What I Eat in a Day: Intuitive Eating in the Second Trimester

What I Eat in a Day: Intuitive Eating in the Second Trimester

At 21 weeks (over halfway to meeting our little boy!), I don’t feel like my eating habits have changed a ton. I’m eating a little bit more and a little bit more often (plus giving in some salty cravings) but I’m still focused on getting in lots of vegetables and eating what sounds good to me. So let’s get into what I ate during the day on Monday!

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What I Eat In A Day: Intuitive Eating And Cross Training

Since giving you a look at how I eat when I’m working from home, I wanted to give you a look at how I intuitively eat on a cross training day. The day I chose was this past Monday, and Mondays happen to be the more intense of my cross training days because I do 90 minutes of exercising. About 30 minutes of strength training and an hour long spin class.

According to my Garmin, between the exercise I get and the amount walking I get in on a typical Monday, I burn as many calories as my long run day! Of course, I get a lot more non-exercise steps in on Monday (between walking Vinnie, being at work and taking a lunchtime walk, I have at least 9,000 steps before working out) and I’m pretty low-key on Sundays besides my long run. So keep in mind that I’m eating more because I’m pretty active. Let’s get into the day!


I’m working on a couple of seasonal oatmeal recipes so I’ve been experimenting lately. This morning, I made a couple of final tweaks to my apple pie oatmeal (recipe coming this weekend) and it was delicious! I also had my usual giant cup of coffee (with peanut butter cup creamer) with my oatmeal and two glasses of water while making breakfast and packing my food for the day.


I had made stuffed bell peppers for Saturday night’s dinner and brought one in along with a salad for my lunch. These stuffed peppers are so delicious and have a good amount of vegetables since there’s cauliflower in there instead of rice.

I’m not counting calories of course but I have a rough estimate of my calorie intake throughout the day just from years of calorie counting. Which is how i knew I probably had enough wiggle room for some baked treats at work. And that I would need them based on the food I had packed for the day...I need to do a better job of thinking through what I bring to eat on Mondays since I constantly feel like I’m not bringing enough). So I had two zucchini brownies a co-worker had brought in (they were amazing!)


It was a good thing i had those zucchini brownie because the only thing I brought in to eat before my workouts was a Larabar! Which is my usual pre-workout snack but I like to add in an apple too for Mondays since I don’t get home from spin class until almost 7 p.m. But with the brownies after lunch, the Larabar worked perfectly to keep me fueled during weights and spin class.

And during my workouts, I was of course drinking Nuun. Today’s flavor was Lemon Lime and after drinking plain water all day long at work it was so nice to have some flavored water. By the time I got done with spin class, I had finsihed off the Nuun. There were some really tough climbing sections in today’s class that got my heart rate up fast and staying there!



I always combine my post-workout and dinner into one meal on Mondays. I don’t get home from spin class until almost 7 p.m. so I’m pretty hungry by the time I get home and done shower. So the easiest way for me to get in a good ratio of carbs, protein and fats is a nice big smoothie bowl. I had mixed frozen fruit, spinach and protein powder blended together for this one and then topped with mini chocolate chips and sweetened coconut flakes.

After dinner, it was getting close to 8 p.m. So I settled in with Vinnie and my tea on the couch while Mike got in his workout at the apartment gym. Having a full day of work followed by some intense exercise really wears me out so I got my meditation in and was ready for bed by a little bit after 9 p.m.

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What I Eat in a Day: Working From Home

It’s been a little bit since I shared a “what I eat in a day” post so I thought I’d share what I ate while working from home last Tuesday. Of course, I wasn’t “at home” the entire time since I got my stitches out and spent some time working from the car dealership so it’s interesting how I worked my food around these appointments and my run.

I’m coming up on the sixth month mark of intuitive eating and I’m settling into eating based on how I feel versus eating to fulfill specific macro/calorie goals. One thing that has changed since I started intuitive eating is that it’s a lot easier for me to get in vegetables and I’m not eating as much fruit as I had been. Which is so interesting since getting in enough vegetables in the past has been harder and now I’m eating a ton of them without realizing. Which you might have realized from the recipes I’ve been sharing lately.

So let’s get on with how I ate in a day working “from home”!



Even though I was working from home, I still got up at my normal time so I ate breakfast at 5 a.m. I had shredded a bunch of carrots earlier in the week so I made my Golden Milk oatmeal along with coffee. It’s so chilly when I wake up (we keep the temperature lower at night since we sleep better but it’s chilly when I’m not in bed) so this breakfast always warms me up!

Car Dealership


Even though I had breakfast at about 5 a.m., I wasn’t feeling that hungry while waiting for my car’s oil change to be done. My appointment was at 10:30 a.m. and I was there until noon (my car needed some lights replaced so it took longer) but I just sipped on some coffee while working. Usually I’ve brought a RXBar or Larabar while waiting for my car but with how close it would be to lunch I didn’t feel like I needed to. Plus, if I got really hungry, there was a bunch of Chewy bars and fruit by the coffee/tea area.



Even though I wasn’t hungry at the car dealership, by the time I got home I was! We had leftover chicken, sweet potato and kale soup in the fridge and i decided to top that with some parmesan cheese. Since it’s very fall-like outside, this soup was the perfect thing to warm me up.



Even with a later than usual lunch (I didn’t get home from the dealership until 90 minutes after my usual lunch time), I still wanted to eat a snack before getting out for my run. I didn’t eat a ton for my lunch (just the soup) and I had a harder 5K interval workout planned so I ate a Larabar 60 minutes before I planned to gout. Larabars have been my go-to pre-workout snack and I’ve found that eating one about 60-90 minutes before my workout keeps me fueled without my stomach getting upset.


Even though I had the Larabar before my run, I was so hungry once I got back. Which makes sense since I had run hard (8:30 average pace for 3 miles!) and I didn’t have much food earlier in the day, especially when it comes down to foods that have fat. So I made a nice, warm protein cake with berries, cocoa powder, protein powder and peanut butter. So delicious!



After my post-run snack and showering, I was still feeling hungry. It was a good thing that dinner didn’t take too long to make. I made a spinach-mozzarella ciabatta loaf along with salmon. My load slice was probably a little bit too big considering I’d just eaten but I love ciabatta and it was delicious.



As with most nights, I settled down for a cup of Sleepytime tea after my meditation. Mike was super nice and made it while I meditating so I just had to sit down and sip on it while watching The Gong Show.

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What Does a Weekend of Intuitive Eating Look Like?

Since I’ve been eating intuitively for a couple of months, I thought I’d share what I ate this past weekend. I’m pretty excited about how my progress has been going with intuitive eating, I’ve been a lot more conscious about when I’m hungry versus grabbing something because I’m bored and I haven’t been eating (as much) just to eat.

I also jumped on the scale just to see and I’m only about a pound up from when I stopped counting macros which is amazing considering I was eating a lot at the beginning just because I paying attention to my body cues as closely as I am now.

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I ended up not having a protein smoothie after my five mile run, I had breakfast not too long before it and I wasn’t that hungry after my run so I just had a little bit earlier lunch after I was done with my run and grocery shopping. I did have an afternoon snack of a protein smoothie bowl with mini chocolate chips and coconut flakes. Dinner was later than usual since I took a long nap after the smoothie bowl but I wasn’t too hungry so it was on the lighter side (with lots of vegetables).

Breakfast: Oatmeal with mixed berries, egg whites and peanut butter plus coffee with creamer


Lunch: Chicken Tikka Masala with Cauliflower and Peas over rice and lettuce mix with Bolthouse Dressing


Snack: Smoothie bowl with berries, spinach, protein powder, mini chocolate chips and coconut flakes

Dinner: Scallops with Honey Ginger Glaze, brussel sprouts and lettuce mix with Bolthouse Dressing


You can tell I had a bigger appetite after my 10 mile run, I had a lot more food throughout the day (including carbs) but I never felt stuffed or like I was eating because I was bored.

Breakfast: Oatmeal with strawberries, egg whites and peanut butter plus coffee with creamer

Post-run: Smoothie with mixed berries, protein powder and spinach

Lunch: Diced potatoes, bell pepper and egg whites with cheddar cheese and lettuce mix with Bolthouse Dressing

Snack: Plain Greek yogurt with orange marmalade mixed in


Dinner: Garlic Roast beef with gravy, roasted potatoes and lettuce mix with Bolthouse Dressing