I Really Wanted Gluten. In a Bad Way.

Yesterday I faced my first REAL foodie challenge since working to cut gluten out of my diet about a month ago. Disclaimer:  I have had gluten in the form of beer and accidental small eats since going gluten free, I am aware of this.  But in the months time I have all but cut it out of my normal daily diet.  Just want to preface.

Dinner Last Night

Yesterday was a truly SNACKY day for me.  I didn’t capture nearly all of my eats because most of them were just bites here and there from the fridge or cabinet, but good LORD something had gotten into me yesterday.  Here’s just a sampling of my goodies.

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Woke up and started the day off well with a smoothie

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Had a bunch of trail mix that was left over from our hike but still totally delicious

And not pictured:  Cinnamon bears and gummies, Gluten Free crackers.  All day. 

By the time we got around to dinner, I knew I needed something nutritional in my diet, so I decided to stick with a salad and tuna burger.

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The salad started with garden greens, tomatoes, and crumbled soft cheese.

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And simply topped it with crumbed tuna burger and a piece of bacon.  It was actually really delicious, but MAN did I have some food envy when I saw what my hubby was making.

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Homemade pizza.  With fresh basil, tomatoes and bacon.

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Holy colorful, and holy YUM.   Like I mentioned, this was the first time since cutting gluten that I really struggled with my choices, but in the end I knew my body was already unhappy with me for a week of snacking through training, and I stuck with my guns.  But lemme tell ya, it wasn’t easy.

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My sweet tooth still kicked in later in the evening, but I wanted to be conscious about what I ate since I had been so off the wall with my eats earlier.    I ended up eating a piece of gluten free toast with honey roasted peanut butter and a couple chocolate chips.  This did the trick, and even tempted Zach so in the end I actually had 1.5 because I split another with the boy :).

Looking back on it, I think I struggled with my eats yesterday primarily for two reasons.

One:  It was a rest day.

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My biggest activity of the day was taking the pup on his afternoon and evening walk {but SCORE, I found this little free library a few blocks from my house.  How adorable is this?} and going to CostCo

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{Oddly enough normally I’m extremely tempted by samples but I wasn’t at all yesterday.  Hmmmmm…}

And Second:  I didn’t eat a REAL meal until Dinner.

Starting the day off by snacking, for me, just equals a ton more snacking.  I know this and should have known better, but that’s OK.  In the end, I stayed clear of gluten still and in reality didn’t do TOO much damage.  I gave my body the rest it needed and maybe, I just wanted snacks.  At least I ended the day on a healthy note.

This Morning

And thankfully the rest allowed me to wake up this morning and tackle a pretty solid 10k run, so it isn’t all bad.

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Ever have any snack triggers?

Do you snack/eat more in general on your rest days?