Hello easy day

This past weekend I did some good old fashioned intuitive eating. I ate fresh food, in reasonable quantities, and I enjoyed lots of treats in between – sometimes several in one day. I felt fantastic the entire time. Sure part of it was the excitement of being “away” and yes, the power of true relaxation cannot be underestimated. I eat more naturally on weekends because there is less boredom and stress eating. There is also no rigidity that comes from a structured work day. You truly can eat whenever you want… and in a way, whatever you want. I did just that over the past few days and was happy to continue this kind of eating into today despite being back at home and back at work. I love when balanced eating comes naturally! Some days are harder than others, so I am welcoming the “easy” ones with open arms. :mrgreen:

BREAKFAST

FFL english muffin with strawberry rhubarb jam, 1% cottage cheese and an orange

The strawberry rhubarb jam reminded me of my childhood. My grandma had a garden and made strawberry and raspberry jam. Every time we visited her, we ended up with bags of the stuff. The wild strawberry kind was my favorite and this really tasted like it. So so good. ๐Ÿ˜€

No coffee today. I ran out and as I’m sure you’ve heard, Boston doesn’t have drinking water right now so Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts were of no help in the coffee dept either. I survived. ๐Ÿ˜‰

WORKOUT

Gorgeous weather continues in Boston – this called for a run in the sunshine. I did 4.5 miles at 9:31 ave pace. It was hard. I can’t believe how slow I’ve become (compared to my old pace). ๐Ÿ˜• Oh well, I was still very happy with myself (just going out there is a great accomplishment!). ๐Ÿ˜€

LUNCH

I didn’t finish yesterday’s lunch so I packed up the veggies to add to my sandwich (turned wrap) today. Adam helped me finish the meat ๐Ÿ˜‰ Since it’s Meatless Monday, I went crazy on the veggies. We stopped by the Stonewall Kitchen store on the way back home yesterday and bought the most fabulous sun-dried tomato pesto. Man, did it make this wrap extra amazing today!

Ww wrap, laughing cow cheese, sun-dried tomato pesto, mixed greens with basil EVOO, tomatoes, grilled endive and green pepper + steamed yellow beans – wowza, that’s a lot of vegg ๐Ÿ˜‰

Don’t forget the baby carrots!

Yum, yum, yum. I love loaded wraps like that. The yellow beans were so crunchy. Mmm

BROWNIE TASTING

So at some point during the work day today I was faced with 2 giant bags of homemade cookies in the kitchen. I resisted the urge to feast on them because I was attending a brownie tasting event at the W Boston hotel later tonight. Definitely worth the wait! ๐Ÿ˜€

Bliss spa will be open at the W this June and tonight we were there to weigh in on which local bakery should supply the brownies to the Bliss spa brownie bar at the W Boston. Yes, every Bliss spa in the country has a brownie bar. How luxurious is that?!!

The contenders: South End Buttery, Rosie’s, Flour

Please excuse the blurry pics. I was a bit flustered and the room was kind of dark.

The brownie bites were sampled with a glass of Pinot Noir.

The clear winner in my book was Flour bakery – it was super fudgy and tasted like rich dark chocolate. Rosie’s was chewy and SEB’s was just… off. Tina, Shannon, Kerstin, Sues, Chels and Alicia all had different opinions about which brownie was superior. I guess we’ll see who wins in a few weeks. ๐Ÿ˜€

At the event I also got a great hand massage from the Bliss specialist and grabbed a goodie bag with a few free samples. Not the worst way to spend an evening. ๐Ÿ˜‰

DINNER

I came home and Adam was grilling!!! Yes, tonight marked the first night of our new baby being used. I put the newly grilled asparagus and peppers to use in a giant (Meatless Monday compliant) salad.

Mixed greens, grilled asparagus and red pepper, edamame, baba ganoush, & walnuts, dressed in 1T Annie’s goddess dressing

Other snacks today included a banana, a spoonful of Barney Butter, a choc pb granola bar and a small packet of somersaults crackers. Sorry, they were kind of eaten on the go, so no pics. ๐Ÿ˜ณ

Are you a brownie fan? If so, what’s your favorite kind? I like ’em fudgy, intensely chocolaty and preferably with some nuts… and maybe even caramel. I love love love brownies!

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28 comments to Hello easy day

  • I honestly thought I did my best to avoid having bad water, but somewhere today I didn’t and of course now I’m totally paying for it. Let’s just wrap that one up and say it’s the worst experience ever!!!

  • Oh my gosh, that brownie event looks amazing!!

  • Brownie event?! Amaaazing! I love nuts in my brownies!

  • its a coffee drought! omg! lol

    love ur breakfast! and how cute is that wrap with little yellow beans peaking through! great way to get the greens in im guessing!

    xoxo <3

  • I am definitely the same with feeling like weekends are always more intuitive! I don’t feel the need to plan on weekends, I feel fine with having treats, and boredom eating is limited (usually). When I’m at work I feel like I have to be ‘good’, like I have to eat snack 1 at 10am, lunch at 12.30, etc. so that I don’t get stuck doing something and am left hungry. Hate that!

    It’s funny how structure during the week (i.e. a work day) somehow translates to structure during everything – even when you eat.

  • The brownie event looks like so much fun..chocolate and massages?! Amazing! I have found now that I am doing shift work I am eating much more intuitively as my schedule is all over the place and I have no choice!

  • I prefer fudgy to cake-like brownies.

  • Mmm brownie tasting…

  • Elina

    Cristina – oh no! :(

  • eliza

    what a great post :) Its good to see you so happy! i think the trip to Maine might have had something to do with it!

    AWESOME job on not eating any meat AND a 4.5 mile run..that is just great! be proud of yourself!

  • I would never think to put those things in a wrap. Looks great!

  • Of course I love brownies, homemade are the best. My university made some for a study room this past week, and it was the best I have had.
    Great job getting out for your run!

  • I am so jealous of your day. First of all that wrap is incredible – I love how you think to load so many veggies on it! And the brownie tasting – where was my invite?!!

  • *Andrea*

    mmm i love fudgy brownies! not cakey- ick! i love ghiradelli boxed or no pudge is good too for a healthier alternative

  • That does sound like a great night. I’m sure all the brownies were amazing. I have a brownie recipe I use from Rosie’s and it is to die for unbelieveable. It uses very litle flour and heavy cream and boy is it decadent.

    I’m looking forward to seeing what you cook from ED&BV. If you need any recommendations let me know. It’s a great cookbook and I have yet to make something that isn’t good.

  • Holy cow that breakfast looks positively delightful!

    I actually don’t like brownies….I guess I’m not much of a sweets fan unless it’s a really good ice cream or candy. hehe

  • Don’t you love grilling? That’s definitely one of my favorite parts of this time of year!

  • I so wanted to go to the brownie event, but being around all of those things I can’t eat would be no fun! Looks like you guys had a fab time :)

  • banana

    i’ve never eaten a brownie in my life :)

  • Brownies and wine sound like a lovely way to enjoy the day! I prefer my brownies more fudgy as well- not so much a fan if they’re cake-y.

    Your salad looks awesome as well! I’m jealous of those who get to grill right now (my complex I live in doesn’t allow it). Guess I’ll just have to live vicariously through everyone… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Glad to hear that you’ve had some “easy” days in terms of intuitive eating! That must feel so wonderful! And those days will be a great motivator/reminder when a more difficult day rolls around. You’re such an inspiration! :)

  • You went to a Brownie Tasting?!!? That sounds amazing! I think I’d be in heaven. I prefer brownies the same way that you do — super chocolaty and really fudgey. I also like them loaded up with lots of stuff (coconut, choc chips, etc)

    And I am definitely the same way when it comes to eating on the weekends. It’s just so much easier to listen to what my body wants when I’m not forced to sit at my desk all day, bored and snacking…

  • I’m a fan of really fudge-y versions too.

    My parents live in River North in downtown Chicago about a block from Blommer’s chocolate factory. It smells like brownies every day there – it’s dangerous for those of us with chocolate weakness!

  • Holy YUM!
    A brownie tasting!
    So fun :)
    Loved all the veggie-filled meals, Elina.
    Have a great day, love!
    Brazilian XOXOยดs,
    Gabriela

  • Natasha

    Hi Elina,

    Your past two posts are not fully displaying in Reader – did something get changed?

    P.S. Hmmm, brownies!

  • Elina

    Natasha, I changed a bunch of settings on the blog. I guess this was impacted. I hope you still come back directly to the site :)

  • Wow, what a fun event. Pinot Noir is my favorite!

    Awesome that IE was easy for you last weekend! I agree; some days it’s easier than others. What’s the secret to making it easy?! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • no drinking water in boston? what the heck!

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