What I Ate Wednesday 10/29: Trying Out Taco Tuesday

Good morning and happiest of Wednesdays to you! This week has been flying by – I can’t believe it’s already halfway over. And I really can’t believe it’s almost Halloween. As is to be expected, I’m linking up with Peas and Crayons today to share a day’s worth of food with you all.

I still feel conflicted about these posts, because I think overanalyzing food choices is not healthy, at least not for me. However, I have found it helpful for me to participate in them because it reminds me of all of the things I do in a day that require fuel from food. For months, the portions of food that I ate were painfully minuscule.   When I started increasing my calories, I felt as though I was eating huge amounts of food for no reason, and there was a lot of shame associated with that. Looking back over a day of food and realizing that I do not eat unreasonably gigantic quantities of food, and that I lead an active life that requires regular nutritional energy is helpful to me.

A year ago, I took this picture of my breakfast. It was a tiny bowl of oatmeal, with two packets of Splenda, half of a small banana, and 5 dried cranberries. At the time, I thought that it was huge. In retrospect, I am painfully aware that I was starving all of the time, and that this breakfast was nowhere near the amount of food that my body needed.IMG_2582

When you have been on a “diet” for as long as I was, you forget what adequate amounts of food and feel like. Thus, I continue to participate in the What I Ate Wednesday trend. And, with that tangent out of the way, on to the food!

Breakfast was nothing out of the ordinary: oatmeal with almonds, banana, no fucking Splenda, egg whites, and hemp hearts alongside a piping hot cup of coffee. I attempted a craft with this mug and yesterday was my first day using it. The paint stayed okay, although it seems to have started flaking off now that I washed it. Boo.

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On a side note, I embarrassingly burned my lip on oatmeal the other day, and I’m trying to think of cooler explanations in order to avoid explaining an oatmeal-induced burn. I’m open to suggestions.

At work, it was my turn to give a tour of our roasting facility. After I finished with the tour, I was ready for a snack and I grabbed part of a homemade granola bar, and by granola bar I mean an attempt at a granola bar that turned into a conglomeration of things mashed together in a sticky mess. It was tasty, though!

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One of my coworkers began a Taco Tuesday tradition at work, and this week I decided to participate. It’s been going on for a while, but I was always a little bit too fearful to veer away from my traditional lunch. This week, I brought cheese to the party, and I decided to bring a big ol’ bowl of vegetables to turn into a taco salad for myself. It was perfect, really, because I was also nearing the crumb stage of my bag of tortilla chips! From the taco bar options, I added a few black beans, a little ground beef, salsa, some sauteed onions and peppers, a sprinkle of cheese, and hot sauce. I also had some hummus with carrots and a container of yogurt. All in all, it was a highly satisfying midday experience.

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A little before my shift ended, I started to get kind of hungry again. I had begun the monotonous and seemingly never-ending task of bagging candy, so I tasted a chocolate covered pistachio while I bagged them up. No complaints.

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Work got pretty busy right before the end of my shift, and when I got home I was definitely ready for an afternoon snack. I had an apple, along with some Kashi Indigo Morning cereal and plain yogurt.

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When I had finished my snack, I walked the dog so that she would calm the fuck down. After my walk, I ventured downtown to scour thrift stores for supplies to create my halloween costume. As I was walking, it started to lightly rain and I stepped into a coffee shop to buy a cup of tea. Promptly, I dumped the entire cup on the ground when I bumped it with my purse. Oops. Fortunately, the employees were sports about it and gave me some more hot water.

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I stopped by the grocery store to pick up some fruit, vegetables, and a box of cereal before heading home. I had a FaceTime date planned with one of my closest college friends, so I quickly made some stir fried vegetables, rice, and chicken with black bean garlic sauce. I’ve made better, but it was still a satisfactory dinner.

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Don’t these copper countertops look badass? The downside, however, is that they are ridiculously difficult to keep clean. But hey, it adds some rustic flair, right?

After my FaceTime session, I ate a few pieces of cereal while I read. I am dragging out the ending of Gone Girl as long as humanly possible because I don’t want it to end. Seriously, I’m limiting myself to reading one or two pages at a time. The idea of wrapping up the book and not having anything to follow it up was stressing me out, so I ordered two new books that have supposedly been delivered to my house. I’m hoping to finish Gone Girl today and easily glide into one of my new books when I head back to my house tomorrow.

I spent the rest of the evening lounging around. I did a short guided meditation and watched an old episode of Degrassi: The Next Generation because why the hell not. Before I trundled off to bed, I had a piece of toast with peanut butter and called it a day.

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That wraps up this week’s post! I hope you have a fantastic rest of your Wednesday, full of good food and good people.

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