Hey friends! Hope your week is going well. I haven’t done a What I Ate Wednesday post in a few weeks and I thought it would be nice to do a transparent post about a full day of eats on a weekend day, where every choice may not have been the healthy one, but it was the right one for the moment.
It’s okay to branch out on the weekends, enjoy good food, drinks, and eat a little more than you may during the work week. I have adopted the mentality to just go with the flow on the weekends, especially if you’re with groups or somewhere new. Just take it all in, and don’t worry about the stress of over-thinking and critiquing every thing you put in your mouth. ESPECIALLY when there are birthdays involved.
Saturday started with a 6 mile training run. Upon returning home around 9am (it was already so hot!), I had some iced coffee and a homemade breakfast sandwich with two pieces of sprouted toast, two eggs, spinach, tomatoes, peppers and cheese. This meal was probably my best meal of the day, and I figured it would be my only chance to have a few vegetables.
I then ordered some Cake Batter Coconut Butter (can’t wait to try this flavor!) and headed towards uptown Charlotte for a Brunch and Learn with the Charlotte Food Bloggers Group. They had some full-time bloggers come and talk to us and we were able to network with other local bloggers while learning more about SEO.
Though it was the day after National Donut Day, there were still donuts galore, thanks to the local vendors who donated them to us. There were also a variety of pastries, fruit salads, mimosas, quiches and mini cupcakes.
I had a few servings with a little bit of everything. I also snagged an extra donut on my way out for the birthday boy and headed to pick him up from the airport. He was in Utah for the week for work, so I was excited to finally have him home.
After picking Ed up, we headed home so he could shower and take a quick nap, and I heated up some leftover Lemon Tahini Lentil Dip and ate it with tortilla chips. I didn’t get much protein at brunch and was needing some fuel. I am seriously addicted to this recipe I posted yesterday!
And obligatory mini cupcakes I had picked up the day before! Even after that brunch, I still opted for the oreo cookie one, while Ed opted to save his for later since he was racing.
We headed down to the Noda area for the Noda 5k race. It was like 95 degrees so I was pumping Ed up with water, and I was chugging some too, even as a spectator.
Ed won the race so we had celebratory beers at the race before heading to a nearby bar, where I had organized a mini surprise party for Ed. We had cupcakes from Maddy’s Fatty’s, and apparently I was so caught up chatting with everyone that I forgot to take a picture. So this is from the company website – we got 8 different flavors and cut them so people could try a few flavors. I tried the strawberry and chocolate maple bacon and both were unbelievable.
We hung out for a few more hours (and drinks) before the group decided we should order pizza. I had a piece of cheese and a piece of everything, which really hit the spot. I think we were all needing some real food in our systems by this point, and there’s just something about greasy pizza and beer going really well together.
We eventually called it a night and I made sure I had everything on hand to make this baked peanut butter banana french toast for Sunday morning.
Did I have one too many sweets on Saturday? Maybe, but at the same time, it felt pretty natural to go with the flow and not stress about it. As a result, my sweet tooth has tamed down this week, so I’ve been piling up on the veggies and whole grains. I normally wouldn’t eat out and have cupcakes, donuts and pizza all in the same day, but when you release any food rules, you realize that one day isn’t going to change anything. Just like one day of loading up on fruits and veggies isn’t going to change your lifestyle. It’s about the bigger picture, friends, and balance. My friend Robyn wrote a great post about it yesterday.
I just want you to know that it’s okay if you eat more on a certain day, or eat a second serving of birthday cake, or that extra cupcake that’s tempting you, or share that extra beer with friends.
Chances are that if you really want it and don’t give it to yourself, you’ll crave it more later. Don’t stress about the calories, focus on the memories you’re creating around the food, and the experience.
How do you celebrate significant other’s or spouse’s birthdays? Do you prefer small intimate celebrations or group celebrations?