What I Ate Wednesday

by danielle on February 20, 2013

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 was feeling pretty uninspired this Wednesday to share my meals with you. Things have been pretty boring around here but I still wanted to keep you updated. So as normal I’m going to share some of my meals from the week, but in addition to that I’m going to talk about a little experiment I have going on. Remember on Monday I mentioned that I didn’t do any meal prep this week? Well there was a reason for it. As a health coach I think it is very important to practice what I preach and eat according to cravings, what I feel like in the moment, and listen to my body. When I meal prep for the week I am not necessarily able to do this really well.

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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.

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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.

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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”.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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??? 

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Jessie February 20, 2013 at 10:12 am

Great post, Danielle. I think it’s wonderful that you are taking this experiment, and just figuring out what works best for you.

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danielle February 20, 2013 at 1:34 pm

Thanks for the support Jessie :)

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Lucie February 20, 2013 at 10:15 am

Oh that’s fantastic Danielle!! You’re amazing! I try not to plan too much either. I do prepare a few things before the week starts, but then just grab what I crave the most. I do consider what’s in the meal, as for proteins, veggies and good fat/carbs, but I always decide spontateously if I want fish/meat/tofu/eggs etc. I am curious how your experiment develops!! Happy WIAW!

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danielle February 20, 2013 at 1:35 pm

Thanks so much Lucie! Sounds like you have a good routine going!

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Linz @ Itz Linz February 20, 2013 at 12:42 pm

So I do like a balance between food prep and none at all… I prepare like vegetables, chicken, beans, and sometimes a grain, but then use them as I wish throughout the week. It still allows me to listen to my cravings, but also helps with the workload since I do have those stapes ready and on hand!

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danielle February 20, 2013 at 1:36 pm

Love that! I’ve done this a bit in the past and think I need to go back to that! It was really helpful to have them ready but them I could still go by cravings and what I felt like!

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Kristen@Change of Pace February 20, 2013 at 12:43 pm

I have that problem too with meal prep. Sometimes my food will just sit and I’ll make scrambled eggs… I think part of the joy in eating for me is the cooking part. Sometimes I can get so crazy about meal planning and meal prep that I don’t really enjoy cooking and eating anymore. Can’t wait to see how your experiment goes :)

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danielle February 20, 2013 at 1:36 pm

Yes! I totally agree with you! I get on a roll with planning and then go overboard. It’s time to make it fun again ;)

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table February 20, 2013 at 12:46 pm

I am a plnner – but I have to when I eat 7 meals a day! The way I get around repetitive eating is that I buy a huge variety of proteins and veggies in smaller quantities. That way I always have something different on hand. It’s really not much harder to prep – you’re in the kitchen with the ove on already. I also prep something things unseasoned. Grains, for instance, can have seasoning added to them throughout the week so you don’t tired of the same flavor over and over.

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danielle February 20, 2013 at 1:38 pm

Those are some great tips Laura. It’s definitely helpful to be somewhat prepared but there is definitely a balance too! I like the idea of buying a big variety of things and prepping smaller quantities. Makes a lot of sense!

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Amanda @ .running with spoons. February 20, 2013 at 1:06 pm

Squee! There’s been so much talk of meal planning and prepping lately all around the blogworld, that it left me feeling like I was doing something wrong by just winging it all the time. I used to have to have really structured plans when I was recovering from my eating disorder because I had completely forgotten what hunger feels like and how to respond to cravings, but I think that really tainted plans in my mind because I’d often be eating things I didn’t want simply because they were planned out on paper. These days I wing it pretty much all the time based on whatever I’m craving, and I love it a lot more this way. Glad to hear that it’s working for you as well!

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danielle February 20, 2013 at 1:39 pm

Sounds like you have a great routine going and to be honest that is what I’m striving for. I agree with you too it seems like everyone is planning and prepping like crazy and it honestly made me question it all! I used to go by really structured plans too that it left me almost forgetting how to just eat!

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Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin February 20, 2013 at 1:07 pm

I make a meal plan, but I don’t really prep food ahead of time so that if I want to change my mind about what to eat, I can. Keep us posted on how the experiment goes for you!

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danielle February 20, 2013 at 1:38 pm

Will do Chelsea!

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Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl February 20, 2013 at 1:26 pm

Those almonds look so tasty! I love the cocoa roasted ones but never realized that they make cinnamon ones. I guess I know what I’ll be looking for the next time that I am at the grocery store ;) .

I am definitely a meal planner. If I do not meal plan then I spend extra money at the grocery store on things that I do not need, and then I take way too much time each night trying to figure out what I am going to eat which leads to me not eating dinner until WAY late.

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danielle February 20, 2013 at 1:40 pm

Yes meal planning definitely helps with grocery shopping! That was a struggle for me this week!

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Kim@hungryhealthygirl February 20, 2013 at 1:31 pm

I always love your honesty! I too find sometimes when I try to prep meals it doesn’t always work out the way I had planned. Either there’s not time to make what I had planned or I just don’t feel like eating it. I did prep this week and it’s been good, but I don’t prepevery week. Sometimes it’s best just to go with the flow!

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danielle February 20, 2013 at 1:40 pm

Thanks so much Kim! I like that go with the flow attitude a lot!

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Greta February 20, 2013 at 1:44 pm

OMG! I will definitely continue checking on your progress, Daniele.
I never prepare meals in advance, like for the week or something. I just make sure I have everything I need for the week and then usually cook or defrost something the day before – so I guess I plan my meals. However I do too like to switch for something not on my plan during the day and that sadly puts me up for failure as I’m recovering from an ed.

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danielle February 20, 2013 at 7:09 pm

Well it sounds like you are making some progress by being able to listen to what you are craving!

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Michelle @ Eat Move Balance February 20, 2013 at 1:52 pm

I hit both ends of the spectrum with planning. My breakfasts and lunches are always 100% planned . . . but dinners go either way. Sometimes planned, sometimes I wing it. Usually it works out–I enjoy a bit of flexibility, but planning does pay off when things are busy!

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danielle February 20, 2013 at 7:10 pm

that’s funny because I feel like I can wing breakfast and lunch but not dinner!

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Anna @AnnaTheApple February 20, 2013 at 2:07 pm

I love meal planning but I don’t do the food prep way in advance. I know what meals we’re having in the week and have the ingredients bought already but so if we fancy something different in the evening it means we can switch things up a bit. Having a freezer full of stuff also helps I think if all fails! Lots of veggies ready to roast, meat, and left-overs.

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danielle February 20, 2013 at 7:10 pm

Sounds like a great plan! A full freezer definitely helps too!

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Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots February 20, 2013 at 2:51 pm

I plan my meals for the week every Sunday so that I get what I need when I go to the grocery store. I guess it doesn’t really leave room for listening to your cravings but I would waste soo much money if I didn’t go in with a list of dinner for the week!

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danielle February 20, 2013 at 7:11 pm

Yes! That is my problem when I don’t plan ahead too. I do end up making smaller grocery trips instead of one big one though.

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Kierston February 20, 2013 at 3:10 pm

I go with what I have…which involves pre-planning :)

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danielle February 20, 2013 at 7:10 pm

Makes sense!

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Lisa February 20, 2013 at 4:16 pm

I think it’s so awesome Danielle! I’m glad to hear this is working out for you! I was so structured previously, I’ve kind of let it go for now, but everyone always says how much easier it is throughout the week to meal plan so I should probably start haha. I end up making just super fast meals instead. PS. Love that kabocha;)

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danielle February 20, 2013 at 7:12 pm

I like super fast meals though! Love kabocha too :)

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GiGi Eats Celebrities February 20, 2013 at 5:41 pm

Squash is by far – HANDS DOWN – the best snack EVER! So sweet, yet so filling and completely GUILT FREE :)

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danielle February 20, 2013 at 7:12 pm

Agreed!

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lindsay February 20, 2013 at 6:28 pm

that is exactly why i don’t plan. My mood and cravings change HOURLY! but i get that some people NEED that. So glad you are experimenting. Hang in there!

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danielle February 20, 2013 at 7:13 pm

Thanks so much Lindsay! Glad to know that not planning works for you!

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Brittany @ Delights and Delectables February 21, 2013 at 2:26 am

I so wish I didn’t have to plan. I’m so busy and get in so late that if I don’t plan and have everything ready to go, it would be midnight before I could eat! I’m excited to see how this goes for you!

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danielle February 21, 2013 at 5:13 pm

It’s true. It’s definitely time saving to plan ahead!

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Rachel @ Healthy Chicks February 21, 2013 at 2:29 am

Great post, Danielle. It’s funny; we are so opposites and I feel we could really learn from each other :) I don’t really plan ahead, and sometimes go to the grocery store 3 times in one week (the beauty of living in walkable Cambridge) mostly because I’m always changing my mind and have never really been a “structured” person. I also hate recipes and like to “experiment” in the kitchen.

But it’s funny because I was JUST thinking today how I’d like to add more structure in, or have some recipes and meals planned out for the week. I admire how organized and prepared you are! It’s all about balance I guess and what works for you :)

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danielle February 21, 2013 at 5:17 pm

That’s too funny! We would definitely learn a lot from each other! I’m slowly learning that some structure is going to be necessary for me. It’s just part of who I am ;)

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Sara @ Nourish and Flourish February 21, 2013 at 7:17 am

Oh, Danielle, this post makes me SO happy! I’m excited for you, and know that this experiment–as challenging as it is–will help you feel more balanced. Intuitive eating has done WONDERS for me–not only emotionally, but physically as well. My digestion has improved, as I’ve learned that my body really does have the ability to tell me what it can and can’t handle on any given day. It took me a LONG time to learn how to listen to those cues, but it’s now so much easier! That said, I still eat with my head, too. For example, I know that if I’m going to out and about for a long time, I may eat a meal before I go, even if I’m not hungry. Or, if I really don’t have time to go to the store to pick up the salmon I’m craving, I’ll eat something that doesn’t sound as appealing. It’s all about finding a balance between intuition and practicality.

My grocery shopping sounds very similar to your new way of shopping. I always load up on foods that are extremely versatile, and rarely buy specific ingredients for a recipe. This means lots of different veggies (usually just whatever looks good), sweet potatoes, butternut squash, eggs (lots of them), chicken (I actually buy this frozen, so I always have it), salmon (fresh or frozen) etc. When a meal time comes, I’m able to just throw together whatever I feel like!

I’m cheering for you on this journey–let me know if you ever want to chat! <3 xoxo

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danielle February 21, 2013 at 5:19 pm

Interesting! I think I could learn a lot from you Sara and always gain so much inspiration from your style of eating on your blog. I’d love to pick your brain more about your intuitive ways! I think it’s so awesome :)

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