What I Ate Wednesday #100

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Welcome to the 100th Installment of What I Ate Wednesday! It sounds like I’m being hyperbolic, no? It’s true, though. It seems like a whole other lifetime ago that I joined this weekly link party, and man, has the time flown.As always, thanks to Jenn for hosting. To see more WIAW from other bloggers, visit Peas & Crayons.

This week I decided to hop on the Meatless Monday bandwagon, just because. In that past lifetime during which I began these WIAW posts, most of my days were meatless, so I didn’t feel the need to make it a point on one particular day. Though I still have plenty of meat-free days, I definitely eat more animal protein than I did two years ago, and I feel much better for it.

I actually had a nice conversation with someone at the gym the other day—they asked me if I was a trainer, and after I stopped laughing, we got to talking about being active to stay well. I mentioned my experience working with a physical therapist who taught me to focus on staying strong to avoid getting hurt. For better or worse, it was a really crappy arm injury a few years ago that caused me to take a step back and redefine my relationship with exercise and food—and to stop listening to people whose advice/bullying was based solely on their own interests and narrow belief systems.  It was a difficult learning experience, but I’m grateful for it. I joke about being protective of my skeleton, but I’m not f***ing around—it’s the only one I’ve got!

Haha anyway, that’s the short version of the long story of why I eat meat sometimes now, though I still favor eggs, fish, and dairy.  I feel good, my labs are normal, and I couldn’t give a flying f*** what a guy thinks about my eating habits. I think some people do great with vegetarian/vegan diets but I’m not one of them. I’d be a hypocrite for telling people to tune in and listen to their body’s wants and needs if I didn’t do it myself.

Speaking of eating habits, here’s what I ate this past Monday.

Breakfast: zucchini bread oatmeal

Lunch: tortellini soup; side salad; dark chocolate

Snack: yogurt with fruit and cereal

Dinner: tandoori tofu with curried basmati rice, veggies, and avocado

Snack (unpictured): sliced banana with PB2 sauce with cocoa & protein powder mixed in—an experiment gone ok

Do you participate in Meatless Monday? What’s the best thing you’ve eaten recently? Is your diet different than it was 2 years ago? 

15 thoughts on “What I Ate Wednesday #100

    raechel said:
    March 6, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    Being vegan has worked for me for almost ten years, but my diet is definitely very different than it was two years ago. I was still relying on a lot of processed vegan stuff, and was still baking with regular sugar and gluten flour. Going gluten-free and kicking all things refined has done wonders for me!

    I think it’s good that you listen to your body and make the decisions that work for you!

      Jess responded:
      March 6, 2013 at 9:54 pm

      I also used to rely on a lot of refined products—especially the vegetarian stuff. I do not miss fake meat. Cheers to enjoying real food 🙂

    Lauren @ LaurenPhelpsCoaching said:
    March 6, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    Great story! I love that you focus on listening to your body instead of sticking to a certain label. I practice Meatless Mostdays! The best thing I’ve eaten recently is chocolate covered espresso beans. YUMMMM 2 years ago, I was eating meat at every meal, drinking cokes, and not really paying attention. It’s a whole new world today.

      Jess responded:
      March 6, 2013 at 9:53 pm

      Mmm-Chocolate covered espresso beans are so delicious!

    livliveslife said:
    March 6, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    I do try to do Meatless Mondays often – it’s good for me and really fun to experiment with vegetarian/vegan foods! Thanks for sharing such an interesting story.

      Jess responded:
      March 6, 2013 at 10:23 pm

      I definitely need to try some new recipes. Throwing a bunch of stuff in a bowl is awesome, but it’s been way too long since I tried a “real” recipe!

    Bunny, C. said:
    March 6, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    Congratulations on making the 100th WIAW! I’m just a liiiitttle bit behind you …#5 ;p I plan on going forever though! My diet is definitely different from two years ago, namely because I no longer restrict 🙂 P.s. I’ll have to try zuch. bread oatmeal- wozers that sounds fantastic!

      Jess responded:
      March 7, 2013 at 4:01 pm

      Hope you enjoy the zucchini bread oatmeal—it’s one of my favorites : )

    Eating 4 Balance said:
    March 7, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    Wow. #100! That’s awesome!!

    I’ve dabbled in meatless days, and honestly I just have so much more energy when I eat a lot of meat and less processed carbohydrates. I know everyone’s different though, and some thrive on higher carbohydrate diets.

    That’s really cool that you were able to have a pick-up conversation like that with someone at the gym. And that fact that they thought you were a trainer! 🙂

      Jess responded:
      March 7, 2013 at 4:02 pm

      Haha it didn’t even occur to me that it might have been a pick-up conversation. Stranger things have happened.
      Totally hear you about the processed carbohydrate days—just not the same.

    Bella said:
    March 7, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    I love your honesty here, and the occasional cuss words, lol, cracks me up…. 🙂 Flying F*** I love saying that, haha.

    So this is my first time on your blog, and your post totally caught my attention. Why were you feeling poopy before, what lab tests are you talking about, and why did you start eating more meat? I want to know all about it. I rarely have the pleasure of reading THIS side of the story. I read lots if people telling me why they STOP eating meat, but I would love to hear from you girl, why you started to eat it again/more.

    On another note, your food looks great! Well, not sure about the zucchini bread oatmeal, that just sounds weird, but looks good, so what do I know, lol. I’ve never been a huge oatmeal eater, ever, so maybe that could explain it, but I do love zucchini.

    100 WIA posts, that is incredible. You go girl. I just for the first time in my LIFE, started being accountable for what I eat. it’s been a little over 2 weeks, and I’ve taken a pic of every single thing I’ve eaten, it’s awesome.

    So glad I stopped by! Have a great day girl 🙂
    P.s. After coming back from an extended blogging break, I’ve started a 40 day challenge to get HEALTHY by my birthday. If you get a chance to check it out, I could sure use the support!
    Hugs, Bella 🙂
    Bella’s 40 Day Challenge

    Allie said:
    March 8, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    More power to you! Yes, it’s all about finding what’s right for YOU! There’s nothing wrong with one choice or the other, as long as it’s what works best for your body, mind and life! I love this post, stay strong and healthy, and darn right, f*ck whoever wants to judge or tell you you should do one thing or the other.

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