What I Ate: Stress Eating

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It’s been one of those weeks where I feel like I’m radiating stress. I’m getting ready to shoot some cooking videos at the end of this week (yay!), working on my next book pitch (yay!), and still working full-time and taking care of my son. It’s madness. Luckily, Austin has been able to help me out quite a bit this week, but it’s still stress-city over here. I just keep reminding myself that this is all temporary and all for good reason.

As much as I’d like to think I can “do it all,” something inevitably falls through the cracks… and usually it’s taking care of myself. I haven’t made time for my daily walks and I’ve been eating WAY too many sweets to give myself a temporary “boost” of energy. (Even though I know better, I don’t always do better.)

chocolate shake in a glass with a straw

So, today I thought I’d share a peek at what it looks like when I’m not prepared with healthy snacks and find myself craving sweets. I don’t ever want these posts to make it seem like I eat “perfectly” all the time, because I don’t. I do tend to crave healthier “junk food” than I used to, but even that took a LOT of time for me to get to where I am today. Even when I do eat real junk food (hey, it still happens) I never beat myself up about it. I used to do that and it didn’t help anything!

One day, or even one week, of unhealthy choices won’t make-or-break your overall healthy lifestyle, and I think it’s important to keep that in mind when you’re tempted to feel bad about your choices.

almond butter freezer fudge, green smoothie, banana, strawberries, chocolate shake, and a bowl of salad

 

Early Morning: I started my day with a chunk of almond butter fudge from the freezer, along with 2 cups of (unpictured) decaf coffee with a splash heavy whipping cream.

Late Morning: Not surprisingly, I soon found myself craving more sweets! This time I satisfied my sweet tooth with a chocolate smoothie, loaded with chia seeds, hemp hearts, raw cacao, spinach, dates, vanilla, and water.

Early Afternoon: I had another chunk of almond butter fudge, because it was the easiest thing to grab from my fridge. This is when a healthier snack would have come in handy, like having some baby carrots to dip in my hemp seed ranch dressing (in my cookbook)… but like I said, I just haven’t been prepared this week.

Lunch: When my son wakes up from his nap, we eat lunch together. We shared two bowls of leftover Carrot Ginger Soup (from my cookbook), three fried eggs, and a banana. Normally, we’d share a big leafy green salad for lunch too, but I wasn’t prepared for that, so it was a very un-green lunch.

Pre-Dinner Snack: I remembered that I picked up some fresh strawberries from the farmer’s market, so I snacked on a couple handfuls of those before getting ready for my dinner plans.

Dinner: I had a meeting with my producer last night, so we met at SunCafe for some delicious raw and vegan food. I was starving by the time I got there, so we ended up sharing a number of things from the menu, including raw nachos served on sliced jicama “chips,” a marinated beet and quinoa salad, and millet & zucchini “crab” cakes served over asparagus with a delicious raw vegan tartar sauce. I need to recreate that tartar sauce!! I wanted to dip every veggie I had in it. And for dessert, we split a chocolate superfood shake made with dates, cashews, and raw cacao– the restaurant split it into two smaller glasses for us.

My dinner out ended up making this day a LOT better than it could have been. I’ve noticed that on days when I start my mornings with coffee (even if it’s decaf) I just don’t feel as good when I start my day with some lemon water followed by a green smoothie. I think it’s helpful to have days where you don’t feel as great, so you’re reminded of habits that DO make you feel good!

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Milissa

Everything you said here is so relatable for me. Even staying home full time with my children makes for some very hectic days with no time to really make the best food choices. I try, have good intentions, but still get tripped up sometimes. And I agree that it’s not worth the guilt trips. We went on vacation last month and most of the trip was spent eating heavy, greasy, fried (albeit, fresh) seafood paired with with fries, cole slaw, etc. I had not a moment of guilt or regret but took a full ten days to recover my energy and well-being when we returned. That stretch of feeling rundown, irritable and battling insomnia and wicked hot flashes spurned me to regroup and embark on the 21-day kickstart. I’m on day three and am really enjoying all the meals and my family is, too. The skillet fish tacos with citrus slaw from your cookbook were a major hit. I’ll be making a double recipe next time! Tonight, we will have crustless quiche with roasted asparagus and a green salad. As for what makes me feel good day to day, I find exercise always helps, mini deep breathing sessions and I feel great starting the day with a smoothie and having either another smoothie or a salad for lunch!

Rebecca

I can totally relate to this! It’s really hard to eat clean all the time.

Your cookbook has been awesome in helping me stay the course since all of your recipes are quick, easy, and adaptable. I made your Chinese cabbage salad this weekend and it was AWESOME! So excited to hear that you’re already pitching a second book. 🙂

mia

I have been dying to go to Suncafe for years so am definitely getting myself over there soon after hearing of your experience there.

On another note, I have been making your toddler smoothies for my twin boys ever since you posted the recipes. They love them, and I just wanted to ask you if you ever use the coconut meat frozen or if I should always defrost it first. Thank you so much. Post more soon, we need new variations!

joanna

i am a nut butter fudge addict so i totally understand going back for more! it is so easy to make and is so delicous. i’m pretty sure i have made entire meals out of it haha i usually use tahini or sunbutter.

Sarah

I totally understand your stress eating. When I’m feeling stressed, I also tend to eat a lot of sweets. Although… your sweets are definitely much healthier than mine! When I’m craving chocolate, it does not include chia seeds or spinach like your chocolate smoothie. I wish I can be more disciplined like you during my stress eating.

Rachel D

After reading your cookbook (and trying lots of the recipes), I’ve made a huge point of having more vegetables. I am 6 weeks postpartum, so I don’t have tons of time to cook things ahead of time. I keep bags of veggies in the freezer though for those days when my son is fussy or clingy and I don’t have time to do marathon dump a bunch of veggies in a pan to sauté.

    Jennifer

    Thats a great idea! i have a 1 year old teething clinger so that will come in handy!

Michelle

I have to admit I’m jealous of you out there in LA with healthy dining out options!! We only have a juice and smoothie store within driving distance. Everywhere else is super heavy and unhealthy!! Sometimes you get sick of salads dining out too. Anyway thanks for sharing, it is helpful seeing how you can even stress eat in a healthy way!

Chanel

This was such a joy to read! It’s comforting to know that you are not the only one that has days like this where you wake up and soon after feel like you are playing ‘catch up’ with your good eating habits. Thank you for being honest and perhaps even vulnerable in writing this, it was really comforting to me and pleasant to read.
-Always a fan

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