My lunch yesterday was delicious and wholesome and quick to throw together. I cooked a little quinoa and topped it with stir-fried veggies including carrots, summer squash, snap peas and broccoli.
Peanut Butter seems to make its way into my diet far too much. Not that peanut butter is necessarily bad for you...but 3 servings a day might not be part of a very well balanced diet. I am currently experimenting with a few other things to replace the peanut butter that will still give me the creaminess and richness I crave in the afternoon. I am also going to go shopping for a healthy cereal option. If I am going to start eating this snack every day, I need to make sure it is at least as healthy as possible.
My husband was kind enough to prepare dinner last night. I emailed him Mama Pea's Tamale Pie recipe and asked him if he would mind whipping it together. By the time I reached home from work last night the smells of this pie were radiating from the kitchen.
But now we can't forget breakfast this morning:
If you couldn't tell in the photo: dessert was not cereal and milk (although I am obsessed) but cereal and banana soft serve (even better!). Although I was cold all day yesterday, I couldn't resist the frozen bananas in the freezer. They were calling my name!
As I mentioned with the snack...I am seeking a balance with my meals. One that doesn't require struggling through the day always thinking about food. I find when I place too many restrictions or rules, especially about meal times, I find myself wanting to eat all day long. This constant nagging for food has really started to drive me crazy and I am seeking a better way.
I used to think the 4-6 meals a day rule was good. But I find that I like big meals and then would overeat way too much. So I shortened it back to the 3 meals a day, but now I find I am governed by meal times and sitting around waiting for the next one. Afternoons are the worst time for me and so for the next few weeks I am going to experiment with an afternoon snack. Perhaps not having to wait so long between meals will help free my mind from the constant desire to eat.
But I also have a problem wanting dessert every evening after dinner. Should I just say heck with it and go 5 "small meals" a day route, trying to make sure that all 5 have a somewhat healthy focus? Should I omit my evening dessert for my afternoon snack? Or should I scratch all plans and really focus on eating only when I'm hungry (never gonna happen folks!). I suppose in many ways I am scared to gain weight...but then again, if I gain a few pounds and remain steadily there with all the meals I desire in a day...perhaps that would be my happy weight?
How did you find your happy weight? Do you plan when and what your meals will be or do you just eat when you are hungry? Help! I'm tired of over thinking this!