What I Ate Wednesday

I have officially been gluten and dairy free (per doctor’s orders not because of some new fad) since July.  Most people assume that it is time consuming and quite difficult to eat this kind of diet, but in fact it really isn’t.  For those of you who are new to the gluten and dairy free ways, I hope that this post inspires you or gives you comfort in knowing that eating this way is not as difficult or overwhelming as it may initially seem.

So what exactly did I eat today?  Well – I woke up and made myself a Tervis Tumbler full of coffee (about 2 cups or 16 oz.) with some International Delight York Peppermint Pattie creamer.  I had made some gluten free Bisquick biscuits last night for dinner, so I had half a biscuit for breakfast with a smidge of Earth Balance vegan buttery spread.  (I chose to sleep in until 6:15 AM this morning so my standard breakfast of eggs was out the window).

Obviously this little breakfast didn’t keep me full for long so around 10:00 AM I had a snack that consisted of a cranberry almond KIND bar and some water.  This held me over until lunch (which is scheduled at noon every day).  For lunch I had brought leftovers from dinner last night.  I had made Paleo sawmill gravy with biscuits.  (I had made the biscuits larger than usual so one biscuit was actually more like 2 small biscuits in terms of serving size.)  I also had a small piece of paleo banana cake for dessert and a clementine with water to drink.

By the time school let out, I was dragging so I stopped by Starbucks and grabbed a grande soy cinnamon dolce latte with no whip and ate a banana as an after school snack.  By now it is roughly 4:00 PM.

Once I got home from tutoring (6:00 PM), I quick changed and headed to the gym for a workout which consisted of 12 minutes on the elliptical completing the “Rolling Hills” program on level 1 to warm up my muscles.  Then I headed over the the row machine and completed a 2000m workout on level 6 which took me another 12 minutes.  Finally I headed over to the Roman chair and completed a circuit of lower back and abdominal exercises which consisted of 100 Roman chair moves and 30 lower back raises with a 25 pound weight.  After some stretching it was time to head home to heat up dinner.

By now it is 7:45 PM and luckily I had meal prepped enough food on Sunday so dinner consisted of real mashed potatoes (made with vegan butter and Tofutti Better Than Sour Cream), one good-sized piece of meatloaf, mushroom gravy, green beans, and roasted carrots and another small piece of banana cake for dessert.

My husband jokes and says that I eat like a professional athlete.  But the truth is, I don’t count calories.  I just eat until I’m full.  Sure I splurge and have a latte or some non-dairy creamer in my coffee but the rest of the stuff I’m eating is real food and I don’t feel bad about eating it in the slightest.


About Food4Thought

I am no fitness expert. I am simply someone who has found joy in fitness and nutrition. I am a certified group fitness instructor. I’ve been teaching at the local health club for about 3 years now. While Zumba was my first love, I have since added Total Conditioning, Bodyworks plus Abs, and Core to my repertoire of classes. I work with a personal trainer to help me reach my fitness goals that I cannot obtain through group fitness alone. This year I ran my first 5K and plan to run my first 10K in March. To further my knowledge in the fitness realm, I have begun reading Strong Women Stay Slim, New Rules for Lifting Abs, and The Body Sculpting Bible for Women. On my list to read next is Wheat Belly. I am always looking for new ways to further my education and knowledge to better serve the members that take my group fitness classes. Lately, I have started tinkering with recipes, buying healthy cookbooks, and finding easy, tasty, and healthy foods to make. Like I mentioned earlier, I am by no means an expert, but the things I share with you have helped me tremendously with my fitness journey. It is my hope that with these easy tips and recipes, that you too can make these tiny steps and see big positive changes in your life.

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