Day 2 in the Life of My Stomach

>> Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Day one in the life of my stomach certainly surprised me. I ate so much bread and so few fruits and veggies, well, it made me plan out today's eats much more carefully. Yesterday, I estimate I ate around 2,600 calories. Some people (including, uh, me!) were surprised at this number because it didn't look like I ate terribly much. But those pumpkin garlic knots definitely made up the bulk of that number.

Today's plan was to, of course, eat less bread: Accomplished. Eat more fruits and veggies: Kind of accomplished. Eat fewer calories (more appropriate for my activity level): Accomplished.

Here's the day in photos:

  • BREAKFAST: Dark Chocolate Mint Smoothie (1 cup almond milk, 1 cup frozen strawberries, 1 tablespoon dark cocoa powder, 1 tablespoon flax meal, 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves)
  • SNACK: Three carrots and Republic of Tea Pink Lemonade Green Tea
  • LUNCH: Gigantic garbanzo bean salad (recipe soon!) -- BEST part of my day!
  • SNACK: Apple
  • DINNER: Red quinoa risotto (recipe soon!)
In all, I estimate today's calorie count at around 1,500 to 1,600. But I'll probably have a handful of dark chocolate chips before the night is over. More like 1,750, then. That's actually much lower than I would have thought. Some folks are wondering what tool I'm using for these counts -- I am actually just counting them myself from the foods (looking up counts for fruits and veggies). Usually, I'd think I need to eat more, but today I didn't run (skipped it because of the heat, planning to run tomorrow morning instead -- if my allergies cooperate) . . . so I'm actually pretty happy with this number.

How have I felt all day? Full. Honestly. The garbanzo bean salad I had for lunch was so big I almost couldn't finish it! The risotto was a similar story. I've been incredibly full and energized. I liked having a bit of dairy for dinner because it added some flavor to the dish, but I definitely think I could have gone vegan (with some nutritional yeast) on that one. I wasn't craving breads, but I think that might be because I didn't run today. I know for sure that tomorrow will showcase more carbs, and I'm totally cool with that.

So, if you didn't catch yesterday's eats, head over there now. Otherwise, have a lovely evening!

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