Vegan Chocolate & The Intuitive Eating Process

Your guesses were correct – I made tofu curry for dinner. I squeezed out the excess water in the tofu for one hour. Then, sauteed a sweet onion and chopped some carrots. IMG 2557 300x225 Vegan Chocolate & The Intuitive Eating ProcessI put the tofu, onion, carrots, coconut milk and spices into the crockpot on low for 4 hours (until it had thickened and the carrots were soft).IMG 2543 300x225 Vegan Chocolate & The Intuitive Eating Process

This was not an easy mission. Yesterday I made trip to our local organic store for some spices. I love that you can just buy what you need.IMG 2492 225x300 Vegan Chocolate & The Intuitive Eating Process

This is what I needed…IMG 2491 300x225 Vegan Chocolate & The Intuitive Eating Process

Dinner was soooo good. I went back for seconds icon smile Vegan Chocolate & The Intuitive Eating Process IMG 2556 300x225 Vegan Chocolate & The Intuitive Eating Process

So, Vegan Day was going great until I needed some chocolate after dinner. Luckily, I had this Lindt 90% Supreme Dark Chocolate bar…IMG 2560 225x300 Vegan Chocolate & The Intuitive Eating Process

But, it tasted like 90% chocolate (duh) meaning, it was pretty stiff. I wasn’t enjoying it so I ended up subbing it out for a Bliss square. What’s the point of eating chocolate if you’re not going to enjoy it?

Lunch was easy – my veggie burgers are Vegan. See, it says it right on the box.IMG 2547 300x225 Vegan Chocolate & The Intuitive Eating Process

I chopped up the veggie burger and put it on top of a hummus salad.IMG 2549 300x225 Vegan Chocolate & The Intuitive Eating Process

On the side I had bread and an apple.IMG 2550 300x225 Vegan Chocolate & The Intuitive Eating Process

My “butter” is vegan, just because it’s what I like icon smile Vegan Chocolate & The Intuitive Eating Process IMG 25521 300x225 Vegan Chocolate & The Intuitive Eating Process

My chips are vegan too icon smile Vegan Chocolate & The Intuitive Eating Process So I thought I should enjoy some today…IMG 2551 225x300 Vegan Chocolate & The Intuitive Eating Process

I was desperate for chocolate in the afternoon too and ended up trying to create chocolate PB out of: PB, cocoa powder and maple syrup. It was good and I ate a lot more than this measly picture shows. It just looks like tar, but it tastes like genius. IMG 2554 300x225 Vegan Chocolate & The Intuitive Eating Process

I also ate a mango and a small bowl of cereal after my choc PB bread too. But, I realize that was  emotional/habit eating. This is such a hard habit to break. It’s weird, but I am not mad at myself at all after I do this lately. I am just observing when/where/why and learning from it. I will have this habit broken soon!

Intuitive Eating: This process  is taking a long time,but I need to remember I am someone who has  “broken their hunger meter” (R.D. Evelyn Tribole told me this). I completely do not realize when I am hungry, nor do I stop eating when I’m full. But, I am slowly learning how to read my body.

I have already learned a few things about myself:

1. I start to get shaky when I need to eat (my hands shake/can’t hold them steady)

2. I eat when I’m tired (probably part of the reason for the night time snacking)

3. I don’t need to eat as much as I thought. I’m not “hungry” that often/for that much food (compared to what I actually eat).

Now I just need to stick with this, listen to my body, eat when I’m hungry, stop before I’m too full. It sounds so easy doesn’t it? I wish.

Comments

  1. says

    What does squeezing the water out of tofu do? I’ve never done that before! Does it make it extra delicious??

    I give you major props for intuitive eating. I struggle with this every day, although I trying my hardest, counting calories (even if only estimating and counting 1 or 2 meals) seems to be the only way I can keep things under control. For some reason, it seems like if I don’t start the day off well (i.e. healthy breakfast without snacking) I just can’t seem to control the rest of the day.

    Good job!

  2. says

    Seriously, intuitive eating is easier said than done. My problem is I know that I’m hungry after dinner and I should eat, but instead of having a snack to feed my hunger I’ll pick at peanut butter and froyo because I don’t know what to have and I don’t want to fill myself up before bed. It’s stupid and I’m working on it.

    Congrats to you man, I think your doing awesome with IE. You are my role model.

  3. says

    gosh I love your honesty! I think most women struggle with intuitive eating, but are too afraid to say so. I just wanted to let you know I absolutely love your openness with your struggles. keep working hard! and stay strong!

    p.s. i adore curry…please cook for me anytime of the day ;)

    xoxoxo

    Lo

  4. says

    i totally get shaky too when i need to eat. i love how honest you are girl..thanks for being open! its so important for us to remember we are NOT perfect and struggle in different ways.

    ive never had curry!

  5. says

    I get shaky when I need to eat too.

    Great prices for the spices (didn’t mean to rhyme there).

    Being restricted is no way to live. I like the idea of intuitive eating, but it seems like it would be very difficult for people that have struggled with disordered eating. I’ve tried IE, but my hunger signals are still off from having an eating disorder. I admire that you won’t give up on IE. Stay strong!

  6. says

    Ok I want to make that curry dish but appr how much of the spices did you use????? I never thought of doing tofu in my slow cooker but now I am super excited.

    Also just wanted to let you know that you are not alone in your struggle for intuitive eating. I eat when I am stressed, bored, angry, frustrated…. well you get the point. I know it is not easy to learn this as I am struggling with it myself. The point is to just start being aware and then from that we can change.

  7. says

    do you drink lots of water? i find that drinking 3-5 LITERs of water/daily helps with the snacking/hunger issues. :) try it??? plus you get so bloated w/ water theres no room for food!

    • runeatrepeat says

      Sarah – I actually drinks tons of water everyday. I have a 48oz. water bottle that I take every where. I love drinking water :)

  8. says

    Intuitive eating is really an every-day challenge and hopefully it gets easier, but it’s always in the back of my mind. I suppose it’s good that there’s something that keeps us from being perfect, though, right? ;-)

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