Late last week I got a tweet from Debra Riedesel, RD, LD (@NutritionistaRD) asking if I'd participate in the Registered Dietitian version of What I Ate Wednesday. Check out the #WIAW and #WIAWRD hashtags to learn more.
Honestly, I only reluctantly agreed. My hesitation was and is this: as an intuitive eater, I really do honor my cravings while also listening to my body so sometimes my food choices are not "typical" for a dietitian. Publicizing what I ate for a day would open me up for judgement not just from the readers of my blog but my colleagues. I could have taken the easy way out and eaten like anyone else does when they are being judged--perfectly health with all the right amounts of fruits and veggies--but that's not me. I'm not a vegan, I don't eat 100% organic and I add real sugar to my coffee. I eat well but not "perfect" so for me it was a scary proposition to do this. But, as I wrote earlier this week, I can be a slave to fear, so to continue to break free, I decided to participate. As I thought about it more, I realized it's a perfect opportunity to explain how you use intuitive eating on a day-to-day basis. With that in mind, with each photo, I'll explain not only what I ate but also give you insights into how hungry I was when I started to eat, how full I was when I stopped and how satisfied I was after. Hopefully you will find it interesting and check you judgement at the door.
Breakfast: non-fat greek yogurt, an almond butter and homemade jelly sandwich, an apple and a cup of coffee. I ate this meal at work. I usually get into the office at 6am and eat at my desk. Because the day is ramping up and there are many distractions, I usually spread this meal out over about an hour or so.
Hunger level: 5 out of 10. Fullness level: 5 out of 10. Satisfaction: 6 out of 10
|Non-fat Greek Yogurt, apple and almond butter and jelly sandwich|
Where I work, we're lucky to have a different food truck come by each day of the week. I like to go down to the trucks because I like the variety of foods that are offered and I really love the fact that I can get some really delicious meals depending on the truck. If I don't eat at the truck I usually get a sandwich or salad from our hospital food court. On this day, the truck served Mexican food and I ordered a shrimp burrito with rice, fajita veggies and cheese with a bottle of water.
Hunger level 7 out of 10 (I got out there late because I was busy). Fullness level: 6 out of 10 (with 1/4 burrito left) Satisfaction: 5 out of 10. Not the best burrito I've ever had but it was pretty good.
This particular Wednesday was a little unusual because I was not going home right after work. Once a month I go to the Elyse Resch's office with other health care professionals for a Intuitive Eating Supervision session. It's a great experience to sit with one of the authors of this book and learn together.
Since I wasn't going home, I had some time to kill on the westside of LA and so I ran over to The Original Farmers Market to buy some horseradish for our Seder but I figured it would be a nice place to walk around before the meeting. As I was walking, a hipster cup of coffee sounded good so I went over to Short Cake (owned by Nancy Silverton and Amy Pressman). I got a cup of "pour over coffee" and watched all the people walking by. True "me time" and what a treat!
Hunger level: 5 out of 10. Fullness level 6 out of 10 (with 1/4 sandwich left). Satisfaction 9 out of 10!
|A Sandwich Study in Heat with quinoa beets and spinach|
By the time I got home from my session it was 9:15pm and I was tired and inspired at the same time. It had been a great session and my mind was buzzing even though I was really beat (hey, I get up at 4:45am!). I wanted a treat so I had some Trader Joe's cookies and a 1/2 glass of soy milk to wrap up my day. Hunger level 3 out of 10. Fullness level 2 out of 10. Satisfaction level 7 out of 10.
|Cookies and soy milk|
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