Rabbit, rabbit. Okay now, welcome to the first WIAW of July! Studying for the bar means less time for kitchen creativity. But I still managed to squeeze in lots of summery eats to say farewell to June yesterday and usher in July, from salads to seafood to a scrumptious sundae. My day began with a pre-run snack, which was relatively small. Just a muffin and some blueberries with half a mug of Green Mountain Blueberry coffee. I was only planning to run 5-6 miles and wanted to get out the door. Usually I’d skip the snack for a morning like this, but for some reason I woke up with my stomach growling and knew it wouldn’t be a good idea.
Welcome to the first WIAW of May! I’m linking up with Jenn over at Peas & Crayons to share a day’s eats with you all. Yesterday, as I have for the past week, I focused on eating clean, whole foods and keeping processed foods and added sugars to a minimum. I have not cut them out completely – I did so for three days last week, but my focus going forward is on balance. I’m already gluten-free, and I chose to add dairy back in quickly after eliminating it for the first few days of my three-week clean eating challenge. My allergies to tree nuts and avocados make it tough to replace the healthy fats I get from eating my Greek yogurt and peanut butter. And as much as I enjoy spooning that peanut butter straight out of the jar, I like to make it part of a more substantial snack! I am already more aware of how processed foods and added sugars can affect your energy levels, and intend to be mindful whether and when to include them. Today I will be taking my last final exam of law school, and I’ve needed a steady stream of finals fuel without sugar shock! But I have also realized that when I want some ice cream, nothing else will curb the craving. I wanted some on the eve of the exam, and so I indulged. The important thing is to make good choices most of the time, and to do what works for you. Kelly wrote about this timely topic yesterday, and I’ve done so in the past. Even for someone without my food history, it’s crucial to keep in mind!