I try really hard to keep a positive (or at least productive) attitude even though I find it very easy to be self deprecating, especially when it comes to body composition and, in turn, food. Despite an almost complete and total meltdown related to the fact that I haven’t lost any weight since I was two weeks post-partum, I’m trying very hard to have a healthy attitude.  I made the decision to stop logging and to stop obsessing over macros.  I’ve replaced logging with a simple question before I eat anything: “will this nourish me?”  If the answer is yes, I eat; if the answer is no, I refrain.  By relying on the concept of nourishment versus calories or macros, I’m choosing the subjective over the objective.  Is it a perfect system? No, but right now it’s helping to keep me balanced.

That being said, here’s a look at what I’m eating right now.  I’m hoping that by taking a subjective approach to nutrition I’ll begin to see results (please, pretty please).

Wednesday October 12, 2016

Breakfast 1 (4 a.m. – ish) — Before running I had two sweet potato breakfast cookies from Run Fast Eat Slow and coffee with cocoa butter, mct oil, cocoa powder and cinnamon.   Before heading out I had a second cup of coffee.  3 a.m. wake up calls are tough, especially when Ivy doesn’t want to go back to sleep.

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Breakfast 2 (8:30 a.m.) —   Post run and core exercises.  A sweet potato with an egg over easy cooked in coconut oil.  I tend to bake several sweet potatoes at once and then use them as needed.

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Snack (11 a.m.) — I spend my days with Ivy and sometimes she makes it hard to eat or do laundry, take a shower, unload the dishwasher, unpack boxes from Hogsback — you get the picture.  I love cottage cheese and was starving so about 1/3 of a container of cottage cheese made the perfect snack.

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Lunch (1:30 p.m.) — I got fancy.  A tuna burger, 4 cups of steamed broccoli and about 3/4 cup of mixed grains from Trader Joes.  Easiest thing is to throw it all in one bowl and hope the Little Otter lets me eat.

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Snack (4:30 p.m.) — Smoothie made with almond milk, pea protein powder, almond butter and cherries.

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Dinner (7 p.m.) — I didn’t plan on eating again, but after making dinner for Ryan I was hungry so I had a chicken thigh and a few grilled artichoke hearts.

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 Thursday October 13, 2016

 Breakfast ( 8 a.m.) — After getting up at 3 a.m., Ivy went back to sleep at 4 a.m. and slept until about 7:30 a.m. Seeing I’m rather sleep deprived, I slept in with her.   Once we got up I made savory oatmeal — steel cut oats, olive oil, salt, pepper, a little grated parmesan cheese and two eggs over easy.

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Lunch (12 p.m.) — Little Otter was being super cranky (she’s also going through an “I want to be held all the time” phase) so I went for a quick lunch — tuna with a little mayo and pepper and three carrot / zucchini muffins with a little almond butter from Run Fast Eat Slow (it really is my go – to cook book at the moment).

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Snack (2:45 p.m.) — Greek yogurt, some frozen berries and a few walnuts.  I had a late afternoon appointment to have a new IUD inserted (no more pregnancies for me, at least for a year or so) so I wanted to eat something to prevent me from starving at the doctor’s office and on the way home.

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Dinner (6 p.m.) — I was super fancy.  Small filet, sauteed mixed vegetables mixed with the mixed grains I made earlier in the week.  Ryan and I actually ate the same thing at the same time while sitting together (Little Otter was sleeping).  Now if only we could give up our laptops at the table.

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My food intake for these two days was by no means perfect.  I need to eat more veggies (I get torn with buying fresh veggies because when things get super hectic they end up going bad) and I need to do a little more work eliminating sugar (both the sweet potato cookies and the carrot / zucchini muffins have maple syrup) but at this point in my life I don’t know that I can do “better” than I am and still maintain my sanity.  For now, my standard needs to be nourishment (and time with Ivy).  Finally here’s a picture of the her just because she’s ridiculously cute.

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Kelly Burns Gallagher

mccarter english employment litigator / oiselle team runner / coeur sports triathlete / sonic endurance coach & race director / witsup.com writer / dartmouth '02 / emorylaw '05

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