Good morning and happy Friday!
Here’s another fabulous pug costume to add to my collection of funny Halloween pug costumes! Thanks, Marrisa! I love the little hat. So cute! Haha!
This morning, I couldn’t decide what I wanted for breakfast. I had a craving for something cool and creamy, but I also wanted some maple peanut butter. In the end, I had a little bit of everything: Greek yogurt with Paleo granola, a piece of toast with banana slices and Mighty Maple peanut butter, and a berry smoothie made with mixed berries and some pomegranate juice. It was delicious.
Readers often ask me how I decide what I am going to eat on a daily basis, so I thought I’d highlight how I come up with my meals and snacks. Here’s what guides my choices:
- Cravings: Cravings are my #1 reason for choosing what I eat. As cliché as it might sound, I really do listen to my body and what it wants to eat. Of course, it’s not always healthy, so I balance my splurges with more nutritious choices as much as possible.
- What we have in our fridge: I hate to see food go to waste, so what’s in our fridge and perishable almost always dictates what I am going to eat.
- Protein + fruit and/or veggies: My meal planning always starts with selecting a form of protein and then adding fruit and/or veggies to it. I finish off my meal planning with some healthy fat (and sometimes some more carbs) for a well-balanced meal. Reminder: Fruit and veggies are carbs.
- I try to “balance” my meals: For example, if I eat a carb-heavy breakfast, I’ll go lighter on them at lunch and dinner. Similarly, if I splurge at breakfast—say brunch—I’ll go lighter at my next meal to balance out the calories. I never skip meals—simply because I love to eat and I get cranky when I don’t eat—but I’ll scale back a little, especially if I’m not super hungry. I also try to balance my food groups, so, for example, if I don’t eat any vegetables at breakfast or lunch, I will eat a big salad for dinner. I do the best I can with balancing my meals, but if I eat crap all weekend, I don’t worry about it. Honestly, I enjoy it and then get back on track on Monday. No big deal.
- I consider my workouts: If I’m about to go for a run or to CrossFit, I’ll eat a carb-y snack with a little bit of protein and fat beforehand. (Usually, it’s a banana with nut butter.) After my workout, I don’t typically drink a protein shake (unless I’m in the mood), but I will make sure to eat lunch or dinner right away, which is usually heavier on the protein and carbs with some fat mixed in.
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