Good morning! I hope your Wednesday is off to a good start. Today is pretty much a regular day as of lately for me. Happenings will include a workout, studying and a little bit of writing. Studying for my nutrition course is moving along fairly well, but it is far more intense than I realized. I think the first chapter of my nutrition book was pretty straight forward so that fooled me into thinking the course would be easy. Not so! I am also gunning for a fairly aggressive pace. The introduction had indicated that most students take between 6-12 weeks to complete the course. My goal is the end of October which is slightly over 4 weeks. I think it is manageable, however, I need to spend a concentrated chunk of time devoted to studying every day.
WIAW #12: Too Much of a Good Thing
Speaking of nutrition…last week I had mentioned that I was trying to eat a little more protein on a regular basis. I have been able to do that most days so that has gone well. I do not track it or keep that close an eye on it, but I have just been doing a quick estimate in my head. When you start to experiment things can go well or not so well. However, you usually learn something either way.
So here is a recap of what I ate Wednesday (or Tuesday)….
Breakfast – I have been eating oatmeal a lot for breakfast these days. While it was cooking on the stovetop yesterday I realized I should have some type of protein on the side. I decided on egg whites since we had a lot sitting in our refrigerator. I heated a frying pan with coconut oil and added some of the liquid to cook. We keep our egg whites in a mason jar since Scott puts a lot of egg yolks in his protein shakes. He continually assures me that it is perfectly safe, however, I grew up in the age of salmonella scares on the news. The few times I have tried the raw yolks I turn into a complete hypochondriac. The morale of the story is that I have no idea how many egg whites I consumed.
As I sat down to eat this breakfast I contemplated that it looked like a lot of food. Oh boy it was way too much. After eating a full serving of oatmeal and egg whites I was full for hours. I am talking almost the whole day. I went out to run some errands and threw a bar in my purse, but that was not necessary what so ever. This meal was obviously too much for me, since I was full in an uncomfortable way.
Lunch – I did not eat lunch until almost 3:00 which is highly unusual for me. I sautéed vegetables including organic spinach, peppers, zucchini and onion. I then cooked a Grass-Fed lamb sausage from Whole Foods and added a little avocado.
Afternoon Snack – Most of my afternoon was spent studying and I sipped on some iced coffee and sparkling water while I worked away. I grabbed a few almonds a bit later. That seemed to be plenty, and I was not really hungry for dinner.
Dinner – I could not think of much I wanted so I settled on a plain Greek yogurt with a few raspberries and hemp seeds. I also mixed in some Stevia for some sweetness and enjoy a few chocolate bars on the side. I do not edit or change anything I share in these WIAW posts, but I do try to make my meals and snacks look slightly more presentable. 🙂
Nighttime Snack – I was unusually hungry before I went to bed and settled on a slice of toast. Toast was always my family’s answer for everything, and it is still a top comfort food of mine. Sick, sad or pressed for time? Toast was the key to a better outlook on life. I toasted a slice of Ezekiel bread, and topped it with a little raw honey and Kerrygold butter before calling it a night. Plus another square of chocolate.
So what did I learn? Well, for me, if I want to have a little more protein then I have to cut back on some areas. Like I said before, if you make any changes in your diet you inevitably need to make adjustments in other areas. If you are making changes or even just starting on the path to clean eating one day is never a huge deal. It is all about the big picture and how you learn from what happens. I remember it took me such a long time to keep snacks in my desk drawer at work. The cafeteria would close at a certain time and the only thing available to me would be junk food from the vending machines. It finally dawned on me that I would need to plan ahead and be prepared for emergencies. It is all a process, and there is a learning curve for everything.
Well, it is time to eat a smallish breakfast and get ready to study! Have a great day folks!
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