I feel like I snack all day…but I am not very hungry in the evenings. I wake up at 5 am every day (even weekends) and go to bed around 9 (sadly, also on weekends anymore) so I eat much more during the early part of the day.
I eat breakfast at 5:30 am, and that’s my biggest meal of the day. I have a HUGE bowl of cereal (I switch it up, but my favorite is Kashi Toasted Oats, lots of protein and fiber and not much sugar), plus usually either toast, or my new thing is frozen waffles (which I toast and eat plain).
Then, around 8:30 or 9, I usually have a snack- most often a banana, or sometimes a granola/fiber bar.
Lunchtime varies, but it’s most often between 11 and 11:30, and I usually have rice and beans, or soup and a sandwich. Sometimes I have leftover casseroles or spaghetti. I always have 2-3 servings of fruit at lunch as well.
Sometimes I have an afternoon snack, sometimes I don’t. If I didn’t eat all my fruit at lunch, I’ll have that. I have tapped into my emergency goldfish crackers that I keep in my car more than once.
I wake up absolutely starving, but by 4-5 pm my appetite has kind of dropped off. This is hard because my husband and I always eat together, and this is where I try and jam in as much protein as possible, since up to this point I’ve probably gotten less than half of my recommended intake. Husband is a HUGE meat and potatoes guy, and I’m not a vegetarian, but not really much of a meat eater either. I would honestly rather have a bowl of cheerios for dinner than a steak. But, I am working on it because I know I need the protein. I was trying all these alternate ways to get protein- soy products, protein enriched bread, nuts, etc. and then I found it was just easier to suck it up and eat the damn meat, even if it wasn’t what I wanted. I just grab the smallest portion possible and eat extra vegetables instead.
You know what I’ve found the hardest? Kicking my diet coke habit. I’ve cut way down, but pre pregnancy, I was drinking at least 2 cans a day. I never liked coffee, never drank juice, milk, or any kind of smoothie/shake, so as far as non alcoholic drinks go, it was either pop or water. On the upside, I’m getting a lot of water now.
Oh, and in the interest of full disclosure, my work usually puts out candy, or dessert bread, or chips and salsa, or some kind of snack, almost every day. I’d be totally lying if I said I didn’t often indulge.