The Non-Hunger Diaries: How I Eat And Move {Part 1 of 2}

***Update #2***

See my response to The Hunger Diaries

***Update***

Interesting timing that I wrote this post today, in light of Marie Clare‘s “The Hunger Diaries“. Maybe I will write my reaction to the article sometime this week. I am retitling this post:

The Non-Hunger Diaries

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A while ago I got a question from a reader about what my daily exercise and food routines look like. My initial response has changed somewhat since I replied via email (about 3 months ago) so I thought I might post it here because it’s a question I get a lot! I was going to post both workouts and food in the same post but it got long, so today is just going to be my food. I’ve been chatting about the gym a lot lately anyway so it’s time for a change.

This is me (sorry for the awful lighting and the weird angle – it was last night, I only have 1 full length mirror in the house, and my overhead light went out and I haven’t gotten around to putting a new one in). Note the book problem in the background – I have 2 more of those shelves completely full and we are running out of room. (Katie, I still have to mail your book!) I guess this is what happens when you don’t like or watch TV.

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You can kind of see my new hair cut. I am wearing my standard uniform of yoga pants and a tank top. It was good to hear that you guys agree with me – you should do what YOU want to with your hair (and everything else) – not what other people tell you. I like having my hair short because I flip my head over, blow dry for 3 minutes, and I’m done. I don’t even need a brush or any products. I have a very simple beauty routine. The only makeup I wear is concealer mixed with oil-free lotion. I rarely wear anything else like mascara or blush. I do always wear jewelry outside of the house – earrings and my wedding and engagement rings. I can be ready in 8 minutes, including my shower. I am not a girly girl and yes I do wear yoga pants to parties. At least I wear cute shoes.

A Chillax Diet Routine

My diet philosophy is: be very chill. I don’t want to be vague though, so I will give examples (not exhaustive, but these are my staples). Something to note – unlike most bloggers, I eat out a lot. I eat out for about 80% of my meals.

    • Morning before work: a big cup of tea or coffee, sometimes with milk, always with NuNaturals stevia.
    • Breakfasts: Greek yogurt, or some fruit, or bacon, or hard boiled eggs. If I’m feeling frisky I might have part of a healthy scone from Whole Foods or a buttered bagel. An omelette with greens (whole eggs, not the whites). On weekends we tend to have larger breakfasts and my favorites are actually just huge salads, or big omelettes. This is a far cry from what I used to eat – back at Cornell we’d go to Mate Factor in downtown Ithaca and I would get this great Belgian waffle with whipped cream (sometimes for dinner too). Bobby would get the salmon bagel.

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    • Lunches: a big salad with lots of toppings (my favorite is a chopped unlimited topping salad from cafe metro: romaine, marinated tofu or tuna, grapes, mandarin oranges, tomatoes, cucumbers, whole egg, avocado, sprouts, beets, peppers, and more); leftover dinner. I often have an apple after lunch to clear my palette.

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    • Dinners: whatever I’m missing out on and craving from the day (luckily for me my body tends to know what it needs). This could be another big salad or a big veggie stir-fry with some kind of protein and lots of fats (butter, coconut oil, peanut oil, olive oil, avocado). If I’m in a macro mood I might have a macro plate – brown rice, beans, hijiki seaweed, steamed greens, and steamed squash, doused in whatever dressing the plate comes with (it varies by the restaurant). I recreated my favorite dressing, the miso-tahini sauce recipe from Souen.

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    • Healthy Snacks: fruit, veggies and dip, yogurt, cottage cheese, nuts, etc… I used to have a bad habit of mindlessly snacking too much after dinner but I’ve been working on it and I’m doing much better these days.

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I have tried to track my calories and it just makes me crazy. I would guess that I eat anywhere from 1800-2000 calories a day, and it definitely varies all the time depending on time of month and my exercise levels. (I am 5’10″ so I am not a teeny girl.) I have never ever had a day where I knew how many calories I ate. (I have nothing against calorie counting if it works for you – it just is not right for me, at all.) The fact that I eat out so much also makes it hard to calculate.

Just some notes – I am NOT vegetarian/vegan/macrobiotic/raw. If anything I’m paleo/primal. I eat meat because I feel that my body needs it. I love butter and cream cheese and Greek yogurt, but don’t eat much dairy besides those (I’m semi lactose intolerant but sometimes I do cave for McDonald’s $1 soft serve). I love fish. I don’t have any known food allergies, but I do have IBS. I love carbs but to be honest I don’t eat many grains these days. I don’t really worry about getting enough protein. I do make sure to eat a lot of fat, which is good for your brain and your skin. I don’t care for nut butter (gasp). My favorite foods are changing all the time, but I generally love squash, seaweed, bacon, and butter.

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Hope this answers any questions! Do you eat like me? Have you found a way of eating that works for your body? Anything else you want to ask me? (If you have exercise Q’s I will try to answer them in Part 2.)

My gosh this turned into an epic post. I promise the exercise one is much shorter.

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12 Comments on The Non-Hunger Diaries: How I Eat And Move {Part 1 of 2}

  1. Glidingcalm
    4 October, 2010 at 8:24 am (4 years ago)

    YUM!! CHEESY TOAST!! I love that you eat lots of cheese! Pretty much the best food in the world!! :)

    HAPPY MONDAY MAGGIE!

  2. Lea @ Healthy Coconut
    4 October, 2010 at 10:08 am (4 years ago)

    Where do you buy your yoga pants? I’m height challenged :) and I have a hard time buying yoga pants that fit me without being too long…I need to always hem mine after I buy them, lol!

    • Maggie
      4 October, 2010 at 10:10 am (4 years ago)

      @Lea: Well, I am 5’10″ so I have the opposite problem! I always have to get the extra long ones. I know that Lululemon hems their pants free though.

  3. Stephanie
    4 October, 2010 at 1:27 pm (4 years ago)

    I love that you eat pretty intuitively and I strive for that kind of relaxed approach. I have struggled with terrible digestive problems over the last few years and have found that I always feel better if I listen to what my body is craving. Somehow it always seems to know. And I think a healthy diet consists of eating with diversity so I will have some meat at dinner (last night, buffalo) and then something non-meaty for breakfast (sweet potato with tahini and fruit).

    Yay for non-labeled eating!!

  4. Cindy
    4 October, 2010 at 2:30 pm (4 years ago)

    JEEZ we eat basically the same.

    and I stress about eating out and not being vegegarian/vegan/etc.
    and I stress about not exercising enough (even though I am exhausted all the time)
    feel guilty about cheese, love veggies and squashes and grains

    I do eat too much sugar-y things.
    THAT is probably my biggest problem. Girl loves to bake!
    hehe!

    Thanks for sharing Maggie! I live in Yoga Pants at home too!

    COMFY

  5. Kath (Eating for Living)
    4 October, 2010 at 3:45 pm (4 years ago)

    You look great, and I’m happy you’ve found a way of eating that works so well for you! And I love your haircut! (I’m also a shorter-hair girl, but I need an hour with showering and everything neertheless.)

    For me, it would be too much grains, and also the cheese wouldn’t be so good. I have a very sensitive stomach, I can’t eat heavy or large meals, and I have food intolarences. I love you eat so balanced, this looks really good to me!

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