THB FOOD JOURNAL: EVERYTHING I ATE LAST WEEK

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Some of the questions I get asked a lot are about what I eat and how I workout. Which used to surprise me, because I eat pretty much what I want and don't workout a lot. Or at least not in the traditional sense, including gym time and runs.

And even though I have some workout-related posts coming up for you guys, today I wanna talk about food. On a day-to-day basis, I eat in a way that allows me not to deprive myself from the foods I love. I've talked several times about how I don't like fad diets and counting calories isn't for me. I also did a full post on my 3 basic diet guidelines.

But some of you wanted to know more... So I thought it would be fun to do a food journal, going through exactly what I ate every day of the week. Without leaving anything out, obviously.

Let's dive right in:

MONDAY

Breakfast:

  • Morning latte (I make mine at home with a Nespresso machine + milk frother)

  • Smoothie Bowl (Mixed berry base, topped with almonds, coconut flakes, chia seeds, granola, strawberries and cacao nibs. Also, read the full smoothie bowl tutorial here)

  • Tea (I currently drink the Kusmi Tea BB Detox)

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Lunch:

  • Avocado + homemade gravlax on 2 GG crackers + 1 slice of swiss cheese

  • Mint + lemon hot water

  • Iced coffee (My own coconut-water iced coffee recipe - get the recipe here)

  • Trader Joe's nut butter granola + coconut milk

  • 3 slices of dried mango

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Dinner:

  • Beef Korean BBQ + mixed greens salad with dried cranberries, pumpkin seeds and poppyseed dressing

TUESDAY

Breakfast:

  • Morning latte

  • Smoothie bowl (Mixed berry base, hazelnuts, almonds, chia seeds, flax seeds, granola, coconut flakes and raspberries)

  • Tea (The Kusmi Tea BB Detox)

Lunch:

  • Beef Korean BBQ leftovers salad with mixed baby greens, cucumber, sesame seeds and sesame oil

  • 2 slices of dried mango

  • Latte + 1 piece of English toffee coated with chocolate and nuts

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Dinner:

  • Caprese salad + Antipasti platter

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WEDNESDAY

Breakfast:

  • Morning latte

  • Smoothie Bowl (Mixed berry base, blackberries, Almonds, hazelnuts, chocolate chips, coconut flakes, almond butter granola, chia seeds and almond butter)

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Lunch:

  • 1 baby cucumber + tzatziki + 1 slice of swiss cheese + 3 slices of prosciutto

  • Latte + 1 piece of English toffee coated with chocolate and nuts

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Dinner:

  • Pork tenderloin stuffed with bacon + ricotta + basil, with zucchini and mushroom sauté

  • 1 glass of red wine

THURSDAY

Breakfast:

  • Morning latte

  • Smoothie bowl (Açai + berry base, hazelnuts, coconut flakes, praline granola, almonds, almond butter, strawberries and flax seeds)

Lunch:

  • Prosciutto & spinach pizza + brocoli chips

  • Latte + 1 fat bomb

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Dinner:

  • Pork with mushroom sauce + green beans with hazelnuts & salami chips

  • 1 glass of white wine

FRIDAY

Breakfast:

  • Morning latte

  • Smoothie bowl (Açai base, blackberries, strawberries, coconut flakes, cacao nibs, almonds, granola and chia seeds

Lunch:

  • Pork with mushroom sauce leftovers

Dinner:

  • Poke bowl

  • 1/2 bottle of champagne

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As you can see from this food journal, I don't deprive myself of anything. I eat pretty much anything I want, without counting calories, and I eat until I feel satisfied and not hungry. Not more, not less. That means that I eat more on certain days than others, because I listen to my body.

I also don't forbid myself from drinking wine on weekdays, because drinking a glass of wine while cooking dinner is one of the pleasures of life I really don't want to skip.

I eat a smoothie bowl for breakfast every morning, because that's what I love and it works for me. It allows me to ingest my collagen powder and my maca powder without even knowing it. It also satisfies my sweet tooth for almost the whole day, and it gives me energy, fiber and protein, while being low in carbs and vegan.

It's also worth noting that except for Friday night's poké and Thursday's pizza lunch, everything I eat is homemade and cooked from scratch. On that note, if you want to start cooking but don't have much experience in the kitchen, you can read this post about my cooking tips for beginners.

While I allow myself to eat everything I want within reason, I do believe that prepackaged foods should be kept to a minimum. While the pizza was frozen (which is something I hadn't had in months!) I chose a healthy option from Trader Joe's, and I was actually craving it because of the prosciutto. The poke bowl was from our favourite poke place in Venice, and we had it Friday night before attending an event downtown, because I didn't have time to cook. So it was all fresh ingredients and as delicious as it is healthy.

I hope you guys enjoyed this food journal. I certainly enjoyed keeping it, and it was a great way to be more mindful about what I ate. In my opinion, everyone that has diet goals (like eating less sugar or eating more fiber, for example) should keep a food journal. It certainly helps to get a clearer picture and keep track of everything.

Doing the exercise helped me see that I'm still on track with my 3 diet guidelines, which is great.

Do you guys want to start keeping a food journal? Are any of you already doing it? If you have any questions on any of the foods and recipes mentioned in this post, feel free to ask and I'll be happy to share. You can leave me a comment below, or hit me up on Instagram @thehungarianbrunette.

Wishing you guys a really good week and a great long weekend!

Love, Jenny xx