A week or so into my whole food plant based lifestyle I spontaneously started to take pictures of my food at nearly every meal and share them on Instagram. It’s not that I’m a great photographer or that I even had a very big Instagram following, but I just felt so excited by my food that I wanted to share because everything suddenly tasted so freaking good! And now it’s a habit, I will usually photograph at least one of my meals everyday. Sometimes I take the pictures but forget to share them. Sometimes I just don’t share them because a lot of my days look exactly the same.
Today hasn’t really been a typical day though. It’s Monday and I have a lot going on — a lot of work special projects on top of my regular daily tasks, a whole lot of housework to catch up on (and with the warmer weather a burning desire to do some spring cleaning), a Fitbit Challenge with my sister to motivate me to get stepping, etc. It’s a busy day! But luckily today I am filled with energy and optimism! It’s one of those days when my body feels particularly lean and strong, even though it doesn’t actually look like that yet. I feel light on my feet, completely free of pain, and really flexible. My mind is sharp and focused. I might be a little manic, or hyper. If I could, today I would run and jump and dance all day long. But you know, I have responsibilities so I can only run and jump and dance so much.
So here’s what I have been eating on this not so typical day:
Because I knew that today was going to be a busy day I decided this morning to forego my usual banana steel cut oats with fruit and instead opted for a big bowl of Kamut Puffs with some unsweetened almond milk and topped with two ripe bananas for breakfast. I also took my B-12 and D3 vitamins then. I drank a 24 oz bottle of water right before breakfast because I have found that I have more energy and feel better when I get some hydration first thing in the morning. Although it’s not recommended for the Engine 2 Seven Day Rescue diet, I also enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning.
I am a big time coffee lover. The darker the roast, the better I like it. And I drink it black, which is the real marker of a true coffee lover in my opinion. I don’t like a little bit of a weak breakfast blend with my cream and sugar – it’s pure coffee, straight up, no chaser! I do really well when I’m working from home at limiting my coffee to a single cup, no more than two on mornings when I’m up super early and it’s chilly or I’m feeling low energy. When I go to the office, I have a more difficult time and usually end up having 3 or 4 cups throughout the day. But still this is a marked improvement from drinking a whole pot by myself or having three or more 20 oz extra-large cups at the office. I have been finding though that the more this lifestyle progresses, the more I’m turning to caffeine free herbal teas instead of coffee. I am thinking that I will try to give up coffee too soon, and I’ve ordered an herbal coffee replacement from well.ca to try. I hope it tastes good!
I had a leftover potato in the fridge from a bunch I baked the other night, so for lunch I heated it up in the microwave and then heated up some black beans, corn and peas. Filled a plate and added a bit of yellow mustard and fresh ground black pepper for taste. It was super quick to assemble, very tasty and satisfying. I paired my meal with a cup of Camomile Citrus herbal tea. While I enjoyed lunch I watched a video from Dr. McDougall where he actually mentioned microwave cooking. He doesn’t think there’s anything wrong with reheating food in the microwave. He does it himself. Though he did issue some warnings about making sure the door properly closes so no microwaves are leaking out. This makes me question my cheap Walmart microwave and the fact that it doesn’t seem to heat as well as it used to … does this mean I have leakage?! Should I buy a new one?
My hearty lunch stuck by me so I didn’t feel like dinner until after 7 pm. Usually when I’m home I will eat a bit earlier around 5 or 6 pm. I opted for a big spicy salad. I mixed some chilli powder, ground cayenne pepper and some garlic and herb spice from Mrs. Dash together with the remainder of the can of black beans that I had opened and rinsed at lunchtime. I heated them in the microwave just a bit to get the chill off them and then put them on a huge bed of romaine lettuce. I added about a half cup of salsa, one quarter of a fresh avocado, a dash of Mr. Spice Tangy Bang Hot Sauce (which is low sodium!) and then I squeezed the juice of half a lime all over. Spicy and delicious! It was very filling. After I ate I made a cup of Peppermint, Ginger & Fennel herbal tea.
I don’t normally eat after dinner, especially if I eat dinner at 7 pm or later, but I do have a cup of Dreamland herbal tea, which is a blend of chamomile, peppermint, lemon grass, spearmint, citrus, passion flowers, rosebuds, and other herbs. I find it helps me to unwind and fall asleep more quickly. Sometimes I have two cups if the first doesn’t make me yawn, but that wasn’t the case tonight. And throughout the evening I also drank another 24 ounce bottle of water.
On a more typical day when I get some exercise in I will drink at least another 48 ounces of water, but of course that didn’t happen today. Maybe I’ll do another post of what I eat on a more typical day.