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.
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.
Around 8:30am, I started feeling a bit peckish and ate a raisin bagel with peanut butter.
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.
At 9:30am, I had a small cinnamon roll that a co-worker brought in for a group of us.
I ate an apple at 11:00am.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?