Okay, so I admit I’ve totally succumbed to peer pressure here.
All the really cool bloggers that I adore participate in the What I Ate Wednesday link-up, brought to us by the lovely Jenn from Peas & Crayons.
I never really got on the bandwagon with this one, but I stumbled across the story behind it and love everything this little weekly link-up stands for: it’s in no way about comparison, restriction or guilt, but instead, is a celebration of the delicious food we all have access to and get to enjoy on a daily basis. WIAW is an awesome way to discover new, unique ways to use particular foods – you know, the ones that have been sitting in your cupboard for ages getting the daily what-the-hell-do-I-do-with-you glares from you. You know who you are (ahem, tahini and apple cider vinegar… guilty!)
WIAW gives you the chance to get all creative and challenge yourself in the kitchen, and find new-to-you dishes to add to your repertoire, or introduces you to products that could fast become your new favourites. I know as soon as I discovered the banana and nut butter combination through the blogs I read, as well as all the awesome ways to whip up oats, I’m never going back! I’m a true convert 😉
WIAW is acknowledging that it’s so important to nourish our bodies with healthy foods everyday to live our lives to the fullest and keep our bodies in tip-top condition, but also that it’s totally okay to indulge and simply enjoy any food that you genuinely love!
This is a little disorganised, all-over-the-place mish-mash of some meals I’ve loved throughout the week. It’s not a day of eats or anything, but simply when I’ve decided I had to capture the beauty of food before it was safely in my tummy and I could reminisce on it;s yumminess later 😉 haha.
Gosh, I’m nostalgic and/or creepy… depending on which way you decide to look at it. 😛
This was a crepe stuffed to the brim with chicken, avocado and veggies that I picked up after work when I was ravenous- and it definitely hit the spot! A great alternative to a sandwich.
Fuelling up for my 4 hour break at uni (I needed the energy to not fall asleep on a random bench, honestly). Felafel, hummus and veggie wrap. I’m such a sucker for mediterranean food, it’s getting out of hand guys… I will dip literally anything in hummus. Just watch me.
Snuggled up in bed still donning my attractive stripey pjs with my ultimate food porn: gooey peanut butter and banana toastie. Ahh, the simply things: this brekkie always manages to ensure I have an awesome day. How could you not?!
Went out to brunch with my girl Amee to Milkbar in Newtown: a cute, hipster little cafe, I loved it! They had such a great menu too.
I ended up going with this after much indecisiveness and umm-ing and ahh-ing. Soy & linseed bread with smashed avocado, tomato and feta, complete with a drizzle of olive oil. Heaven. Next best combo, following banana and peanut butter. It’s a close second! 🙂
So, upon reflection, I’m sensing a it of a theme here: I like my bread. And you know what? No shame, I’m more than cool with that. I know some people are really against eating more than x pieces of bread a day, or x grams of carbs a day, but quite honestly, I know my body needs the energy and fuel, especially for my workouts which often demand a really quick source of energy. I find if I’m not eating enough of this kind of fuel, I start feeling pretty damn crap, for lack of a better word, and just want to curl up and sleep. My performance in workouts also decreases, along with feeling much less motivated to kick my butt in the gym, even just in daily life!
We all have different needs, depending on our metabolism and our daily lives, and I need my bread. Full stop.
So what do I do? Embrace those carbs, and enjoy every bite!
It takes a lot of playing around, and trial and error, but go and experiment: find out what works for you. Discover that sweet spot where you’re eating in a way that gives you lots of energy to go about your day, keep you well and healthy, and pumps you up for your workouts.
Try not to be sucked into the latest fad diet, or the Next Big Thing in how we should “apparently” eat.
It may not be the best thing for your body, so just try your hardest to honour your own, unique, individual needs.
I know I’m still learning, it’s a bit of a journey. I’m finding out what I need on a day-to-day basis, but I feel I’m getting much closer to figuring out just what that is. Tune in and listen, I promise it’ll serve you well, pay off and you’ll notice an incredible difference!
You are not everybody else, and just as the amazing, inspiring Kasey from Powercakes always reminds us:
Be true to you. 🙂
What have you discovered about yourself and your own needs?
What’s something that you love to eat a lot? (Bread, bananas & peanut butter? Raising my hand loud and proud here!)