Hi friends! Here’s another example of a day’s worth of intuitive eating for me, gluten free, vegan, unprocessed whole foods, and mostly local/seasonal. Keep in mind that what I eat varies from day to day, season to season, and what’s right for me may not be right for you. With these “what I ate” style posts, I simply hope to share what works for me and inspire you to eat more simply, more in tune with your body. Intuitive eating has been such a revelation for me, learning to tune in to my own body and trusting it, instead of tuning outwards to trends, “influencers”, books, etc. I’ve been practicing it maybe a year or two now and the effects have been profound, and goes hand in hand with self love.
ready? Heres what I ate and did today on a full day off. To see more examples of what I, my husband, and kids eat, click here.
7 am: wake up and drink water.
I always drink a quart jar worth of water in the morning, warm. I find that cold water feels jarring to my body/my digestion and I almost never drink it. I fill it halfway with cool water and halfway with hot water from my kettle. Often I’ll add ginger slices or lemon/lime, but today I just felt like pure water. Then I made my daughter’s lunch for school while my husband made them breakfast.
8 am: meditation + gua sha
Carmela left for school and I sat and meditated with my husband for maybe 10 minutes while Vin played LEGOS. After, I put on this golden elixir oil from CocoKind and did a lymphatic drainage practice called gua sha: an ancient Chinese massage technique where you “scrape” smooth jade or rose quartz blades over the skin, releasing the fascia and facilitating drainage. My face can get really puffy and this helps so much. It brings so much circulation to the skin and adds that glowiness. Plus, in my experience, it helps any breakouts that may be coming up to go away fast. This one is similar to a set I have.
8:15 am: herbal infusion
I started drinking my herbal infusion from the night before: nettles, ashwagandha, and spearmint steeped overnight in hot water. Strained and diluted the next day, I drink it throughout the morning for minerals and plant medicine. I switch the herbs up depending on what I’m feeling that I need.
9:30 am: more infusion + a mango
I drank the rest of my herbal infusion and ate some mango Joel cut for me while I was getting some work done on the computer. I usually don’t eat breakfast till later than many people, it makes me feel nauseated to eat early, since I was a child!
11 am: workout + smoothie bowl
I did this quick but effective workout and then made a fast smoothie bowl. I’ve been craving a smoothie bowl and then my mom gifted me some of her stash of frozen garden razzies which are HEAVEN. Serious candy. I blended 4 frozen bananas, frozen razzies, vanilla extract, and a splash of homemade coconut milk together until smooth and creamy. I topped with hemp seeds, more razzies and rawnola I had in the fridge (I used dates, coconut, almond meal and walnuts this time). This was super filling which was perfect after my strong workout and tiny breakfast.
2-3 pm: kombucha + strawberries
We ran some errands, picked up a few groceries and then headed to the park by our Wednesday night farmers market. At my coop I picked up a watermelon basil kombucha (local and on draft) in my mason jar. I drank that while Joel and I talked and the kids played.
Then I walked over to the market and found some beautiful spring goodies, including strawberries. We ate the whole basket.
I picked up also a super dark lettuce, sugar snap peas, Cara Cara oranges, baby potatoes, and cilantro- all local, all organic. I chatted with my farmer friends, who all told me they are desperately hoping for rain soon. We’ve been so dry here in California this year. Then we headed to the library to pick up books and a few movies (we canceled our Netflix last summer and it has been THE BEST).
4 pm: sugar snap peas
On the way back home from the library, I drank a quart of water and snacked on some of the sugar snap peas.
5 pm: rainbow dinner
Joel made himself + the kids a pad thai style dish. I was craving more veggies and no grains, so I steamed the potatoes I got from the market, a whole zucchini (preserves nutrients) until almost soft, then added in a handful of mushrooms, steamed another minute, and added in tofu and broccoli for the last few minutes). I cut up half of the zuch and tossed it in the blender with 1 raw carrot, a scoop of white miso, spoon of nutritional yeast, a few cherry tomatoes, clove of garlic, juice from a meyer lemon, and a spoonful of peanut butter. No recipe, I just made it up as I went and it was delicious. In my giant bowl, I added the steamed veggies/tofu, avocado, the chopped up head of farmers market lettuce, some sugar snap peas, some tomatoes, pickled onions, and sauerkraut. Then drizzled the dressing over. It was so good, all the textures, flavors, colors…plants are medicine.
7:30 bedtime tonic
Most nights I have a grounding tonic to get ready for bed. Tonight I did a bit of coconut butter blended with water, Vitamineral Earth, cocoa powder, vanilla, and a gooey medjool date. So good and so warming.
Thanks so much for reading! Lots of love and I hope you enjoyed xx