Trying to eat a balanced meal can be difficult, especially when a few obstacles are thrown your way! So many people stress about eating perfectly balanced meals, then ride the emotional rollercoaster of shame and regret if they indulge. My series, What a Registered Dietitian Eats in a Week, highlights that healthy eating is flexible and no two days have to look the same. As a nutrition expert, I share everything I ate for one week to help bring a sense of normalcy and food flexibility to your life.
My healthy eating strategy is simple - cook as much as I can at home, keep portions reasonable, and sneak in extra fruits and vegetables when possibly. I don't count calories, have restrictive food rules, or punish myself for indulging. I eat when I'm hungry, I don't if I'm not, and when I'm craving something sweet, I go for it!
For this post, I wanted to show you everything I ate while balancing a chaotic move, eating on the go, and attempting to cook at home with limited kitchen utensils. Some of our meals may surprise you but I wanted to show everything, the good and the questionable. These photos are messy and unapologetically real. No food styling, nothing left undocumented, just very candid photos of everything I ate for a week.
What a Registered Dietitian Eats in a Week
Monday - 3 Days Till the Move
BREAKFAST: Kashi Toasted Oats with 2% milk, a banana, and coffee. LUNCH: Sushi rolls from Sprouts - blazing California roll and crunchy shrimp roll. DINNER: Panera Bread full green goddess cobb salad (no bacon), cup of broccoli cheddar soup, and baguette.
Tuesday - 2 Days Till the Move
BREAKFAST: Kashi cinnamon shredded wheat with 2% milk, and two cups of coffee. LUNCH: Beef teriyaki bowl and 'face lift' carrot juice from the Original Chop Shop. DINNER: Went to the Whole Foods hot bar and grabbed a bunch of random stuff! It looks like a lot of food but we split the Indian food and chicken skewers, and I had their strawberry kale salad.
Wednesday - 1 Day Till the Move
BREAKFAST: Venti vanilla latte. LUNCH: Steak burrito bowl with chips, salsa, and guacamole from Chipotle. DINNER: The classic 'moving' meal - Chinese takeout! We split an order of chicken fried rice and chicken chow mein.
Thursday - Moving Day!
BREAKFAST: Venti vanilla latte and leftover chicken chow mein (yes, for breakfast!) LUNCH: Whole Foods salad from the salad bar (grabbed it the day before when we were at the store.) DINNER: Another steak burrito bowl from Chipotle.
Friday - 1 Day After the Move
BREAKFAST: Black coffee (we had no refrigerator!), then an hour later we grabbed an avocado and tomato breakfast bagel, and an orange juice from Einstein Bagel. LUNCH: California sushi roll from Sprouts. SNACK: Split a Costco acai bowl. DINNER: Quinoa and Kale salad from the Costco deli.
Saturday - 2 Days After the Move
BREAKFAST: Cinnamon rice cakes with almond butter, strawberries, and two cups of coffee. LUNCH: Costco Asian chicken wrap. DINNER: Costco deli cobb salad.
Sunday - 3 Days After the Move
BREAKFAST: Kashi cinnamon shredded wheat with 2% milk, 3 oz of kefir (first time trying it!) and two cups of coffee. LUNCH: Half of the Costco Asian chicken wrap. DINNER: Our first and only homemade meal of the week! We made a cilantro lime rice bowl with a fresh corn, avocado, and tomato salad, topped with salmon. Not pictured was the big glass of red wine we had with it, too!
Did you recently move? Have a funny food story to share? I'd love to read about it in the comments section below!