Hello, hello and a Happy Hump Day to ya!
Over the past couple of weeks I have noticed a growing controversy over What I Ate Wednesday posts. Issues of eating disorders, comparisons and judgements have come up on multiple pages and I can’t help but feel a little down about it.
WIAW is a series a fellow (and awesomely hilarious) food blogger named Jenn started quite a while ago. She blogs at Peas and Crayons and her site is filled with tons of yummy (and super healthy!) meal ideas and inspirations.
She started featuring weekly food posts to show her readers what a day of eating looks like at her house, and encourages everyone and anyone to join in and link up. She also makes sure to note on a disclaimer that this weekly food diary is a good way to reflect on eating habits, both good and bad.
Sadly, this concept has been both beneficial and controversial, which I know were not her intentions.
I started taking part in WIAW‘s over eight months ago after I saw them consuming my news feeds on a weekly basis. Every time I clicked over, I saw literally hundreds of other bloggers and in turn healthy meal ideas to try out. I thought and still think that the idea is genius!
It starts to get hairy when we (healthy living bloggers) take these posts too seriously and edit what our eats really look like. I have to admit that I tend to eat healthier on days I know I am photographing my food, but that is simply to act more as an inspiration for you guys. (There are only so many times you can handle… whoops, had pizza for lunch again and feel motivated to eat differently as a result!)
My hopes are for you to see the beauty of what these posts can do for all of us. I started reading healthy living blogs on a regular basis over two years ago to bring an every day dose of positivity and inspiration into my life, and more times than not that centers around food.
For me, WIAW posts are weekly check-ins to reflect on my eating habits and see how far away they are from my healthy eating goals.
Some weeks are more on track than others, and that’s fine. I am human and I, like anyone else, have cheat days and meals and portions I know aren’t ideal. But I include them in these posts for a reason, and that is to show you that it is normal to include them into your every now and then overall healthy eating lifestyle.
I realize that not everyone has this outlook, and it breaks my heart a little when I see a blogger’s day of eats and exercise schedule that from the outside eye might look overworked and underfed.
Then I remember that we are all different. All of our bodies work at various physical levels and need different amounts of calories. Some of us need more to function and some of us get by with half the amount just fine.
The biggest downfall is getting sucked into the comparisons and judgments. The “I can’t believe that girl did a spin class, yoga and only had chicken and vegetables for dinner afterwards,” way of thinking just doesn’t need to happen. For all we know, she could have loaded up on her calories earlier on in the day and prefers to keep dinner her lighter meal. You never really know.
I have never been one to count calories. I do label stalk and think to myself “is this snack really worth the 250 calories?” but I have never been the type of person that adds up a total caloric intake for the day.
Overall, I am a healthy eater, but by no means am I a perfect clean eater. I love dessert. I love anything Italian, Mexican, and carb loaded. I love being able to include anything I want into my meals, when I feel it’s okay to.
I choose to participate in and share these (mostly) weekly food recaps to hopefully leave you all with something. Whether it’s how to put a quick and healthy lunch together, add something new to your smoothie, or even put a smile on your face from me making fun of myself, I choose to continue to put them together for you guys. And I really, really hope that comes across in a positive open-minded way.
Now that we’ve covered why I WIAW, let’s go on and quickly cover this week’s eats shall we?
WIAW #33: What I Ate
This week I purposely chose to change things up and document a typical Monday for me. Since I blabbed a lot at the beginning, I’m going to try and keep this at short as possible!
Breakfast was a no-brainer with a bowl of overnight oats I prepared the night before. I like to experiment with different yogurt and milk combinations, but here are Julie’s tips on how to make a traditional bowl of overnight oats.
This time I used 1 cup Blueberry Chobani Greek yogurt, 1/2 cup raw oats, 1 Tbsp. chia seeds, and 1/2 cup almond milk to mix overnight, then topped it with a sliced banana in the morning.
That seemed to hold me over for quite some time, and feeling content without a snack I headed over to the gym for a Noon Fitness Pilates class.
This one was particularly great with the addition of the bosu ball! Loved it.
I must have gotten up on the right side of the bed that day because after class I had the urge to run. To the treadmill I went and knocked out three miles, no sweat.
Okay, there was a lot of sweat. But it felt great!
While gathering my stuff out of the locker room I then noticed how hungry I was. I grabbed this Mediterranean Salad to go from the cafe and enjoyed it at my desk while working on the computer for lunch.
Man, it was delish! I need to remember this combo for the future… mixed greens, free-range chicken, all-natural turkey, cucumbers, tomatoes, kalamata olives, nitrate-free bacon and a balsamic vinegar dressing topped in ground pepper.
Mondays are practice days, which usually means I allow myself two dinners. Before practice I quickly put together a bowl of couscous, mixed vegetables (with a few beans) and Al Fresco Spinach & Feta chicken sausage for dinner #1.
Umm, NOM. Definitely worth repeating… several times.
I stopped by the arena on the way over to practice for my first flu shot! It’s wasn’t half as bad as I expected it to be, but I do have to admit that I still have a bit of soreness in my right arm. During practice I enjoyed my all-time favorite protein bar in my all-time favorite flavor.
I was completely content with something small after practice, but became easily talked into pasta for dinner #2 when I got home by the husband.
He always asks for pasta for dinner the nights before game days, so I really didn’t have much of a choice anyways. I did, however, suggest we add the rest of the chicken sausage into the sauce and I enjoyed a small(er) portion of it. (No whole wheat noodles this time either, per Scott.)
And as you can imagine, I was too full to even think about dessert.
I know… (gasp) crazy!
Today I am off to another practice which includes a stop to Subway beforehand. I’m thinking of ditching the salad and going for the footlong to split before and after too. Sounds delightful!
• If you liked this WIAW post, head on over to Peas & Crayons to check out plenty others, or even link your own!
• Also, you can always find my latest What I Ate Wednesday posts by exploring the “WIAW” tag on the right hand sidebar.
Questions of the Day
• Do you participate or like reading WIAW posts?
• What is one inspirational meal or snack idea you’ve enjoyed this week? (Feel free to link it below!)