Summary of all meals!!! And some talk about weight loss. If weight loss is causing you, please skip this post!
KERF used to be a food diary of everything I ate.
To this day, when I tell people I have a diary of everything I ate for 5 years, they look at me like I’m crazy. It’s also strange that this blog is 15 years old, so the lifestyle posts outnumber the food diary 2:1. I still feel the most identity with those early posts!
For many years I lived an intuitive eating life. I didn’t weigh myself, didn’t track calories or macros, or didn’t really think about my meals other than in a very general “choose something healthy that makes me happy.”
After Mazen, when he was two years old, I went through Deliberate eating stage Where “I lost baby weight.” (I put that in quotes because I hate that phrase, but that’s basically what it was.) I can’t quite remember how long this stage was, but I’m thinking about six months ago. My goal and a group of friends were “Better Health” and the teamwork was great. I stayed at this weight for another 4 years until I got pregnant with Birch.
I had a baby… Then there was the epidemic.
A year of postpartum rebalancing led to the pandemic of losing my favorite gym classes, bored food, and a glass of wine a day. Then a pile of mindless snacks that come with having a toddler finish half a PB&J, a quesadilla, or a cup of goldfish. She only wears sportswear for two years.
All of this to say, a few weeks ago, I literally had one lamp moment saying “I wish I could feel more like I did five years ago.”
I have spoken before About how the space in my brain turned from being all about me (in my twenties) to more kids and business focused on me in my thirties.
My highlight moment was that I wanted to devote a little more space than my brain space to health.
This is not a huge announcement that I am going to lose 10lbs!! Oh my God!” or making any drastic changes to my diet (you’ll never see me for anything that excludes food groups, like keto.) But since I know many of you are also healthy-minded, I wanted to share with you all of my intentional focus on a healthy eating plan!
Changes I make:
- Stronger focus on mindful eating (especially in relation to snacking with children)
- Simple Food Diary (For me the food diary is always handy and your hands are careful. Write it down = give it space in your mind)
- Prioritize veggies and nutrient-rich foods, especially for snacks (for kids too!)
- I really work on my wine habit (stick to restaurants and weekends only; switch non-alcoholic options when I’m craving a drink in order to enjoy drinking something fun)
- Save sugar for “worth it” events like birthday cake or ice cream downtown versus ice cream on the couch
Do any of you feel you could use the shift towards health?
What I ate: My favorite meals
Despite the fact that KERF is no longer a food diary, I still take a lot of pictures of our meals out of habit! So, in the spirit of healthy eating, here’s a compilation of photos of the many meals I’ve eaten lately!
Half the morning we have green smoothies! Single mixer 4 family members. The usual are bananas, whole milk, vanilla protein, some kind of frozen berry or fruit (mango, strawberry), and a big handful of spinach.
Baked coffee oatmeal turned into creamy oatmeal with some milk! Plus the PB at the top.
You can live a healthy life and eat bread! We buy it fresh from Bodos and use the whipped cheese. Surprisingly, bread makes me more filling with all my breakfasts, including oatmeal and eggs. Smoothies make me less satiated. interesting!
I love HBEs for breakfast because there are no dishes to do!! I’ll make a dozen a day and eat it all week for breakfast, lunch, and snacks. In addition to peaches!
Another great mess-free breakfast, and one of my favorites when the summer fruit is ripe! Plus granola on top.
omelette or scramble
One of my lunches if I’m not in the mood for a salad. Add vegetables and cheese. This one had a bit of fancy pork from JM Stock!
Leftover Corn + Chicken Farro Salad via blue apron. Perfect in the prep container for a quick lunch!
Leftover enchiladas. Eat these like 4 meals in a row with Greek yogurt + hot sauce on the side!
This was actually a smoked herring! A fun lunch show but very tasty. I mixed herring with yogurt, a little mayonnaise, herbs, pickles, carrots, pepper and spices. Serve on crackers!
Of course big salads are a big lunch for me. This one had greens, broccoli, leftover salmon, Caesar toast, and sharp cheddar cheese. Everything I have in the fridge goes on top!
Our food was on low for the day, so I made a combo dish with two eggs, PB toast, and cauliflower with a ranch dip.
Here’s the farm retreat! I bought these two from feast / feast! And they were great for eating more raw veggies with lunch, as a snack, or even happy hour!
As mentioned earlier, I’m working to kick the habit of craving a glass of wine with dinner, and kombucha is the 1000% answer for me. I love its texture, it’s lighter than a juice drink, served in a wine glass or can feel like an alcoholic drink without any fuss.
This new type for me was especially good!
Two taco nights!
Traditional Beef Taco With Cheese, Pepper, Jalapeno, Cream And Lettuce.
Salmon with summer vegetables
We used simple flair Bourbon Bayou Satin To season and bake this salmon. Super delish! Get 10% off your order from tastefully basic Sauces and spices until September with code KE822.
Leftovers for the next night! We still use the “cook once, eat twice” meal plan strategy!
Across blue apron. Wine on the weekend!
country boil low
Corn + chicken farro salad
Noodles with beef and peas
Tofu curry with vegetables and naan
Salmon, rice and brook with apricot glaze
This soup was one of the best I’ve ever had!! via Hello Fresh.
Date night with birch
T and I took us to Fitzroy for dinner. I had the black garlic salad with shrimp!
And because every good meal plan needs some reward…
Ladies Night at Southern Crescent – This cocktail was out of this world.
And the toasted strawberry pound cake made by Nonna!