In my years of living alone and independently from my parents, I’ve gone through several stages of eating habits. Some I can only laugh at now, especially those days in university when I lived on ramen and coffee was my blood. Now, thankfully, I’ve learned a few things and trained my body to consume only what it needs and manage my cravings most days. Don’t get me wrong, I love pizza and I would kill for a cinnamon sugar pretzel, but I have them only as treats nowadays.
It’s not magic, but here’s what I typically eat in a day:
My work days start at 7:30 so I usually wake up at 5 AM and have to be out of the house by 7 AM. That gives me only 2 hours to get myself ready and eat, so breakfast is quick and hassle free I drink lukewarm water first thing after getting out of bed. I make it a point to eat something hot in the mornings, as my stomach doesn’t take too kindly to be woken up with cold food. Overnight oats, yogurt, or smoothies don’t work for me. Most days, I make myself some oatmeal on the stove. I use old fashioned oats and add water, a bit of almond milk, and sliced fruit.
10: 30 AM
By this time, I would need a light snack to get me through to lunch. I bring a packet of nuts with me to work for this purpose. I pre-pack a variety of nuts like almonds, pistachios, and the like into small ziplock bags and pop them into my bag.
I eat lunch around this time. It might be quite late for some, but I like to avoid lunch hour crowds. I don’t have time to prepare lunch from home, so I step out from the office and get lunch in a restaurant around the corner. I usually order lean chicken salad with no dressing. For some reason, I’ve never liked salad dressings and simply eat my salad as it is.
The munchies hit me around this time of day, and to prevent my sweet tooth from getting the best of me, I opt for a sweet but healthier snack. I get myself a banana and mango smoothie with less milk and no refined sugar. It’s pretty filling and gets me by until dinner.
8:30 – 9:00 PM
At the end of the day, I almost always feel like rewarding myself, so eating out would be a bad idea since I can get carried away with so much gastronomic options. To be on the safe side, I’ve made it a rule to only have homemade dinner at home, except when I need to have a business dinner or a special occasion with friends and family. I usually have some vegetables and lean meat or seafood. My favorite combo is asparagus with salmon, or some shrimps and baby carrots and broccoli, or some salmon with vegetables.