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What I Ate Wednesday #1

What I Ate Wednesday is a popular blog series that’s been taking the blogging world by storm. It’s crazy popular with food bloggers because it’s like getting to see behind the scenes. And who doesn’t love a good behind the scenes? It’s like getting to watch something you shouldn’t be, but it being totally okay. I decided to jump into this blog series world because I thought it’d be fun for you all to see what a working nutritionist and soon to be dietetic intern (#rd2be life) eats in a day!

Wednesday I worked at the Cabell County clinic. I’ve been traveling a lot lately (mainly to Cabell) the past few months as we hiccup through some staffing turnover. This puts me over half an hour from home, so going home on lunch isn’t an option. I have to make sure I have everything I need before I head out the door in the morning.

I try to get to work early enough to start my computer up and eat my breakfast while checking my e-mails. I take medication in the morning that doesn’t let me eat half an hour to preferably two hours after I take it. So eating breakfast at home really isn’t an option unless I can really turn myself into a morning person. I use to be a morning person in college, and I still consider myself a morning person to an extent now, but not quite the morning person I’d like to be. Definitely not the kind who gets up early enough before work to take medication and be able to eat breakfast at home an hour later before heading out the door.

I had picked up this Purely Elizabeth’s Chocolate Sea Salt Probiotic Granola from Whole Foods back in April on our last trip to Charleston, South Carolina. I had tried another bag of the Purely Elizabeth’s Banana Nut Butter Grain Free Granola and kinda hated it. It was disappointing because there’s all this hype behind Purely Elizabeth and the first product I tried I felt like was a bust. Trying the Chocolate Sea Salt Probiotic Granola was a definite win though. The granola clusters were awesome for snacking. The chocolate taste is the first to hit ya, then followed by that lovely sea salt. Yummmm. This week, I had picked up some Stonyfield Organic Greek Yogurt Plain with 0% fat. I had never tried it either, but Kroger had marked it down to 79 cents since it would be expiring in a week. The combination was great, but it wasn’t anything remarkably different than my typical Greek yogurt with my typical granola. I’m not sold on the Purely Elizabeth’s hype.

Not pictured is my Newman’s Own Organic Fair Trade Special Blend coffee and a honey crisp apple I had after.

I drank water throughout the morning in my Harry Potter Tervis Aaron surprised me with. I’m a huge Harry Potter fan and I’ve been surprised how many clients have commented on it. It’s funny how just a few personal pieces in your office can really open up a client during counseling. Also, counseling clients makes you thirsty! It’s great to have a see through glass to drink out so my clients can see I practice what I preach. Water is the best way to stay hydrated.

For lunch I packed my Southwestern Turkey Chili and sprinkled it with some shredded cheese I was trying to finish off from the fridge at home. Since I ate in the Nutrition Education room, aka our break room when not in use. Co-workers were in and out so I spent a majority of my lunch catching up with them. I brought my Food & Nutrition magazine to read during the rest of my lunch. 100% my favorite magazine! I get this magazine every other month as part of my membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. If you’re interested, you can subscribe too! It’s just $14.99 a year and if you’re interested in nutrition at all, it’s a great magazine! Plus it offers CEU just for reading and taking a short quiz after.

Clinic slowed down later in the afternoon. We schedule appointments and take walk-ins, so while we kind of have an idea of how clinic will flow, you can never know clinic flow for sure. I’m sure my fellow nutritionists know this life. So I always try to have things in my work bag to keep me busy. It typically involves reading material or a work project. Today it was my VegNews magazine. This is my second favorite magazine. I read through some of this and had an afternoon pick me up snack–a banana! And of course more water!

When I got home from work Aaron was already upstairs doing some work from home. I measured out 3 cups of Skinny Pop popcorn into a large bowl and sprinkled with some nutritional yeast. I typically have something when I get home from work. Either a cup of coffee, a banana, popcorn, smoothie, something.

Aaron told me he would be awhile working so I went into the kitchen. I figured he needed an evening pick me up too. I pulled out the Vitamix and got to work. I made some homemade hemp seed milk followed by some homemade cashew milk (recipes coming soon to the blog!). I had just enough cashew milk to fill my glass milk bottle and more than enough hemp seed milk. I used 16 fl oz of the hemp seed milk as a base to mix with our matcha protein powder for a yummy and filling drink. I’m not super familiar with the protein powder brand here. I actually found it at TJ Maxx for about $10 and thought it’d be fun to try.

Just as we were drinking our hemp seed matcha protein, our doorbell rang. My mawmaw had stopped by to invite us to my cousin, Nick’s, high school baccalaureate. We quickly got ourselves together and headed out the door. It’s hard to believe it’s been seven years since I was standing where Nick was, going through the motions of celebration and leaving high school behind forever. Here soon we’ll be celebrating his graduation, 18th birthday and then his sister’s wedding! When did my baby cousins stop being babies?!

The baccalaureate was held at the local baptist church and the main speaker was their pastor. He delivered a great message titled “Who Ya Gonna Serve?” drawing from Joshua 24:15 and Proverbs 16:9. It’s been awhile since Aaron and I have gone to church. We’ve been having a hard time finding a new home church that felt right for both of us. It felt so good to hear God’s word. Joshua 24:15 is one of my favorite verses and it was great to hear such a strong message behind it. Starting my internship soon and thinking about reentering the dietetics field as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, the message of “Who Ya Gonna Serve” really spoke to me, even if it was only directed to the 18 year old graduates. God works in funny, beautiful ways.

There was a reception afterwards with desserts. I had two m&m cookies (one of my favorite types of cookies!). We stayed for pictures and to catch up with each other. My cousin Michaela lives out of state for college. She just got into town last week so it’s the first time I had seen her in months!

When we got home Aaron and I were both exhausted. We still had to take care of the fur babies and figure out dinner. I was really craving one of my favorite local pizza joints and Aaron’s stomach seemed to agree. We ordered a pepperoni pizza, cheese breadsticks, and sweet chili wings (Aaron’s one request) for dinner. I ate a few pieces of pizza and cheese breadsticks while we watched Brooklyn Nine-Nine on Hulu. After that it was time to get our nightly routine in and prepare for the next day.

As you can tell, my day got a bit hectic and I didn’t get to snap pictures of my evening bites. Sorry! It’s my first try at this What I Ate Wednesday series. Better luck next time? My little food diary is a great example that nutritionists are real people too. We’re not the food police. I love pizza. I have crazy family days too. I don’t have it all together. But I don’t beat myself up over it (or at least I try not to). I enjoyed my healthy desk breakfast while I caught up on the world. I enjoyed my turkey chili while I socialized with coworkers and read up on the dietetics field. I enjoyed eating a cookie (or two) while my heart was happy seeing my family. And best believe I enjoyed a few slices of greasy pizza curled up on my couch in my comfy clothes, hair in a bun, no make up, no bra watching a good TV show with my fiance and furbabies. Enjoy your life. Enjoy your food. Feeling guilty for eating pizza or deprived for eating yogurt isn’t going to help you one bit.

Until next Wednesday,

xx Sara

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