You eat what?

A couple of weeks ago a friend asked just that, okay maybe it was more like ‘what do you eat? I mean, really.’

We had been discussing the autumn cleanse I completed earlier in October which led to her asking what my typical diet looked like.  I know I’m always curious about what people eat as well, even if just for a new meal idea.

Actually, I’ve been asked this question more times than I can even remember.  As one who has always been conscious of what I eat, I spent a lot of time explaining to those around me why I eat the way that I do.  After learning Ayurveda I’ve adapted even more practices that elicit conversation such as; drinking room temperature or warm water only, eating just three meals each day (mostly) and adjusting my diet with the seasons or how I’m feeling.

It really wasn’t until last Spring when I gave up the notion that snacks were at all necessary in my life.  Learning through Ayurveda that what we don’t digest builds up in our bodies and can eventually become toxic (ama) was a selling point for me.  Giving our bodies ample time to digest each meal completely is crucial.  Also, not only could I assist my digestive system by not over taxing it but I could give my body a chance to burn the extra energy (fat) stored as well.  Win, win.

I’ve also become much more in tune with my body over the past couple years and really feel like one thing or another each day and listen accordingly, so that will guide what I choose.

In order to be as accurate as possible for you, I kept a food diary for three days writing down all that I ate.  Keep in mind this was just a week or so after my cleanse so I was craving free, clear-headed and especially in touch with what I needed each day.

 

Day 1

6:30 am: 16 oz room temperature water

8:00 am: 16-20 oz my favorite fall green juice

12:30 pm: a version of this massaged kale salad , this one contained chopped massaged kale, baby arugula, grape tomatoes  carrots, a sprinkle of hemp seeds and 2 huge warmed quinoa patties (more on this to follow)

6:00 pm: roasted sweet potatoes, a large helping of spinach, steamed with 2 hard-boiled eggs, salt + pepper

It should be noted that I don’t portion control at all, well, with my meals.  Certainly when I indulge I typically minimize the amount of my indulgence.  Also, throughout the day I drink anywhere from 2-3 liters of filtered water and possibly a cup of tea or two.

Day 2

6:30 am: 16 oz room-temperature water

7:30 am: 16-20 oz my favorite fall green juice

8:30 am: 1/2 serving (a full serving is just too much for me) creamy slow cooked oatmeal.  I add a splash or almond milk, a generous sprinkle of cardamom + cinnamon, a handful of chopped walnuts and a splash of pure organic maple syrup.

1:00 pm: a bowl of vegetable barley soup

3:00 pm: a scoop of home-made apple crisp (with kids, after school snack)

6:00 pm: avocado toast with side salad of arugula, grape tomatoes and cucumbers.

If you are a fan of avocados and haven’t tried this deliciously simple meal idea, you must.  I learned about this gem from my mom quite awhile ago but I’ve seen it around more recently.  It is as easy as it sounds; a ripe avocado + toast.  Okay, there is a bit more.  I like to mash the avocado in a bowl mixing in salt, pepper and red pepper flakes then when the toast is crisp and warm I spread the mixture evenly over two slices of toast.  I use a gluten-free or sprouted grain bread, but you can use whatever you’re comfortable with.

Day 3

6:30 am:  16 oz room temperature water

7:30 am: 16-20 oz my favorite fall green juice (I know, again)

12:00 pm:  arugula salad with a sliced avocado, grape tomatoes, chopped carrots and cucumber and a side of warmed quinoa patties all drizzled with home-made honey lemon dressing.

5:30 pm:  lentils with onions + peppers, steamed broccoli and a scoop of quinoa drizzled with organic olive oil

 

I tend to find meal items that taste especially good to me and I stick with them throughout the week or longer.  It does make the planning and executing a lot easier when I know that I have the tools I need.  Like the quinoa patties…I’ll make a double batch at the start of the week and add them to meals or salads as long as they last in the house (they are a favorite). Or I’ll prepare extra vegetables to have the following day in a warm salad.  I’ve got something in the works to help with planning healthy simple meals to come so if you’re not already on my list and this interests you, you can sign up here so you don’t miss a thing.

If you have any thoughts or questions, I’d love to hear them.  I’d also like to challenge you to take a look at a day in the life of your diet, not to criticize but to see what your typical day looks like,  where you are doing well and maybe where there is opportunity to improve.  And let me know what you discover, comment below.

 

Thank you to my good friend Mena for inspiring this post.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comments

  1. Amber! Thank you! This is great! It makes such an impact (on me, at least) to see what a real live (healthy) human being is eating (supposed to eat) throughout the day. I could read every book on nutrition but it could never give me what real life nutrition can give me. Thank you. Can’t wait to get the recipe for the Quinoa patties.

    • Thank you Mena, I’m more than happy to help and so glad you asked. Recipe to come shortly, they are so good.
      Thanks, have a great day!

  2. Hi there,
    Will you be posting the pattie recipe and I am curious about how much protein you are consuming?
    Thanks Amber,
    Andrea

    • Hi Andrea! Yes, I’m writing a post for next week on quinoa and will include the quinoa patty recipe with that. I get most of my protein from quinoa, beans, eggs, spinach, broccoli, sunflower and hemp seeds and nuts (almonds, walnuts mostly). Quinoa and hemp seeds are especially high in protein if you’re looking to supplement. Happy to see you here. Amber

  3. Again another great post! I am so glad I found your site and this blog. Thanks for posting you food for the day. I am so interested to get started on eating three meals a day again. I have been grazing for a very long time. I need to get back to basics. You have a new fan!
    Fran T

    • Thanks again ! Yes, grazing throughout the day is an easy habit to fall into, you’re not alone. I’m thrilled to help you back to basics. Thanks for your comments, I love to hear what I’m writing is appreciated. I’m a Fran fan too !
      with gratitude, Amber

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