Don’t Mess With A Good Thing

It’s that time of the week again! What I Ate Wednesday. Or, if you’re like me, a brief overview of what I’ve been eating since my last WIAW post.

I’ve been eating a lot of the same things for the past week or two. While some would consider this a bad thing, I really don’t look at it like that. My diet constantly changes throughout the year, but if you look at it in smaller segments that’s when you start to think, “Gosh, doesn’t she ever eat anything else?”. Yes, I do, it’s called eating with the seasons and the weather and following my cravings. Get over it.

For example, in the summer, I would eat a lot of smoothies. Now that it’s colder out and I have early morning classes that I need to venture out for, I’ve been eating a lot of oats:

And when it’s not time for breakfast, you best believe I’m hankering for a big bowl of roasted squash:

But don’t think that I haven’t been trying anything new! This week I sought out a super simple recipe for lentil loaf, and I found one!

Super Simple Lentil Loaf
Serves 4

– 1 c lentils
– 6 slices bread, torn into small pieces
– 2 eggs
– 1 c vegetable broth
– 2 T tomato paste
– 1/2 tsp dried basil
– 1/4 tsp garlic powder
– 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
– 1 tsp dried parsley
– 1 T olive oil

1. Cook lentils according to package (will vary depending on variety of lentils used).
2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (205 degrees C). Grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan.
3. In a large bowl, mix together cooked lentils, bread, eggs, broth, and herbs/spices. Spread into prepared pan.
4. Bake for 40-50 minutes. Let sit for 10 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving): 272kcal; 19g protein; 43g carb; 4.25g fat

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The end of the semester is nearing! I can feel it! Just 17 more class days plus a week of finals. Okay, so I make it sound sooner than it is (I have my last final on December 15), but that makes it sound so much better! I feel like this semester has kind of flown by. Between me training and all the stuff that has happened with my mother I have no idea what the next semester will bring me. I just know that I’m ready for a clean slate.

Hey WIAW readers! Do me a favor? Vote in this poll on what saying you think I should get printed on my shirt for when I run my MARATHON this April!

Also, be sure to check back on SUNDAY for another new recipe for the holidays!

Here’s a little teaser:

See you Sunday! And EAT HAPPY!

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11 thoughts on “Don’t Mess With A Good Thing

  1. Nice recipe.

    Do you have suggestions for breakfasts (smoothies!) that can beat constipation?

    I need to overhaul my diet because this constipation and stuff is getting ridiculous. I’m so so stubborn (and addicted to protein, dairy, and bread 😦 …not to mention my nightly chocolate habit!

    • I wish that I did!
      As a sufferer of IBS I have chronic constipation that I try and manage with prescriptions and mild laxatives (also by prescription). Even with these measures I am still often constipated, so I’m afraid that I won’t be able to give you any personal experience stories with smoothies!
      When I did make smoothies, it was mostly just a frozen banana, almond milk, a little protein powder, and whatever flavorings I wanted.
      I guess all I can say is try and up your fiber? I eat a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables as well as whole grains which are all good sources of fiber.

      • Thanks. I’m sorry you suffer too…but its nice to know I’m not alone. I’m relunctant with meds…don’t really swing that way.

        I want to start a strength program because I do not cardio (I need to gain). Suggestions? I can’t buy a book to find a routine. Jamie Eason has a 12-week FitLiveTrainer program online that a lot of bloggers are doing…but not sure that is my thing.

        Also, with gaining, did you ever binge?

        See, I gave up all exercise a long time ago sadly…I was a bigtime athlete. Depression caught up with me. And subsequently orthorexia. Now I got so fed up with the orthorexia, I rebelled and now I binge. I’m eating way way too much carbs and chocolate and stuff.. Especially late at night…like even tons of rice cakes. I don’t do cardio and I need to gain (but NOT this way 😦
        So, then I feel lousy and stuff cause I don’t even energy it off.

        Gosh, I miss running. If I ever get back into it,,,is the C25K plan the best to start?

        • I’m not a fan of the meds, but it’s the only thing that I’ve found that even makes life bearable and let me return to a semi-normal life.

          I’ve never done Jamie Eason or any of the BodyBuilding.com plans. I only just started 2 months ago. Why can’t you buy a book?

          With gaining, I wouldn’t say that I’ve ever been a “binger”. Yes, I’ve eaten more than is probably socially acceptable, but it was never what you normally think of when you think of binging. Then again, we all sometimes eat until we are uncomfortably full. There’re entire holidays centered around it! (HELLO Thanksgiving food baby).

          One of the main reasons that I workout so much now is BECAUSE of my depression. Once I started running and working out, it went away. I’ve been off my medications for it for over 2 years now thanks in part to physical activity and a better support system.

          I never tried the C25K program. When I decided that, “Hey, I’m gonna run” I just sort of DID. I would see how far I could get in 30 minutes. Walk, run, jog, whatever. Eventually I got faster and was able to run during the entire 30 minutes but it took time.

          If you want to gain, then I definitely recommend strength training. However, an essential part of that is EATING ENOUGH. More muscle = more energy expended by your body to do regular things which means that you HAVE to eat more. It’s taken some adjustment for me since I’m eating more than I used to, but that’s because I have so much more muscle mass to feed! You may want to talk to a doctor first before any of this though, of course. If your weight’s too low your bones could be compromised which means that even starting to run again would spell disaster for your health and injury almost a guarantee.

          Hope that I’ve given some good insight!
          Again, I’m not a professional. Just a college student with a passion!

  2. I’ve been eating a lot of oats too. It gets so ridic that I actually ate a bowl of oatmeal in the car the other day while I was driving. Probably not the best idea, but I think I’m a pretty safe driver.

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