What I Ate Wednesday

by danielle on January 30, 2013

Happy Wednesday! Welcome back to another What I ate Wednesday! Hosted by Jenn over at Peas and Crayons. This week is another collection of meals from the past few days plus my weekly meal prep.

Not sure if anyone has actually noticed but it is very rare that I will just post a full day of what I ate. Reason being I hate comparison. I remember way back when I was the most critical of my eating I would read up as best as I could on how many calories I should eat, what I should eat, etc… What I ate Wednesday would have been a gold mine for me. I would have taken notes, thought I was eating too much, not enough etc… Every body is different and no two people are going to have the same needs when it comes to nutrients. So long story short this is why I don’t believe in posting a full, exact day of meals, because I don’t think anyone should fall into the comparison trap. Your body knows best what you need, so listen to it!

Okay that being said let’s get on to some of my favorite meals from the week.

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First off, the prep. Lean ground meat, quinoa, bell peppers, roasted carrots, broccoli, and zucchini. Perfect to mix and match for meals throughout the week. 

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Example one of prep coming together: Quinoa, lean ground beef, broccoli, and carrots. 

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Example 2: Quinoa, edamame, broccoli, zucchini, bell pepper, and carrots.

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Spaghetti Squash Bake (recipe is coming I’m just going to change some things around) Served with shrimp.

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Paleo Dinner: Steak, asparagus, and spinach and cherry tomatoes. 

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Cooked Mixed Berries. 

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To make these all I do is combine blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries and simmer over low heat with 1/2 of an orange zested along with the juice from 1/2 of the orange. 

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Easy Dessert. 

Last but not least I had to share this picture of Sophie. It’s been freezing and she loves to be outside so I make her wear sweaters. I promise I’m not that person who just dresses her for fun!…or maybe I kind of do ;)

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Sweet Girl

So tell me: Do you fall suspect to the comparison trap when it comes to nutrition, food, and eating? 

{ 44 comments… read them below or add one }

Lucie January 30, 2013 at 9:50 am

I am so sad that the Spaghetti Squash season is over here. No way to find it anywhere! I am much better with the comparison trap. I used to be awful with it and even panicking when I saw someone eating less. Today I really try to listen to my hunger feelings – which is successful sometimes and sometimes not :-)
Sophie’s sweater?? Total cuteness!!!

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danielle January 30, 2013 at 1:45 pm

That is so awesome you are getting better about comparison. Listening to your hunger is always going to be a work in progress but it will get easier with time!

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Greta January 30, 2013 at 11:14 am

Hi, Danielle!
I’ve been reading your blog for quite a while, but coming out of the eating disorder background I’ve never dared to comment.
Love your food (being celiac and following the moderate paleo myself) and Sophie – she’s such a doll.
I’m participating in WIAW party, but I highly doubt it as most of my readers have/had food issues – comparison is inevitable and extremely triggering. I tried to leave some food out, but that got things worse. So I don’t think I’ll continue doing this.
Now I’ll repeat myself – your meals are awesome and inspiring. Thank you for sharing them with us.

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danielle January 30, 2013 at 1:48 pm

Hey Greta! Always feel free to comment! Your opinion is always welcome. WIAW definitely can be tough if you are working through some of your struggles with food and it is okay to admit that and decline on joining. Doesn’t mean you’re any less awesome! I’m always here if you need to chat. We may have more in common than you might think :)

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Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile January 30, 2013 at 12:22 pm

Totally agree with the comparison! It’s silly.. and unnecessary. Love your pup! <3

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danielle January 30, 2013 at 1:48 pm

Agreed! And thank you!

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kim@hungryhealthygirl January 30, 2013 at 12:29 pm

That shrimp meal looks really good. It’s been forever since I’ve had shrimp….I need to change that! Sophie looks beautiful as always!

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danielle January 30, 2013 at 1:48 pm

Thanks Kim! Shrimp is my favorite!

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Michelle @ Eat Move Balance January 30, 2013 at 12:38 pm

I used to compare my meals with others and worry about if I was doing something wrong, but luckily I’ve moved on from that. Now I view blogs and think about all the great ideas I see. Some I try, some I modify, and some I know aren’t for me. :) The baked squash sounds like something I’d like to try! :)

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danielle January 30, 2013 at 1:50 pm

I totally agree. I get so many great meal ideas now from other bloggers but if it’s not something that will work for me no big deal either!

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Miz January 30, 2013 at 12:52 pm

OOOH
that berry hothothot combo?

DROOL!!!!

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danielle January 30, 2013 at 1:49 pm

It was amazing!

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table January 30, 2013 at 1:00 pm

My diet is so crazy that comparison isn’t really an option. :)

Love your mix and match meal prep -I often cook things up plain so I can change up flavors suring the week. Hate to be bored! :)

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danielle January 30, 2013 at 1:49 pm

I agree. I get so bored if I eat the same thing all week so this method has been working well for me!

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Linz @ Itz Linz January 30, 2013 at 1:05 pm

Ummm I definitely dress Zoey for fun!! #noshame

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danielle January 30, 2013 at 1:49 pm

Hahaha I love it! It’s just a little too fun. Our poor girls :)

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Amanda @ .running with spoons. January 30, 2013 at 2:34 pm

Amen to never posting a full day of eats – it’s something I avoid as well because I definitely know how damaging the comparison trap can be. The only thing that bugs me is that some readers STILL don’t realize that what shows up on blogs isn’t usually a full day of eats, and they go on to assume that they should be eating less than what they are :?

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danielle January 30, 2013 at 6:58 pm

Very true Amanda! I totally wish I could convince every person not to fall into that trap!

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Anna @AnnaTheApple January 30, 2013 at 2:43 pm

It’s really hard to not compare during WIAW. But I just constantly remind myself that I’m healthy, I’m enjoying the food I eat, I exercise, and I’m happy. Therefore why do I need to compare to others? Now I just focus on what recipes look good to try out myself! I love your pudding idea for definite! :)

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danielle January 30, 2013 at 6:58 pm

Great attitude to have Anna!

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Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots January 30, 2013 at 3:02 pm

when I first started blogging and a lot of the blogs that I read did WIAW posts I would constantly compare myself to them.

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danielle January 30, 2013 at 6:58 pm

Agreed! So happy we are past that!

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Nadja January 30, 2013 at 4:01 pm

I always love how you show us different ways to cook one thing and seeing this post actually reminded me that i haven’t eaten quinoa for sooooo long! So i think i’m gonna do this tomorrow night :)

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danielle January 30, 2013 at 6:59 pm

So happy you liked it! Quinoa is one of my favorites lately!

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Kierston January 30, 2013 at 4:11 pm

Cooked berries look awesome! Yummmy :)

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danielle January 30, 2013 at 6:59 pm

Thanks Kierston!

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Sara @ Nourish and Flourish January 30, 2013 at 5:53 pm

Your weekly meal prep looks nearly exactly the same as mine this week! Swap the ground beef for chicken, add a tupperware container of roasted butternut squash, and we’re prep twins. ;) I’ve found that making large batches of ingredients than can be mixed and matched is the best way to go because I can never predict what I’ll be craving on any given day.

Like you, I used to fall into the comparison trap BIG TIME. Now, what I see in WIAW posts does nothing more than inspire me with new meal ideas, however I’m sensitive to the fact that my posts likely impact others’ decisions. It’s such a tough call though; it’s my hope that posting what I eat serves as positive reinforcement for women who are struggling to nourish their bodies!

Happy Wednesday, Danielle! <3

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danielle January 30, 2013 at 7:01 pm

I agree Sara I always get such great ideas from your WIAW posts too. I always look forward to them. I would like to think that these posts do have a positive impact of fueling our bodies with great foods!

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GiGi Eats Celebrities January 30, 2013 at 5:58 pm

I like what you eat EVERYDAY, not just Wednesday! ;)

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danielle January 30, 2013 at 6:59 pm

Thanks Gigi!

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Caitlin January 30, 2013 at 6:02 pm

Sophie looks SOOO fly! That shrimp looks so giant and delish. Mmm steak and veggies! Who doesn’t love a girl who can hold her own at a steakhouse?
I used to use WIAW to compare myself to others all the time when I first started reading blogs because I was trying to diet. When I entered recovery for my ED I stopped reading and got back into them after I’d adopted important mental “filters” for info I read. Now I know consciously not to compare myself so when I start doing it subconsciously, I have to tell my ego to stop. I always make disclaimers like the ones you do when I do a WIAW typical style post because I don’t want other girls who were like me to assume what I do is what they should do! That makes you a responsible blogger.

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danielle January 30, 2013 at 7:02 pm

Love it Caitlin! My ego is definitely pretty loud when it comes to comparison but I am constantly working on telling it to stop too!

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Natalie @ Free Range Human January 30, 2013 at 6:46 pm

I absolutely fall into that trap. I often have the thought, “But all the other bloggers are doing it!”

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danielle January 30, 2013 at 7:01 pm

Try to fight it Natalie. Only you know what your body needs most!

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Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl January 30, 2013 at 6:50 pm

How cute is Sadie in that sweater?? She is so fashionable! ;)

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danielle January 30, 2013 at 7:01 pm

Hahaha thanks Hannah!

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Brad Gouthro Fitness January 30, 2013 at 9:21 pm

See…now that’s a dinner…when I tell people to eat steak, asparagus, and other veggies…it doesn’t sound good or make them excited… but if they saw your picture, it to the next level.

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danielle January 31, 2013 at 12:43 am

I love it! One of my favorite dinners!

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Brittany @ Delights and Delectables January 31, 2013 at 12:15 am

Oh man.. I can’t wait for the spaghetti squash bake!! I have a spaghetti squash waiting for me. I can’t really fall into the comparison trap… I’m allergic to too many foods!

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danielle January 31, 2013 at 12:43 am

Recipe’s coming soon!

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Jessie January 31, 2013 at 4:25 am

For some odd reason, I haven’t bought shrimp in quite sometime. After seeing your meal, I’m pretty sure I must change that asap!!!

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danielle January 31, 2013 at 5:30 pm

Yes I think you need to!

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Katie January 31, 2013 at 11:23 pm

Comparison trap is big thing that happens in the blog world!

Funny, the other day I tweeted that on instagram, how some people look like they eat so little and my meals are way bigger! We just have to do what is best for US! We know our bodies the best <3

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danielle January 31, 2013 at 11:43 pm

So very true Katie!

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