What I Ate Wednesday

I’ve never felt all that compelled to put together a “What I Ate Wednesday” post even though I see them quite frequently.  There’s nothing particularly interesting about the way I eat.  I’m not paleo or vegetarian, and I don’t eat organic stuff.  To be honest, I’m a little insecure about what I eat.  I’m not a clean eater.  I eat more candy than any adult probably should.  Probably my only healthy consumption habits are that I don’t drink alcohol and that I do drink water.

But this past week, the Ironman hunger I’ve heard people talk about finally hit.  I was starving.  All the time.  So I decided it might be worth my while to document what I eat on a random day of Ironman training.  I decided to document Tuesday, just because it’s easy to document Tuesday and then post on Wednesday.  When I started, I wasn’t sure what the day would be like with regards to food.  I decided to try to eat like I normally would and simply document the results.

I woke up at 4:30am to do some hip and glute strength exercises before going into work.  After I was done with those, I ate a banana.  I didn’t have time for much else, and I’m generally not all that hungry in the mornings anyway.

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The first thing I do when I get to work (today at 7:00am, but usually a bit later) is make coffee and fill up my water bottle.  I just have one cup of coffee (with sweetened creamer) in the morning, and I try to drink three bottles of water throughout the day.

CoffeeWater

Around 8:30am, I started feeling a bit peckish and ate a raisin bagel with peanut butter.

PeanutButterBagel

Just a couple minutes later, I passed the front desk on a trip to the bathroom and saw that there was a bowl of candy out.  Score!  I snagged three pieces and ate them immediately.

Candy1

At 9:30am, I had a small cinnamon roll that a co-worker brought in for a group of us.

CinnamonRoll

I ate an apple at 11:00am.

Apple

And around 12:15pm, I busted out my “official” lunch.  Today, I had a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and milk.  And yes, I am twelve years old, thank you very much.

Lunch

At 1:00pm, I had my daily tea.  Usually in the afternoon, I have some mint tea as a kind of “pick-me-up.”  It’s not caffeinated, so it’s not waking me up physiologically, but I find that the routine of sipping on something while I stare at a computer screen helps rejuvenate me, whether or not actual caffeine is involved.

Tea

At 2:00pm, I ate a banana with peanut butter.  In case anyone noticed the copious amounts of peanut butter in my diet, a few weeks ago, I got a whole flat of peanut butter (12 jars) for $12.  So I’ve been eating it with abandon.

Banana2

I left work early so I could stop by the post office and planned to make up the hour or so from home in the evening.  I grabbed some more candy on the way out and ate it about 3:15pm on the train home while working on this post.

Candy2

I got to Rob’s place and had a little snack before going for my run… a slice of cheese, two slices of lunch meat, and a Honey Stinger waffle.

PreRun

Rob worked late, so I didn’t start on dinner until around 7:00pm.  At 7:15, I felt kind of hungry, but I couldn’t make much since I was, you know, already making food.  So I had a glass of milk instead.

Milk

And then around 7:45pm, I had dinner which was by far my biggest meal of the day.  We had bachelor pasta which is cheesy and garlicky and wonderful.

Dinner
One of my favorite meals… I meant to take the photo before I added quite that much cheese…
One thing that you may notice from this post is that I’m almost constantly eating.  From the time I woke up until the time I went to bed, I consumed something every two hours or so.  I am a grazer at heart.  While I typically do eat a “real” dinner that fills me up, during the day, I naturally tend to eat just enough to take the edge off of my hunger.  This means that I eat often.  Fortunately, eating at desks is perfectly acceptable in my office, so I’ve been able to embrace this tendency.  I also eat a lot of carbs and a lot of sweet stuff, even if that sweet stuff is sometimes healthy, like fruit.  To be honest, I outdid myself a little bit today.  (Sweet snacks and a sweet lunch of PB&J?!)  By the end of the day I was craving something salty, something savory, and something with a little more protein to it. (I didn’t ever quite check the protein box, but dinner fulfilled that need for something salty and savory.)

I don’t generally track calories, but I went through my diet today and came up with a rough estimate of 3300 calories for the day.  It turns out all those snacks throughout the day add up—and that’s a good thing because I definitely need the calories they offer.

How much do you eat while training?

Do you track your food intake regularly?

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13 thoughts on “What I Ate Wednesday

  1. Wow thats quite an array of foods!
    I do track my food intake everyday, not for calorie purposes but simply because I am fastidious about what I put in my body. I am not an Ironman, I am simply a training Duathlete.

    I usually do the following:
    100g oats in plant milk

    3 Banana, 1 cup blueberries, 1 tbsp red beet, 1 cup mango, 1 cup spinach, 2tbsp oats + 2 cups plant milk smoothie (snack)

    Homemade Broccoli soup or Quinoa/Rice and red bean/chick pea salad with no dressing

    Post workout drink + Shakeology (snack)

    Homemade potato chips with bean chilli over rice (dinner)

    + 1 square 85%+ dark chocolate.

    I find loading a filling snack around the 300 cal per lb density range is a good way to keep me full and not snack on tasty, sugary things.

    My diet is almost entirely without processed foods or sugar though, (other than the 1sq Dark Choco). Keeps me full and energised and I just increase portion sizing proportional to training amount per day.

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    1. I’m always impressed when people can train without processed foods or sugars. What do you eat during rides/workouts? I did a “skip the sweets” challenge last week (my work put it on), but I allowed myself regular workout fuel (specifically, Honey Stinger waffles on the bike and ProBar chews on the run). I’ve always been curious how people who avoid added sugars deal with carrying fuel with them for workouts.

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      1. Oh so sorry! I completely missed this!
        I personally carry homemade energy bars or homemade banana bites! No sugar added. Also dates are a vegans superfood energy kick!
        For my energy during workouts too I am drinking certain quantities of carbs (60g per hour) and 1-3g BCAA proteins per hour as well for muscle fatigue.

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  2. My friend Ashley and I have a saying for someone like you. “You can sit with us” (like from the movie Mean Girls) – because your day of food is awesome. I love how you’re like “yup candy, yup cinnamon roll, oh hey peanut butter”. I’m not an Ironman, but he is a 2x Ironman and I can eat like one 🙂 Eat up – you need it during this time!!! Side note, I want to work somewhere that has a candy bowl.

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    1. I was literally opening up the candy I snagged from the front desk when I read this comment! Ha ha! I sometimes still can’t quite mentally process how I can be so hungry all the time, but I’m really glad for it… I’ve gone through periods where I simply don’t have an appetite and eating is just a chore I have to do. And it’s literally just the worst. If you’ve got the food you need, being hungry all the time is actually kind of fun!

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      1. Now that I’m not “training” I’m not as hungry, but my body is still like, “oh hey eat something!” It’s annoying. I am eating anyway. I figured, I’ll start training again soon and need the extra energy, hahaha!

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  3. Hanna @ TheMillennialNextDoor

    Okay, I’ll bite: what the heck is “bachelor pasta”?

    Solidarity, girl. I am just like you. No vegan/paleo/veg/gluten free/clean eating for this girl. I love your post. Also you have to remember that being in the blog world really skews things. People like you and I are not a minority in real life, but it can be easy to feel that way in blogland where there are disproportionate number of people who are really into food culture.People like us aren’t writing food blogs because why bother?

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    1. Oooh, bachelor pasta is one of my boyfriend’s and my staple meals. I think he started making it between his previous serious relationship and me, hence the name! It’s basically an “aglio e olio” [garlic and oil] dish (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spaghetti_aglio_e_olio). But these days, we make the sauce (I guess? It’s not really a “sauce” per se, more like a topping that you toss in with the pasta) with garlic, olive oil, green onions, red pepper flakes, and Italian parsley. And sometimes halved grape tomatoes if we’re feeling rich.

      OH. AND ALL THE PARMESAN.

      You’re right about the blogging world really skewing things. It’s so easy to forget that a lot of people eat out several times a week (whether at a restaurant or fast food) and that not eating clean is the norm. I would actually love a food blog devoted to eating candy and stuff. I think it could be *such* a funny riff on the culture of healthy food blogging (which I also appreciate and totally has it’s place!).

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  4. Mmmm candy! I have no willpower if there are treats in the office. I’m trying to get that under control now that I’m not working out so much. And I sometimes think I should track my calories but meh I don’t care that much.

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    1. Same here… it’s just so much effort. And for me, with how much I tend to get obsessed with numbers and plans and stuff, I just don’t want to risk that aspect of my life invading the way I feel about food.

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