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Today I’m going to get a little bit personal. I guess talking about miscarriage and body image is very personal, but I find talking about what I eat to be every bit as personal. I don’t know why but I always feel so vulnerable talking about what I eat with other people. Anyone else feel the same way? Food is just so incredibly personal sometimes.

If you know me in real life chances are you also know that I tend to be pretty repetitive in the way I eat throughout the week. I know, I know. Variety and color on your plate is the key to eating well, but I’ve always found that eating the same foods day-in and day-out with just a little bit of variety helps keep my on track. Sound boring? Hear me out.

When I began to log my foods on My Fitness Pal for The May Challenge, I noticed a trend. The days I feel my best, most balanced and well-rounded my eating goes a little something like this:

BREAKFAST
1/2 cup oat bran made with water, cinnamon and stevia
1-2 tablespoons creamy natural peanut butter or almond butter
Coffee with a splash of whole milk
Vitamins + water

MID MORNING
Cup of decaf coffee
48 oz water

LUNCH
1/2 cup oat bran made with water, cinnamon and stevia
1 serving of fruit (blueberries, blackberries, raspberries or a banana)
1-2 tablespoons creamy natural peanut butter or almond butter
1 teaspoon chia seeds

AFTERNOON
Some type of afternoon snack, usually plain whole milk yogurt with some walnuts and flax or a serving of fruit with walnuts, etc.
24 oz water

DINNER
Veggies, veggies, veggies! I may eat a whole head of roasted broccoli with hummus and whole wheat toast or a large bowl of zucchini pasta with black beans and marinara, or a sweet potato with hummus and kale. Sometimes I’ll have a really large salad with lots of veggies. Volume is key for me at night, since I’m hungry after my workout. Most nights I would estimate I get 4 to 5 servings of veggies at dinner.

DESSERT
I may have a piece of dark chocolate or a tiny bite of something sweet with decaf coffee, plus more water!

For some people I guess this type of repetition probably sounds incredibly dull, but I find that when I stick to more of a routine I’m satisfied without eating too much. Of course I don’t eat like this every day, but when I’m looking to re-calibrate and feel good, I always go back to this little routine. I think because I am around food every day, it’s easier for me to not think about the food I’m actually eating.

Do you have a routine in the way you eat or a fall-back eating style? Or are you all about variety? I’m always curious about what works best for people when it comes to healthy eating.

Madison

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  • Angela

    During the week I like to eat the same thing everyday for breakfast and lunch, then switch it up for dinner. It makes it super easy to pack lunches for work too!

  • Kristin

    Sometimes, I’ll realize that I ate oatmeal for breakfast and lunch. But since I only get a 20 minute lunch, whatever is filling and healthy in the quickest way usually wins. I’ve been drinking 100 oz of water everyday and feeling AMAZING. I think everyone needs to do it. However, my hurdle is that I’m a teacher, so I have to strategically schedule bathroom breaks!
    I do need to find a way to eat more vegetables though. The motivation to cook/prepare them often just isn’t there for me.

  • amywheaton

    I eat repetitively from day to day, and I’ll get on a kick of eating the same thing over and over – especially at breakfast. This week it’s oatmeal with strawberries and almond butter for breakfast every day. And I could eat a veggie burrito bowl for dinner every night: rice, black beans, corn, avocados, tomatoes, and salsa.

  • Bridget Black

    Interesting! The same breakfast + lunch surprises me! : )
    There’s an added challenge when we feel called to be extremely mindful of a budget and keep a lean pantry, I believe. It makes it difficult to buy a variety of fresh foods with only 1-2 people eating it. You’re just reaching the end of the can of beans by the end of the week or that same big jar of salsa isn’t empty yet so you continue to work on that! Do you feel this way too?
    Meal “sketching” has helped me so much and I LOVE to do it. Fun to know what to shop for + what’s for dinner!

  • Rachelle

    The only thing I can usually eat repetitively is fruit, since I don’t buy a single serving. I am okay with having a banana or apple or blueberries everyday for maybe a week and then I want something new! I get sick of most foods really quickly and I’ve never been able to have the same breakfast or lunch every day – though I wish I could because it would make grocery shopping and meal planning much easier. My husband on the other hand happily has cereal for breakfast and a sandwich (of just meat and bread) for lunch EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. I crave variety!

  • http://www.dessertfortwo.com/ DessertForTwo

    I eat pretty repetively, too, and I think I’m better off for it. I love reading what other people eat! And yes, it’s so personal! I’m addicted to brown rice in the mornings. I’ve been trying to eat more protein because i have more energy when I do. I find I don’t crave caffeine if I’m eating plenty of protein and high-quality fat. Have you ever stirred melted coconut oil into your coffee? It’s the good fat your body likes :)

  • http://livefaithfully.blogspot.com/ Urban Wife

    I’m a repetitive breakfast eater and I love it. (So is my husband…don’t take away his 2 runny-eggs-over-easy!) We do switch it up for dinners though and usually make 3-4 meals that are different each week. There are always 1 or 2 favorites that we keep in the weekly rotation…until we get tired of those. ;)