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My most recent post detailed why I'm no longer vegan. In it, I discussed the foods that I have started eating, stopped eating, and limited. To follow up that post, I thought that it might be helpful to provide a clearer picture of what I eat in a day. And so, here is an account of a full day of eating.
I woke up around 6:30 and started my day of eating at 7:00. The day before, I meal prepped a batch of oatmeal (pictured above). Basically, in a saucepan, I combined 3/4 cup quick oats, 1/2 tbsp black chia seeds, 1/2 cup riced cauliflower, 1/4 tsp yellow maca powder, a bit of stevia, cinnamon, ginger, and 1 and 1/2 cups of water. I brought that to a boil, before simmering it on low heat, until the oats were thick and creamy. I removed the oats from the heat and mixed in half a scoop of Vega coconut almond protein and greens protein powder, chopped fresh strawberries, and frozen blueberries. Next, I transferred all of that to a serving bowl and added toppings. For toppings, I decided on extra berries, a tablespoon or so of PB & Me powdered almond butter mixed with water, and unsweetened shredded coconut.
After breakfast, I wasn't totally satisfied (something which is usually the case). And so, I ate two Laughing Giraffe Organics chocolate snackaroons which are a great source of healthy fats (10g of fat in two snackaroons).
Once lunchtime rolled around, I was craving pancakes (which is no surprise, as pancakes are my all-time favourite food). I honoured that craving by making my single-serving plantain pancakes. Because I have a post including that recipe, I won't detail the process. That said, for the sake of detailing what I eat in a day, I will tell you that they include a plantain, two eggs, baking powder, stevia, and pink Himalayan salt. For its toppings, I chopped up a banana, mixed a quarter scoop of Vega protein and greens with water, and sprinkled on some hemp hearts.
Aaand again, I wasn't totally satisfied. (Whoops!) This time, because I had already had my Vega protein and greens and hemp hearts out, I ate two rice cakes with those two things as toppings (another quarter scoop with water, and another sprinkling).
Come supper time, I had a hankering for vegetables (lots of them)! I began by eating a large plate of baby spinach, a full diced spartan apple, a small handful of chopped walnuts, and a drizzle of vinaigrette. Then I made romaine lettuce cups because I looooove making lettuce cups! I filled them with a generous helping of the beans and vegetables that I had meal prepped earlier in the week. Included were: Onions, garlic, green cabbage, red cabbage, celery, white mushrooms, turmeric, salt-free Mrs. Dash original, marjoram, black pepper, pink Himalayan salt, and black beans.
With that, I was done eating for the day. This was a fairly typical day for me. As far as observations go, however, I didn't eat as much fat as I tend to. I would guess that I ate just over 40 grams, whereas I like to eat around 55 or 60 grams. Other than that, I felt like I ate a good balance of carbohydrates and protein.
As you can see, after my breakfast and my lunch, I wasn't totally full. That being so, I ate a bit of a snack, in each case. This is something that I oftentimes do. If I'm hungry, I eat. Some people might push their hunger aside and think I'll just eat extra at my next meal. I don't necessarily promote this type of mindset. Sure, if it's half an hour until supper time and I feel a pang of hunger, I'll just wait it out. On the other hand, if it's only 20 or 30 minutes after eating lunch, and I think damn, I'm still hungry, then of course I will honour that hunger. Snacking is totally fine by me.
That concludes a full day of eating for me. Hopefully, it provides you with some sort of insight into my diet, and inspired you in one way or another. I would love to share more posts like this in the future! Until then, eat well and live well.