So I decided to kick off the week by documenting what I ate in a day. Sharing pictures of what goes in my mouth forces me to be more disciplined. Because how embarrassing would it be if I showed you a picture of 5 cookies and an entire can of chili covered in cheese? And that's just for lunch. Not that I ever ate that. Ahem.
One thing I've noticed with this pregnancy is that what I eat strongly affects how I feel. It's like everything is heightened with this pregnancy. If I eat too much sugar or carbs at lunchtime, I feel nauseous all afternoon and have zero energy. If I eat too much at dinner I lay in bed with indigestion and heartburn. On the days that I eat healthier I feel SO much better. I've never noticed it this much before. So with all that said, here is what I ate yesterday.
This was a late breakfast for me, but I was up most of the night with a sick Ryan, so I was moving slow in the morning. I started with coffee with a generous splash of cream. I also had oatmeal topped with blueberries, a little sliced banana, and crunchy peanut butter. I cooked 1/2 cup oats in 1 cup milk and took some out to serve to Jenna, so this is a little less than that.
You can't see the lettuce but I promise there's a generous pile of red and green lettuce on the bottom. I topped my salad with cucumbers, radishes, 1 boiled egg, 3/4 of an avocado and some romano Caesar dressing. I also drank a Sparkling Ice essence of tangerine drink. It was a free item in my Safeway online order. I liked it because it was simply carbonated water and fruit essence. No weird fake sugars for me!
Immediately after lunch I was craving something sweet. I literally had the square of Ghiradelli chocolate in my hands, but then I decided to put it down and wait a few minutes. And my craving actually passed! (Or I got distracted by my sick child)
I don't love these crackers by themselves, but they're great with sharp cheddar cheese. On the side I had a mandarin orange.
This was a new recipe called One-Pan Pesto Chicken and Veggies. It was delicious! It contained diced chicken breast, sun dried tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, green beans, and pesto. I put mine over whole wheat thin spaghetti and topped it with parmesan. I really wanted to go back for a second bowl but I knew I'd just be uncomfortably full, so I didn't.
I almost always have a snack before bed these days, and it's typically a bowl of cereal. I couldn't decide between yogurt or cereal, so I had both! That's a bowl of dry rice chex on the right. The greek yogurt is a new chocolate mocha flavor, and it basically tastes like dessert. I recently tried a Mexican Chocolate flavor of yogurt by Noosa and it was so so good. I couldn't find it at the store, so I got this instead.
Not every day is as balanced as this day, but I think I did a good job eating until I was full, rather than eating just to eat, or just because I'm pregnant. Now let's see if I can keep this up! How much do you give in to your cravings when you're pregnant?