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A Day of Intuitive Eating (#2)

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Intuitive Eating.  It turns out it is a lot more difficult than it sounds.  At least for me it is!  I have found that staying true to my cravings is pretty easy, but eating without distractions and stopping when I’m full are both aspects of intuitive eating that I really need to work on.

Check out my second day of documenting my intuitive eating journey… positives, challenges, and all!  If you missed the first day, head on over here.

A Day of Intuitive Eating (#2)

Intuitive Eats Cranberry DrinkMy morning started out with the usual: 32 ounces of water with about 1/4 cup of 100% cranberry juice mixed in.  Pure cranberry juice is a bit too harsh for me, so this is one thing that I actually prefer to drink watered-down.  I sipped on this throughout the morning.  No matter how hard I try, I simply cannot down tons and tons of water first thing in the a.m.

Intuitive Eats Acai BowlIt did not take me long to figure out what I was craving for breakfast.  I have been loving acai bowls lately, and with the return of warmer weather, nothing sounded better.  Unfortunately, I did not eat it as quickly as I should have.  I was halfway through making homemade kale chips when I realized I was starving.  If I had truly been intuitive, I would have eaten before I even started the kale chips.  Instead, I finished the kale chips and was extra extra hungry at that point.  Next time I will do a better job at listening to my hunger cues.  I also ate this while reading blogs, so I definitely was not giving it the full attention it deserved.

Intuitive Eats Veggie SandwichI have been majorly craving sandwiches lately and there was nothing I wanted more for lunch.  I listened to my cravings, prepped all of the ingredients a bit early (I was planning to photograph it for the blog and wanted to be finished when my hunger struck), and sat down to this deliciousness a little after 1:00.  I ate every bite, was completely satisfied, and was full for hours.  Who knew a sandwich could be so filling?  I also ate it without any distractions, which I was pretty proud of.

Intuitive Eats Roasted CarrotLater on in the afternoon, I roasted up some whole carrots (more on this tomorrow).  I had to snag one for taste testing purposes 😉  I wasn’t necessarily hungry for it, but it was delicious!

Intuitive Green SmoothieAbout 30 minutes after the carrot, I was finally hungry for a full snack.  I had a craving for something cold, creamy, and delicious.  I decided on a green smoothie, which tasted more like a healthified chocolate milkshake to me.  I have a difficult time with the idea of spending 30 minutes sitting by myself in order to drink the smoothie without distractions.  As a result, I drank it while working on my blogging “to do” list.  In all reality, I could probably benefit from 30 minutes of quiet time.  Next time I’ll have to remind myself of that!

Intuitive Cabbage CasseroleI did not drink my smoothie until closer to 5:00, so I was not hungry for dinner until much later than usual.  In fact, I didn’t sit down to eat this Lentil and Cabbage Casserole until about 7:45 or 8:00.  It was a late dinner for me, but I stayed true to my hunger cues and did not eat when I wasn’t hungry.  I also made up a smaller bowl than I normally would have, and found that I was satisfied with just that amount.

Intuitive FruitSince I ate dinner so late, I was not hungry for my normal full-on snack of popcorn and fruit.  I did still have a craving for something sweet, though.  I decided on a very small bowl of mixed fruit leftover from The Sprinkle.

Intuitive ChocolateI also ate a square of dark chocolate.  The secret to savoring chocolate is to break it into bite-sized pieces and let it melt in your mouth.  It makes it last soooo much longer.  If I did not use this strategy, it’d be gone in about 2.5 seconds.  I ate the fruit and chocolate while watching Secrets and Lies (obsessed is an understatement).  I did try to make attempts to eat it during the commercials, though.  I have the hardest time eating without distractions when my favorite TV shows are on!

Intuitive eating is a positive, but challenging experience.  I am excited to continue challenging myself to eat without distractions and to stop when I’m full.  It is about progress not perfection, right?

Do you often eat when you are distracted?  What distracts you the most?

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  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine March 15, 2015, 6:40 am
    Your sandwich looks so lovely! And I LOVE roasted carrots! So good!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 15, 2015, 9:25 am
      It was seriously the best sandwich! I'll be sharing more about it this week :)
  • Cathy March 15, 2015, 10:37 am
    I can't believe all you eat in a day. You must have a very high metabolism!! If I ate that much I would weigh about 400 lbs. It must be because you are young. I love all you recipes and make several of them during the week. Keep it up.
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 15, 2015, 3:21 pm
      Cathy, I am so glad to hear that you enjoy my recipes! That means a lot! This is actually a lower calorie day for me. If I had to guess, it was probably around 1500-1600, which is actually lower than is recommend for most women. Our bodies really need at least 1800 calories, often more if we are active! :)
  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul March 15, 2015, 11:38 am
    I can't wait for more on those roasted carrots! Eating without distractions is hard! Erin @ Her Heartland Soul recently posted...Friday FiveMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 15, 2015, 3:22 pm
      It is SO hard!! :( I do okay sometimes, and other days I don't do well AT ALL.
  • Jaime March 15, 2015, 12:27 pm
    Intuitive eating, that's very interesting! I'll have to do more research on it. I'm always telling myself I NEED to eat at the "specified" time, and I tend to eat a lot more than I should. Jaime recently posted...Weekend Coupon Roundup 3/14My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 15, 2015, 3:23 pm
      You should definitely try it out for yourself, Jaime. It makes a lot of sense to eat when we actually feel hungry... yet for some reason it is so difficult to do!! ;)
  • Miss Polkadot March 15, 2015, 9:19 pm
    Distraction is my downfall, too. I'd be SO much better at eating intuitively if I cut them out at any and all times I eat. I blame living alone and needing that 'white noise' in between bites. If it's a newspaper or crossword puzzle, it actually works great in helping me slow down. My phone or laptop? Not so much. At all. It's great you're keeping up with it and figuring out what works for you. Miss Polkadot recently posted...Compelled to compare?My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 16, 2015, 10:24 am
      I totally understand. When you have nobody to talk to while you are eating a meal, it makes it EXTRA difficult to not be distracted by your phone/tv/etc.
  • Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies March 16, 2015, 6:43 am
    I really need to make an effort to be less distracted when eating. Sometimes I look down at my plate to see that I talked/walked/watched TV through my meal -- that it's all gone and I didn't really even enjoy it as much as I should've! Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies recently posted...Cauliflower TaquitosMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 16, 2015, 10:25 am
      Exactly! I am guilty of this a lot. We spend enough time making delicious and pretty dinners, we should really work to ENJOY them more :)
  • Alissa Apel March 16, 2015, 9:07 am
    Everything looks yummy! I try not to snack throughout the day. I end up eating more. But...I heard it's actually healthy to snack throughout the day - depending on what you snack on. Alissa Apel recently posted...Mica's DoodlesMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 16, 2015, 10:26 am
      I am a major supporter of snacking!!! I would never survive if I did not snack in between meals. I believe that if we are hungry, we should EAT!!

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