Thank you so much for all the kind and understanding comments on my last post! I didn’t want to come over ranting or asking for sympathy but simply explain my blogging break. Reading every single of your comments put a huge smile on my face and made me appreciate the blog world even more. All of you are awesome!
Every time I sit down to write my WIAW post I’m racking my brain. Racking them for any mention-worthy changes I’ve made to my diet, that is. Some weeks it’s more, some less. This week it’s a mix: it might not sound like a lot but I recently did my own little field studies [on myself] in terms of grains. That would be grain field studies, right :D?! But first off: Thanks to Jenn for hosting the first-ever food party you don’t need to leave the house for. Not that I’d be opposed to that in general but on a day we’re supposed to get a thunderstorm I’d rather avoid the outdoors.
The main change? Adding more grains to my diet. Yes, I do like carbohydrates – or, for the cutesy: carbs 😉 – but had admittedly shyed away from them a little in the past years. Not actually because they were carbs but simply as they’re quite energy-dense. Imagine my lunches as huge plates piled with steamed veggies – at the worst times not even a real sauce or any kind of fat accompanying them. Sad times.
As I had noticed my meals not to fill me up for long anymore I decided to increase the amount of grains incorporated. With my roommate being away for a week I was able to cook up batches of different grains and store them in the fridge. In case you’re wondering: Brown rice (short grain for its fantastic sticky consistency!), quinoa, wheat- and speltberries were my grains of choice.
The first day of my trial I noticed a huge difference already feeling way more energized than usual. It was that very day I had one of my best runs in quite a while. Grains for the win? I’d certainly have guessed so after this incident. Having a tendency to fall into [food] ruts and/or overdo it, though, I incorporated grains into almost every meal and snack. Note: Yes, you do want to try adding cooked spelt- or wheatberries to your Greek yogurt bowls. Oh, and you can thank me later ;).
As much as I initially enjoyed my grains upping their amount to more than twice, at times probably triple the amount I was used to seemed too much. Not only did oat bran for breakfast stop sounding appealing by the third day – even though I tried different variations – but my stomach wasn’t too happy, either. Maybe it needs some more time and a slower approach to get back to the grind with grains again? And here we are: right onto more [grain] field studies. Maybe a little mug brownie will help my brain ;)?!
Happiness inducing [not just] today:Knowing that I can count on all of whenever I’m in a funk. Thank you once again!
What are your favourite filling (!) breakfasts?
Do you feel better with more or less grains in your diet?
As always: Tell me one thing that made you happy today already – here or on Twitter.