It would be hard to label my diet to a specific one. Despite the numerous diets endorsed today like Atkins, Paleo, Vegan, South Beach, and who knows many more, I don’t label myself or fix myself to one type of diet. I eat what I want to eat, when I want to eat it. However, I am a creature of habit so most of the time, I eat the same meals everyday. Of course, there are exceptions like for birthdays or during the holiday seasons, but today (which is actually last week, November 11/30) is a perfect example of what I would have eaten on a typical day.
Just to note, I don’t believe in eating your meals at a certain time and only a certain number of times. I eat when I’m hungry and as you read down below, you’ll see my hunger usually hits around the standard breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack, and dinner mark. Another thing to note is that I do count calories. I know this is a widely controversial topic, but I’ll get to this topic in more depth in a separate post.
Without further ado…
7:00 AM – HYDRATE: My mom (and my maternal grandmother) has instilled upon me from a very young age to always drink a glass of water first thing in the morning. They claim that it comfortably wakes up and warms up the body rather than catching it off by surprise and make it go through the work of digesting your breakfast. Whilst having my glass of water, I also take one probiotic pill. I don’t have a preference on which probiotics I take, I just take the ones my mom buys for our family, which she gets from Costco.
7:20 AM – BREAKFAST: Bob’s Mill Steel-Cut Oats with Stonyfield Fat-Free French Vanilla yogurt, half of a banana, handful of either pecans, almonds, walnuts or Nature’s Path Pumpkin Flax granola, couple of raspberries, blueberries and blackberries, tablespoon of both Nature’s Intent Organic chia seeds and Navitas Naturals Acai powder. Sometimes: persimmons (either on top the oatmeal or on the side) and one Fuji apple. – Don’t mind my little baby spoon 🙂 )
Whether I’m at boarding school or back at home, my breakfast for about a year now has been oatmeal. I’ve always heard people rave about oatmeal, but I was always on the fence about it because I’m not a huge fan of the grain and porridge combination. However, after trying it in the beginning of this year, I’m hooked. Today was last day at home for Thanksgiving break so I had the luxury to concoct an elaborate oatmeal bowl! At school, I’m stuck with instant oatmeal (I always choose the plain oatmeal not the brown sugar maple or whatnot kind), yogurt, banana, nuts I bring from home in ziploc bags, and here’s the kicker: chopped tomatoes and bell peppers from the omelette bar.
Not only is my go-to breakfast tasty, but it’s also super healthy. Oatmeal is famously called the “whole-grain powerhouse.” Whole-grains give you abundant energy, making oatmeal the perfect meal to kickstart your day. Also, oatmeal is full of fiber, which is digests slowly, meaning that you’ll be full longer. On an additional note, while not pertinent to all, oatmeal does help reduce cholesterol.1
12:00 PM – LUNCH: 2 slices of Ezekiel 4:9 Cinnamon Raisin Sprouted Whole Grain Bread, half of an avocado, approximately half of a grapefruit, handful of blackberries and raspberries left over from breakfast, and Siggi’s Skyr Vanilla Icelandic style yogurt.
I always loving having some type of sandwich or toast for lunch. I am definitely do not turn away from carbs! Carbohydrates are important in order for you to stay energized and working at your most optimal state! My favorite bread is either the Ezekiel Cinnamon Raisin bread or Udi’s Gluten Free Whole Grain Bread. If I have the choice, I always opt for an avocado toast. Being home for Thanksgiving and having full access to avocados (it’s really sad that the closest avocado thing my school dining hall serves is guacamole), I chose avocado toast for today. I try to limit myself to half an avocado everyday since I already eat nuts and don’t want to overdo it on the healthy fats (everything in moderation!). On the side, I usually have a hard-boiled egg (I eat one daily), but today I put some pieces of fried-egg on the top, which I found in the fridge and reheated in the microwave. I also enjoy having an assortment of fruit so I pulled together some fruit from the fridge, which that day happened to be grapefruit and berries. Last but not least, I love my yogurt. Especially siggi’s. I highly recommend trying out the brand if you haven’t already.
AFTERNOON SNACK: homemade granola bar
Usually, I have an afternoon snack to get me out of the afternoon slump. However, today, I was traveling back to school from Thanksgiving Break. I wasn’t hungry in the car ride where I slept the whole time. 🙂 But usually, I always have some sort of snack in between the times of 3 and 5 in the afternoon. At school, I have my mom’s homemade granola bar (made with Nature Valley’s Pumpkin Flax granola, eggs, and maple syrup – really easy and healthy in terms of few ingredients) before track practice. However, when I was home for Thanksgiving, I had butternut squash porridge that my mom made for me.
6:00 PM – DINNER: (the one on the left) Corn couscous, mushrooms, grilled vegetables
Dinner today was back at the school dining hall. I would say I’m pretty fortunate to have a pretty nice dining hall service. Of course there are good and bad days, but what I love about the school dining hall is that I get to pick and choose without being labelled picky or choosy, which happens a lot at home when what I want to eat is quite different from the rest of my family’s. Tonight’s dinner is the picture on the left, but I included the picture on the right for you to see how different and diverse my meals can be at the dining hall.
Breakfast and lunch is the same whether at home or back at school, it’s the just the matter of instant oatmeal vs. steel-cut oatmeal, berries or no berries, avocado vs. no avocado – the little things. However, dinner is always different. The dinner on the right are roasted baby carrots (my favorite – I seriously leap in joy when I see these for dinner, Serena can attest to this), about 3 oz of salmon, white Lima beans, potatoes and a hard-boiled egg. Dinner is usually a mix of veggies and protein. I go pretty light on the carbohydrates since I find that too much carbs at the night makes me feel groggy leading to an unproductive night study session.
So that’s it! I actually don’t have a sweet tooth, which I guess is somewhat lucky and helpful, so I never reach for desserts at night. After dinner, I don’t eat anything until breakfast the next morning. I feel somewhat satisfied with a hint of hunger when I go to bed and wake up ravenously hungry when I wake up in the morning, which is just the way I like it.
I hope you enjoyed this lengthy “What I Eat in a Day” post. Remember, I don’t believe in restriction or deprivation. The reason you don’t see any “treats” or “junk food” is because I don’t crave these. I can live my life perfectly fine, sustainably, without laying my hands on chips or pastries. I don’t know how this came to be, but my body and appetite longs for delicious, nutritious meals. I hope this post gave you inspiration, motivation, to eat “healthy”!
How would you describe your eating habits? Are you proud/not so proud of them? What’s your favorite meal or food? I would love to hear in the comment section below!
P.S.: For those who are interested, I ate around 2,325 calories today.