OK, I admit, I’m wary of posting this. Two reasons: I don’t really like reading other peoples’ What I Ate posts, as they often make me feel bad about my own food choices (although that’s my problem & I should Own It) and secondly, I don’t want people to think this is a “typical” day, because frankly no day with my food is typical!
I am really struggling with the protein thing right now, as my appetite seems to be massively diminished so I just can’t face having a top-up protein shake if I think I need – as opposed to want – one. It also doesn’t help that I don’t track my macros regularly (or, at all) and on the days I do track, I do it after I’ve eaten the food, so it’s not as if I’m planning my macros in advance, IYSWIM. I usually just get towards the end of the day and think, fuck, I need to neck a protein shake/glass of milk/whatever.
I know I’d be a far, far better lifter if I only sorted out my diet, but you know. It’s one of those things I just don’t want to get strict about, not least because it’d have a big impact on my home life.
Anyhow! On to the food!
Breakfast! This is my new favourite breakfast (at least until the tub of Greek yogurt runs out). Full-fat Greek yogurt (I normally have low-fat but they didn’t have any at the supermarket), 1 scoop of MyProtein natural vanilla whey (use code BGREEN at the checkout for 5% off), raspberries (does anyone weigh/measure things like this? Please say no) and one banana.
So good I had the same again today, minus the banana because I’m out. What can I say, I don’t really plan when I shop 😉
Not pictured: coffee. I drink instant coffee with milk at home, then when I get to work I have a white Americano with 2tsp collagen hydrolysate (for my joints, and also because it gives me about 6-7g of protein).
Morning snack: cashews. I once measured out 1oz/30g of cashews and I’ve never measured it again, I just eyeball it. Life is too short to measure cashews (or almonds, or fruit).
I had a “learning lunch” at work, so no Yoga-lates class for me. Instead I had an hour hearing all about the XML London conference from one of my colleagues. I love XML and the presentation was really good but….I’d rather be at Yoga-lates. Sorry, work.
When I got back to my desk I had this – a salad from our work canteen of prawns, new potatoes, peas, spinach & mayonnaise. Most of my lunches come from the canteen or Pret a Manger, so I can’t really know what goes into them (although Pret are pretty good about putting estimations on their website now). Still, this doesn’t look too bad, eh? It left me so full that I couldn’t quite finish all the potatoes. I’m definitely losing my touch.
Afternoon snack: a hard-boiled egg. Yeah, that egg was pretty old and a bit funky – I keep buying eggs and not eating them. Still, I haven’t died so I guess it was OK.
My colleagues must love me – prawns & eggs at my desk in quick succession. Pongy.
Dinner: a chicken & ham pie with sautéed green beans. I was convinced this wasn’t going to be enough dinner, and that I’d need pudding afterwards. Wrong! This looks tiny but left me really full.
Since my boyfriend is away I’ve been making an effort to eat what’s in the freezer instead if cooking, and this pie was something he picked up from the reduced aisle a few weeks ago. We often joke about the fact that he buys loads of reduced food & puts it in the freezer for me to eat, then comes home & orders himself a pizza. He doesn’t make me eat out of the Bargain Bin all the time, honest 😉
I was really grateful the pie was there, TBH, as I didn’t feel like preparing a meal once I got home. Incidentally, green beans sautéed in butter is my #1 favourite way to eat vegetables right now.
Calorie- and macro-wise, I have no idea. 2200-2500kcals, maybe? I mean, that’s a pie up there. Protein-wise, I had intended to also have a protein shake in the afternoon but I was so full I didn’t fancy it. Greek yogurt, whey, collagen hydrolysate, prawns, eggs, cashews and the pie filling are all pretty protein-y, though. See, I’m a nutrition expert.