WIAW #1

 The food blogging world often does something called “What I Ate Wednesday” where bloggers will post everything they ate in a day. These are often my favorite posts of my food blogging friends. Maybe I’m weird, but I’m always so curious about what other people’s lives look like in the food department! I love to get ideas for my lunchbox and see how other men and women go about their days. So I’d like to start doing one here.

I would like to preface it with this. I think these WIAW’s can often turn into yet another platform where we start to compare our lives to other people’s. I think that there can be a tendency to look at each other’s diets and start the internal cycle of “Do I eat too much?”, “Do I eat too little?”, “Am I eating too much fat?”, “She eats a lot of carbs….”, “I need to eat like this to lose weight.”…………..

That’s what I don’t want to happen. I don’t know about you guys, but there is enough to worry about in this world and in our own personal lives, so let’s take food out of that picture, shall we?

WIAW is purely a snapshot into another person’s world and an insight into the way someone else take’s care of themselves. And taking care of ourselves has both a mental and physical component. Translation: sometimes mentally, we need a big bowl of pasta and a slice of cake. Often, my WIAW is going to be chalked full of veggies, but sometimes, it’s going to be wine and pizza. And that’s okay because that is balance. And balance, and self-love, and being human is what I want to show here. What I am trying to say, is that we are each born with a different mind and body. This means that our minds and bodies will each need different things. Some people function better on more fat, others more carbs, etc. Listen to you and your body and take this as a weekly dose of inspiration and a little taste of my own personal life 🙂

My world isn’t always pretty, and it’s never perfect. And I think that is good.

So here is today’s WIAW

Coffee with steamed cashew milk

During my WIAW posts, I would like to focus on some topics that are important to me. And today, I want to talk a little bit about fat in the midst of this WIAW. I also want to clarify that I am not a registered dietician, and write purely on my experience. I am an avid reader of nutrition books and studies, but I am not certified in any way. 

There are many misconceptions in the modern diet, but I believe that fat is one of the biggest. We’re all trained to think that fat will make us fat! But in reality, healthy fats like avocados, almond butter, or olive oil are actually essential to our bodies natural ability to function.

And yet it seems like everything is reduced fat, low calorie, blah blah blah. Anyone else remember the reduced fat triscuits and low fat peanut butter growing up?

Which brings me to this photo. As I was about to dump all kinds of yummy carbs into this jar of PB, I thought to myself, this is the REAL photo right here! This is probably 1/4 cup of PB and it keeps me full and functional all morning long. I want to repeat again, fat is essential to our bodies natural ability to function.

The end of a PB jar filled with muesli, granola, blackberries, and soy milk. I put the cap right back on this jar and took it to work with me to eat at 7:00am! 

People often see me eating out of jar of peanut butter and look a little shocked. Yes, this is normal hehe. They’ll say things like “how can you eat that stuff without gaining a ton of weight?”. ACK. THIS WORLD. We are trained to look at a jar of PB in fear because it doesn’t say reduced anything on it! And how can you get proper nutrients when all of the good stuff is reduced from the jar and replaced with a bunch of additives and sugar? Rant over.

So what’s the science, right? How is it that these fats won’t make us fat? Is she crazy? Well, yes. 🙂

But to get into the science, your body actually can’t make polyunsaturated fats, and polyunsaturated fats are essential to a healthily functioning body. And our bodies can’t. produce. them.

Lunch was a toasted sprouted wheat bagel with hummus, arugula, and a sliced avocado on top. 

So where do we get them? Food. They come in the form of chia seeds, avocado oil, salmon, whole grains, walnuts, sunflower seeds, and more. I don’t know about you guys, but I’m not complaining about the fact that I have to eat some extra fat on the daily to stay healthy.

Followed by a bowl of broccoli roasted with olive oil and TJ’s everything bagel seasoning. 

But back to the science, a lot of studies are us that up to 35% of our daily food intake should be fat. AKA: we shall not fear large large quantities of this stuff. I am so glad we are switching back over to the mindset of eating whole, real food instead of all of this processed junk.

 

Semisweet chocolate chips to snack on.

Aside from being an essential nutrient, fat keep us full. Fat helps reduce cholesterol levels. Fat creates healthy hair, nails, and skin. And if nothing else, who doesn’t want strong nails, luscious hair, blemish free skin, am I right?

A couple clementine’s around 3:00pm

We live in a society that has shamed fats for a long, long time. And making that mental transition from bad to good is a little confusing in a world that is constantly trying to convince us that our food should add up to a certain caloric amount at the end of the day.

After work snacking included these yummy pita chips and dip from the farmers market. Dip: pesto, feta, and sun-dried tomatoes. I probably ate about half of this so that Michael would actually get to have some hehe.

I don’t believe in counting calories because I don’t believe that calories provides a whole lot of meaning. First of all, idk how people keep track of that stuff. Good grief. It makes my brain hurt. And second, I think it makes more sense to count nutrients and listen to hunger cues from our bodies.

And most importantly, a much needed glass of wine. Times 2 because today was rough tbh 🙂

Yes, fats are high in calories, but that’s also because they are nutrient dense. And what our bodies really need is a nutrient rich diet, not a certain caloric number that is totally meaningless if I’m eating chips all day.

Dinner was a big bowl of this asparagus soup which was insanely good despite the photo. It’s made with coconut milk, tons of ginger, lemon, vegetable broth, onions, and black pepper all blended up together. I’ll get this recipe posted soon – soooo yummy. And I finished dinner off with some unpictured bites of jasmine rice cooked in coconut milk from the fridge 🙂

So don’t fear the fat. Because your body needs it, thrives on it, and depends on it to keep your body functioning healthily.

And a cup of decaf peppermint green tea before bed.

Happy Wednesday, all! Eat something yummy!

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