What I eat.

I’ve blogged about how easy it was for me to lose 50 pounds and keep it off without dieting, about being comfortable in my body, and also about what I don’t eat. Now I’d like to share with you exactly what I do eat in a typical week day. These are the pics of everything I ate today. 

7:30-8:30am – I eat half an apple when I first wake up before my 25 minute Power Yoga or Classical Stretches and then the other half before my 20 minute trot to the park with my wonderdog Tinks. 

9:30am – For breakfast I have a bowl of Nature’s Path Organic Flax Plus Multibran Cereal (I LOVE this cereal!) with plenty of frozen blueberries, 2-3 strawberries, several pieces of walnuts, and skim milk . The frozen blueberries make the milk ice cold and give it a bluish tint that I love. 

Noonish – I eat a piece of fruit and usually a handful of cashews or almonds and sometimes also carrots if I’m especially hungry that day.

1:15pm – I eat toasted 100% whole wheat (Oroweat) English muffins with organic peanut butter, low sugar (Smucker’s) strawberry preserves, and a glass of skim milk. The peanut butter melts on the toasted muffins and it is really yummy and filling. I love drinking cold milk with all things warm and/or sweet. This actually keeps me from eating some treats out in the real world because I really only enjoy sweets with milk. 

2:30 – 11:00pm – I eat anywhere from 0 to 10 or so Special Dark Hershey’s Kisses per day, but usually around 3 after dinner. I really love these and find that they hit the spot for my chocolate and sweet fix. I let them melt in my mouth or bite them into a couple pieces.

5:00-6:00pm – I usually cook dinner with lean protein (pork, chicken, fish, and occasionally Laura’s Lean Beef) and 2+ veggies or a salad and sometimes brown rice or wheat pasta. This week I needed my southern fix and made rutabagas in broth with spinach greens, black eyed peas, butter beans, and lean pork roast. And of course tomatoes, onions, hot pepper, and pepper sauce (peppered vinegar) on everything. 

I typically cook dinner one night and we eat leftovers for 1 or 2 more nights. The other week nights I’ll make stuffed baked potatoes with tons of veggies (I can eat spinach on just about anything) and low fat cheese and sour cream or I’ll have a big fresh green salad with walnuts and feta cheese and other veggies. 

7:00pm- Depending on how big dinner is, I usually have a fruit bowl for dessert or a piece of fruit or sometimes just several pieces of Special Dark Kisses. The fruit bowl is yummy! I dice 2-3 strawberries, 2-3 apple slices, 1 small banana and plenty of frozen blueberries (or sometimes raisins). When the blueberries thaw slightly (around 20 mins) I stir it all up and the fruit gets coated in the melted blueberry juice and it makes kind of a sauce for the fruit without adding any sugar or dressing. It’s delicious and I always feel better when I get my antioxidants. 

10-11:30pm – Before bed I usually eat a low fat mozzarella string cheese and walnuts or else I wake up during the night hungry. Sometimes if I’m already hungry or if I want a snack earlier too I’ll eat a 3/4 oz individual slice of sharp cheddar cheese with Snyder’s small pretzel twists and put them together like a combo sandwich for my salty and crunchy fix.

What I drink – I am thirsty all of the time so I drink lots of fresh filtered plain ice water and I really do enjoy it. At work I also drink 2 Quarts of iced tea freshly brewed with a berry fruit tea and without any sweeteners or anything else added. I usually drink 1-2 sparkling waters at night. 

So yeah, I eat all of the time and I love it! I’ve maintained my healthy weight since June 2009, after losing 50 pounds the previous year. This isn’t any kind of diet (although now I do know the way I eat is very similar to “Eating Clean”). I am simply trying to eat healthy to support my value of living a healthy life.  My weight is no longer an issue for me and I am finally free from yo-yo dieting. I am the healthiest and happiest I’ve ever been and can’t wait to live the rest of my life!

“Health is not a condition of matter, but of Mind.” Mary Baker B. Eddy

The brands I have listed don’t have any of the ingredients I avoid (HFCS & Partially Hydrogenated Oils). These items are usually added to cereal, bread, peanut butter, salad dressings, pasta sauce, frozen meals, yogurt, ketchup and other sauces, pretzels, and tons of other foods we eat. I’ve found that organic products don’t have these ingredients and other brands are starting to eliminate them more too.

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