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Talking About Our Thursday Food Choices – Tired Night

I need to tell you that you kept me from eating junk food today.  Every time I considered it I thought “Nope.  I’ll have to document it!”  And you made me eat breakfast when I probably wouldn’t have, otherwise.

That said, today’s food choices were not stellar.  And my pictures are pretty awful too.

Breakfast was decent.  Some reheated oatmeal and apples cooked in the crockpot recently.  I put a little bit of soy creamer on top.  I actually preferred it reheated then when I ate it the first day.

2013-01-17_08-16-32_54  Not pretty, but pretty good for me.

Then I went to school and started running.  Almost literally.  It’s benchmark day, which means as a special educator that I have lots and lots of accommodations to give to students during testing.  I walked around while reading and probably walked 300 laps around my room.  It’s a small room but still….

Now I typically eat lunch at 1:30, but I was to be administering another benchmark at that point so I had some lunch around 11:15.  Sad thing, and weird thing, was that I was hungrier then than typical and I ate without taking a picture.  I had some leftover homemade pizza with veggies on top, a big handful of blueberries, and an orange.  And some water.

I gave another benchmark and decided I was really hungry again.  This is where you come in, because I really wanted a soda but I decided I didn’t want to own up to that one!  Instead I pulled these out of my desk drawer.  Very good.  So good I ate the entire bag (3 servings) without even thinking about it.

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I finished my workday and went to work with one of my special girls.  I had a stop to make and by the time I got home it was 6:30 and I was tired and HUNGRY.  Without thinking about it I grabbed a piece of brownie cake leftover from last night.

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The piece I had did not have sprinkles on it.  Thing was, I took a bite and then decided I didn’t want it and spit it out.  (In this particular instance I wasn’t thinking of having to document, I just didn’t want it.)

So I grabbed some leftover fried rice and heated it up.  Then I decided I wanted a peanut butter & jelly sandwich.

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Hum… are we noticing a distinct lack of major veggies today?  And I’m noticing a lack of energy.  So I think I need to eat more, but also make better choices.  It’s a work in progress.  What did you eat today?

The INAUGURAL Talking About Our Thursday Food Choices

So, on my The RA Vegan facebook page, we’ve been talking about making healthy food choices.  It’s a constant theme in my life, to be honest.  I mean, things are certainly healthier since I became a vegan, but you can still be a junk food vegan.  (The day I found out oreos were vegan was NOT a good day!) In the discussion it was brought up that I’m not the only one having these issues which got me to thinking……  So very much like ‘What I Ate Wednesdays’ (WIAW) we’ve decided to have  ‘Talking About Our Thursday Food Choices’ (TAOTFC – LOL).  So, every Thursday I’ll write a post about what I ate that day.  (Or, in the event of being super busy, on Friday.) On the facebook page we’ll discuss our choices through pictures or posts or whatever we decide to use to share.  That way there is 1) Some accountability and 2) we can get some ideas about what others are eating!  You can share on your blog or through facebook; or you can just read.  Whatever you’re comfortable with! I have to admit that knowing that I would be doing this tonight *did* make me think more about my choices.  When I did WIAW I would often decide ‘well, I just won’t count today’ and would eat something crazy.  Today I had no choice!  That said, this is NOT about shame.  If you eat 5 soy ice cream sandwiches then oh well.  Not judging here. For breakfast I had leftover pizza.  This is homemade pizza on wheat crust with sauce, broccoli, onions, mushrooms, and vegan mozzarella from Trader Joe’s.  I often don’t eat much for breakfast but I ate 2 pieces of this.  Interestingly, after one piece I thought ‘I don’t need another’ but I still ate it.  I got about 3/4 of the way through the piece and decided I was done.  Next time I’m hoping I can listen to that inner voice earlier!

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Then I packed my lunch for school.  As you can see, it didn’t take much!  This is leftover Easy Red Beans and Rice and 2 clementines.  I have started taking time to sit in the teacher’s lounge with others and eat the last few days.  Typically I eat at my desk, working, but really that’s not the best thing for my emotional health.  When I went to get up after just a few minutes today (I had eaten very quickly) one of the women I eat with told me to ‘sit down.”  She was right.  I need to take some time to talk with adults during the day; to think about my needs. packed lunch Not long after, though, I realized that this wasn’t enough food and went into the stash of food I keep in my desk.

2013-01-10_13-49-49_412  There was only about 2 of these left but they were definitely good!  Then I taught the rest of my day.  On my way to work with one of my special girls I enjoyed 3 of these macaroons.

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YUM.  I got these for Christmas and I’ve enjoyed every pack.  Truth is, that every pack seems to be getting better!  After working with my girl and a quick trip to the thrift store (as my 13 year old said, at 7 am, that he needed more track pants.  Seeing as how I couldn’t handle this request at 7 am, I handled it at night!) I came home to an amazing dinner that Mark made.

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Salad, Vegan Lasagna, and a gf/vegan brownie topped with strawberries!  (There might also have been a piece of vegan garlic bread in there that I didn’t get to photograph!)

So, all in all not the worst day or the best day.  I need to eat more fruits and veggies and less processed foods.  I have already put the leftover salad in a container to take for lunch tomorrow, and have a container of pomegranate seeds to take in my lunch as well.  I feel like the snacks I had in my desk weren’t bad, but I think maybe I should pack more in my lunch so that I have better options like some extra fruit.  And today had more vegan cheese then I think I’ve had in the last 6 months; It just worked out that way.  That won’t be normal.

So how was your day today. both food-wise and non food-wise?  I hope it was a positive day and that, whatever food choices you made, you don’t beat yourself up about any of them.  Each moment is a chance for a new beginning!  (Now I need to stay out of the brownies as I put them away!)