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Day 24 (12/18) of Back to High Carb Intuitive Eating

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Today was a very strange day food wise: I was still hungry after my usual breakfast, and instead of having one lunch, I snacked from 12-4, including half a Cinnaholic cinnamon roll I split with a friend! (If you followed my higher carb starch solution challenge, you might remember that Cinnaholic is my ultimate weakness)

I went out to dinner at BJ’s and was pleasantly surprised to find that they had a vegan item on the menu: their lentil soup in a sourdough bread bowl was delicious. The dinner was with my former boyfriend of 6 years and it was my first time seeing him since we broke up, so I had a few too many feelings at night and ate them in the form of some almond butter and chocolate chips. 😦

 Exercise: walked 6 miles

Breakfast:

  • Veggie hash with red potatoes, broccoli, mushrooms, onion, red peppers, and artichoke hearts
  • Banana cocoa shake
  • Coldbrew coffee with soymilk

Lunch (aka snacks from 12-4pm):

  • 2 slices of bread with pumpkin butter
  • Mango chunks
  • Bean taquito
  • 1/2 Cinnaholic cinnamon roll
  • Peppermint tea

Dinner:

  • Lentil soup in a sourdough bread bowl
  • Almond butter and chocolate chips

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Day 23 (12/17) of Back to High Carb Intuitive Eating

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Because I’ve been going out with friends non stop lately, it was nice to have a more peaceful day of going to dog training with my parents, shopping for veggies at Costco, and going for a run. And I added a lot more components to the salad I’ve been eating a lot of recently!

 Exercise: ran 2.25 miles and walked 4 miles

Breakfast:

  • Homemade bread with pumpkin butter
  • Coldbrew coffee with soymilk

Lunch:

  • Potato hash with broccoli and mushrooms
  • Leftover fried rice
  • Costco samples: coconut chips, bread, date

Dinner:

  • Enormous kale salad with red potatoes, white beans, red onion, avocado, tomatoes, and balsamic vinegar

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Day 22 (12/16) of Back to High Carb Intuitive Eating

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Today was a bit of a debacle: I was supposed to pick up my friend from the airport at 1:30, then we were going to chat over coldbrew and my homemade bread. But thanks to a storm and San Diego being unable to handle weather, the airport blocked all flights–I went to the airport on time only to discover her flight was landing in Ontario instead!

I had been planning on working and jogging in the afternoon, but instead it became a game of waiting for flight info and almost rushing out the door a few times. I headed back to the airport again at 5 when her flight was finally landing, but it took til 7 to get a gate and luggage. I’ve learned my lesson about heading to the airport prematurely! At least I got to be the one driving and not the one delayed… She was stuck on a plane with her (rather upset) dog for hours. What a nightmare!

After all that, we needed some junk food. And Sipz is one of our favorite haunts (and my favorite restaurant of all time), so naturally we went there and got vegan drumsticks and fried rice.  😀

  

Exercise: walked 3 miles

Breakfast:

  • Cranberry nicecream
  • Coldbrew coffee with soymilk

Lunch:

  • 2 small-medium red potatoes with hummus
  • 3 big slices homemade bread with pumpkin butter
  • Rose french vanilla tea

Dinner:

  • Vegan drumsticks and fried rice

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Day 21 (12/15) of Back to High Carb Intuitive Eating

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All my raw garlic and extra food (or just my immune system) paid off: I didn’t wake up sick! Ever since I’ve been vegan I’ve gotten sick less than half as much as I used to, it’s amazing. And on those rare occasions when I do feel something coming on like yesterday, it almost always goes away.

Because I managed to avoid sickness, my road trip to San Diego went through! I’ve always struggled to keep enough good, easy to eat carbs on hand during road trips–especially since I get way hungrier than you’d expect given I’m technically spending the day sitting for 8-10 hours. I usually end up eating multiple clif bars and feeling a bit sick from all the added sugar. But this time, I got smart and picked up 2 sourdough bread bowls from Panera to get me through the drive!

 

Bread is a girl’s best friend?
 
Exercise: walked 3 miles

Breakfast:

  • Sweet potato banana pudding
  • Coldbrew coffee with soymilk

Lunch:

  • Sourdough bread bowl

Dinner:

  • Sourdough bread bowl with an apple

Snack:

  • Mango
  • 2 slices of bread with cherry jam

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Day 20 (12/14) of Back to High Carb Intuitive Eating

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I woke up with a scratchy throat and felt fatigued all day–by the time 4pm rolled around and I almost felt too tired to pack for my road trip to San Diego tomorrow, I knew I had a cold or flu coming on.

In the hopes of fighting it off, I started eating raw garlic like a fiend (there’s science supporting this, I’ll make a video on it soon!): I had 1 clove like a shot, and incorporated 3 more into a raw marinara for fries with dinner. I also felt extra ravenous, as often happens when I feel something coming on, so I had more fat than normal in the form of pecans.

Exercise: walked 7 miles

Breakfast:

  • Leftover mashed sweet potato
  • Handful of pretzels in lab
  • Coldbrew coffee with soymilk

Lunch:

  • 6 small red potatoes
  • Baked banana oatmeal

Dinner:

  • 2 veggie patties
  • Red potato fries with tomato sauce
  • Apple, dates, pecans and chocolate chips

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Day 19 (12/13) of Back to High Carb Intuitive Eating

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Weigh in time: this morning I weighed 115 lbs, which means I’m 2 lbs down since starting this experiment! I had been gaining prior to this (hooray for whacked out hormones), so it took me about 2 weeks to change directions from gaining to starting to lose. That may be a long time course for some, but I’m really happy with these results given I haven’t been hungry or restricting my intake at all!

I imagine some of it is water weight from eating less sodium, but hopefully things keep moving in the right direction.

This morning I couldn’t finish my veggie hash because I was too full. Intuitive eating is really working: now both my hunger and fullness signals are back in action! I also had a potluck at night at my advisor’s house, and didn’t overeat there either… potlucks are usually pretty tough for me, so that was definitely a good sign.

My potluck contributions: mashed sweet potatoes with candied pecans, and hard apple cider

Exercise: walked 2.5 miles

Breakfast:

  • Veggie potato hash with 2 medium-large yukon gold potatoes, broccoli, mushrooms, onion, bell peppers, and tomato
  • Coldbrew coffee with soymilk

Lunch:

  • Baked banana oatmeal
  • Huge kale salad with 3 medium red potatoes

Dinner:

  • Potluck food: mashed sweet potato, rice with veggies, bread, samosa, buckeye, banana chips, hard cider

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Day 18 (12/12) of Back to High Carb Intuitive Eating

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I spent most of my day working in a cafe with a friend, and got lots of data analysis done! I felt bad for staying there for 4 hours straight, so I got both a latte and a carrot beet juice–luckily there were extra tables the whole time so we weren’t taking up anyone else’s potential spots.

When I had to move my car from 2 hour to 2 hour spot, I passed by Panera twice: I considered getting bread from there (I’m an addict!) or a vegan sandwich from the cafe, but I just stuck to juice and waited til I got home to have my salad.  

 Exercise: walked 5 miles

Breakfast:

  • Sweet potato hot chocolate with 3 small sweet potatoes

Lunch:

  • Leftover paella
  • Soy latte
  • Carrot beet juice

Dinner:

  • Huge kale salad with broccoli slaw, 3 small-medium red potatoes, balsamic vinegar
  • 2 small Japanese sweet potatoes
  • 7 prunes

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Day 17 (12/11) of Back to High Carb Intuitive Eating

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I was doing great eating pure carbs all day, and had no cravings at all… Then my friend had a girls night and everyone wanted to get takeout, so naturally I wasn’t going to be a party pooper. They were even so kind as to order some vegan dishes! (This seems to be a trend here in Davis or at least my psych department–everyone is just wonderful!)

It was a great night and totally worth eating a bit of oil of course, but it’s just reminding me how hard it is to try to be pure high carb while being social this time of year! 

 Exercise: walked 4 miles

Breakfast:

  • Coldbrew coffee with soymilk
  • Leftover paella

Lunch:

  • Leftover paella
  • 4 dates with cocoa powder

Dinner:

  • Indian food: chickpea curry, potato curry, bit of roti, veggie dumplings, rice

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Day 16 (12/10) of Back to High Carb Intuitive Eating

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I spent most of the day exercising with Maia, and cooking for a potluck at night. I was still so full from my late night gingerbread baking the night before that I didn’t feel like eating til 1pm, at which point I made a delicious potato hash with some leftover veggies from the paella I made. I still find myself craving lots of veggies–fingers crossed these cravings stick!

The potluck was lovely: I was bowled over by how thoughtful so many people were to veganize their dishes just for me (I’d never ask people to do that on my account!). My pumpkin gingerbread was a hit, and the vegetarian there appreciated the paella–it was a paella party, so there were already 2 different kinds of non-veggie ones for everyone else. I made way too much, so I have leftovers for days… the gingerbread disappeared though, which is definitely for the best because I’d have trouble resisting those leftovers!

 

Exercise: biked 30 mins, ran 2 miles, and walked 2 miles

Breakfast:

  • Potato hash with artichokes, bell pepper, mushroom, broccoli
  • Coldbrew coffee with soymilk

Lunch:

  • Homemade paella

Dinner:

  • Potluck: paella, patatas bravas, cabbage salad, black bean quinoa, pumpkin gingerbread

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