on the What I Ate Wednesday fun for the first time in a few weeks!

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Today I’m showing you what I ate on Monday, a regular ol’ day in college. But I also wanted to share the reasons why I ate what I ate.

{My roommate just read that to herself and mocked me: “And this is why I added a pinch of salt. And this is why I had three scoops of oatmeal instead of two! And this is why I had 27 scoops of peanut butter instead of 24.” So this is how I am perceived in the world.}

I said it in my NEDA week post, but I’ll say it again: it can be difficult to not analyze food to some extent, even after recovering from an eating disorder. However, my mindset towards food has shifted from focusing on restriction and calories to focusing on nutrients, fuel, and happiness.

Sometimes I choose to eat certain foods to make sure I am getting enough macros, nutrients, etc. Other times, I choose to eat foods because I’m in a rush. Still other times, I choose to eat foods because they just taste good.

So here are Monday’s eats and the answers to the question: Why did I eat it?

Breakfast 

-Two egg scramble with all the veggies in the land // For protein, fiber, and nutrients + staying power for three straight hours of classes.

-Whole wheat apple pancake with peanut butter and banana on top // For whole grains, fruit, delicious taste, healthy fats and just…peanut butter.

-Glass o’ milk // To wash down the pancake with peanut butter and for calcium.

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Lunch

Grilled chicken // For protein, and it was spiced well.

-Salad with spinach, tomatoes, carrots, sautéed veggies, whole wheat pasta salad, and honey dijon dressing // For yet more veggie power, carbs, something to eat with the chicken, and taste (man this was delicious!).

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-Apple // To keep the doctor away 😉 And because I like to end on a sweet note.

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Snacks

-Wheat Thins // Because they’re a convenient snack that I have in my dorm and I love them.

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-Bare apple chips + a couple spoonfuls of almond butter // For energy to study, fiber, healthy fats, and protein. This is also one of my favorite snacks at the moment, but now I’m out of apple chips. 😦

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-Another spoonful of almond butter // I was still hungry and I knew I would not be eating dinner in another three hours.

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[I played intramural softball with some people from the Catholic Center, which was freezing, fun, and humorous all at the same time. I strongly despise softball/baseball, so this was truly one for the team. But it was low-key, so I’d do it again!]

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My thoughts: “But I can barely catch with my good hand.”

Dinner

-Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, steamed vegetables, and gravy // Because I will eat any sort of meatloaf (okay, maybe not). Also for protein, carbs, veggies, and comfort (a good meal for thawing out from the cold outdoors).

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Dessert(s)

-Apple and raisin compote + peach cobbler ice cream // I wanted dessert.

There’s a little more explanation for this one. I grabbed the apple raisin compote in hopes to have it a la mode with vanilla ice cream, but there was no vanilla ice cream when I went to go get some. Thus, I tried this peach cobbler ice cream, but it was kinda gross to me, so I didn’t really eat it. I finished most of the apple raisin thing though.

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-Strawberry shortcake with vanilla ice cream // Because our faculty in residence baked it from scratch, so how could I say no? I also justified that I didn’t have much of my dessert at the dining hall, so…

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It was worth the Monday night sugar overload.

Looking back at my day of eats, it looks like I ate quite a lot. But as I was going about my day on Monday, this was the amount my body needed (and wanted when it came to the desserts). Even though I seek to get enough vegetables, whole grains, nutrients, etc., I am fortunate to say that I also truly enjoy the healthy foods I eat. Then I might have some (or a lot of) sugar because it’s also tasty and nourishing to my soul.

Mindful eating used to be my whole life, but with time, mindful eating has become a useful tool— an optional tool at times.

I hope you all have a wonderful Wednesday!

So tell me: 

Do you consider yourself a “mindful eater”?

What is a sweet treat that you’ve eaten recently?

Do you like softball or baseball?

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18 thoughts on “Why Did I Eat It?

  1. Now that’s one goooood looking day of eats. Apple chips and AB — I die. And I love your approach to mindful and balanced eating, lady. I truly love healthy food as well, both for how it tastes and how it makes me feel, but I definitely need to throw in some food that’s just plain old good for the soul to keep my mind happy. Health is so multi faceted, and I feel like only focusing on the physical aspect by eating a “clean” diet is doing ourselves a disservice if we have to deprive ourselves in the process. Cookies in one hand and carrots in the other 😉

  2. Looks to me like you’re rocking the mindful eating concept!!! This is why I love Ya! Keeping it real and inspiring🙌
    This is my goal!!!!
    Thanks for another great post pal!
    Oo I had some really yummy irish soda bread with almond butter mmm😍
    And I do like me some baseball…unfortunately it’s doesn’t like me😯😉

  3. If it’s what your body wants then its what it should get! definitely an important rule to keep in mind 🙂 my last sweet treat was going down to the Lindt chocolate store in my building and buying some delicious chocolates for the week! I like to have one after every lunch

  4. ❤ this! I've gotten so much better with stuff like this. I used to force myself to eat something because it's "what I needed to eat" but now I pretty much just eat whatever I'm craving! What I've found is that most of the time, I'm not craving a big sugary substance. A lot of the time I crave veggies! Although if there is the option for something like dessert I won't turn it down – today in choir someone brought in peanut butter brownies and instead of not letting myself have one I ate that sucker. And maybe another one. 😉 happy weekend girly!

  5. You continue to amaze me with your immense maturity. Sometimes I forget we are the same age. I am continually inspired by your willingness to share your life and your journey of recovery. You are an incredible woman Alison!

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