What I Ate Wednesday

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I’m traveling for work this week, but luckily, I happen to be in the same city as my family– so I can take advantage of their kitchen while I’m here!

Below, you’ll see what one of my “travel days” looks like.

Morning

bag of red grapes and a container of vanilla yogurt

I’ve been taking my breakfast to work with me, because I’m never hungry right when I wake up. My appetite isn’t used to the time change!

When I do finally feel hungry, I’ve been snacking on a big bunch of organic grapes throughout the morning, followed by a cup of vanilla goat’s milk yogurt. (This brand uses pure maple syrup as a sweetener, instead of refined sugar.)

Lunch

a bowl of salad and scrambled eggs with toast on a plate

I’ve been aiming for filling lunches when I get a break, since I never know exactly how late I’ll end up staying at the office. I started off my meal with a large mixed green salad, topped with shredded carrots, avocado and a homemade balsamic vinaigrette.

Followed by two pasture-raised eggs, fried in grass-fed butter, served with two slices of whole wheat toast topped with more grass-fed butter. This combination seems to keep me full for hours!

Snack

banana slices on a plate with almond butter

I needed a snack as soon as I got off work, so I ended up munching on a large sliced banana with a spoonful of organic sunflower seed butter.

Dinner

bowls with soup and salad

I met up with some friends at Panera, so I ordered a soup & salad combo featuring a Greek salad (dressing on the side) with a hearty bowl of black bean soup. Both were delicious, and we sat there chatting for so long that I ended up snacking on some of the bread that came with the meal, too.

It was too late for dessert by the time I got home, so I sipped on some herbal tea while reading in bed. (I’m currently hooked on Gone Girl.)

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Kim @ Hungry Healthy Girl

Yum…looks like a delicious day of eats! I love Gone Girl and I’ve read the two other Gillian Flynn novels, which were also really good. Right now I’m reading Left Neglected and it’s just okay.

Vic

Hi Megan, i follow your blog and I can see your meals are always very low in carb. How did you get to this choice?

    Megan

    After many years of trial and error, I’ve found that I feel best with a very vegetable-centric diet, which tends to be higher in fat and lower in grains (though I obviously don’t cut them out completely, considering I had 3 servings on bread on this particular day). I wouldn’t consider my daily regimen to be “low carb,” though it is lower in carbs than what the old food pyramid recommends. (If I ate 6-11 servings of grains, I’d have no room in my stomach left for anything else.) Don’t forget, fruit also has a lot of carbs, and I eat plenty of that!

    I always recommend listening to your own body and finding foods that make you feel best. What works for me may not work for you, so we must be our own advocates!

Kylee

I’ve noticed you using goat milk products a few times. Can I ask if you like the taste? I’ve tried some yogurt as well as some goat cheese and I just can’t get past the taste. Thanks so much for your recipes! I think I’m making something from your site at least once a week 🙂

    Megan

    I do LOVE the taste of goat cheese! I’ve always preferred more tart, tangy flavors, though. It did take me a while to get used to the flavor of goat yogurt, but cow’s dairy doesn’t sit well with my system, so I’ve adjusted to that taste over time.

LibrarianWithUC

Grapes & yogurt are the best!! The bananas & sunflower seed butter looks good too…wonder if that would work with almond butter too?

    Megan

    Yes, almond butter is actually my favorite! I only used sunflower butter because that’s what was in the fridge…

Elizabeth

Your day looks delicious! I also love mystery and suspense novels and am excited to have just downloadedGone Girl on my iPad for a summer read. Thanks for the suggestion!

melanie

Hi Megan,

I also have the same question as Vic: you seem to eat very few carbs and i was just wondering if you get to the 2000 calories that are recommended for women….I would be really interested to hear from you about that. I find it pretty hard to cut out breads, pastas etc…but maybe you just get used to it….

    Megan

    After many years of trial and error, I’ve found that I feel best with a very vegetable-centric diet, which tends to be higher in fat and lower in grains (though I obviously don’t cut them out completely, considering I had 3 servings on bread on this particular day). I wouldn’t consider my daily regimen to be “low carb,” though it is lower in carbs than what the old food pyramid recommends. (If I ate 6-11 servings of grains, I’d have no room in my stomach left for anything else.) Don’t forget, fruit also has a lot of carbs, and I eat plenty of that! I have no problem reaching the recommended daily calories with this approach, though I personally don’t recommend counting calories, since it can often overshadow the more important aspect of our daily intake– which is nutrient content! 2000 calories of bread does not have the same nutrition as 2000 calories of fruit and vegetables.

    I always recommend listening to your own body and finding foods that make you feel your best. What works for me may not work for you, so we must be our own advocates!

Sam

I absolutely love What I ate so inspiring for me. I have question about meat. I am pregnant too and try very hard to eat meat I can not taste it right know, but eating fish and at leat once a two weeks have organic lamb. I do drink bone broth couple of time a week.So do you eat any meat (I know you do fish) like lamb or bone broth? I have not seen any dark chocolate in you What I ate:-)

TiffanyK

I’m looking at a couple of the comments on ‘carb’ and calories. All of her meals have carbs that I see – they look very balanced to me in fact. Remember, fruits and vegetables contain carbohydrates and plenty of them. You don’t need to eat grains or “bread & pasta” to get carbs.

Also her caloric intake looks very healthy too. She is around 1,700 to 2,000 calories easy, especially with her mention of munching on bread at Panerra. Every body is different and not every woman requires 2,000 calories. It’s most important to eat good foods and to listen to your body once you’re done eating. Are you still hungry? Have a snack! Are you full? Stop eating. A simple plan and I have feeling Megan doesn’t count calories but rather just listens to her body and eats as she needs to.

TiffanyK

Megan- I started commenting and you must have responded to everything already during that time. Sorry to be repetitive!!

    Megan

    Thanks, Tiffany! You’re spot on. 🙂

Aurora@Fitness is Sweet

I am sooo obsessed with sunflower seed butter.

Eater eater :)

Gone Girl is a GREAT read. Loved it. If you like Gone Girl, you may also really like “Before I Go To Sleep”. Good read.
I also enjoyed “On the Island” , an atypical read for me but perfect for a light, quick summery read.

I may embark on a 2-day juice fast…I know that’s not a long time, but I can’t afford a 3 day and am too scared to even do just 2 days..but.
I worry about how its all sugar and I also worry because I am a) underweight, b) low in sodium.
However I have extreme binge eating, headaches, constipation, aches and pains, everything and am an emotional mess. I hope a juice fast (even if only for 2 days) might reignite my hunger or normalcy or “clean’ out my body? I can’t afford a colonic but since I’m constipated literally I’m not getting things out and its making me congested if you know what I mean.
Do you think it could be okay for a person low in sodium and low in weight to do so? I’ve read that lower weight shouldn’t be too too big a concern. It IS all sugar too ultimately which worries me a little since I’m low in sodium I may be only flushing out my body more leading to more problems (could be blood pressure or electrolyte issues I wonder?). But it is only 2 days. The program i’m looking into also offers a pre and post meal plan ideas, so thats’ good since I don’t want to be too shocked.

Lately I’ve been worried about candida and stuff. I really do tend to eat a tremendous amount of fruit, especially at night. I also have a habit of 40 grams of chocolate at least 3-4 nights per week (while most people eat only 10 grams). It is DARK, so very little sugar, but again I know that overloads. Sometimes it makes me more constipated while other times it actually makes me go.

I love how your eats look. Keep eating up. You’re eating for two and need to fuel up some bones and muscles and fat for that little hibernating creature 🙂

    Megan

    Personally, I would never advise someone suffering from disordered eating behavior, such as binge eating, to embark on a juice fast. I suffered from that myself for a time, and fasting was never the answer. Learning how to feed yourself on a regular basis is much more important, since fasting only acts as a form of procrastination to tackle the bigger issue at hand. I believe we have discussed reaching out to a therapist in previous emails, so I hope you are able to do so!

Eater eater :)

Also wondering if you can recommend sites or online schedules/trainers that show beginner fitness plans (Beginner beginner). I look at some bouncing around now and while lovely they are too advanced for me (yes, I’m THAT beginner).

Oh, and your top 35 favorite/inspiring food blogs or sites that inspire or “eat like you” ?

    Megan

    I don’t read that many blogs, but you can see the ones I recommend in the left side bar of my website.

Kathleen Ann Quinlan

WHAT DOES DETOXINISTA MEAN? ALSO I AM 55 AND AND MIDDLE BODY FAT, LOVE HANDLES, BELLY ARE PROBLEM AREA’S. I AM SO CONFUSED. I THOUGHT LEAN LEAN HAMBURG WAS GOOD WITHOUT BREAD OR BUN. MY STOMACH IS VERY ACIDIC IT SEEMS, SO SALADS I CAN ONLY EAT SO MUCH OF. I EAT TURKEY BREAST WRAPS.NOT INTO FISH. I LIKE TUNE BUT THAT IS NOT THE BEST SO I HEARD, FURTHERMORE ONLY TASTES GOOD WITH MAYO. I EVEN TRIED MUSTARD INSTEAD AND SALSA.WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT MEAT? PROTEIN? I LOVE CHEESE BUT NOT TOO MUCH AS IT IS NOT GOOD FOR ARTERIES… HELP! LOVE YOUR SITE!

Brenda@SugarFreeMom

The goat cheese yogurt has been interested! Does it contain alot of sugar and what kind? I do love goat cheese on my salads! Looks like a great day! I’ve shared my WIAW as well yesterday on my site! Love Panera, favorite place to go with my friends!

    Megan

    The only sugar added in this particular brand is pure maple syrup, so there are no other refined sugars added. It looks like there is less than a tablespoon of maple syrup added for the entire container.

Sharon

Great post and great site. That brand of goat yogurt is sweetened with either maple syrup, honey or fruit juice. They do not use evaporated cane juice or any refined products. If you eat dairy this is the way to go.

Lulu

Hi Meghan,
I love your What I ate Wednesday segments and I’m always looking forward to seeing your meals 🙂 but I have a semi-awkward question and I’m sorry if it’a weird: did you ever feel constipated after eating so many raw vegetables? I tried eating salads everyday for a week and I ended up being extremely constipated and bloated :/ it went away after I resumed regular cooked vegetables. Have you ever felt this before? Was there a transitional phase you had to go through? Thank you!!

Genki Kitty

Your day looks delicious! It’s quite similar to mine, I guess that’s why I’m hungry after looking at these photos. Thanks for sharing your foodie day with us all.

michael flammia

What you ate for Wednesday looks delicious. I had one question, what is your view on whole wheat and whole wheat bread? Sounds like whole wheat has been getting a bad rap and I know following a Paleo diet is a big fat no no. Would like your opinion on this?

Thanks
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Michael

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