This week I wanted to talk about how I’ve been doing with increasing my calorie intake the last couple weeks. As I mentioned, I’m trying to exercise less and eat more due to some health issues I’m trying to reverse. I’ve experienced a lot of emotions around trying to eat more. You may be thinking, “Jeez, just go eat some cookies and you’ll be fine,” but it’s not quite that easy for me. There’s some days where I love this whole eating more thing. I naturally have a larger appetite, and I love eating! However, the times that I put on a pair of pants that are noticeably more snug is when I have a hard continuing to eat more. I keep powering through though, as I know it’ll be all worth it in the end!
I really am trying to increase my calories with healthier foods and not just sit there and gorge on cake too. Of course I have been enjoying some of the foods that I deprived myself for so long every once in awhile, but I still try to keep most of my eats healthy. Nuts, nut butters, avocados, and full fat dairy products have been my best friends the past few weeks. They make it easier to increase my calorie count without feeling like I am going to pop every day. I know my body is loving the addition of extra fats in my diet as my skin is softer, my nails are stronger, and I have more energy. Why did I fear fats for so long?!
Anyway, let’s take a look at my meals and snacks from Tuesday…
I had “Overnight Oats In A Jar” which consisted of 1/3 cup oats, 1/3 cup greek yogurt, 1/3 cup milk, & 1/2 tablespoon chia seed that sat in the fridge overnight. In the morning I added chopped strawberries to it. There was quite a bit of leftover peanut butter at the bottom which of course was the best part!
mid morning snack
I mentioned yesterday that I did some baking on Monday, which consisted of my Pumpkin Banana Bread and Cody’s Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies. I had a slice of the Pumpkin Banana Bread that I topped with a thick shmear of my favorite Adam’s All Natural Crunchy Peanut Butter.
I also had a small glass of milk on the side to wash it down.
I had this same exact lunch for the past two days. It’s leftover baked ham, a quarter of an avocado, and cheesy potatoes all smashed between a piece of whole wheat bread and made into a panini. Oh.my.goodness. Not to brag or anything, but this sandwich is restaurant quality for sure. I already called dibs on the rest of our Easter dinner leftovers so I can make more of these sandwiches throughout this week. On the side I had some baby carrots drizzled with peanut butter.
mid afternoon snack #1
I had some (full fat) cottage cheese with cocoa powder and stevia stirred in and topped with half of a sliced banana and more peanut butter. I loved this combo! It may be my new favorite snack.
mid afternoon snack #2
Just a handful of some cinnamon almonds. Simply perfect.
I made Courtney’s Italian Style Crockpot Stuffed Peppers which turned out great! I had one with a side green salad topped with a chopped tomato and my favorite Trader Joe’s Cilantro Dressing, all of which filled me right up!
Cody had a basketball game last night, so I requested that we stop at Wendy’s for a Vanilla Frosty on the way. I haven’t had one of these in forever, and it tasted so darn good!
I have pretty much just tried to go along with what my body is craving, which sometimes means a salad and sometimes means a Wendy’s Frosty!
Have a Happy Hump Day!
- Do you buy full fat or low/non fat dairy products?
- Do you naturally have a larger appetite or not-so-much?
- Do you like Wendy’s Frosties? If so, do you prefer chocolate or vanilla?