What I ate Wednesday #WIAW: Intuitive Eating edition. – life+running

What I ate Wednesday #WIAW: Intuitive Eating edition.

(Trigger Warning: this post could be triggering to those who have had experience with eating disorders.)

Last time I did What I ate Wednesday somebody called me out on not doing it “right”. I don’t think there’s a right or wrong way to do it. It’s about sharing something we all have in common: food — or, what I ate. But, I made the pledge that I would photograph one day’s worth of actual eats. I usually do random foodings throughout my week, or share a recipe for something I’ve been digging lately. But, I keep forgetting to do it. So this week is an adventure in intuitive eating. Maybe next week I’ll do What I ate Wednesday properly. 😉

I’m working on becoming an intuitive eater (and so has Mark). That means no judging myself (or Mark), my food (or Mark’s food), or basing my eating habits on how I want to look. It’s all based on learning my hunger and satiety cues and learning what foods make me feel good / bad — and not guilty or pleased with myself. I’ve also been working on being a super-taster in order to figure out what I truly like and dislike. Yesterday I discovered I don’t like donuts (at least after I eat them) and don’t like chicken much.

So what DO I like? Let’s find out.

I love tea. I have so many different kinds and I’ve taken to drinking a few different ones every day.

daily tea // lifeplusrunning.com


After reading Janetha’s post about cobb salad last week, I had a major craving. It turned out we had all the ingredients in the house except bacon and cheese — and chicken, but neither of us wanted chicken. Funny, because I didn’t realize I didn’t LIKE chicken at this point, I just didn’t want it in my salad.

cobb salad minus the c // lifeplusrunning.com


And I must share forward her acronym for cobb salad ingredients. Thanks J. We used carrot for the “c” instead of chicken.

cobb salad acronym by mealsandmovesblog.com

I’ve been in love with kefir. I decided to try my hand at making my own frozen kefir. I used 1 C cream, 1 bottle plain Lifeway Kefir, 1/2 c sugar (yes, sugar. I was going to use vanilla stevia, but decided to make this recipe with real cream and real sugar the first time so it was most like ice cream), and 1 vanilla bean. I topped with cacao nibs (of course) when it was finished.

homemade frozen kefir and cacao nibs // lifeplusrunning.com


And I made pizza using some leftover juice pulp from Mark’s bruschetta juice. I did a socca crust and added fresh mozzarella. I had a massive broccoli craving, so I topped a leftover piece with a bunch of broccoli for lunch one day. And this is the only photo with decent lighting because I have a giant picture window at work in my cube. 🙂

broccoli and cheese pizza // lifeplusrunning.com


And we had breakfast for dinner on Monday. We’ve not been planning our meals and have been discussing what we feel like eating when we get home from work every evening. It’s not conducive to our budget or time, but it’s been helping us both move forward and learn to eat intuitively. We had 4 slices of bacon leftover from cobb salad, which wasn’t enough for BLT sandwiches, and normally Mark wouldn’t think that was enough for him for breakfast for dinner, but I decided to make blueberry banana pancakes, which are one of his favorite things, so bacon was a side and not the best part of the meal. I made these pancakes with “regular” ingredients (no protein powder, added flax, etc., though I did use spelt flour because that’s what we have), but we didn’t have sugar and the only oil we had was olive, so I subbed out 2 bananas for the 1 c sugar and 1/4 c oil. These were the most pancake-like pancakes we’ve had for SO long.

blueberry banana pancakes and bacon // lifeplusrunning.com


And yes, that’s real butter.

Also, that’s faux maple syrup with HCFS. It’s what we had, and I don’t love it, and I’d rather have real maple syrup, but a tablespoon isn’t going to kill me, and it made my pancakes taste legit. I was going to put agave on instead of the syrup, but I looked at the sugar content and the serving size, and for 1 T of agave it’s 14 g sugar, and 1 T of the kinda gross HCFS syrup it was 3.5 g sugar. And when it comes down to it, sugar is sugar, and agave AND HCFS are both fructose — which is  the reason most people think HCFS is bad because it spikes your blood sugar without the added fiber that comes in fruit. Anyway, that was a tangent. My point is that sugar is sugar is sugar is sugar, no matter what your source. My banana added nutrients to these pancakes that wouldn’t have been there if I used white sugar, but it was still sugar.




What have you been eating lately? 


19 Comment

  1. Mandikat says: Reply

    I think it’s AWESOME that you’re doing this! Good for you!

  2. mmm..butter!

  3. Omg that cobb salad looks awwwweeeesssooommmee. I love hard boiled eggs and avocados and always look for excuses to eat either. Hah!

    1. chimes says: Reply

      I used to hate eggs, but through intuitive eating I found that I like them. even yolky eggs!

  4. Sounds like you guys are doing really well with the intuitive eating. I’ll be curious to hear your thoughts on it after you’ve done it for awhile (like, establish a routine for your likes/dislikes . . . if that makes sense). Interesting–the lack of interest in chicken. I find it so fascinating to figure out what your body is craving, and what it’s not, when you take the time to listen. 🙂

  5. I think it’s great you’re trying all of these foods again! More and more in my nutrition classes the concept that no food is awful for you and going to kill you…it’s all about the moderation.

    I actually listened to the CD version of the book (when I was commuting) and I think it’s one of those things you have to take with a grain of salt. You can’t just eat anything, plain and simple, but it is good to be able to recognize hunger and full cues and to know what foods you love or ones that you’re just eating to eat them.

    Also check your e-mail. 😉

  6. I’m sorry someone said you weren’t doing it right! Each person has their own style and that’s my favorite part of reading all these blogs. There is no schedule, routine, order. As Jenn said it’s not about guilt. It’s about you! That being said, love the kefir idea 🙂 I tried frozen banana as froyo last night and loved it!

    1. chimes says: Reply

      Oh, it’s okay. She was a friend of mine and was giving me crap, so I was giving her crap right back. 🙂 But I love seeing how everybody does something different too.

  7. Tamara says: Reply

    I really like the way you’re working your own brand of intuitive eating. I often find that I don’t really like donuts (but then I keep forgetting). Speaking of your own style, I agree with you, there’s no “right” or “wrong” way to do a WIAW, in my opinion! Keep on rocking things your own awesome way, my dear!

  8. […] you to Calee who is sharing her information about Intuitive Eating.  I still haven’t gotten the book but I can tell that my guilt is diminishing when I eat […]

  9. The BFD looks freaking amazing!!! Well, so does everything else too.
    I feel like crap (physically) when I eat various foods, so I don’t eat them (healthy or not).
    I’ve had to re-evaluate my whole relationship with fruits and veggies lately and got a big ol’ slap in the face with reality!

  10. This is AWESOME Calee! I’ve been kind of experimenting with intuitive eating since I got back from my surgery last Friday. I haven’t mentioned it on the blog just yet because I’m definitely still in the trial/error stage right now. Sometimes what I “think” I want isn’t actually the case. I’m still trying to learn how to really LISTEN to what my body is telling me…but I’m starting to think we may not speak the same language! 😉

    The pancakes LOOK amazing! And you’re totally right…sugar is sugar is sugar! Though I have to say I’m SO glad you used bananas instead of ONE CUP of sugar?! That’s an insane amount! 😯 I’d rather get my sweet on TOP of my pancakes which is why I normally just leave out sweeteners in my recipes…but that’s just me. I’m SO not judging or anything! …on that note, I can’t believe someone said you did WIAW wrong…I’d have told them to shove it! Lol

    1. PS, do I spy some Hunger Games?? 😉

      1. Calee says: Reply

        why, yes, yes that was. 🙂 sad about mockingjay … just started it and kind of want to quit.

    2. Calee says: Reply

      lol it was amanda that told me i did it wrong, and she was just giving me crap, so i gave her crap right back!

      yeah 1 c of sugar was kind of a lot. i’m with you, put that sugary stuff on top!

      you should pick up the IE book. i thought I was intuitively eating before, but I was still thinking about weight loss (and I still catch myself doing it — it’s a process!). it’s definitely the way to go when you’re laid up, or you can get completely freaked out.

      1. Oh my gosh, I just saw this…wanted to let you know I DID buy the book…about three days after I left this comment! I’d been thinking about it for a while and finally just figured it would be the best thing since I kinda feel I need a little “direction” from time to time. I’m only a couple of chapters in so far (such a slow reader) but it’s definitely been eye opening!

        1. chimes says: Reply

          yay! i hope you like it. i need to get back into it. I just read the first couple of chapters, then gave it to Mark, but I think I’ve been practicing the first few chapters pretty well.

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