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