When I asked on Facebook what kind of non-running things y’all wanted to hear about, there were a lot of really good suggestions. I’m still trying to get budget approval from Bri for “Target Splurge Thursdays” and am fighting with Windows Movie Maker (there’s no autocorrect for “awkward and nasaly-sounding”?) over the braid tutorial, so for now you get my take on the blog-popular “What I Ate _____” (fill in a day, it’s always the same).
Fear not, this is an OUaL-ified spin-off.
A look at what I shove down my pie-hole between regular beer and froyo feedings, brief background on my vegetarian history, and a teeny bit of “I’m not a nutritionist” PSA-ness.
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I’ve been a “flexible vegetarian” since 2006 – bouncing around with varying levels of dairy and fish consumption. The past few years I’ve settled in as a Lacto-Ovo Pescatarian (includes dairy, eggs, fish) that adequately satisfies my needs for training, as well as balancing low-budget with so-much-good-sushi-and-seafood-in-SoCal-itd-be-a-sin-not-to-eat-it.
Actual screenshot from two of the… two days I’ve ever managed to complete a full food log. Just to prove it’s possible to eat balanced without grilled chicken anchoring every meal.
In an effort to keep this post relatively short and easy-reading, I’ll hit a couple points and then just jump right into the WIA__ pics.
- There is an abundance of protein in the meatless world. I like mine from beans, eggs*, canned tuna*, greek yogurt, cottage cheese, peanut butter, and broccoli. No Meat Athlete has a great page here on the topic.
- Soy-based protein (tofu, tempeh, “fake-meat” products, etc) are easy and tasty but should be used sparingly and not relied on according to research my teeny, un-professional brain has read. I pan-fry tofu or tempeh for 3-4 meals/week and dig on some Morningstar burgers once a week or so.
- CA is VERY veg-friendly – almost every restaurant has a meat-substitute on the menu, and stores are stocked with all the hippie foods we love. Life as a veg-head here is SUBSTANTIALLY easier than it was in Corntown, OH, but it seems the trend is slowly making its way across the country. Tofu for everyone!
- I have annual bloodwork analyzed, and my vitamin/mineral levels have always tested normal except Vitamin D. I do not take a multi-vitamin, but do take vitD supplements for this reason.
Ok that’s enough. Picture time.
I eat the exact same bowl of oatmeal every day at work. Rolled oats from the bulk bin microwaved 60sec, add half a frozen banana (sliced), micro 60s, stir in a spoonful of crunchy no-salt natural peanut butter, micro 30s, add chia seeds and unsweetened coconut.
No, it never gets old.
If I workout before work I’ll eat half a Picky Bar in the car (and then have oatmeal at work), and on the weekends I’ll have a Picky Bar or PB/banana toast before Long Runs.
Mid-morning I’ll have a snack – just something quick and easy at my desk. I try to make this protein’y and low in carbs for no reason other than I’m all carb-filled from breakfast and likely having some for lunch.
Nuts/seeds, greek yogurt with berries, or a piece of fruit are regular accessories to my AM inbox-clearing/phone-calling/report-making.
Lunch is always some creation in the break room microwave or a quick trip out for a veggie sandwich or salad.
Those Green Giant frozen veg packs are perfect for throwing over leftover grains and slathered in hot sauce. Other staples include microwaved eggs on a sandwich thin and canned tuna over salad, despite my coworkers’ dismay.
By 3 oclock I’m always itching to put something crunchy in my piehole and distract me from work.
Popcorn (shown with Tapatio and black pepper – so good), granola bars, and crunchy fruit/veggies are favorites and easy to keep on hand or just throw in my purse on the way out the door in the AM.
Like breakfast, I’m a creature of habit at dinner. I usually want to eat right when I get home around 6, and since I like to run at night I need to get it out of the way early to give some time for digestion. No need to make the “don’t-puke-during-your-tempo” goal any harder than it already is.
Even when we go out, dinner is always some kind of protein veggie bowl/salad. For a culinary dummy and impatient fat kid, it’s easy to throw together and inexpensive to always have on hand.
Rice/quinoa/barley in the rice cooker, fresh or frozen veggie blend, grated parmesan, and an over-easy (“dippy”) egg or soy protein on top. Plus sriracha. Always add sriracha.
Before bed or after my workout I’ll usually munch on some dry cereal or hummus/veggies, but I didn’t take pictures of that for you. Use your imagination!
And of course, the everyday (coffee) and nearly-everyday (beer & froyo) staples in OUaL world.
So that’s that. Overall I’m a pretty healthy eater, but I do have my vices. And I DEFINITELY have days where I lay in bed feeling like a fat sloth because I ate candy all day at my desk or “accidentally” smashed four baskets of chips/salsa at dinner.
I mean c’mon.