There are lots of reasons why I don’t count calories, but one of main reasons is that my hunger levels are different everyday. My hunger can change depending on what I ate the day before, how active I am, what time of the month it is, etc. I’d say on average I probably eat about the same quantity of food eat day, but then there’s that random day where I just can’t seem to get full.
Like on Sunday for instance. It was a dreary, cold day here in China and I had no plans to leave the house and never did. I did a HIIT workout in the morning and then other than that I practically sat on the couch all day reading by our heater. It was glorious. But goodness, I could not stop eating! I also wasn’t craving anything super healthy, but I just went with the flow. I eat pretty nutritiously throughout the week, so one day of semi-“unhealthy” food won’t kill me.
I actually didn’t take pictures of all my food this day because I didn’t plan on using Sunday’s food for my WIAW post, but I think I can scrounge up some photos to give you an idea of what I ate. I feel like most of my WIAW are pretty standard–me showing you healthy balanced meals–but I also wanted to show you that there are day where I don’t eat super healthy…and to me that’s healthy. Listen to your body!
Oatmeal cooked in water with chia seeds and flaxseeds topped with nut butter and some strawberries.
A slice of this banana bread eaten with some blended up strawberries (aka the best, healthiest syrup) and healthy chocolate sauce that was in my fridge. The chocolate sauce was made from dates, soy milk, cacao powder, etc. Oh yeah, and I also had a cup of decaf coffee while eating this!
A big mug of Oil Free Strawberry Granola and rice puffs with banana and soy milk. After this bowl I ended up having another mug of, wait for it…Fruity Pebbles! Have you guys ever eaten that stuff? My friend from America was over at our house and brought a box with her and I knew I need to walk down memory lane and have some. Cereal is such a treat for us foreigners living in China, so she was so sweet to share some with me!
After two bowls of cereal I still felt hungry so I had some toast smothered in natural peanut butter and more of the strawberry sauce.
I was craving more banana bread, so I had another slice and this time ate it with a sliced banana, a big blob of peanut butter and more of the chocolate sauce. Sorry I don’t have pictures of the final product, but just imagine a messy plate of deliciousness:)
My husband was so sweet and agreed to stop by one of my favorite Chinese restaurants while he was out to pick up my new favorite Chinese dish: Kidney Beans with Sour Vegetables. OMG this dish is amazing. I found this picture on line and it looks almost exactly what I ate, so envision something like these beans with lots of white rice going straight into my belly.
This wasn’t a meal, but I ended up having one of these Double Chocolate Coconut Cookies before bed. I actually hadn’t had one yet, since they were mainly for Brett, but I couldn’t believe how rich and fudge-y they were. I can’t wait to share the recipe with you all, because they are amazing!
After all this random, sugar laden food I finally felt satisfied and went to bed. On a normal day, this much food, or at least eating meals lacking vegetables, would have left me feeling not so great. But this day my body just needed more food in the form of dense calories. So that’s what I gave it! Don’t be afraid to be hungry. Don’t be afraid to eat what you’re craving. Don’t be afraid if you have a day with more junk food than normal. Your body is amazing and things will balance out. It will be more detrimental and cause you more stress if you try not to eat what your body is telling you to eat!
Do you count calories?
Do you ever have super hungry days?
What’s your favorite kind of cookie?