I want to start doing some daily recaps here on my blog instead of only posting recipes. In these posts, I’ll be sharing in more detail what I ate for all meals, including snacks.
For this post, I titled it “Listening To My Hunger/Fullness Signals”. This title represented my day because I received a lot of hunger and fullness signals throughout the days before and after my meals. Learning to listen to these signals are critical. Our bodies tell us what it needs.
I often get asked if I eat before I workout. The answer is, IT DEPENDS. I typically ask myself if I’m hungry when I wake up. If I feel that I would perform better with some food, then I will eat a small snack. This would usually be some fruit, toast and/or nut butter. Also, depending on how long before I head out to my workout, my snack will vary in size.
Overall, I eat if I’m hungry. If I get up early enough and feel that I have enough energy to get my through a workout, I’ll wait to eat after.
In the morning, I went to soul cycle with a friend which is a 45 minute cycling class. It focuses on interval training – it’s heavily focused on the legs with some upper body. Next door to my cycling studio is Philz Coffee! I got a Philharmonic, medium roast coffee with a splash of almond milk. I ALMOST got a donut but I decided to just come home to eat breakfast!
I ate around 10am (which is a bit late, I know). I made a plate of coconut blueberry pancakes. I cooked it in ghee and topped it with maple syrup, bananas, strawberries, blueberries and more shredded coconut!
I DO NOT COUNT CALORIES. By now, I know how much food I need to feel satisfied. I listen to my body and fuel it properly especially after a high intensity workout.
I don’t workout to eat. I eat to workout.
After breakfast, I had a lot to work on so time flew by! It was lunchtime before I knew it. I had lunch around 1pm.
I had leftovers, thankfully. I heated up some brown rice, garlic chicken and sugar snap peas. I always make my rice in the rice cooker! The chicken was sautéed in sesame oil, salt, pepper and minced garlic. The sugar snap peas were also sautéed i
After lunch, I had a bit of time before heading off to work. Literally 1 hour after my lunch I felt myself getting a bit hungry. I don’t wait until my stomach growls to eat a snack. If I feel myself at a hunger level of around 3/10 or 4/10 (slightly hungry).. I eat!
Recently… I’ve been obsessed with these peanut butter sandwich crackers. I’ve been munching on a handful everyday 🙂 It reminds me of the Ritz sandwich crackers I ate growing up!
For a snack around 2:30pm, I ate a handful of the sandwich crackers. The picture shown below is half the amount I ate. I didn’t count how many I had. I ate until I wasn’t at a hunger level of 3-4 anymore. I ate until I felt satisfied, which I knew would hold me over until dinner at work!
Alright, dinner time at work is at 6:30pm.
I ate a Vietnamese turkey bahn mi sandwich which is a french baguette with mayonnaise, turkey, cucumbers, shredded carrots, cilantro and some sweet and sour sauce. On the side, I have two veggie egg rolls (I added more sweet and sour sauce after) and a asian chopped salad. The asian chopped salad had green cabbage, red cabbage, carrots, kale and a sesame dressing. This was a filling dinner and it held me over for a few hours before my next snack!
I get off work around 9:00pm and it takes 30 minutes to get home. I ALWAYS have some snacks in my car – nuts, crackers or cookies. I had a handful of nuts while driving home! If I took a photo it would just be a dark picture so I didn’t even try.
So that’s my daily eats. I hope it gave an overall idea on what I ate for the day! Also, just because I ate this amount of food or at those specific times.. doesn’t mean you will and should do the same. Everyone is different.
Our bodies fight to keep up alive and allow us to do simple everyday activities like stand, sit and walk. By connecting to your body, you will be able to discover those natural signals your body gives. Make healthy food choices but also ones you TRULY like!