I always used to think that on the days I wasn’t running or working out that I should be eating less. Maybe so in some cases, but I think its more important to listen to your body. I have actually found that I get really hungry on my rest days now. If you think about it, this kind of makes sense. If one day I go out and run 22 miles and burn 1,800 calories just running, then the following day my body is going to be telling me to eat. Even though I’m not working out, my body is working hard to repair itself from everything I put it through the previous day(s).
On Sunday I woke up at what my body thought was 6am but it was actually 5am because of daylight savings time. Regardless, I knew I would be hungry early so I made some coffee while I got started on breakfast.
I made Michele’s maple raisin acorn squash pancakes since I was planning to prep those for the week anyway. I doubled the recipe by using the whole squash.
These are really filling and I ate them around 6:30 am and they kept me full for a few hours. But let’s be real, I can’t really go more than a few hours before eating so around 9:30 it was not even close to lunch time so I made a smoothie.
I did some blog stuff and watched the NYC marathon and before I knew it my stomach was grumbling for lunch. Our options were limited and there was no way I was going out to get anything. I ended up eating pasta that was leftover from Friday night. I added grilled chicken and spinach. I ate this around noon and was remind pretty quickly why I don’t really eat pasta anymore. My stomach didn’t feel great, I was tired, and I got hungry again by 1:30.
For a snack I had some of the chocolate chip cookie dough bars I made last week. But I knew these wouldn’t hold me over for long. I ended up eating more than this amount.
Lots of water, all day long. This is my favorite glass because it’s so big.
Around 4 it was wine time. Ok in our defense it should have been 5pm. We had to book flights for the holidays which is a little stressful so a little wine helped to take the edge off.
Dinner was salmon, broccoli, and roasted red potatoes. I think I ate something pretty similar in the food I shared last week. We try to eat salmon once a week and usually its on Sunday or Monday because its still fresh on those days.
Do you eat differently on a rest day than on a day you workout?
Do you find that you get more hungry the day after a long run?
Thanks, Jenn, for hosting another week of WIAW!