Once again, I am amazed that it’s already Wednesday! Where does the week go? Usually I would have prepared a post for you all about my Tuesday eats and posted it this morning, but I was almost done making dinner when I realized I hadn’t taken a single picture. I had actually prepared a completely unrelated post for today. Doh! So this post is going to be a combination of yesterday’s (last snack and dinner) and today’s foods (breakfast, lunch and snacks). I hope no one minds!
Before I get into that though, I have news and a question for all of you!
The news is that I finally went to my doctor to sort out my digestive issues. I know, I should have gone sooner but I was determined to figure it out by myself. I finally accepted that while doctors aren’t exactly nutritional experts, they do have the ability to do something I don’t- blood tests. My appointment was just getting some basic blood work done so we would have a starting point. I received a call a couple days ago and was told I was anaemic. I was really upset to hear it because I take great care with my diet and I eat a ton of iron-rich foods, but it really explains a ton. I always felt so tired for no apparent reason and would get winded climbing up stairs even though I work out on a regular basis. I know there are individual differences in the ability to absorb iron so perhaps I’m just unlucky. I started taking some iron meds to help bring my iron levels back up and the changes were instantaneous! I feel energized and awake as opposed to lethargic and heavy! My mind doesn’t feel foggy! It’s really amazing what something so simple can accomplish. Now I by no means want to take those iron supplements forever. They do come with a couple side effects and I would much prefer to get all my nutrients from a whole food source. But for now, I feel really good and will work towards not needing them. Does anyone else have experience with this at all?
And now my question: I am looking into doing a bit of a cleanse for the spring starting on Monday and I’ve been doing a bit of research already and have the beginnings of a plan. But I was wondering what kind of principles anyone else has followed while cleansing and any additional activities, etc. that you followed that were particularly helpful? I would appreciate any input! I am currently thinking about initially forgoing all grains, sugars (except stevia and dates) and caffeine and eating high-raw, but I open to suggestions!
Ok that’s enough about all that. Onto What I Ate Wednesday #6!
The usual lemon water.
Green smoothie in a bowl! This one had a frozen banana, frozen peach, coconut water, spinach and Vega Vanilla Chai. Topped with coconut flakes, goji berries and millet-rice cereal.
No real lunch today, I’m finding I have an easier time getting through work with one small snack and 2 large snacks/mini-meals.
Snack #1 was an unpictured pear.
Quick guacamole and some Mary’s Crackers. This guacamole was something I put together last night when I realized I had no actual leftovers to bring. Just an avocado, 1 chopped tomato, juice from 1/2 a lime and some salt and pepper. Brought half to work and the other half is for tomorrow.
Blueberry Larabar. I had never actually had this kind before but I loved it! Will buy again.
This is from yesterday, a slice of my banana beet cake. Still so good 4 days later. Sad it’s gone now :(
Maple mustard simmered tempeh with a rice/quinoa blend and steamed kale topped with Bragg’s and nutritional yeast.
This was seriously good and super easy and quick- a perfect weeknight meal when you want dinner with minimal effort with maximum reward ;). Paired with leftover cooked grain and steamed greens, nothing to do except throw tempeh, carrots and some flavours into a pan and let it simmer for about 30 min. Even my “pastrami, ham, cream cheese and bagel loving” dad really enjoyed it (his words not mine)!
I didn’t get a great picture- forgot that I should actually be trying to make it look nice until after I plated it. All things considered though, not too shabby!
Maple Mustard Simmered Tempeh and Carrots (Vegan, Gluten-free, Refined Sugar-free)
1 block tempeh, cut into bite-sized pieces
coconut oil for sautéing
3/4 cup chopped carrots
1/2 cup vegetable broth
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
2 tsp apple cider vinegar
salt and pepper to taste
Sautee the tempeh in a medium/large pan over medium heat until the tempeh starts to brown and get crispy. At this point I also broke up some of the tempeh pieces with a wooden spoon but that’s totally optional. I just like little bits of tempeh!
Once browned, add in the vegetable broth and let the liquid reduce slightly. Once reduced toss in the rest of the ingredients, turn the heat down so the water is at a low simmer. Cook covered for about 20 min or until most of the liquid is gone. A little liquid leftover is really good since it gets all over the rice/grain. Season to taste and serve!
Well this ended up being a pretty long post. Hope you all enjoy the rest of your days!