A couple weeks ago I started thinking about altering my eating habits. I consume a lot of caffeine and sugar, but beyond that I realized I would make it through an entire day with no real concept of what I ate. Worst yet when I did think about my eating all I could recount was the ridiculous amount of caffeine I consume for seemingly no reason at all. A person (like me) who sleeps a solid 7-8 hours every night has no need for three grande coffees a day. It’s unreasonable (and needlessly expensive), money is shoes am I right?!
Through a little light research I learned the best way to increase my self awareness revolving around my eating would be to keep a food log. Of course keeping a log caused me to be more mindful about eating. I found I am a bit less likely to snack on sweets around the office if I have to be accountable! I’m not necessarily aiming to lose weight or to cut out sugar or caffeine entirely. I would rather increase mindfulness when it comes to eating and focus on nutrition rather than empty calories. I still want to eat ice cream and the occasional treat but I want to decrease the frequency of these sweet treats.
This week I tracked all of my meals and workouts. You will notice I didn’t go into specifics regarding workouts as this post is primarily focused on eating, though I definitely think there are many benefits to tracking exercise too!
My Weekly Food Diary:
Breakfast: Starbucks Oatmeal with brown sugar, Grande Peppermint Mocha with Nonfat milk and no whipped cream
Lunch: Sriracha Tofu Wrap
Afternoon Snack: Cup of Hot Chocolate and two pieces of String Cheese
Dinner: Margherita Pizza, Spinach Salad with blueberries, avocado and tomato
Workout: 3 mile jog with a friend
Notes: I realized I need to pack healthy snacks for the afternoon, by 3:30 I was starving and needed hot chocolate to tide me over until I could get home and gobble down a few pieces of string cheese!
Breakfast: Banana Bread, Grande Peppermint mocha with nonfat milk and no whipped cream
Lunch: Spinach salad with blueberries, feta cheese and raspberry vinigrette, strawberries, string cheese, and green tea
Afternoon Snack: Nature Valley Oat & Honey granola bar
Dinner: Brown rice with asparagus, shrimp, cherry tomatoes and parmesan cheese
Dessert: Strawberries and Blueberries
Workout: Cardio & Strength at the Gym
Notes: This was probably my healthiest day of the week, I definitely felt good too!
Breakfast: Steel cut oats with blueberries and a grande iced vanilla latte
Lunch: Leftover brown rice, asparagus, cherry tomatoes and Parmesan cheese along with strawberries and blueberries
Afternoon Snack:Iced Passion tea lemonade (unsweetened) and Chocolate chip cookie
Dinner: Baked Salmon and Grilled Vegetables
Dessert: Jordan and I split a Banana Split from Baskin Robin
Workout: Short Gym Workout
Notes: Looking back I should have skipped the afternoon chocolate chip cookie and opted for a healthier snack. I wouldn’t give up the banana split though. Summer calls for cool, sweet splurges now and then!
Breakfast: Grande Peppermint mocha and Starbucks oatmeal with brown sugar
Morning snack: Nectarine
Lunch: Spinach Salad, Celery with peanut butter, blueberries and a mini Hershey’s bar
Dinner: Whole Foods burrito bowl (black beans, quinoa, lettuce, salsa, cheese and avocado) and iced coffee
Workout: None, I was supposed to go to the gym but I ended up headed to the dog park with Pierre instead.
Notes: A second coffee was actually necessary in this instance, I spent a late evening at Jordan’s office with him and I definitely wouldn’t have been able to stay awake without a little boost. I tried to be smart by opting for a drink without added sugar/sweetener.
As silly as it sounds, taking a little extra time to be mindful of my eating really taught me a lot about my habits. I started to question, “do I actually need more coffee in the afternoon, or do I just grab it because I can?”. For the first three days of the week I only had coffee in the morning and found myself more energized in the afternoon by choosing more fruits and veggies and less sugar. It’s not rocket science but I didn’t realize how much sugar and caffeine were decreasing my energy.
I know I still have a long way to go in the sugar department. Around 2:00-3:00 in the afternoon I start craving something sugary and I’m searching for a way to conquer that craving in a healthier way. I’m thinking about grabbing a few chocolate covered almonds or perhaps low sugar protein bar. If you have any suggestions I would love to hear! I am the first to admit that I don’t know everything there is to know about healthy eating.
I am a vegetarian turned pescatarian, so you’ll probably notice my main sources of protein are tofu and some seafood. I’ve noticed I sometimes eat carbs when my body really needs protein…which can lead to an abundance of pizza and pasta. Not going to even lie, pizza and pasta are my FAVORITES and I cannot be giving up tortellini. My goal in this arena is to choose protein 4/5 times and choose my favorite carbs the other 20% of the time.
I know this post is a bit outside of my “normal” blogging niche (definitely using that word generously as I tend to blog about basically everything pertaining to my life) so if you were bored to tears I apologize. I definitely am not planning on becoming a health and fitness blogger any time soon, however, I do believe health and fitness are important components to pretty much everyone’s lives! Personally, I’m a bit nosey and I enjoy sneaking a peek into the lives of my favorite bloggers whether it’s seeing a day in the life post, what’s inside someone’s bag or a food diary.
If you have any recommendations for healthy eating please leave me a comment! I really value your opinions and I am definitely open for suggestions. If you have ever cut out or cut down on sugar I want to hear about that too, do you prefer to eliminate slowly or quit something cold turkey? Thanks in advance for your tips and advice <3