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.
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???