Hungry Haley

it's more than food


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WARNING: This is not a typical day of eating for me. I don't eat a lot of oily foods, which is what you'll find here. My eating habits were a little thrown off because of a few things: 

  1. My Nutrition class: It's a cooking class, so every Friday each lab group is assigned a recipe to prepare and share with the class. I have no problem with trying the different recipes, unless they aren't vegan, which most of them have not been. Today, however, my professor was so kind to buy tofu and assign separate vegan salads for a few groups to make so that myself and the other vegan could finally taste something with the rest of the class. How could I pass that up? Sure, it was tofu marinated in oil and then tossed in a salad beneath an oily dressing, but come on - he went out of his way for me, and the salad was soooooooo good. No biggie :) 
  2. Work: I worked an 8-hour shift today, so I was on my feet for quite a while. I also didn't prepare well and only brought carrots an a GoRaw banana bar for a snack, so I resorted to eating those followed by an oily dinner from the hot salad bar at work. My tastebuds are still recovering from all the salt and oil... 

That being said, let's get started! 


Green smoothie bowl: frozen bananas (4-5) + fresh spinach + Athletic Greens superfoods cocktail topped with Raisin Bran cereal & Salba Chia seeds

  • This was by far my favorite meal all day. You'll see why...


The Salad Nicoise from my Nutrition class - steamed potatoes + green beans + radishes + roasted baby beets + cucumbers + kalamata olives + tomatoes + roasted tofu + olive oil based vinaigrette

  • I had a small serving of this, about one strip of tofu and a cup of the salad itself. Honestly, the flavor was amazing, the textures so diverse, and overall it was delicious! I just wouldn't have eaten much more or made it often because I crave simpler meals most of the time. 


Baked sweet potato + Crazy Richard's PB + cinnamon, and an un-pictured apple on the side 

  • I LOVE sweet potatoes and PB, so you'll be seeing those a lot here. I don't really know why I ate the apple - probably because the potato and PB combo was pretty dry so I wanted something nice and juicy, and I needed something quick before I headed out to work. 


That GoRaw banana bar and carrots I mentioned earlier

  • Not enough, and not even that good.


This is where things get oily... 

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Top left: peanut satay tofu + rice mix with edamame & corn
Top right: steamed vegetables (with olive oil) + vegan Spanish rice + hummus
Bottom: dolmas - aka my favorite treat, but loaded with oil and salt 

  • I was really hungry, and all of this sounded both good and bad at the same time. I wanted something less fatty, but the salad bar only had raw veggies and warm food, though oily and salty, sounded better than raw cauliflower. 
  • I didn't feel good after I ate this either - I felt sluggish and (excuse my TMI) gassy/bloated all night. I felt like I craved some sugar, but at the same time I didn't even want to look at any more food. 

So yeah, that was my day. I keep mentioning "oily" and "salty" because those are really the only words I can think of to describe this. But I do NOT want to encourage the easily committed crime of fixating on these foods - I ate them even though I didn't want to, but it's over. I almost never eat like this, and one day of doing so won't kill me. 

In my instagram post, I said that food is sometimes out of our control and I received some backlash from that. I DO believe that, sometimes, we can't control the options available to us at restaurants, parties, etc. where food is presented. Sometimes, we just have to suck it up and suck it down ("it" being the food). In those situations, I try to shift my focus from the food to the people or party or experience itself. Through my eating disorder, God definitely emphasized to me that, in every situation, He presents MORE THAN JUST FOOD. 

Bottom line: you will have days of "unhealthy" eating. But you have the power to make them healthy by changing your mindset. 

I'll be posting another What I Ate Today for tomorrow to demonstrate how I "recover" from days like today. 

Thanks for reading! I hope this was helpful in some way :) feel free to comment below or send me an email if you have any thoughts or questions!