Saturday, November 30, 2013

I love me some food

Hey, guys! Today I'm doing a food post and I hope you find it interesting, let me know, if you'd like to see posts like these every now and then to get some inspiration, I'll definitely plan to do a "best recipe finds" of 2013 as I rarely come up with something, because why would I - there's so many amazing recipes out there that I can adjust, if necessary! But I think this could be fun for me to do, to look back at and also to motivate myself to eat healthier and also - vary my meals more, because I "can't" eat the same stuff over and over again.

I don't think I've touched it a lot on my blog, but I have gone up and down quite a few times over the last 5 years, but at the moment maintain a healthy and easy size.
Anyway, this is a slightly different selection of foods and my eating habits have changed, because as some of you know, I've been staying in another town for a two month internship, so I didn't cook - only sometimes, when I was visiting home. My lunches were bigger, because I used the buffet at my work and my dinners were smaller, because I got home late and, as I said - didn't cook. However, I decided to be healthier in November and lucky for me, I found a great tool to help me in the very beginning of the month!
It’s an app called MealSnap and basically a visual food journal that works as a calendar and allows you to take photos of everything you eat during the day, add captions, estimate calories etc.

I am a very visual person and feel like this is something I’ve been missing whenever I decide to focus more on the things I put in my body. This way I get an overview of the things I’ve been eating during the course of the day or recently in general and what this does is actually inspires me to vary my meals. I can see: “Renate, you’ve been having the same breakfast for the last 3 days in a row, change it up already!”, or it helps me to remember, what I had, so I don’t eat too much of the same stuff in one day, like if I have a salmon wrap for lunch, I’ll go for chicken instead at dinner.
Also, the very action of snapping a photo, before I have something, gives me those extra 5 seconds to recalculate whether I actually want it or not. I’ve avoided a lot of mindless snacking that way, which is great. However, whenever I’m hungry, I go for it, of course.
What shocked (not to sound dramatic or anything) me about the app is the accuracy of its estimations. The very first meal I logged was a dinner that consisted of oven cooked veggies, a chicken breast and my favorite mango chutney. I snapped a photo and processed the meal and the app announced – Chicken with vegetables. Including the calories! Which as far as my knowledge of the subject goes were pretty reasonable. I don’t get this. I had even already shredded the chicken into pieces. I added the chutney in the description box (simply for my knowledge) and got surprised when the calories were automatically updated.
Now, don’t get me wrong, it’s not always spot on. But if a meal is really off (I got a “table and coffee” once – two, please!) I add my own description and estimate the calories myself or throw the meal into myfitnesspal and write my own calories, which by the way, is also an option.
I don’t care too much about the calories and I don’t count them, I simply have this intolerance towards a lie… Like if I know for a fact my breakfast probably wasn’t 100 or likewise 1000 kcal, I have this need to find out the truth. I fix it and keep on not caring.
What’s also smart about the app is that it recognizes the meal according to the time of the day. Let’s say, I snap a photo at 6 am, the app goes: Breakfast? Why, yes, please! Besides breakfast there are different options like “morning snack”, “lunch”, “afternoon snack”, “dinner” and an “evening snack” (not that I use them all, khem, khem…), which I really like.
Now, trust me, I don’t get paid by whoever made the app (because, yes, as a matter of fact, it’s not for free and costs 19DKK); believe me, I would love to be in touch with them, because then I’d tell them to add the option of exporting your journal (email it to yourself, maybe, that would be cool), save favorite meals (let’s say, I’m having the same meal again, I’m just around a bunch of people and want to log it, not be weird and snap it first – like sniffing your food in public would catch my attention, for example) and maybe add notes, comments for the day, like – birthday party, hungry all day and log the workouts and water intake also. A girl can dream ;)

Anyway. This has been a veeeeery long winded love declaration for a phone app. I am ashamed. And moving on quickly! Here are some of my recent eats! The captions are kind of obvious, but in case you guys can't really tell from the pictures, I put them up anyway.


Breakfasts:

The oatmeals!


The toasts:


The snacks (incuding the afternoon snacks in between lunch and dinner):


The lunches:


The dinners:


The desserts, sweets and evening snacks:


And there you have it! As you can see, I'm pretty laid back and go with the flow, but I do truly enjoy eating healthy and love many healthy foods.

What do you guys like to eat? What are your go to foods? What's your favorite meal? Do you eat out a lot? Please, share your thoughts in the comments below, I'd love to hear from you and will, as always reply.

Have a great day and I'll talk to you soon!

Renate 

20 comments:

  1. You look lovely! All that healthy food is actually really tasty! XO

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    1. Thank you so much for the lovely comment :) It is!

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  2. You healthy thing you! I like that you don't deny yourself treats though. I've never heard of cinnamon crisp bread before but it sounds good! Xx

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    1. Hehe, you made me smile ;) Sure, treats are fun and a part of keeping balance. Yeah, despite me noticing, that I have been misspelling cinnamon for my entire life, haha, I eat it with pretty much everything I can and I love it.
      http://www.wasa.dk/produkte/knaekbrod/kanel/
      This is the crisp bread and I find it a nice sweet snack, that's better than cookies, relatively.

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  3. nice, very yummy :)

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  4. You look great!!

    I am now following you on GFC, I would love it if you could follow back!!

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    xxx

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    1. Thank you so much! I am very glad you enjoy my blog and I would love to check out yours - I'll do it right away! :)

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  5. aw wow congrats on doing so well with your healthy eating!

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    1. Thank you very much :) I am still learning, but have accepted that sometimes it's more important for me to be healthy and sometimes I don't care that much and have my focus elsewhere. These last couple of months were definitely busy for me, so this is how I eat randomly, meaning, I try to eat as healthy as I can, but I don't stress out, if I don't always.
      P.S. I'm typing this with a tummy full of apple pie, I just made, haha. See?

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  6. Looove this post & I would definitely like to see more like it haha. I really enjoy seeing what other people eat on a regular basis. Your food looks rather tasty and I might just purchase that app. I've been taking photos of my food on instagram but of course it doesn't calculate calories or anything. I've also been rather lax about it but maybe if I had an app dedicated to it and with a journal, etc. I might be more inclined to keep at it. My food doesn't look nearly as photogenic as yours though haha. I really love eating soup all year round and if I'm cooking for myself, I'll usually just roast or steam a whole bunch of veggies. My favorite meal, however, is probably just a big plate of charcuterie, cheese, good bread and butter! Nice work and you look beautiful!

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    1. Thank you so much for reading my posts and always leaving such lovely comments! I really appreciate it :)
      I'm glad you enjoyed it, I'll definitely do more!
      Haha, I don't think my food looks photogenic, though, especially compared to all the professional blogs out there - usually I even struggle to remember to snap the meal and I do it extremely quickly, as I am obviously really hungry and the food is right there!!! :D Thanks, though :) I guess I try, so that it looks appealing to me too.
      I love soups! I really should make more :) Funny you say that, about your favorite meal, because I can sort of relate. I enjoy eating healthy and I love veggies and lean meats etc., but there are some foods/meals out there, that just taste... a-ma-sing and even though I only crave them rarely, when I do and when I go for it - oh, sweet heaven :) Thank you so much for your nice comment and the sweet compliment! Blushing :)

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  7. Amazing and inspiring post! I can see you put alot of work and effort to it. It is motivating to eat healthier if you track what you eat. Great job. I need some motivation to do the same. I've been eating alot of sugary things, which is really bad. I agree with you, it's better to look at it as caring for your health rather than caring for the weight. Have a great day dear.

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    1. Thank you so much! Your sweet comments always make my day :) I go through phases where I am more healthy and just more aware and focused on it and then sometimes, I just couldn't care too much - I made an apple pie Sunday and have been eating it up ever since - can't let it go to waste, right? :)

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  8. I love that dress you're wearing. It's sexy yet classy. I love food and I can't wait to try some of the dish you post. Keep up the good work. :-)

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    1. Thank you so much for the lovely comment :) It was out of my comfort zone, but I loved wearing that dress!
      If you try it, please, let me know, I'd love to hear your feedback :)

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  9. All that food looks amazing!
    x

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  10. lovely post dear.
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