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What I Ate Wednesday

It has been a while since I’ve done a What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW) post, so I decided now was a good time for another one! I actually remembered to take photos of most of my food yesterday too, which is kind of a miracle 🙂 Here’s what I ate on April 7, 2015 at 34 weeks 1 day pregnant.

After running club with the kids at school!

After running club with the kids at school!

6:30 a.m. ​I always start my day with coffee. I’m allowed about 200 mg of caffeine a day while pregnant, so a cup in the morning is all I need. I am so thankful for it though- it definitely helps me get through the day!

7:15 a.m. I have been loving my green smoothies again lately! I got away from them for a while when it was colder but have started having them again recently. I still use pretty much the same recipe as the one I posted a while back, except now I add about 1.5 tablespoons of ground flaxseed to it for an extra nutritional boost. Other than that it’s basically one fresh banana, a cup of frozen fruit (I used a blend of strawberries, peaches, mango and pineapple), 1 scoop SunWarrior vanilla protein powder, 1 cup almond milk, 1 cup water, 1.5 – 2.0 tablespoons of almond butter and a big handful of spinach. Yum! I like having a smoothie for breakfast because it’s light and refreshing but still keeps me full. I drank this on my way to work since I had to be there early to help with our kids’ running club!

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10:15 a.m. ​I usually find myself needing a snack around this time, especially if I have been active in the morning like I was at running club. I keep it simple with 2 hard boiled eggs. I got into the habit of eating hard boiled eggs during my last pregnancy and it’s stuck ever since. They’re so yummy and the protein/fat combo keeps me full until lunch.

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12:20 p.m. It was kind of a rainy and dreary day, so I thought leftover Tortilla Soup that we made over the weekend would be perfect! This recipe is from one of my favorite vegetarian cookbooks, More Peas, Thank You. I brought an avocado to cut up and put on top, along with a half sandwich- whole wheat bread with hummus.

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4:05 p.m. The rest of my busy afternoon flies by and before I know it I have to head off to our staff meeting. Usually I can leave school at 4:00, but on staff meeting days we stay until 5:00. I am very thankful for my snack to hold me over until dinner! I brought a chocolate chip peanut butter Larabar and enjoy every delicious bite while trying not to fall asleep during the meeting 🙂

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6:10 p.m. I make it home from work around the same time that my hubby gets home with little Kevin. I throw some broccoli in the oven to roast and pull out the dinner I made last night, Vegetable Lasagna, since we still had a ton leftover! I always try to make something that produces leftovers for nights when I get home later due to a staff meeting or something like that. It’s definitely a huge time and energy saver! Both Kevin and I love this lasagna that is packed with veggies and flavor. Little Kevin has some of his own pasta and broccoli, which he loves!

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8:30 p.m. ​After dinner my hubby helps me get Kevin ready for bed and then heads to his second job at the brewery. I lay down with Kevin and get him to sleep and pretty much fall asleep next to him- that’s the norm these days! I force myself to get up because I have some things I need to get done before I go to bed. I eat a mini Twix egg for some energy and a sweet treat. I also ended up eating the crumbled up chips at the bottom of the bag too but don’t have a picture of that. Just keeping it real over here! 🙂 I ended up taking my tired pregnant self to bed around 10:30… way later than I wanted but my long to-do list was haunting me!

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And that’s what I ate yesterday! A pretty typical day. On days that I work out or run more I usually try to eat a little more, but I felt perfectly satisfied all day so that’s good! What was the best thing you ate recently?

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What I Ate Thursday

It has been a long time since I’ve done a What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW) post! I planned to do it this week and then forgot, so this will actually be what I ate on Thursday 🙂 Pregnancy, running, working and chasing after a toddler has me pretty hungry these days!

7:15 a.m. After having green smoothies for breakfast for months, I am back to loving my oatmeal now that it’s gotten colder! I make it with almond milk, banana, cinnamon and blueberries. I also mix in some peanut butter at the end. It’s so yummy! I also have a small cup of coffee with breakfast every day. I can’t have very much caffeine during pregnancy so I savor every sip. I eat after my husband and little Kev leave for daycare. I really enjoy this quiet time before my work day begins.

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10:00 a.m.  Tummy starts growling for my mid-morning snack! I love bringing hard boiled eggs for a snack because they have a lot of protein which keeps me full until lunch time.

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12:15 p.m. After working some more it’s time for lunch. It’s freezing outside and in my office, so I am regretting my cold lunch choices. I decide to make a cup of decaf coffee to warm me up. I have this along with my salad (spinach, Mexican roasted chickpeas, corn, red onion, roasted red pepper, avocado, and a broken up corn tortilla shell). I use Zesty Lime Vinaigrette dressing by Kraft, and have cucumbers with cilantro jalapeño hummus on the side. I am LOVING the Mexican flavors these days 🙂

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4:00 p.m. My work day is done and I begin my commute home. I’m usually starving by this point and today is no exception. I eat a Larabar while on the road.

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6:00 p.m. Dinner time! When I got home I went for a quick run then started getting dinner together for the family. We had planned grilled cheese and tomato soup, which was perfect for this cold and windy day. It was so delicious and brought me back to my childhood.

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9:00 p.m. Lately I have been getting hungry right before bed, and have found that if I ignore it I end up waking up starving in the middle of the night and have a hard time sleeping. I started having a late night snack which has helped a ton. I guess my body needs the extra calories right now. My go-to snack before bed is a little bowl of cereal. A bowl of different cereals mixed up with cold almond milk always sounds so good to me! On this night I had Kashi Heart to Heart and Kashi Cinnamon Wheat cereal.

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And that’s what I ate this past Thursday, at 17 1/2 weeks pregnant! I have been trying very hard to clean up my diet after really slacking on it during my first trimester where all I wanted were carbs. I still want carbs all day long, but I’m trying to balance them with salads, veggies & hummus rather than crackers/pretzels, choosing oats instead of pancakes or toast for breakfast, etc. I obviously still enjoy my bread and especially my cereal, but that is a-okay in my opinion 🙂

What’s the best thing you ate this week?

WIAW: Snow Day!

I have been wanting to do a “What I Ate Wednesday” post for a while now, but I always remember when it’s too late and I’ve already eaten a bunch of food. Today I had another snow day (I haven’t been to school since last Friday- and we are off tomorrow too!) so I decided today would be the perfect day.

This is more of a what WE ate post, since I was able to spend the whole day with my sweet boy. The temperatures were below zero so we just hung out inside in our PJs all day and kept things low-key. Life has been pretty crazy lately so this was the BEST kind of day and just what I needed.

Here is what we ate today!

Breakfast

I went downstairs to start making breakfast while little Kevin was still asleep. I decided to make a big batch of pancakes, some for him to eat today and some to freeze. We love to cheat and use the Kodiak Cake pancake mix. They are whole grain, have a short list of ingredients and all you have to do is add water. Best of all, they really taste homemade! I also had some coffee while I made the pancakes.

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While I finished up the pancakes little Kevin woke up. My husband Kevin went up to get him and brought him down before he left for work. He immediately said, “yum yum” when he saw the pancakes- he loves them! He ate almost 2, and I froze 8 more for later. He also had a cup of whole milk.

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While he ate his pancakes I made a green smoothie. I have been loving having these for breakfast lately! I made a little extra so Kevin could have some too. He’s really been enjoying green smoothies too, which makes me so happy!

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We brought our smoothies into the living room to drink them and relax. After playing for a while it was time for Kevin’s nap. I brought him upstairs, rocked him for a few minutes and put him down. Once he was asleep I went back to the kitchen to make part 2 of my breakfast: peanut butter and honey toast with 2 hard boiled eggs. I’ve been really trying to front load my day with more calories so that I’m not so hungry at night. I’m also making sure to get a lot of protein. It has definitely helped.

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After eating I decided to roast some chickpeas for us to have later. I used a recipe for Tamari Roasted Chickpeas from the cookbook Eat, Drink and Be Vegan. You can find the recipe here. My whole family loves these chickpeas. We use them in wraps, salads, pasta, stir fries, or just as a snack.

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Morning Snack

Since I ate my “second” breakfast kind of late, I wasn’t hungry for a morning snack. Kevin always eats one though, and when he woke up from his nap I gave him the rest of his green smoothie. While drinking it he stared longingly at the snow outside. He’s been sick this week though, so I didn’t think it was best to take him out in sub-zero temperatures. Instead I decided to bring the snow into him! He LOVED it! He did eat some of it too, so I guess it counts for WIAW :).

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Lunch

Kevin loves PB & J, so I made him a half of a sandwich for lunch, with some mandarin orange and a cheese stick on the side. He also had some more milk. Basically 4 of his favorite foods. He was in heaven! He ate all the oranges and cheese, and left a few bites of his sandwich (mainly the crust). I was so happy to see him eat so much. He hasn’t had much of an appetite since he has been sick!

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While Kevin ate I made my own lunch- a big spinach salad with onion, bell pepper, carrots, avocado, and chickpeas. I used a Zesty Lime Vinaigrette dressing by Kraft, which I really like!

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Afternoon Snack

When Kevin woke up from his second nap he snacked on some roasted chickpeas. I had a Cashew Cookie Larabar.

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Dinner

Later on while making dinner, I snacked on some leftover cornbread from dinner the night before. I gave Kevin a few bites too. Is there anything better than warm cornbread with butter? Mmmmmm.

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For dinner tonight we were having homemade black bean burgers again (recipe can be found in this post). I ended up having enough to make 4 adult-sized patties and 1 kid-sized. We had the burgers on whole wheat buns with sautéed veggies on the side. When I made our meal plan for the week we actually planned to grill all of this, but then the snowstorm and freezing temperatures came so we cooked it all inside instead.

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Little Kevin had his own black bean burger, some veggies and corn. He didn’t eat as much as he did at breakfast and lunch, but that’s okay- he still got a lot of good food in today!

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Late-Night Snack

After putting the baby to bed I did an at-home strength training workout, basically replicating a bunch of Body Pump moves and trying to hit all areas of my body. After finishing I felt a little hungry, and since I hate going to bed with a growling stomach I had a small bowl of cereal. It hit the spot! I think I’ve had cereal for my late-night snack in every WIAW I’ve ever done… haha! I really don’t eat it every single night though.

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And that’s what we ate today! I had such a fun, relaxing day with my boy, and tomorrow we get to do it all over again! Woo hoo!

What We Ate Wednesday

It has been a little while since I did a WIAW post. Now that I’m off for the summer and home with the baby I thought it would be fun to do a post about what both of us ate over the course of the day.

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Breakfast

  • Hers. So I totally forgot to take a picture of my breakfast, but it looked exactly like this. Oatmeal made with almond milk, banana and raspberries, with peanut butter stirred into it. And iced coffee… except the one that I drank was about 4x larger than the one in the picture.

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  • His. Kevin had a waffle and a small banana for breakfast. He ate 3/4 of the waffle and the whole banana!

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LUNCH

  • Hers. While Kevin was napping I made a salad with spinach, red onion, carrots, bell pepper, chickpeas, avocado, banana peppers, and chopped up pickles (I had a super sweaty run that morning and needed SALT!) with Goddess dressing. I also had two hard boiled eggs on the side. I’ve been paying more attention to my protein intake now that I am marathon training again. I want to make sure I fuel my body well for training and recovery.

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  • His. When Kevin woke up I made him a mini egg omelette (without cheese because he’s sensitive to it) with some spinach. He also had applesauce on the side. We’ve started giving him the whole egg after only giving him the yolk for months because egg whites can be an allergen for babies. But he’s had some foods that have egg whites in it and has always been fine so we decided to try it. So far so good!

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What was left on his plate after lunch. He loved it!

SNACK

  • Hers. I made a green smoothie with spinach, frozen mango, banana, almond milk, and my favorite protein powder. It was soooo yummy!

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  • His. We had to go to a vet appointment for our kitten and while we were there Kevin ate a snack of Baby Mum Mum crackers.

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DINNER

  • Hers. Last night we had Mama Pea’s Red Lentil Enchiladas from her cookbook which is one of our favorite dinners, so tonight we used the leftover lentils to make burritos. We threw some spinach in there too (Apparently I loved spinach today!) and sauteed some zucchini and summer squash to eat on the side.

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  • His. I made Kevin a little tasting plate that included chickpeas, zucchini/summer squash, avocado, and tortilla. I like to do this to see what he likes and doesn’t like. Tonight he ate almost all the chickpeas and zucchini/summer squash, and left most of the avocado and tortilla. I wanted to give him some lentils but they had jalapenos in them and enchilada sauce so I thought it would be too spicy!

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SNACK

  • Hers. After Kevin went to bed we watched Big Brother and I started getting a little hungry again, so I had some cereal. I tend to wake up hungry in the middle of the night if I don’t have an after-dinner snack, especially on days that I run. Cereal always does the trick 🙂

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So that is what we ate today! In addition to this food Kevin also nursed 5 times. What’s the best thing you ate today?

A Busy WIAW

It’s time for another What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW)!

Life has been ridiculously busy. I have barely any free time between being the mommy of an 11 week old, working full-time at a job that extends way beyond the hours of 9-5, pumping, and marathon training. I’m trying REALLY hard to make good food choices and eat enough to provide me with energy to get through my long days. This can be tough as a vegetarian who also needs to avoid dairy because it aggravates Baby Kevin’s reflux. Here is a very quick glimpse of what I ate today, a typical Wednesday in my busy life! Sorry for the terrible iPhone photos- my phone is more convenient than my big camera!

6:45 a.m. My regular morning breakfast: oatmeal cooked with banana, cinnamon and almond milk, with almond butter stirred in and topped with blueberries. Coffee in a gorilla mug on the side 🙂 Eaten in my bedroom while getting ready for work and entertaining the baby who is on my bed on the Boppy.

10:00 a.m. Fast forward a few hours and I am now at school. I have my 45 minute planning period during this time so I grab my morning snack: two hard boiled eggs. This is always a reliable snack that keeps me full until lunchtime.

12:30 p.m. Time for lunch! I only have 30 minutes, so I hurry to bring my students to the cafeteria, go to the bathroom, and get started with pumping in my classroom. Once I have my hands free thanks to this bra, I can eat. I used to bring salads everyday for lunch, but they take too long to eat with everything else I need to do (I’m a really slow eater). So instead I usually bring some sort of sandwich because it’s quicker and easier. This one was hummus and avocado on whole wheat bread. Carrots on the side.

3:30 p.m. The students are dismissed and I eat a Larabar before heading home.

7:00 p.m. I tried to make dinner when I got home at 5 but was not successful due to a very hungry baby followed by a massive poop followed by baby not wanting me to put him down. Kevin got home at 6:15 and made dinner for us. We had one of our favorite go-to meals: Tex Mex Quinoa with homemade baked tortilla chips. Pretty sure I had this in another one of my WIAWs too. Do you like Kevin’s artistic food presentation?

7:30 p.m. I wanted something sweet after dinner so I had a So Delicious mini coconut milk ice cream sandwich.

10:00 p.m. I had a small bowl of cereal before going to bed. If I don’t have something little before I go to sleep I’ll wake up with a growling tummy in the middle of the night. I have a bit of a cereal addiction and love to mix different types together.

Looking back on my day of food, I just realized I really lacked in the veggie department today. Since I no longer eat salads at lunch I try to eat them with my dinner, but tonight it didn’t happen. I really need to work on that tomorrow. I love my veggies and need to make them more of a priority, even when we are busy!

My Last Day of Maternity Leave (WIAW)

It’s a sad day in the Spaulding household. Today was the last day of my maternity leave. I can’t believe how quickly 8 weeks went by. I feel like it was just yesterday that we were in the hospital meeting our little man!

Last Wednesday was my first time doing a What I Ate Wednesday post and I really liked it. This month the theme is “Fall into Good Habits.” The good habit I am working on currently is trying to choose healthy, filling meals and snacks while I’m super busy during the day. I’m also trying to make sure to eat enough to keep up with my body’s needs while breastfeeding and running. Here is what I ate today!

7:15 a.m. I woke up and had my standard oatmeal [oats, banana, cinnamon, and almond milk cooked together, with peanut butter and blueberries stirred in at the end]. Plus coffee! We stayed up late watching election results and then baby decided he wanted to be up the rest of the night. I needed this coffee!

While I ate I hung out with this little guy and enjoyed his company. I have loved our little morning routine and will miss it so much when I go back to work.

12:00 p.m. A few hours later after a visit from our babysitter to give her the run down before tomorrow and some play time, I made lunch! We made Mexicali Chopped Salads with Cilantro Lime dressing last night for dinner and I made another one with the leftovers. It had spinach, red onion, bell pepper, corn, black beans, and avocado. I also had a sandwich thin with hummus on the side.

3:30 p.m. Baby and I headed out to my chiropractor appointment. We both got adjusted (Yes, including little man! More on that in my 8 week post partum update tomorrow) and I was hungry on the ride home while stuck in traffic so I had one of my emergency Larabars that I keep in the diaper bag.

My new favorite trick to do if I am in traffic or at a red light and want to check on the baby is to reach my arm back and take a picture of him, so I can see what he’s doing. He was crying today and I thought he might have spit up, so I took a picture and yup- there it is! Poor baby 😦 It breaks my heart when he cries in the car and I can’t do anything about it.

5:00 p.m. I got hungry for another snack while waiting for Kevin to get home from work. I was planning on running when he got home so I had two hard boiled eggs to hold me over during my run and until dinnertime.

While waiting for daddy I snuggled with Baby K on the couch. He likes to give big open mouthed kisses. Either that or he thinks my cheek is my boob 🙂

6:30 p.m. Kevin got home late because traffic was bad, and then we realized we forgot an ingredient that we needed to make dinner so he ran out to the store to get it. By this time I had lost all motivation to run. It was late, dark, and cold and I had gotten hungry again. Plus Kevin brought home tortilla chips and I can never resist those! I decided to take today as a rest day and run Thursday and Friday instead. I snacked on some chips while making dinner with the baby in his bouncer next to me.

For dinner we had Tex Mex Quinoa– one of our favorite staple meals. Unfortunately I ate too many chips like usual and sort of spoiled my appetite. That is definitely not an example of “falling into good habits” but oh well. I’m working on it! I also just realized I had two mexican-type meals today with double beans and corn. Can you tell we really like that type of food? And fiber too, apparently 🙂

I am currently chugging water because all of those chips left me even thirstier than usual! Then it’s off to bed for me soon so I can rest up for work tomorrow. Wish me luck!

What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW)

I have seen WIAW (What I Ate Wednesday) posts around the blog world for a long time and I’m finally going to do my own! I realized that technically you are supposed to actually post them on Wednesday but since I’m a newbie, I actually took my photos on Wednesday and am posting it on Thursday. Oops! Now I know for next time 🙂  Anyway, here is what I ate yesterday!

7:00 a.m. I almost always start my day with oatmeal. I did this before I was a new mommy too, but an added bonus is that oatmeal is supposedly good for milk supply! I cook the oatmeal with almond milk and a sliced banana, which makes it extra creamy. Then when it’s done I add fruit (usually some type of berry) and stir in either almond or peanut butter. Today’s mix was raspberries with peanut butter. Yum! Plus coffee. That’s just necessary.

1:00 p.m. Starving by this point!!! The baby kept me busy and before I knew it, it was way past my normal lunch time which is usually 11:30 or 12:00. I made a spinach salad with veggies [bell pepper, red onion, shredded carrot], avocado, some pinto beans, and Annie’s Goddess Dressing. I was going to also have eggs on whole wheat bread, but Kevin accidentally got a type of bread that has milk in it. I’m trying to avoid milk because it aggravates Baby Kevin’s acid reflux, so I used one of his dairy-free everything bagels instead. Not as nutritious as whole wheat, but definitely delicious! By the way, I always put hot sauce on my eggs. Again- it’s just necessary!

4:30 p.m.  The baby and I went to my sister-in-law’s 3D ultrasound, which was so exciting to me because I never had one with Baby Kevin. When we got home I was hungry so I had a Larabar. I knew Kevin would be home from work soon and I would be going for a run, so I definitely needed something in my belly.

7:30 p.m. After my 3 mile run I showered quickly then we went over to my sister-in-law’s house for her and her husband’s gender reveal party. She had the ultrasound tech write the sex of the baby down and put it in an envelope, and they had a “Survivor” themed reveal with our family and friends. We found out that she’s having a baby BOY! Yay for a little boy cousin for baby Kevin to play with! She made everyone appetizers and chili- even a special vegetarian chili for me 🙂 I had some tortilla chips and salsa (my favorite), fruit, and a big bowl of yummy chili. Plus a few more chips!

11:00 p.m.  We got home late and after feeding the baby and putting him to bed I realized I was hungry. I knew that if I went to bed without eating something I would be up all night with a growling stomach, so I had a (big) bowl of cereal. Am I the only one that mixes cereals together? This was Kashi Heart to Heart, Peanut Butter Puffins, and Kashi shredded wheat.

I should also mention that throughout the day I drank from this 32 oz. water bottle that I refilled three times, plus what was in the water bottle that I ran with. Gotta stay hydrated!

So that was what I ate yesterday! I’m really trying to stay on top of my eating to make sure I get enough food since I’m breastfeeding AND running. I don’t technically count calories anymore, but since I used to count them way back in the day I still have a basic idea about how many calories I’m eating daily. I am mostly trying to listen to my body’s hunger cues and eat when I’m hungry, which is pretty much all the time. It’s a work in progress but I’m figuring it all out! I think I will continue to do these WIAW posts occasionally. They are fun and it’s a good way to keep my eating in check as a new mommy.