I'm posting this a day late, but I promised I'd post it because I want to demonstrate how I bounce back from days like yesterday.
I did NOT force myself to eat any of these meals because they are healthy - I genuinely craved them. My taste buds felt like they'd been drenched in an oil-and-salt shower and I wanted nothing more than the most whole, simple foods I could find.
Probably the best oats ever. Recipe here.
- Breakfast wasn't until about 10:30 AM because I didn't have much of an appetite when I woke up. I just wanted lots of water and some coffee. But BOY OH BOY these were so so so so so good when I finally wanted them.
That's an apple and a granola bar I've never tried before, but loved! It had hemp protein, nuts, dates, and dried fruit along with some other things.
- I know this doesn't seem like much, but I was nervous for work and wasn't thinking much about food, especially after a late breakfast.
(Not pictured) a peeled cucumber and some baby carrots with a generous scoop of some surprisingly not-too-oily hummus from work.
'Twas a big ol' salad of mixed greens + steamed beets + cauliflower + garbanzo beans + avocado with tahini and balsamic dressing....
...AAAAND three of these sourdough rolls.
Sourdough bread is becoming one of my favorite grains, and I buy whole grain whenever I can, but these are too good to resist so I disregarded the fact that they aren't whole grain. I LOVE them and felt perfectly satisfied after three of them.
Carrot Cake Larabar
- Yes, there is oil in this, and I'll admit that for a split-second I didn't want to eat it because I wanted to avoid as much oil as possible today, but I reminded myself that a teeny bit won't kill me or make feel as crappy as I did yesterday. It's just a snack and I wanted something sweet, and I enjoyed it thoroughly :)
- I also had a Panda Licorice bar because, well, it was sitting in my backpack, so why not right?
I'm constantly on my feet at work, and today was a nine-hour shift, so I was pretty hungry for each of these meals/snacks. Just like yesterday wasn't a typical day of eating, neither is today. I don't always eat this healthy or that unhealthy - I just listen to what my body wants, a skill that has taken much practice and communication with myself and God. It's not impossible by any means, but it requires determination, forgiveness, and self-love :)
Just eat, and be thankful.