What I Ate & Building Healthy Habits

roasted vegetables on a pan

I read somewhere that “healthy people” tend to eat the same things over and over again. Not the exact same thing every single day, but that they eat the same basic staples over and over again. Smoothies. Salads. Protein and veggies. (You get the idea.)

It makes sense, because eating similar things over and over again is habit-building. You don’t have to think about making healthier choices if you practice them often enough, because they simply become second-nature. That’s when healthy eating truly becomes easy.

I share this in the hopes that it will help any of you who might be struggling to develop healthier habits at the moment. I also hope it will take some of the pressure off, knowing that you don’t have to whip up creative meals or eat a huge variety of foods every single day. Instead, focus on a few of your favorite healthy meal ideas and explore new ones only when you feel moved to. This is my go-to strategy, particularly during weeks like this one when I’m feeling crunched for time or uninspired in the kitchen.

Here’s a peek at what I’ve been eating this week:

smoothies in glasses, salad, and rainbow lo mein

Morning: I almost always start our Mondays with my Chocolate Superfood Shake (from my first preorder bonus), because Mondays call for chocolate. Sometimes Tuesdays do, too.

Early Afternoon: If I wasn’t breastfeeding, that shake would probably keep me full until lunch, but these days I need to eat an “early” lunch around 11am, and then a “late” lunch later in the afternoon to accommodate my appetite. I wasn’t inspired to eat anything in particular (which is a true sign of hunger, FYI– real hunger isn’t specific! Cravings are a different story) so I made something I knew I could eat fast and one-handed while holding a baby– eggs and toast. I scrambled two eggs with some leftover “creamed” spinach that I had made over the weekend, and then served it on top of two slices of sprouted Ezekiel toast.

Late Afternoon: For my second lunch, I had a Roasted Vegetable Quinoa Bowl— which at the moment is my favorite lunch ever. It’s like a salad, but heartier and more comforting. I made everything ahead on Monday so it would be easy to throw together for quick lunches! (Making quinoa in my Instant Pot each week is such a time saver!)

Dinner: The Rainbow Lo Mein is one of my new go-to meals from my new cookbook. My husband and son would eat it every day if they could! You can try it for yourself early if you have the new preorder bonus— I included this recipe as one of the “sneak peeks” from the new book. One a side note, there are less than TWO WEEKS left for you to claim that extra bonus— so don’t miss out on those free workouts, recipes, discounts, and meal plans!

Treat: I made the Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookie (it’s vegan & paleo) from No Excuses Detox on Monday, and we’ve already made such a huge dent in it this week! Clearly, it’s hard to resist.

Reader Feedback: What are YOU eating this week? 

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Krystal // The Krystal Diaries

I normally eat a lot of the same things over and over. I have a lot of smoothies, oatmeal, salad and eggs. It really is habit forming and makes it easier to eat healthy most of the time.

Kelly

That chocolate superfoods shake is a favorite in our home and we have made it several days in a row family that just had a baby. It’s amazing. I have the recipe memorized we eat it so often. We have been adding spiralina and peanut butter too. ? Also, the deep dish cookie is mouth watering good…as in my mouth started watering seeing the picture of it.

Bronwyn

We tend to eat the same things over and over. Eggs feature nearly every day, as does meat at breakfast. We drink smoothies too, normally berry flavoured with coconut milk. I do fed my daughter gluten free pasta occasionally and once a week or so we have a gluten free pizza. I want her to know about all variety of foods. I am still breastfeeding her at 23 months and I find sometimes I need to eat pure fat or something with a little extra carb, my body tends to know what it needs and I follow along!

Milissa

It all looks so good…minus the eggs! We gave them up a little over a year ago and now I can’t even tolerate the smell:( We tend to eat the same staples, too. Lately, were on an Asian kick and I threw together a sort of Asian rice pilaf a couple days ago. I processed kale, sweet potato, bell peppers, zucchini and onions into small pieces, sauteed them with garlic, ginger and tamari then tossed in some cooked brown rice and sunflower seeds. Delicious and filling.

Lara

So true! I do eat the same things over and over again.. Roasted assorted veggies and either rice, quinoa or
millet bowls. Switch the seasonings, toppings and dressings (Asian, Mexican, Greek, Italian, etc…), and you get something different every time! I’m eating inspired by Megan lentil salad with apples, celery, raisins, red onion, and walnuts as I type. So good!!

Rachel

Megan I love your approach to eating well! I 100% agree with you about eating the same sorts of things over and over. We hear way too often to eat a wide variety or get creative in the kitchen, when really we just want that same smoothie, same soup, same salad, same fruit and nut butter that we crave and love. Thanks for always being so honest with your posts and keeping it real.

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