Part of my plan for getting back to eating healthy, is to journal what I eat. I find taking a picture is the fastest way. So I thought I’d share what my day of eating looks like.
I don’t count calories because I believe that nutritionally dense foods interact differently in the body than just calories in and calories out. But that also doesn’t mean I can eat any amounts or types of food (I wish, lol!). I eat until I’m comfortably full and then stop. I have to say that when my hypothyroidism was at its worst, I didn’t understand what it meant to be comfortably full. I had two modes: hangry (or hungry and angry) and busting-out-of-my-pants full. My body just couldn’t recognize that my tummy was getting full, until it was way too full. And if I stopped eating before feeling so engorged, I still feel incredibly hungry. It was like the signals were getting slowed down. But now that my hypothyroidism is under control, I can eat until my hunger is just taken away. No more stuffing myself, yay!
I must also mention that I’m exclusively breastfeeding my 2-month old daughter and I’m tall, so I eat more than the average girl.
So here is what I ate this past Monday…
Breakfast: 9 am
Lunch: 12 pm
Snack: 3 pm
I had an appointment to go to, so I needed something quick and easy to tie me over to dinner. Usually I have a quick snack that I pre-made, but I was all out, so I relied on this protein bar. I had never tried this one, and I don’t think I’ll buy it again. It kept me full, but I didn’t like the flavour.
Leftover shredded chicken mixed with onions, sweet potato topped with walnuts and shredded coconut, and peas. This meal was kinda just thrown together because it was a busy evening and I needed something. Usually my plate is a little more colourful.
So there’s my day of eating. I’ve been on a bit of a sweet potato kick lately, that’s why it appears at all 3 meals, lol! This is why I like taking pictures of my food…I didn’t realize how uniform colour my food looks. Orange and green coloured foods are great, but I should add in red, yellow, purple, etc.
For those who enjoy calorie counting or are curious like me, my day totalled 3,321 kcal. Yes that’s a lot, but I’m breastfeeding, on my feet chasing a 3-year old, and get moderate exercise every day. And it was nutritionally dense food. Yay!
I listed the recipes that I used, below, for your Paleo inspiration.
I hope you enjoyed having a glimpse into my Paleo lifestyle. Thanks for stopping by Paleo Yay!
Recipes from my day:
- Perfect Breakfast Sausage by Phoenix Helix www.phoenixhelix.com/2013/12/08/perfect-breakfast-sausage/
- Fried Apples by Phoenix Helix http://www.phoenixhelix.com/2014/05/11/southern-fried-apples/
- Vegetarian Lentil Soup by Live Simply http://livesimply.me/2016/02/22/30-minute-vegetarian-lentil-soup-with-wilted-greens/vegetarian-lentil-soup-wilted-greens/. I added 2 cups of leftover turkey, sprouted the lentils, and used homemade turkey bone broth.
- Creamy Chocolate Avocado Smoothie by Against All Grain http://againstallgrain.com/2012/07/24/creamy-chocolate-avocado-smoothie/. I always make half of this recipe, I find the whole batch is too filling. I added 1 tbsp coconut oil as well.
- The sweet potato dish is a recipe I’m currently working on, and the chicken dish was literally leftover chicken mixed with sautéed onions. Easy!
- Chocolate and Walnut Dipped Banana Pops by the Daniel Plan http://www.doctoroz.com/recipe/daniel-plan-chocolate-and-walnut-dipped-frozen-banana-pops