Many times I’m faced with the same question when I tell people I’m vegan. “What do you eat?” This post will take you through a normal work day for me and everything I eat. Noting that it’s a work day is important because I usually try to stay away from alcohol, drink tons of water and try not to snack too much on the weekdays. Doesn’t always happens but it’s the thought that counts right? Right!
Whereas on the weekends I don’t really pay attention to what it is I’m eating, as long as it’s vegan. For non-vegans this is usually harder at work on days when someone decides to bring in donuts or cupcakes but since they’re never vegan I don’t have to worry about that temptation. Haha!
In the morning I have a set routine. I get up, let the dogs out, pack my lunch, clean something (dishes, laundry, wipe down the counters. There is always something.) and then take my vitamins and head back upstairs to get ready. Once I’m ready to go I order my drink at Starbucks, kiss my husband and my pups and I’m out the door.
At Starbucks I usually get either an ice or a hot chai tea latte with either coconut or almond milk. I don’t usually stray from this unless I’m sick or I want a change. This is my go-to drink and I love it. It’s also my indulgence every day. I know its packed with calories and sugar but I’m not counting calories and the rest of my day is pretty low in sugar so let me live! Since I order ahead I usually just have to walk in say good morning to my guy Rubin behind the counter, he hands me my cup and I’m on my way.
My drive to work is only around half an hour so I et a few sips in on the way but I usually have more than half left by the time I’m clocked in and at my desk.
For breakfast I usually have fruit. Whatever fruit we have in the house it doesn’t matter. Sometimes I get a bunch of bananas when I go shopping, other times I’ll grab a bunch of melons and then there are the times when I stick to a bowl of berries. It’s just my go-to breakfast. On this day I had a bunch of cherries in the house so I packed those up. I love cherries but they can be expensive sometimes and the one thing I miss about not being in the city is having a fruit guy on the corner. I used to always get fruit from those guys because it was always fresh and cheap. I paired my fruit and chai with some Belvita biscuits. No reason behind this really, other than I had a craving for them.
When I get into the office in the morning, before I eat breakfast, I make sure I fill out my water cup. This baby is 24 oz big. Which means I drink three of these a day and I’ve already had more than the recommended amount for the day. I average 4 of these a day. I just keep filling it up until its time to go home.
For lunch I usually just eat leftovers of whatever we had for dinner but lately we havent had many leftovers so I stick with a salad. Now, don’t come to me with your bland ass restaurant garden salads with two croutons, some haphazardly chopped tomatoes and a slice of a red onion. My salads go hard! This one in particular has onions, heirloom tomatoes, corn, black beans, chickpeas, and avocado. For dressing I just combine olive oil with apple cider vinegar and some salt and pepper. Boom! That’s a salad. This bad boy is big too I didn’t even have enough time to finish it all. Also I eat in my car because I hate my job (that’s a post for another time).
After lunch I usually have another bottle of water and sometimes a snack. I didn’t eat it on this day but I usually keep seaweed snacks or trail mix in my desk in case I need a mid day munch.
After work I head to the gym and try to get my heart beating for at least 30 mins. I’m not a gym rat or particularly worried about my weight or anything. It’s beneficial for me, since I have pretty bad asthma, to work out my lungs as much as I can. At the gym I have one more big ol’ bottle of water because water is life.
I don’t eat anything before or directly after the gym. I pretty much come home and start cooking dinner. On this night it was hot and I didn’t want to be in the kitchen too long so I whipped up my go to Chickpea Taco’s. Super easy, simple, and takes maybe 20 mins in and out of the kitchen. It’s pretty much what I put in my salad earlier but with seasoning and a taco shell. I paired my dinner with an Izze sparkling juice. I had these lying around from the weekend when my family was over but usually we don’t keep much juice in the house (we don’t really drink it). On any other night this would be water or seltzer with lemon.
Now I was not even going to do desert on this day because I usually just have dinner and go to bed BUT Matt took out this big piece of ice cream cake. What was I supposed to do? Watch him eat it with nothing for me? I grabbed my vegan Coconut Bliss ice cream and went it. I eat about half a cartoon in one sitting and then save the rest.
So as you can see, I’m not starved. My protein levels are great. I’m eating both healthy and unhealthy. And I didn’t kill anyone to it. Let me know if you like this post and if you want more like this. I’m not sure if it’s helpful or interesting for anyone looking into veganism or someone who is just curious.
What did you eat today?