I randomly woke up at 4:24 am today. The second trimester is here – does this mean my nobody-could-wake-me-if-they-tried phase is over (for now)?
Yesterday, I woke up with so much energy. I made a cup of decaf coffee (first time I’ve made coffee at home – in the beginning of this pregnancy it smelled awful to me), organized the kitchen, cleaned up, paid bills, etc.
I felt like a new woman! And that was all before 8:30 when I walked with my friend Jess. I felt that same energy throughout the day and it was great.
Now, time for daily eats!
Before we dive in… I want to preface this post by saying that this post is NOT for comparison – to compare your eats to mine. Rather, these posts have always been and will always be about inspiration.
Inspiration surrounding: new ideas around food; freedom with food; and trusting that YOU can listen to YOUR body and what feels good for you, as I listen to mine and do what feels right for me.
If these posts are triggering for you in any way, please dive into these posts instead.
Monday morning I woke up, had two eggs and two slices of multigrain toast, did a bit of work, and then walked with Abby, Jess, and sweet baby M.
When I got home from walking, I had a cutie and water and then finished up the daily eats post from the weekend.
About an hour later I had leftover chicken enchiladas with avocado and beans.
Two hours after that, I had a bowl of Annie Chun’s miso soup bowl (these aren’t my favorite, but I bought a few at the store last week and the suffice to carry me through).
Especially right now, I’m getting hungry about every two to three hours. To be honest, sometimes I get hungry (growling, empty stomach) and I’m like “Seriously? Again?” Especially when it’s late at night or I feel like I just ate lunch.
After my soup bowl I had this chocolate PB cup out of curiosity if chocolate would taste good. It did, but it’s definitely not a craving. This is the only piece of chocolate I’ve had the entire pregnancy (it hasn’t sounded good, along with coffee). That said, as I’ve started to feel better a lot of my aversions are going away (and that’s exciting!).
A couple of hours later I was done with work, hanging out with Marco and watching a show on TV. I made this guac and salsa plate to enjoy. Yum, yum!
The guac held me over longer than most things (3 hours) until I had dinner. Cucumber salad (cucumber, onion, rice vinegar) and gluten free sweet potato ravioli with pesto and parmesan. Yum! (I had a little bit more after this plate.)
The next day, I woke up early to go and get our car smogged. Time to register the “rolla”, as we call her. While I was waiting for the smog I got breakfast at Starbucks. A cheddar, egg, and sausage breakfast sandwich (yum!) and a decaf americano with sweet cream (extra yum!).
I think they changed something in the breakfast sandwich because they’re a little bit smaller than they were before and they taste more like a biscuit than an english muffin. I’m not complaining – it was delicious.
A few hours later I heated up the last of our chicken enchiladas, rice and beans for Marco and I. I have been loving things that make a good amount of leftovers lately.
A few hours later (notice a theme here) I heated up a Costco chicken teriyaki bowl. Marco buys these to take to work. Tasted great! Warm and comforting, too.
For an evening snack (5:30) I had apple slices and cheddar cheese. This used to be a favorite as a kid! Anyone else? I wasn’t quite ready to eat dinner yet, but needed something to munch on.
We ate dinner closer to 8:00. I made ramen bowls at home! And they were so good. I have my friend Jen Luce to thank – she gave me the ingredients to put together.
What’s inside this creamy homemade ramen bowl:
- 1 box of miso/ginger broth
- .5 box of chicken broth (I added this, Jen just uses the miso/ginger) – tip: save chicken broth to add when reheating as the noodles soak up a lot of broth overnight when saving leftovers
- ramen noodles (Jen recommends the “Rice Ramen” brand) – I used another brand that I found at Lassen’s, but am going to continue to experiment
- 2 cans of coconut milk
- 1 tbsp of red curry paste
- 1 box sliced mushrooms (I used baby bella)
- (Jen adds bok choy – our store was out)
- I add one egg (let it boil inside for about 2.5 minutes right before you’re going to pull it off the stove)
- on top: cilantro, shredded carrot, and sliced bamboo shoots
Wednesday morning I woke up like a new woman! I poured my coffee (with a tbsp of sweet cream creamer!), lit a candle, played worship music, and cleaned/organized the kitchen and random paperwork.
After that, with a great pep in my step, Abby and I joined Jess and baby M for a walk, with Abby. While on the walk I realized “I forgot to eat breakfast!” That’s when I knew I’d turned a corner in this pregnancy. First time I’ve forgotten to eat. Haha!
When I got home from the walk I was hungry and had two eggs scrambled with spinach on a Siete tortilla with feta and salsa (sooo good!).
After that, I got back into work mode. I took one client call and then busted through a bunch of business items I’d been needing to do. Taxes, paperwork, licensing, etc. All that fun stuff. It felt so good to get it ALL done.
I took a break around 2:00 and had some pretzel thins with hummus while I heated the last of our chicken enchiladas for Marco and I.
There was just a little bit left and it was perfect to hold me over until dinner.
I had a cutie to finish it off. (Citrus tastes so good, especially iced lemon water!)
For dinner, I made leftover ramen with fresh toppings. Yummmm! This was so good. After this bowl I thought about having more, but gave myself some time to see if I was full or not. I ended up forgetting about the ramen as I finished watching The Social Dilemma, which I would recommend to anyone who uses social media. Super good and important.
Later that night around 10:00, I was still awake, hanging with Abby girl and had gnawing hunger in my stomach. This was one of those times where I was like noooo, go away! Let me sleep!
I got up anyway because I knew I wouldn’t sleep good if I was hungry. I had a small sandwich with mayo, tomato, and a slice of provolone on multigrain bread. This was super yummy and easy.
I went to bed after that and slept until my brain (and growling stomach) woke me up again at 4:24 am today.
Today is going to be great :). Just shortly here Abby and I are going for our walk with Jess and baby M. After that, I’ll work for a few hours and then meet my friend for coffee outside Scout. Then, a quick eyebrow appointment before an afternoon client session.
I love days like this with such variety. I hope you have a great week! I’d love to do a Q+A post next on all things pregnancy, or intuitive eating, or listening to your body/intuition, etc. Whatever you’d like to know! If you have a question, post it in the comments below (or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org).