What I ate Wednesday: Comfort Food Edition

     Every time I’ve done one of these posts, I’ve done light, healthy food. That is my preferred style of eating, and it makes my body feel and look its’ best. However, there are some days where I workout quite heavily, it’s cold outside, I’m in a hurry…and I just need easy, heavy, comfort food. So I thought I would show you one healthy-ish way to get through one of those days!

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This is one of those weeks where I had the luxury of knowing in advance that I would be busy and in a hurry, so you will notice a lot of my food was planned in advance and prepared. This first picture is my on-the-go breakfast! I have a whole bunch of hard boiled eggs in my fridge, and this morning I just pulled one out, peeled it, cut it in half, and lightly sprinkled with salt and red pepper flakes. I also did have an orange just to even out the fruit to protein intake, but I ate it before I took a picture.

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Alright, I know…this isn’t the most artistic of shots. Really though…how do you make a burrito artistic? This is on of many healthy freezer burritos that I keep in my freezer at all times. If I want to take one for lunch, I just pull it out of the freezer, microwave it for 30 seconds, and stick it in a container (I also usually wrap it with plastic wrap, just to prevent any mess). Inside of it is some scrambled eggs, beans, salsa, and cheese. Perfect fast comfort food, without all the calories of McDonald’s!

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And these were my snacks for the day! Strawberries, salt and vinegar rice chips, and some dark chocolate (because chocolate.).

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Lastly, my dinner. This was also made at the beginning of the week. Chili lasts so well in the fridge, is so filling, and so yummy, that it’s often a go-to for busy weeks for me! I did want to try to make a slightly healthier version though, so I doubled the vegetables and beans, halved the meat, and used ground turkey instead of ground beef. It tastes and feels great!

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What I ate Wednesday

Today was a really light day for eating. I’m still recovering from the holidays, and I’m not feeling all that well, so I didn’t snack and my meals were not that big. They were still healthy and delicious, but it is a lot less than I would usually eat, just as a disclaimer.

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My day started how it always starts…porridge and tea. I really don’t know how I would get through the winter without porridge mornings. The porridge was made with half a cup of oats, water, almond milk, and honey. Once it was done cooking, I sprinkled cinnamon on top, then through some random berries and half a banana on over that. The tea was green tea, and I also had a big glass of water with the meal.

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My lunch looks so small! It was really yummy though. It’s just a piece of toast with Avocado mushed on top. I also sprinkled some red pepper flakes on that, and squeezed lime juice over it all. I did also have a hard boiled egg, but it is not in the picture, because I ate it really fast.

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My dinner is so colourful! I stopped making stir-fries about two years ago, and now for the life of me I can’t remember why. They are super fast and easy to make, they require no special grocery shopping, and they are packed with nutrition! This stir fry has broccoli, garlic, onion, mushrooms, purple cabbage, carrots, and egg noodles in it. For the sauce, I just mixed together about a tablespoon of soy sauce with a tablespoon of honey. Super easy, but really flavorful.

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What I Ate Wednesday

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My breakfast was the same as always. I had porridge with coconut-almond milk, honey, cinnamon, and blueberries, as well as a mug of green tea. I no longer add banana to my porridge, as I found I didn’t have time to keep buying bananas through the week, and the porridge tastes just fine without!

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For lunch, I packed a fairly simple box. In two of the top compartments, I have baby carrots and a small broken piece of dark chocolate with almonds. In the main compartment, I have two pita pockets stuffed with chicken, guacamole, and spinach.

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For my dinner I had leftover chili! I made a big pot at the beginning of the week to last through the entire week, and it was delicious! I absolutely love chili…it’s warm, filling, and healthy! Plus it’s simple to make, inexpensive, and lasts a really long time! In fact, it’s one of those few dishes were it actually tastes better after being refrigerated for a while. It’s a fantastic dinner on a cool fall day.

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What I ate Wednesday

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My breakfast was the same as always. In fact, I didn’t even take a new picture, because it looks exactly like this picture from an old What I ate Wednesday. It’s just porridge made with almond milk, honey, and half a mashed up banana, with the rest of the banana cut on top, blueberries, and cinnamon. To drink, I have a glass of water and a cup of green tea.

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My lunch today was the same lunch that I planned for the entire week. It’s actually one of my favourite planned lunches ever…it leaves me full and is so delicious. The salad is spinach, almonds, strawberries, and feta, tossed with a strawberry vinaigrette. On the side, I have half a chicken breast and a piece of dark chocolate. To drink I just have Perrier, but other days I’ve been having these really yummy healthy juices (nice green juices, with ingredients like Kale and Spinach).

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This is a very common dinner for me…in fact I think I have it in another What I ate Wednesday post. These are pumpkin lasagna rolls (pumpkin, spinach, and ricotta rolled in lasagna noodles) with cheese and sauce. The salad is just a basic garden salad with fresh lettuce, radishes, cucumber, and tomato, tossed with a vinaigrette.

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This is a bonus picture of my manicure! It was my first time trying out this rose-orange shade, but I love it!!

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What I ate Wednesday!

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My day started off how it always does…porridge! Yum. It’s funny, I actually grew up hating porridge. Couldn’t stand the taste of it. One time when I was staying at an overnight camp, I got in tons of trouble for refusing to touch the porridge they put in my breakfast bowl in the morning. Now I can’t imagine mornings without it! I have oats, half water, half almond milk, blueberries, a banana (half mashed and mixed in, and half sliced on top), and cinnamon. I also always have a mug of green tea and a glass of water with my breakfast!

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My lunch was basically a ton of different stuff thrown together…and it was delicious! I had brown rice, half a chicken breast, grilled veggies (carrots, butternut squash, and red bell pepper), and steamed kale. I also had a square of dark chocolate and a glass of lemon water:)

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Ok, so my day wasn’t completely healthy. My snack was a chocolatey shortbread cookie. Not the best for me, but I loved every bite!

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My beautiful dinner was super simple! I had two mini quesadillas with mushrooms, onion, sweet potato, salsa, and guacamole, and strawberries with cinnamon for dessert! I also had another glass of water with dinner…just plain water this time! Between the three glasses with meals, and 5 others I had at various other points through the day, I got my complete daily water intake:) It’s not always easy to remember to drink that much, but I always feel better for it.

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I’ve Lost 25 Pounds

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While I am still not at my goal, and I still have a ways to go and things to change about my lifestyle, I realized recently that I am down 25 lbs from where I started a year ago. I am more than halfway to achieving my goal, and I feel so much happier and healthier than when I started. I really just wanted to take a moment to celebrate this and feel good about where I am. Don’t worry though, I will absolutely take a moment to answer that cutting question:

How did you do it?

Well the answer to that is unfortunately simple: hard work. Sorry guys, no magic pills, no surgery, no nothing. And yes, I have bad genetics. I do have a slow metabolism, and I’m short, so even the slightest bit of weight shows. In the real world however, these aren’t actually reasons as to why you can never ever lose weight. So how did I?

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Well, first I had to change my thinking. I had to learn to love myself and be gentle with myself. I absolutely didn’t start to lose a bit of weight until my mind had dropped the mental weight. Then, I changed what I ate and how often I ate. I don’t believe in giving up food I love….however, I never loved things like chips or fast food….they were just convenient and tasted good. Plus I was still learning how to cook and didn’t trust myself. Cooking for myself usually meant a night of bad tasting food. However, I kept working on it and now I can make meals that I love way more than any fast food. I also watched portion sizes and how often I ate. I do NOT count calories though. Calories paint a very one sided picture. You can be starving for nutrients even while eating the correct amount of calories.

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The other thing I did was studied. What are my nutritional requirements? Where do the nutrients come from? I must have read 2 dozen books on this subject, plus I started following a lot of bloggers and youtubers that talk about this.

As for exercise, I’m still working on it. I got more active for sure. I walk a lot more in a day, do more chores, etc. However, as for actual planned exercise…it’s a goal.

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So that’s how I did it! If you enjoyed this post, please give it a like and subscribe. If you want to see more of me, feel free to head over to my Facebook, Instagram, and/or Twitter! xoxo ❤

What I Ate Wednesday

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So today my day started out with juice. My breakfasts are always really light…I feel sick if I eat a big meal first thing in the morning. At my local supermarket they have these awesome fresh juices that they make on site, and I really love a good green juice. This one was kale, spinach, pineapple, and orange. Yum!

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Sorry for the terrible picture here….I almost forgot to take a picture of my lunch and just ended up taking this quick snapshot with my phone. This was a yummy meal of tortellini and a tomato sauce I made myself out of diced tomatoes, mushrooms, onions, and garlic.

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My dinner wasn’t the most photogenic thing on earth, but it was really delicious. It was some chicken off the whole chicken I made in my slow cooker yesterday, on a bed of vegetables that had cooked with the chicken in the same slow cooker. Soooo flavourful and delicious.

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I had my dinner fairly early, so I got hungry for a evening snack later too. For that, I just had an apple. I usually keep apples on hand, and they are my go-to snack.

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