WIAW & Food Stress

These last few weeks have been a rollercoaster when it came to food. With all the exercise and training I am doing, I want to be able to fuel my body properly before and after each workout to ensure a full recovery – so I go to the store most mornings before work and stock up on food that is meant to last me a week of healthy snacks… but that doesn’t really work well..

I like to eat. And when I have food near/in front of me, I will eat it. Or I will imagine eating it/ remember a positive memory of doing so for so long, that I end up convincing myself I need to snack. When I am at the office I find myself mindlessly munching away, even when I am not hungry, and all the snacks I purchased to last me a while, get eaten up in one afternoon…I mean ok, it’s mainly just fruit, but the amount of fruit I have been able to consume lately has been freaking myself out – especially since I am technically trying to learn to practice portion control and the whole “everything in moderation” thing.

Not buying snacks is not an option for I live in fear of getting hungry or not having enough power at the gym (don’t ask why, I only have this while travelling. At home I can go hours snack-free). Having said that, my lunches here a more substantial than at home because I don’t have access to the same things and kitchen utensils so I turn to raw food (I mainly eat salads), which don’t really fill me up as much as cooked foods would. Technically I wouldn’t need a larger snack, like I eat at home pre-workout because I really am eating way more than I need to (nutritionally), but again, I still do, for whatever reason. So much so, I often eat more than I should in an entire day by the time my workout comes around that I start beating myself down for not having any self-control… although I know I have it.. I mean I have intermittent fasted at times.. but still I can’t stop snacking and overindulging in fruit and nutbutter at my desk.

But still I keep going on my quest to a healthy, balanced life. I know I do better in Zürich, so I try to calm myself down. It’s only 5 more weeks – ok I have no self-control here in Munich and probably won’t ever learn it, but in Zürich I somehow do and can go hours without snacking, so it will all be ok…

With this in mind, I always make sure I eat a post-workout snack, even if I had already eaten enough (calories), because I know that I otherwise won’t be able to train the next day without proper recovery fuel. Problems start there when I suddenly get “post-workout” hungry and don’t ever seem full. High protein meals to the rescue!

So that’s what is stressing me out lately and going through my head when it comes to meals in Munich.. it really consumes too much of my time and I need to work on transferring whatever I am doing right in Zürich to life in general, as I hope to travel a lot in my life and don’t want to stress out over not having access to my beloved kitchen at home every single time because of it… cause that would be sad..

And with all that said, here is a day of eats. Thank you Jenn for hosting!

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Breakfast

Green protein smoothie, with Chocolate Vital Protein, banana and spinach

Lunch

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Big salad filled with tomatoes, hemp seeds, kidney beans, peas and carrots, avocado and cucumber

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Dessert

Loving almond butter and dates lately. I’ve been eating at least 2 every day as either dessert or pre workout snack. If I don’t buy Medjool dates (pictured) I am able to eat half a pack of the smaller, plain dates as they aren’t as melty sweet and disappear way faster… (again no self-control, and it tastes sooooo goood)

Pre-workout

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Banana with peanut butter (I was actually able to keep the serving to this!) and 2 more Medjool dates with almond butter.

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Post workout

This is the tricky part. Sometimes I am hungry, sometimes I am not… if I haven’t had a smoothie I generally have a small one now, and a side of scrambled egg whites dipped in miso. If I am slightly hungrier I serve 2-3 eggs sunny side up over spinach. This time I wasn’t hungry when I started eating, but had a terrible sweet tooth from not eating much fruit all day (I really need to cut back on the fruit sugar, as my body is obviously addicted to it, like eating 1 kg of cherries without any problems). So to get that sweet tooth under control I had another snack right before bed.

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Chocolate Brownie Quest Bar with cashew nut butter

All in all I had a balanced day of food, but ate more than I should have. I really need to work on mindless snacking, as I am still fighting the “freshmen 15” I gained in New York. The amount I am eating now is great for maintenance and for all the sports I am doing and it is great to know I can eat this much… but I also know I don’t “need” to eat this much and want to learn to eat when I am hungry and stop all this terrible snacking in between!

Hope you are all having a great Wednesday!

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

 

What I ate Wednesday – Rest Day

I was STARVING yesterday.. all day! Every two hours I felt the need to eat.. I don’t really think the feeling was hunger, but I was receiving queues that I needed to consume food. And not just any food: I wanted CARBS! All the carbs!

I have heard of people generally being more hunger the day after a long run (marathon), but I didn’t run. I did however burn all that I had eaten the day before in my Les Mills classes, which could explain the extreme hunger leading me to eat twice as much as I did the day before. But I embraced it (you are so right, Arman!), despite trying to generally leave more hours between my meals lately…

Today I am feeling a bit “meh”. I’m craving fresh fruit and movement. I’m so grateful I’ve come to a point where I can rely on my “gut” to tell me what I need and what is good for me when it comes to food…

I wish it were more reliable when it comes to people though.. that’s where my “gut feeling” is still letting me down a little, but you live and learn (And that’s another story for another time anyways! 😉 )

So this WIAW is dedicated to finally listening to my cravings, and being proud of being able to do so 😀

Thank you Jenn for hosting this fun weekly link-up!

Breakfast:

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When I woke up I was craving carbs. I didn’t want to open up a new almond milk because I would be back in Zürich for the long weekend, so I didn’t make overnight oats. Big mistake.. I need to get my priorities straight…

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I was REALLY craving oat clusters (sadly still haven’t made your delicious-looking recipe (or yours come to think of it)… so I was having an oat-cluster-emergency 😉 )

I ran into the organic store on my way to work and picked up some “KRUNCHY PUR” Oat clusters, chocolate soy milk and cashew nut butter, and happily munched away at my desk. Craving: satisfied!

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I later also drank this Carrot Mango juice (my fav combo!)

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Lunch:

After my “higher-carb” breakfast, my body was honestly telling my I needed some protein.. and I was craving goat’s cheese! I only get that craving once every few weeks – as I do tend to eat mostly vegan – but when I do really want some goat’s cheese, I generally enjoy every last bit of it 🙂

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I was also craving fresh vegetables and tofu so I made a big salad out of carrots, cucumber, tomatoes, mini peppers, fresh goat’s cheese (Chavroux) and Taifun Curry Mango Tofu. I topped it all with Creme of Balsamico and EVOO. YUMM!

Snack:

My salad held me over for about 2 hours before it had me longing for something sweet. I had a few apricots in my bag which I was grateful to find and also finished off the leftover cherry tomatoes.

About an hour later I still wanted more and polished off the rest of the goat’s cheese with some unsweetened, whole grain, spelt animal crackers that I had also bought in the morning. I really needed carbs…

Right before leaving the office I also had 2 handfuls of honey roasted cashew nuts.. my sweet tooth hit again 🙂

(and yes I appear to have snacked every hour of the afternoon… something I’ve been trying to stop, but embraced as necessary yesterday)

Dinner:

After a PR meeting in the evening I met up with a co-worker for froyo. I wasn’t really hungry anymore and was (for the first time ever) happy that my favorite froyo place was closed… shocker I know.

So we went to my favorite café instead.. where they were out of matcha! In protest I ordered a SMALL (not large) rooibos latte with soy milk.

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It was ok, and the cute barista (he was there again 🙂 ) agreed with me that matcha tasted better…

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See we are meant to be 😉

I was slightly peckish after and got a small vegetable curry with some avocado on top for dinner and finished off the evening with two squares of Lindt Salted chocolate and some Kamut Crackers. Again with the carbs!

As mentioned before I am super happy to be able to say that I had a successful day of intuitive eating, even though I ate way more than I normally would on a rest day (I generally try to keep those high protein, but that’s not how my body wanted to roll yesterday apparently) 🙂

Now let’s just see what happens today, as 4.5 hours on a train always mean I NEED food. Funny how being trapped in a train makes you think you will starve…!

Have a great Wednesday! 🙂

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

 

What I ate Wednesday – Office Food

I actually purposefully took pictures of my meals today so that I could share them with you. Thank you Jenn for hosting 🙂

Breakfast

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Don’t knock it until you try it! Apple/banana sauce is actually quite nice… I normally add chia seeds, but forgot to take it home with me to let the chia soak up the juice. Instead, I ate 2 dark chocolate covered rice waffles an hour or so later (I blame my Auntie for getting me on the rice waffle train.. she keeps 5 packs of them at a time in the kitchen and her sons and husband devour them within minutes!)

Great as a “sitting at desk” breakfast

Lunch

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Lunch at the office is either Thai, Indian or Greek take-away, or a salad that we cut up ourselves. One of my co-workers actually started a salad tradition of cucumber, feta, tomato and avocado, which almost everyone makes when we decide to not order take-away. I was in the mood for kidney beans today and wanted a bit of protein after my carby breakfast, so I made a mix of cherry tomatoes, mini cucumbers, carrots and lettuce, added in half a can of beans and topped it all off with olive oil, balsamic vinegar and crème de balsamico. It was deeeeeelicious and will definitely be making a reappearance, maybe with some goat’s cheese on top? Mhhhhm

Snack

 

 

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I had to rush to a PR meeting right after my (extremely short) lunch break… and on my way back I passed my favorite café… naturally I had to get a Matcha latte with soya milk. I’m such a creature of habit… -> have extra time, buy beauty product, walk past café, get a matcha. I think I will need to ban lattes soon too…

Later on between 16.30 and 18.00 I had the rest of my kidney beans (weird snack, I know, but I really was craving them still), a carrot and two packets of blueberries. I snacked on the blueberries while reading the new MADAME 🙂

As a pre-workout snack/ part of dinner I ate a Quest bar I found in my suitcase! I was soooo happy to find it as I thought I had eaten my last one yesterday! It is part of dinner since I haven’t managed to run to the store yet between moving, trying to keep a work-out schedule and being in the office.

Dinner

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Quest bars and spoonfuls of peanut butter are my go to meals in the (late) evenings after the gym, when I have nothing else to eat/feel very uninspired (nutritionist mom: need some tips please!) I also love sautéed spinach and tofu in coconut milk or some quinoa (if I meal-prepped and have some leftover…). All with peanut butter 😉

Today I ate two tablespoons of PB with 3 raw carrots 🙂

So that’s my typical (healthy) work day! I’ll be sure to fill you in on one of our take-away days too! And see: Fashion people do eat 🙂

 

What I ate Wednesday

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these. Today you get to see how I eat during a (Persian Holiday) work day, with little sports, plenty of good intentions (I’ve been trying to follow a whole food, low dairy diet) and a few cravings… 😉 Thank you Jenn for hosting!

I went for a short jog with my Aunt this morning and completed a short all body circuit afterwards. Then I jumped into the shower and ran to work (figuratively..my legs are still getting accustomed to jogging frequently as I was always a dancer, not a runner).

As soon as I got to work I wished I had packed something protein-y.. All I had with me was a Quest bar that I didn’t feel like eating and some raw carrots and clementines. Not living in my own home really dampens my passion for cooking, which is a major bummer when all you want to eat is an egg white omelette.

Breakfast: Ended up being 4 clementines and 2 raw carrots, but I was craving an egg white omelette and a chai tea latte

Lunch: Salad from City Salad with egg, kidney beans, chickpeas, raw mushroom slices, cucumbers and shredded carrots. Good but not satisfying enough.. there wasn’t enough dressing and I need salads to be drenched with vinaigrette.. and I was still craving a chai tea latte 😦

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Snack: A few yoghurt covered cashews and a totally delicious yet extremely unhealthy chocolate Powerbar that tastes like chocolate mousse in bar form and finally satiated my cravings. I try to reduce my sugar and processed food intake but sometimes, when on the go, you have to make do with what you can get and this definitely hit the spot!

IMG_1514Dinner: It was a Persian Holiday (stay tuned for more) so I had a big bowl of Ash reshteh, some dried fruits and nuts and later on an apple 🙂

IMG_1520Have a great rest of your evening! 🙂

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

What I ate Wednesday: Coconut Pancakes!


My day started with some coconut flour pancakes. I’ve been dreaming of pancakes ever since I made Greek Yoghurt pancakes based off of the recipe found on the link on Sunday for dinner. They were perfect and enough to fulfil any pancake fantasy (recipe coming soon), but today I wanted to make them slightly more “healthily”.

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Hence, the coconut flour.

IMG_1233I pretty much followed this recipe to a T. The pancakes looked so amazing in the pictures that I could not resist whipping them up myself. The recipe made enough for two hungry people, and I had plenty left over.

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I ate a few with sprouted almond chia butter and maple syrup, and realised I hadn’t let them cook enough. I put them all back into the pan, and they became slightly crumbly like Kaiserschmarn. This gave me the idea to top my second attempt with raspberry jam. Mhhhm 🙂

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After breakfast I took the dogs out for a walk and got ready for the gym. I went for a training session with my dad today, and boy was it tough!

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We trained for an hour and I was relatively famished afterwards. I was planning on meeting my best friend a half hour later, so I popped into this cute place call “not guilty” for a quick bite to eat. I ordered the Inka Salad, which had quinoa, avocado, tomato and cucumber. After ordering I realised they also had tofu, but decided I had eaten enough protein yesterday, so stuck with my order. It was really fresh and delicious!

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A short while later I sat down to another Matcha Green Tea Latte with soya milk. I was really craving something warm and sweet after walking around town in red 7/8 pants (I thought it was warm) and All Stars.

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Tonight I’ll be going out for dinner with the Iranian girlfriends. I haven’t seen them in ages and can’t wait to catch up with them! I just checked out the menu of the Italian restaurant and will probably be going for something like risotto and vegetables. I’m trying to avoid wheat as much as possible because I’ve been noticing terrible stomach pain whenever I eat bread etc, so no pasta for me tonight! :/

How were your Wednesday food choices?

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

 

 

What I Ate Wednesday

I’ve been seeing posts like these all over the blogosphere, and never came around to creating one myself. I never fully understood why someone would really want to know what I was eating, but then again, whenever I tried out a new diet or fitness regime – following someone’s newest trend – I always asked myself: Is this REALLY what they are eating?!

So here is my “really” eating day. I don’t claim to be anyone who knows much about nutrition (I have a mother who does ), but I am searching for the best way to fuel my life and to reach my goals, and this is just one of those days on that path to balanced health. Also, it was kind of fun to take pictures of everything I ate, thinking someone might actually want to see this! 🙂

Thanks to Jenn (add link to  current what I ate Wednesday) for hosting!

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Breakfast/Brunch:

Raw Cinnamon Protein Smoothie

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Snack:

4 clementines

Dinner:

2 massive bowls of Salad with Miso Vinaigrette

Snack

grapes

Note: I was recovering from a weird stomach bug and a major lack of appetite on this day. Stay tuned for next What I ate Wednesday to see how I normally eat

Note 2: This was two weeks ago 🙂

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

FroYo and Frappé

Yaaaaay for Wednesday, frequently known as my Jazz intense day.

Today, despite the summer vacation, classes are still in session! My number one favorite school – never closed, except for next week’s exception because they are moving location – is organising daily workshops, with my favorites this week being Jazz and Ballet, while the number one ballet school here is offering quite a few classes throughout the vacation as well..I’m in heaven 🙂

I haven’t been to dance for over a week now, but with three of my favorite people flying back home yesterday 😦 , my daily routine returned back to normal, and up until this weekend it should stay that way!
Why not after that, you ask? Well, Friday will be the last day of my 3 month internship .. after that I will try to find time for dance, but more importantly I have to start packing for college! Yikes! Time flies…

Lunch today was very special; I found some really tasty, plain frozen yoghurt in Zürich and enjoyed every last bit of it for my midday meal 🙂

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Not exactly the healthiest choice – given that I was planning on going to dance today – and don’t even get me started on whether it was balanced or not. So I added something green..that’s always good and healthy, right?

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Spinach, Apple, Lemon Juice and Ginger.

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Smoothie + FroYo + Berries = ate some of the colors of the rainbow 🙂

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This was just too good! (Restaurant review coming soon 🙂 )

After leaving the office a little later than I had hoped, I couldn’t make it to the jazz workshop. No biggie, because there was also a ballet lesson I could look forward to. On my way there, I enjoyed some fresh fruit for an extra vitamin boost and some yoghurt covered almonds.

The class was taught by a former student of the afore-mentioned ballet school. After completing her studies there, she joined a ballet company in Russia and began travelling the world. I really enjoyed her class and was mesmerized by how beautiful and elegant each and every move was..even if it was just an exercise! A great start back into my routine! 🙂

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

P.S Did you get that Frappé in the title is a word-play on my ballet lesson, and not something to eat? 🙂