A recap of All The Meals!!!! And some weight loss talk. If weight loss is triggering to you, please skip this post!
KERF used to be a food diary of everything I ate.
To this day, when I tell people I have a diary of everything I ate for 5 years they look at me like I’m crazy. It’s also weird to me that this blog is 15 years old so the lifestyle posts outnumber the food diaries 2:1. I still feel the most identity with those early posts!
For many years I have lived the intuitive eating life. I haven’t weighed myself, tracked calories or macros, or really given any thought to my meals other than a very general “choose something healthy that makes me feel good.”
After having Mazen, when he was about 2, I did go through an intentional eating phase where I “lost the baby weight.” (I put that in quotes because I HATE that phrase, but that is essentially what it was.) I can’t quite remember how long this phase was, but I think about six months. A group of mom friends and I had a goal to “get healthier” and the teamwork was great. I stayed at that weight for another 4ish years until I got pregnant with Birch.
I had a baby….and then there was the pandemic.
A year of postpartum rebalancing led into the pandemic of missing my favorite gym classes, boredom eating, and a daily glass of wine habit. Then pile on the mindless snacking that comes along with having a toddler finish half a PB&J, quesadilla, or cup of goldfish. And wearing nothing but athleisure for two years.
All this to say, a few weeks ago I literally just had a single lightbulb moment of “I wish I felt more like I did five years ago.”
I’ve talked before about how the space in my brain has shifted to being all about me (in my 20s) to much more kids and business focused in my 30s.
My lightbulb moment was that I’d like to dedicate a bit more of my brain space back to health.
This isn’t a big proclamation that I’m going to “lose 10 pounds!! OMG!” or make any dramatic changes to my diet (you will never see me to anything that cuts out food groups, like keto). But since I know many of you are also health-minded, I wanted to share with you all my intentional focus on a healthier eating plan!
The changes I am making:
- a stronger focus on mindful eating (especially related to afternoon snacking with the kids)
- simple food journaling (for me, food journaling has always gone hand and hand being mindful. Write it down = give it space in your brain)
- prioritizing veggies and other nutrient-dense foods, especially for snacks (for the kids too!)
- really working on my wine habit (sticking to restaurants and weekend days only; swapping in non-alcoholic choices when I’m craving a drink for the sake of having something fun to drink)
- keeping sugar to “worth it” events like birthday cake or ice cream downtown vs. ice cream on the couch
Are any of you feeling like you could use a shift towards health?
What I Ate: My Go-To Meals
Despite the fact that KERF is no longer a food diary, I still take a lot of photos of our meals out of habit! So in the spirit of healthy eating, here’s a photo dump of many of my recent go-to meals!
Half the mornings we have green smoothies! One blender; 4 family members. The usual is banana, whole milk, vanilla protein, some kind of berry or frozen fruit (mangos, strawberries), and a big handful of baby spinach.
Coffee baked oatmeal turned into creamy oatmeal with some milk! Plus PB on top.
You can live a healthy life and eat bagels! We buy them fresh from Bodos and use whipped cream cheese. Bagels surprisingly keep me the most full of all of my breakfasts, oatmeal and eggs included. Smoothies keep me the least full. Interesting!
Hard Boiled Eggs
Love HBEs for breakfast because there are no dishes to do!! I’ll make a dozen one day and eat them all week for breakfast, lunches, and snacks. Plus PEACH!
Another great no-mess breakfast, and one of my favorites when summer fruit is ripe! Plus granola on top.
Omelet or Scramble
One of my go-to lunches if I’m not in the mood for a salad. Add veggies and cheese. This one had a little fancy ham from JM Stock!
A leftover corn + farro salad with chicken via Blue Apron. Perfect in a prep container for a quick lunch!
Leftover enchiladas. Ate these like 4 meals in a row with a greek yogurt + hot sauce side dip!
This was actually smoked herring! An interesting lunch presentation but very tasty. I mixed the herring with yogurt, a little mayo, herbs, pickles, carrots, peppers, and spices. Served on crackers!
Of course big salads are a huge lunch staple for me. This one had greens, broccoli, leftover salmon, caesar croutons, and sharp cheddar. Whatever I have in the fridge goes on top!
We were low on food this day, so I made a combo plate with two eggs, PB toast, and broccoli with ranch dip.
Here’s the ranch dip! I bought these two from Feast! and they were fabulous for having more raw veggies with lunch or as a snack or even happy hour!
As mentioned above, I’m working on breaking the habit of wanting a glass of wine with dinner, and kombucha is 1,000% the answer for me. I love its tartness, it’s lighter than drinking juice, and served in a wine glass or can it feels like an alcoholic drink without any of the buzz.
This new-to-me kind was especially good!
Two Taco Night!
Traditional beef tacos with cheese, peppers, jalapeños, creama, and lettuce.
Salmon with Summer Veg
We used the Tastefully Simple Bayou Bourbon Glaze to marinate and bake this salmon. Super delish! Get 10% off your order of Tastefully Simple sauces and spices through September with the code KE822.
The leftovers the next night! We’re still using the “cook once, eat twice” meal plan strategy!
via Blue Apron. Wine on a weekend!
Low Country Boil
Corn + Farro Salad with Chicken
Noodles with Beef and Snow Peas
Tofu Curry with Veggies and Naan
Salmon, Rice, Broc with an Apricot Glaze
This soup was one of the best I have EVER had!! Via Hello Fresh.
Date Night with Birch
T and I took B to the Fitzroy for dinner. I had the black garlic kale salad with shrimp!
And because every good meal plan needs some treats…
Ladies night at Southern Crescent – this cocktail was out of this world.
And Roasted Strawberry Pound Cake made by Nona!