Happy Wednesday! Welcome back to another What I ate Wednesday! Hosted by Jenn from Peas and Crayons. Check out her blog to see what everyone else is eating this Wednesday. Today I have some meals from the past few days to share with you. Remember this is just a snippet of what I eat in a few days and is certainly not a days’ worth or food. Keep in mind everyone has different needs and it’s all about finding what works for you.
I’ll admit it for some people meal prep works wonders and it can definitely keep me on track for the week, but I also often find myself not really wanting what I had made or planned for and feeling unsatisfied from my meals, simply because they weren’t what I wanted.
I’ll be honest with you, I am a fan of structure. I love to know I have balanced, veggie packed meals ahead of me, but I am learning to let go of this need to always eat the “perfect” meal. Yes I am a nutrition coach, but that doesn’t mean I have to love kale and crave it with every meal.
The past few days have admittedly been a challenge. Every meal I find myself asking what I feel like and come up really unsure of an answer. For so long I had this part of my brain turned off. I was so out of sync with my body and so determined to stick to a “plan”.
Despite the challenges it has been eye opening. I am learning so much about what I need, desire, and crave. I plan on writing more about this the more I explore it but I have already learned a lot in a few days time.
Does this mean I will never prep again? No I am going to continue doing this for a bit and then once I have a general ideas for what I crave and need I can get back to prepping things ahead. Why not have a couple dinner ideas to make on hand but if I don’t feel like them no big deal.
I also bought less groceries on Sunday and plan on making a couple trips later in the week for things I need or crave. Maybe it’s a bit less convenient but I actually think I will save money by not buying things and letting them go to waste. I did walk around a bit lost in the grocery store with no real list or outline other than a couple things, but as I said it’s a learning process and the more that I experiment, the more I will learn what exactly I will want or need for the week.
I even sat down to an unplanned dinner with my family one night. This may not be a big deal for you, but as I mentioned on Friday, it is a simple thing that I really cherish now since it had been cut out of my life for so long. My mom is an amazing cook and it is so sad that I wouldn’t eat certain things because I didn’t know how much oil was used or how many calories were in a dish. I now have no issue with that now, as you can see, and that is and always will be a huge accomplishment in my book!
I hope you enjoyed learning about my experiment, and I will keep you updated as I continue experimenting with a little less planning and a little more listening. Any questions always ask!
Happy Wednesday!!! Are you a planner?? Do you plan your meals for the week or try to wing it???