Hey friends, happy Cinco De Mayo! I’ve got some thoughts today about What I Ate Wednesday and how we tend to view other people’s meals. Since this post is going up the day before WIAW, I’m hoping it will help as we all look through people’s eats tomorrow.
The other day, someone asked about my What I Ate Wednesday post. They said my dinners seemed overly small and was wondering if that was typical and if it kept me satisfied. My first thought was, “what do you mean? I thought my dinners were normal sized….” Then I went back over my pictures from that day and second-guessed myself a million times. I realized after looking over the pictures that they had a great reason for wondering about it and I don’t blame them at all for asking. I’d had no snacks that day and aside from lunch, which I didn’t even finish, my other meals looks pretty measly in comparison to some of the other stuff you see on WIAW. It worried me, though, because some people might be looking at my small-ish portions wondering if that’s how much they should be eating too. I don’t want others to think that the way I eat on one day will work the same way for someone else. I’m not a registered dietician, nutritionist, or an expert in any way. I’m just a normal woman who eats, sleeps, works, and exercises, just like a lot of you.
The meals you see on my blog are only a snapshot of what I eat in a normal week. One day I might be starving after a HIIT workout, the next I might’ve sat at my desk all day and just want something to tide me over.
Some nights dinner looks like this-
Other nights it might look like this-
Or even better, this-
The fact is, compared to a lot of people, I don’t actually eat that much. Some people who are fit and healthy can eat 2,500 calories a day. A 2,500 calorie day usually leaves me feeling stuffed and uncomfortable. I tend to get full super fast during meals so my portions are usually pretty small. Sometimes I take the bun off my burger. Other times I fill up on the free bread basket at a restaurant and don’t have room for my real dinner. Riley loves it when I do that.
I want to assure you all that I don’t stop eating until I’m satisfied and I NEVER cut meals because of something a calorie app told me to do. I also hate cutting out certain foods, which is why you’ll see smaller portions of some of the more indulgent stuff rather than a giant bowl of plain lettuce. You’ll never find me on a diet that cuts out entire food groups because I don’t want to live that way. I plan on keeping things in my life like bread, wine, cheese, pizza, pasta, and chocolate because a life without them seems sad and depressing.
What I Ate Wednesday is a great idea. I love that bloggers everywhere can post a whole day of meals and inspire others to try some new things. There is a potential downside, though, which is unfairly comparing yourself to someone else. I get it, though. We’ve all been there. Looking through the various WIAW posts, I’ve often wondered how people can make it through an entire day without eating a single carb.
Or how they have the discipline to spend every Sunday chopping veggies and roasting sweet potatoes.
Or why everyone is making their own granola bars except for me. It looks so easy, but I still NEVER do it.
Or how they manage to make every meal at home and never get the urge to eat a grilled cheese from Panera (P.S. get the fontina grilled cheese. It’s way better than the regular grilled cheese).
It’s not fair for me to think those things, however, because 1) I’m doing just fine and; 2) I’m only seeing one day of their meals. For all I know they eat grilled cheese at Panera every other day. If you’re happy, healthy, satisfied, and feeling good, that’s all that matters. If you get some great ideas from WIAW, then that’s awesome. If it makes you question your own choices or feel bad, however, it’s probably time to take a step back and remember that what works for someone else might not work for you.
Navigating the world of healthy living can be hard, especially when every blogger is doing something different and it seems like the whole world is trying to tell you what to do. It’s especially hard online, when you only see a snapshot of someone’s actual life. I can promise I’ll never tell you how or what to eat because I don’t have all the answers. I’m also always open to hearing your thoughts and answering questions you might have. I love participating in WIAW and will continue to link up in the future, so you’ll still see me posting my meals, whatever they might turn out to be.
What are your thoughts?