Happy Wednesday, friends!
It’s the February edition of Let’s Look!
If you don’t know what this is, once a month, Erika and I do a little link up where we “look” at different aspects of our lives (and then if you blog, you share and link up too!). We have been doing this little linky party for years now, and it’s always one of my favorite posts each month because most of the topics are YOUR suggestions!
And today, we’re looking at…WHAT WE EAT IN A WEEK.
This was one of the MOST requested topics for this year’s Let’s Look, so I hope it lives up to your expectations. In the past, I have done several posts just like this including about 18 months ago, I did a WHAT I EAT IN A WEEK Q&A that you should totally read too! In that post, I answer questions like…
…and sooooo many more of your WHAT DO YOU EAT questions! You can read them all along with their answers HERE.
Basically though, this is me…
…I aim for balance and not to be too hard on myself.
I *try* really hard to exercise for one hour each day and eat *mostly* things that aren’t too bad for me. I also try to really enjoy moments when I indulge because what’s the point in indulging if I’m just going to beat myself up for it later? If I know I’m going to have regret over eating something, then I’m not going to eat it. I want to be really mindful of what I eat and enjoy it…the good and the bad.
Here are just some of my personal “standards” when it comes to eating/drinking:
1: I drink a ton of water. I don’t even know how much…just a ton. By 5:00 AM, I’ve probably already had 24 ounces of water and a cup of coffee. I drink 4 to 6 sparkling waters a day too…I always have a drink in my hand, and there’s a 99% chance it’s coffee or water.
2: I cut out all sodas (both diet and regular) about 10 years ago and haven’t looked back.
3: I mostly eat three meals a day and maybe one afternoon snack. We used to eat dessert every night (many of you will remember our ‘every day brownie’), but we stopped doing that about 2½ years ago and haven’t missed it one bit.
4: I go for spicy and BIG flavor. Any boring old salad or veggie is better with some heat.
5: I try not to eat fast food. If I do, I get a salad or a kids meal.
6: I sit down to eat all of my meals…even if I’m home by myself. I sit down and focus on my food and my meal.
7: I don’t mindlessly snack. If I snack, I know what I’m doing. Ha! I might eat some chips, but I’m not mindlessly eating them in front of the TV. I’ll pull out a few chips, put them on a paper towel and sit down to read a magazine while having a La Croix. I’ll make a moment out of it instead of vegging out with the entire chip bag.
8: If you listen to our podcast, then you know that I LOVE PROTEIN! For me, eating protein makes me fill more full and have more energy.
Speaking of our podcast, Erika and I did an entire episode on what we eat that you can hear HERE. In this episode we break down all the ins and outs of our “diets” (a.k.a. just what we eat every day).
So, what have I been eating this week? Well, I didn’t do a great job of taking pics (I blame four kids, an ice storm, surgery #23 AND the fact that Andrew is out of town!), but I did document it, and it’s pretty boring and SUPER random. Plus, it wasn’t a typical week, so I’m not sure how “accurate” it was, but either way, you asked, so here it goes…
Wednesday, February 2:
Breakfast: I basically eat the same thing for breakfast most days. One Trader Joe’s egg frittata with half an avocado and a bit of habanero sauce on top. Some days, I add a slice of gluten-free toast with homemade jam. I also will have had one to two cups of coffee by this point too.
Lunch: I had a cobb salad from Trader Joe’s with a few of their ghost pepper chips.
Dinner: Andrew and I realized we were about to be snowed in for four days with our kids, so we went on a mini date. Ha! We went to a local Mexican restaurant where I enjoyed some chips with guacamole and two fajita beef tacos (with grilled onions and peppers on top) and a margarita.
Thursday, February 3:
Breakfast: This was a snow day! I had half of a gluten-free Trader Joe’s cinnamon muffin with my coffee.
Lunch: We made grilled cheese sandwiches (with turkey pepperoni inside) and tomato soup.
Snack: Kensington made the Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies, and I had one.
Dinner: I made my Pulled Pork Stuffed Potatoes with a side salad.
Friday, February 4:
Breakfast: We left for Ashby’s surgery at 5:50 AM. I wasn’t in the mood to eat, so I had one cup of coffee instead.
Lunch: Post op, I don’t even remember exactly what I ate…something from Trader Joe’s…that part is a bit of a blur.
Snack: Ashby was home and doing well, so Andrew and I made a little charcuterie board and watched it snow.
Dinner: Andrew made us all his homemade spaghetti (I need to post the recipe!). It’s delicious. He served it with a Caesar salad.
Saturday, February 5:
Breakfast: I had three leftover sausage balls (I keep them in my freezer…they’re amazing!).
Lunch: Andrew went to Hat Creek (a burger place that has a ton of gluten-free options), and I got a kids meal with a burger (add avocado and grilled onions) and tots!
Dinner: We met Tab and Erika and their family for dinner! I had a bite of the charcuterie board for the table, two Ranch Waters (a tequila drink) and two slices of pizza.
Sunday, February 6:
Breakfast: My “norm” 🙂 .
Lunch: Andrew left for the week to snowboard, so things get reallllly easy food wise at my house. Ha! I had one Trader Joe’s quesadilla, some salad and a few chips (pictured below).
Dinner: I made the kids and me Taco Rice Bowls with a side of guacamole.
Monday, February 7:
Breakfast: I had “my norm” 🙂 .
Lunch: On Mondays, I always treat myself to lunch that I don’t make. I had a salad from Chop Shop with a large diet lemonade (see picture below)
Snack: Ashby and I took the dogs outside to play, and I ate some cheese and pepperonis (see picture below).
Dinner: I made the kids and me my Best Slow Cooker Brisket with some Trader Joe’s tater tots (a Mades’ request!).
Tuesday, February 8:
Breakfast: Smith and I had a breakfast date at Starbucks after we took the girls to school (pictured below).
Lunch: I ate a salad from our grocery store (it’s so good!) with a handful of salt and vinegar chips (pictured below).
Dinner: I’m technically typing this at 1:56 PM before we eat dinner, but we decided to eat PF Changs To Go (there is a stand alone To Go spot here in town) and watch the Olympics from Beijing tonight (a theme!). We love PF Changs because they have so many gluten-free options. Side note: Andrew, please come home soon 😉 .
That’s my week in food. Here are a few pics…
Traer Joe’s quesadilla with some chips (I love salt and vinegar chips!) and a salad. I like to add pepperoncini and Buffalo sauce to mine.
On Monday, I had Chop Shop! This is their American salad with added chicken. Yes, they put chips on this salad. Yes, it’s delicious 😉 .
Grabbed a few pieces of turkey pepperoni and sharp cheddar and headed outside with Ashby and the dogs after school on Monday!
An egg white and spinach wrap from Starbucks with my Venti Pike…and my boy 🙂 .
This salad is sold in the packaged meal section at our local grocery store. It’s so good! I, of course, added Buffalo sauce 🙂 .
And that, my friends, is what I ate this week!
Coming up this year on Let’s Look…
Next month, we will be posting on March 16th (a week later!) due to Spring Break!
If you blogged with us today, make sure you link up below!
One more thing!
You asked, I answered!! Last week, I shared my Valentine’s Day Gift Guides.
Well, here is one more for the men in your life!
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Have the best day, friends! I’ll see you tomorrow! xx