What I Ate: Getting Back On Track

It’s been a while since my last “What I Ate” post, so I thought I’d share a peek at what I’ve been eating lately.

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I think it’s important to note that I don’t always eat “perfectly,” and I’ve been finding it especially difficult to stay on track over the past couple of months. I’ve found all sorts of excuses to indulge in extra sweets while staying up late to finish my final term papers for my clinical nutrition program, while also wrapping up the the bonus recipes (a few of them are pictured above!) that will be going out as a thank-you-gift to everyone who preorders my cookbook. To top it all off, our son is teething– so sleep just hasn’t been that great around here. When I’m tired, I crave junk!

But, that’s still no excuse to stop taking care of myself, and it’s time to be held accountable again. After all, I have plenty of delicious and healthy options to enjoy, many of them posted right here on this blog!

I do still make an effort to avoid any sort of “diet” mentality (because I feel like that always leads to binge eating), but I’ve been making a point to consistently eat better lately, and it’s AMAZING how much better I already feel. This is exactly the reminder I needed– it feels so good to eat well! And even if it can be challenging to get started at first, it just gets easier and easier as you go. Like most things, practice makes perfect!

More importantly, practice creates habits… to the point that heathy eating becomes automatic, and not something you have to struggle with on a daily basis. So, in case you ever find yourself in a similar situation and feel like you need a little “jump start” to get back on track, I hope you’ll remember that everyone can struggle from time to time– but it’s SO worth the effort to take care of yourself.

And it can be totally delicious, too. Just take a look below!

banana slices with homemade almond butter, bowl of salad, peppermint fudge bar, eggs, and bar of dark chocolate

Here’s what my day looked like today:

Breakfast: Two large bananas, sliced, with two tablespoons of homemade almond butter, topped with bee pollen. (This is my go-to breakfast when I don’t want to run my blender and risk waking up my son from his morning nap!)

Lunch: 5 oz. of mixed greens topped with red bell peppers, cucumbers, and a hefty chunk of raw goat feta, all dressed with several tablespoons of Date Vinaigrette (recipe in my Winter Detox eBook)

Snack: Peppermint Fudge Bar (recipe from Everyday Detox)

Snack: Two pasture-raised eggs, fried in grass-fed butter. I tend to snack more in the late afternoon now, because I don’t eat dinner with my husband until after I put my son down to bed– so the snacks hold me over until I can sit down and enjoy a real meal!

Snack: A few taste-tests of experimental brownie batter (plus a sample of the final product!)

Dinner: Austin actually requested salads for dinner, so that was easy. Mine was an entire head of romaine lettuce, topped with 1/2 an avocado, organic chicken, bell peppers, and more Date Vinaigrette. I’m pretty generous with the dressing, because I want my salad to taste amazing each and every time– that way it doesn’t feel like a chore to eat them. In fact, my homemade salad dressings make me crave salads pretty often. (Check out my salad & dressing recipe section for more ideas!)

Dessert: A row of mint dark chocolate, plus a mug of hot decaf green tea.

If you enjoy seeing posts like this, let me know in the comments below and I’ll try to make it a regular thing again. You can also follow me on Instagram, where it’s easier for me to share my daily meals– I’ve been posting there more often lately, so that’s where you can find me when I’m not here!

Reader Feedback: What have YOU been eating lately? 

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Gia

Please, please, please start up the “What I ate Wednesday” posts again! Absolutely love them and turn to them often for daily meal plans…❤️

Adrian

Everything sounds amazing! All the recipes I’ve tried from your blog have been delicious, and I’ve even shared a few on my own blog! Keep up the great work, and good luck with school!

Heather @ Girl and Her Kitchen

I LOVE these posts! I hear you about falling off the wagon with food and then climbing back on again. We are not perfect but so love your recipes to stay on track! Thank you!

Caryn

Sometimes I just don’t know what to eat or how much to eat so I LOVE to read your “What I ate Wednesday” posts. Thank you so much!

susanna faygenbaum

what bee pollen do you recommend

Jolene

I love this post!! Thanks for putting yourself out “there” for us!!

S

I love, love, love your “What I Ate Wednesday” posts!! Keep ’em coming please!!! I’m for sure pre-ordering your cookbook so I can get my hands on the bonus pack. Quick question, I struggle so much with getting back on track…how do you fight thru the cravings and not keep indulging over and over again?

Kristin

I really miss your What I Ate Wednesday post!!!! I am so glad you just did this one, I would love to see these more!!! This one was great!!

Tasha L.

I love your “what I ate” posts!

Natalie

Love seeing the “what I ate” posts. Gives me some ideas 🙂 The bars look yummy!

Joelle

I personally really enjoy the What I Ate posts. By the way, can’t wait for you to post the recipe for the Andes Chocolate Mint Bars!! 🙂 Thanks for all you do!

melissa

I LOVE your What I Ate Posts!

Allison

I love seeing what other people eat! Is that weird? Please keep doing these-it inspires me to eat more veggies!! Also, I’d love to see what kind of stuff you eat when you get “off-track”. It is probably still pretty healthy!

Kate

Love your what I eat Wednesday posts – awesome! I also got the winter detox e-book and loved it. I made the curry cabbage and actually blended it into pudding like texture with the Quinoa – delicious! I love trying out what you come up with! thanks!

Constance

Great post!. I enjoy your web page so much. We did your Winter Detox and still use many of those recipes as well as others from your page. I pre-ordered your cookbook the dayyou announced it was available and I can’t wait for it to get here in June.

Thanks for all you do

sam

Love this post so much and have been missing a lot>/|
I have little 15 months old girl also breasfeeding her but reintroduce my coffee in the morning 2 months a go

I couldnmt resist:-) I have always organic fresh roast coffee so good

I know that you like coffee too do you drink or no?

Lara

I love to see what people eat! 🙂 Especially simple foods. I always wonder “oh how can she eat so little?..”

Hey Megan- what is your average daily calorie intake? Do you feel satisfied with the amount of food you eat? I’d love to hear your opinion on what our bodies require to stay energized and full.

    Megan Gilmore

    I don’t make a point of counting calories on a daily basis, but I usually fall somewhere between 1800 and 2500 calories each day. My body tends to do well with a higher fat diet, with plenty of oil-based dressing on my salads, buttery eggs, avocados, nuts, and coconut oil-based treats. I also don’t think photos do the size of my meals justice. The bowls I eat my salads from supposedly serve “8-10 people” so my salads tend to be 600+ calories a piece. But, that might not work for everyone, so these posts are just a look at what’s working for me at the moment.

Mary

Please do! I miss your what I ate Wednesday but LOVE your instagram post on what you eat, so inspiring!

Rachel

For some reason your what I ate posts are my favourite ahaha – no pressure but when you have the time I really enjoy them

Maria

Yes – I LOVE it when you post on what you ate!!! Especially love your honesty about needing to get back on track — it’s so relatable and inspires me!

Linda

I love posts like this. I purchased the ebook and have started eating healthier since then. I completed 21 days, and have continued to use it as a base plan. The date vinaigrette is amazing!! It makes me crave salad and I really miss a salad if I go a day without one! Thank you for all your posts!

    Megan Gilmore

    I’m so glad you enjoyed the e-book! That date vinaigrette is my favorite!

Emily

It’s always great to see what bloggers eat on a daily basis! I know I strive for balance and moderation, but some days are definitely better than others. Some days are definitely the assembly days where I’m grabbing whatever leftovers and bits and pieces I can find from the fridge. Thanks for an informative post!

Alyssa

Love these posts!! Can’t wait for your cookbook!

Liz

I LUV posts like this. Thanks for your honesty too…I’ve been feeling the same way and it’s nice to know that even as practitioners we should not expect ourselves to be perfect! You have so much on your plate…wow! What clinical nutrition program are you going through? I am so curious and interested to take the next step with health coaching and would appreciate your feedback.

Best!!

    Megan Gilmore

    The program is through NHI College– it’s an accredited school here in Southern California.

Abbi*tarian

Hi, Megan! I love all of your posts! I enjoy the variety your blog gives: your recipes, your personal thoughts on food,nutrition&diet, your knowledge&research on nutrition, your openness about food experiments that go wrong like all of ours do & your WIAWs. I don’t have one favorite type of post, & I enjoy that you post on each thing when it works for you. Your blog is filled with natural vitality. So, I say just keep on being you!

Marcia

Will you please share what the upper left tile is in your photo banner? It looks like maybe mushroom fettucini? It looks fantastic whatever it is! Is there a recipe for that? Thanks!!

    Megan Gilmore

    It’s a Vegan & Paleo Mushroom Stroganoff! The recipe will be included in the “bonus pack” going out as a thank-you gift to those who preorder my cookbook.

Maraia

I’m so happy to see a What I Ate Wednesday post again. It’s my favorite feature on your blog!

I’m really interested in what you’re doing for your clinical nutrition program. Have you already talked about it on your blog, and if not, would you be willing to tell me more about it? Thank you so much!

    Megan Gilmore

    I haven’t talked about it much, mostly because I had no idea how long it would take me to get through it with my schedule! The program is through NHI College– it’s an accredited school here in Southern California.

Aline Breton

Hi Megan,

I am obsessed with your blog. The recipes are so delicious and easy to make. And I feel like a million bucks when I eat what I made from your website. Thank you.

I also love when you post what you ate during the day because its almost everytime simple, whole and healthy foods!

Gotta order the book soon 🙂

Katie G

Hello,

Thank you for posting What I Ate Wednesday again, I love getting every-day ideas from what you eat. Bananas and Almod butter sound amazing, headed to the store to pick up some bananas for that this afternoon 🙂 cant wait to get your cookbook,already preordered!

Andrea

Megan. I discovered your blog a few weeks ago. It has gotten me through that slump of “I’m so sick of our winter recipes but spring hasn’t arrived and I need inspiration for some new things to jazz up dinner!”. I have an egg allergy and a wheat intolerance so most of your recipes work for me. In the past week I’ve made the sweet potato noodles with red pepper cream sauce/asparagus and mushroom and the corn chowder….both we will be making again. So, thank you. I also am in a slump, as you said in this post, where I am craving sugar and finding myself eating treats more than real meals and know I need to get back on trackeating regular meals. I don’t feel AS bad knowing that since I am making the treats myself using whole food ingredients, they aren’t as bad as they COULD be….but, still, I am overdoing it for sure! Sometimes I get so busy that I don’t sit down to eat a proper lunch and then those sugar cravings rear their ugly heads with a vengeance. I am making an effort this next week to sit down at lunch with a real meal and monitor how I feel….I notice I have been a little more snappy lately and it probably has to do with me not taking care of myself the best I could. Anyway, thank you for your awesome recipes! I will keep coming back for more.

jill

I love these posts!

Lisa

Hi Megan! Thanks for the post, I enjoy the WIAW. It’s nice to know someone I look up too struggles with eating “perfect” also. I find lack of sleep to be the instigator in falling of track more so than anything else. Quick question – this is the first time I’ve seen/heard of bee pollen. Can you please expand a little on the addition of it to your diet and why? Where do you get it? Thanks again for all your help and guidance. Enjoy your day!

    Megan Gilmore

    Bee pollen is thought to be amazing for the skin and boosting immunity! There are other benefits listed here: http://foodmatters.tv/articles-1/10-amazing-health-benefits-of-bee-pollen

    Joanna

    Fyi- if you buy bee pollen, start with a single granule and see how you do. I regularly eat honey but found out i am very allergic to bee pollen. I didnt realize until after 3 days of full body hives that it was the tbsp i was sprinkling on my morning yogurt!

VanillaMacaroon

Hi Megan! I love to read about your personal challenges and the way you overcome them, thank you so much for sharing! I also love to see what you eat on a daily basis, it’s inspiring and encouraging 🙂 I can’t believe you’re working on a thank-you gift for us on top of it all, you’re so sweet! I’m really looking forward to cooking with your cookbook 🙂 Take care!

Lindsay

LOVE the What I Ate Wednesday posts!!

Laura ~ Raise Your Garden

Oh my, I confess I think it’s funny that you don’t eat a perfect diet all the time and crave junk like the rest of us! Overall, I’m been doing ok lately and last night (2 kids who have been sick and up all night for what seems to be weeks now!!) I ate half a gallon of Cookies N Cream ice cream and a bag of chips! I never do that. Never. Even my husband was like, “Are you ok”

Kaja

Megan! I LOVE these posts. It is my absolute favourite and it feels like christmas every time you post “What I ate”. Please please continue and make them regular again!! You are the best!

    Natallia

    I can relate to the Christmas Morning feeling!! Love these posts and hope, Megan, you ll post these every Wednesday! Sometimes that’s the first thing I check on Wednesday mornings! Thanks again for sharing!

      Megan Gilmore

      Aw, thanks! I’ll try to do these posts more regularly. 🙂

Michaela

I have been missing your what I ate post a lot

Do you still breastfeeding? How often ? I have found that during breastfeeding I need much more snack and eat more in general

    Megan Gilmore

    Yes, I’m still breastfeeding but my son has cut back quite a bit– we only nurse before nap and bedtime now, and it’s mostly for comfort at this point. When he was nursing exclusively my appetite was much larger and I ate a ton!

Susan Yates

Bonus recipes? That’s great!

I was wondering if the two speed vitamix will work for most/all of the recipes in your cookbook? Or do you recommend the vitamin standard with variable speeds?

    Megan Gilmore

    I use the two-speed Vitamix myself, so it definitely works for all of my recipes in the cookbook– that’s what I used to develop them! 🙂

Vidya

Hi! I really love your blog. This post is really inspiring me to get back on track! Thanks.

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