what i ate wednesday: the new normal

Now that I’m not in the office as much (only two days a week) I’ve noticed my mealtime routine has been steadily shifting from a solid three-meals-a-day plan to more of a two-meals-a-day thing with some snacks thrown in. I’ve tried to fight it for months now because you always hear “three balanced meals a day!”, but I’m sick of fighting my natural rhythm. If I had my druthers, everyday would start with water and coffee. And then around 10am I’d eat a nice, big brunch. Then have a snack around noon, a hefty dinner between 3-4pm and another snack around 7pm. Any nutritionists out there want to chime in if that’s a bad thing?

Onto the eats!

  1. Started off with coffee. Which I almost always take with half and half and a little touch of honey or maple syrup. Santa mug, for the win.
  2. Brunch was two poached eggs on toast plus a giant yogurt bowl (plain Greek yogurt, pumpkin, banana, pomegranate, strawberries, almonds, granola, chia seeds and a drizzle of honey).
  3. Afternoon snack #1 was a yogurt, cheese and a LaraBar.
  4. Afternoon snack #2 was handful after handful of this airpopped popcorn. I popped it to string garland (which I did) but I couldn’t keep my hand out of the deliciousness.
  5. Dinner was leftovers! A big slice of leftover Mexican Lasagna topped with Greek yogurt, plus a big side salad.
  6. More leftovers! Leftover chocolate chip cookies from Canadian Thanksgiving that I rescued from the deep freezer.

What’s the best thing you’ve eaten so far this week?


  1. says

    I love the Total split pots, the blueberry is my favourite but the pomegranate is pretty good too (never seen a Strawberry one!) and I think think it’s funny that here they are Total (Fage) and in the US they are Fage (Total). Best thing I’ve eaten so far this week was yesterday’s corn on the cob. Not really something I eat often but I was craving it.

  2. says

    Not really eating per say more like drinking, but I would have to say it was the green juice that Lucy the Juicer, my new BFF juiced up for me this morning :=)

  3. says

    Oooh, I want to steal your Santa mug! Why don’t we have such cute ones around here?

    Something good a new-to-me I’m actually eating right now are Fig & Date Oatmeal Bars. Whole-grain and naturally sweet – almost too sweet for me, really.

  4. says

    i’ve unfortunately been sick, so its been a strict regimen of soup i can’t even really taste…boo. but i love that yogurt plate you put together and i actually didn’t know you could freeze pre-made cookies–good to know!

  5. rachel says

    I made some fantastic minestrone soup last night… it is a sort of knock off of Olive Garden’s but I actually like mine better because it’s not as salty and mmmmmmm I thought I should cook something really healthy and delicious to eat for lunches Thanksgiving week if I was going to eat really unhealthy on Thursday.

  6. rachel says

    and i love your mug… and don’t think eating two big meals with snacks is bad. i think if you eat when you are hungry, you are doing pretty well. Everyone’s body is different. I’ve never been able to eat breakfast right when I wake up. Give me a cup of white melon tea (my new favourite) and I am good to go for an hour and a half.

  7. says

    Cassie, I think the “three meals a day” idea is old; much of the current thoughts about eating is to eat smaller meals more frequently to keep the metabolism burning. I don’t see anything wrong with listening to your body and eating when you are actually hungry, I mean…isn’t that really what we are all supposed to be doing? Instead of eating “because it is time to eat?” My 2 cents.

  8. says

    I think that every one is different and you need to find what works best for you. For years I tried to force myself to eat breakfast, because skipping breakfast is *evil*, but I have a hard time facing food first thing in the morning. I finally gave up and decided to go with how I feel. I’m like you – I’d rather start with coffee, then eat when I get hungry. If you have the flexibility in your schedule to do that, I don’t see why you shouldn’t.

  9. Laura says

    I’m in grad school for nutrition right now and I say, if it works for you, keep it up! It looks like you are eating balanced and healthy throughout the day. I see no problem with it.

  10. says

    I pretty much skip breakfast most days. Like you, I tried to force myself to eat it for a while because skipping breakfast is supposed to be the worst thing in the entire world (if you listen to the media…) but I’m just not hungry until 10 or 11, so I figure why force myself to eat when I’m not hungry? When I *do* eat breakfast, it’s usually more than I’m excited about a particular food (like if someone is making waffles) than actually being hungry for food in general.

  11. says

    Gingerbread pancakes from this mix made an excellent Sunday brunch. Usually I’m all for making pancakes from scratch, but the samples at the store lured me in… Besides, they’re still all natural, and they’re made by my favorite restaurant in Austin, TX

  12. says

    I’m so glad you posted this!! Because of the craziness of life, I have started to eat two meals a day with lots of snacks thrown in. Honestly I prefer this way of eating much better, and it jives with my schedule. I’m not a nutritionist but I feel like eating when your actually hungry is the best advice to live by :)

  13. says

    So funny, this is exactly how my body naturally eats too! No real breakfast, “brunch” at 10, snacks, dinner at 4-5, and another hefty snack at 8-9pm. I am the same way, I have tried to fight it because I was doing something wrong but a few weeks ago I decided to just do what my body is telling me and I am feeling better (I have a lot of chronic health issues). I decided to listen to myself when I realized how much better it made me feel and when I reflected on how many other people I know have their own way of eating that works for them (for instance, my Dad eats a small breakfast, HUGE lunch, and medium dinner and he has always said that’s how he feels best). As long as you have a balanced diet, who cares?! Your post made me feel more validated today, thanks. :)

  14. says

    you should listen to your body! This is not unusual in some countries. We hosted an exchange student from Egypt recently and she said that they generally eat their largest meal around lunchtime and a very light dinner, followed by a late night snack (they stay up very late!). To each his own! Happy Thanksgiving!

  15. says

    I think plain ole butternut squash is the best thing that I’ve had this week.

    If I could eat yogurt though, I’d totally have picked your bowl as my favorite!! So many yummy toppings. I bet it was fabulous.

  16. says

    I am exactly like you. I wake up, drink an almond milk latte first, a few hours later have a big breakfast [usually meat + vegetable], small lunch [usually fish + salad] and then a teeny tiny snack dinner.

    Also – your brunch? Looks drop-dead delicious. YUM!

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