Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge: What I Eat in the Average Day

Hi everyone! I hope you’re all well. Today is Wednesday, which can only mean: it’s time for my next post in the Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge hosted by Long and Short Reviews. You can check out this year’s list of topics here if you fancy taking part, and you can read what others have written on today’s topic here.

Today’s topic is:

What I Eat in the Average Day

For me, eating is a challenge. As I’ve spoken about previously, I’ve struggled for some time with anorexia and bulimia. It’s been tough, and it has taken a lot of therapy and retraining my brain to eat anything really without having a full-blown anxiety attack.

These days, I still eat very little, though I am going through the process of carefully incorporating more food into my diet with support from my doctor.

I wake up between 5.00 am and 5.30 am, and the first thing I do is take my meds and have a cup of coffee. This cup of coffee, especially in the winter, feels like the loveliest thing I have ever drunk. It’s a simple, instant black coffee with no sugar, but it’s magic first thing in the morning.

About half an hour after my magic coffee, I drink a pint of water. A while ago, I went through a chunk of time being very dehydrated, so now I’m vigilant about my fluid intake.

At around 7.30 am, I have a protein shake with almond milk. I add a mix of seeds, dried fruit and chopped almonds and then sit on my bed and eat it with a spoon. You might think it’s strange, but this is one of my favourite parts of the day. I eat my shake and make sure I sit, in the present, thinking about the good it’s doing me.

Half an hour later, I have another glass of water, and that’s me until the afternoon.

Late in the Afternoon
For my last meal of the day, I eat a salad bowl with some sort of vegetarian-friendly protein.
My salad consists of two kinds of lettuce (i can’t remember their names), red bell pepper, onion, sweetcorn, cucumber and beetroot. I finish off with another glass of water.

Believe it or not, this is a lot for me. A couple of years ago, the thought of eating anything at all sent me spiralling, and it was hard to see just how ill I was until I started eating regularly. You don’t realise how cloudy your brain gets or how lethargic you become.
Retraining yourself to see food in a whole different way takes time. Food is fuel. Without fuel, you stall.

I’m still learning, and sometimes there are blips along the way. I’m always learning about new strategies and healthy coping mechanisms in therapy. They really help. It’s a long road, but at least now I know it’s not endless. You know, even thinking about this post was giving me a little anxiety and, at first, I was going to skip it and just join in next week, but I figured I’d start writing and just see what came out and how I felt, and I have to say, I feel pretty good. I usually feel embarrassed and self-conscious speaking about this sort of thing, but honestly, I think writing this has done me good!

If you or anyone you know are struggling with an eating disorder, I found Beat to be an invaluable source of great help and advice. You can find them on Twitter @beatED and here on the web.

Anyway, I think I’ve probably wittered on for long enough.

As always, thank you for spending time with me today. I can’t tell you what it means.

Until next time,


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22 replies

  1. Good for you, George. It sounds like you’ve come a long way. 🙂

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  2. It seems your struggle is working. Keep it up.

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  3. Keep moving forward, you are doing great. BTW, your salad sounds absolutely devine.

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  4. Never worry about sharing … we’re here for you 🙂

    I have issues with food addiction in the reverse… eating WAY too much and for all the wrong reasons, relying on food for love and support, and part of fixing that is conscious eating. It sounds like you’re doing a great job. Just keep putting one foot in front of the other and you’ll get there!

    Re: coffee… this is one of my favorite quotes:

    “Don’t ever let anyone tell you that fairy tales aren’t real. I drink a potion made from magic beans every day, and it brings me back to life.”

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  5. I admire your willingness to share with us about your struggles. Thank you for that. I love the sound of your salad. I enjoy salads but tend not to think about making one (my husband isn’t a fan and I normally just end up making something we will both eat. I do like the sound of the protein shake with yummies, though…will have to try that

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    • Thanks, Judy. I have come to really appreciate salads over the last year or so. They’re a great way of getting a variety of vitamins and minerals that i was lacking. Things like selenium and potassium that i’d never have thought about before.


  6. I’m glad you shared and maybe it’ll help you on your road to healing. On a positive note, the foods you’re choosing are tasty and nutrient-dense, so you’re getting the things you need. That salad sounds delicious, too. I love a good salad. 😀

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  7. Your journey is inspiring. After I had my son, I was so stressed out (in retrospect, I think postpartum depression played a part in it), overwhelmed, and scared what I ate would be bad for him I barely ate anything. A month after giving birth I was 6 pounds underweight. It was the lower I’ve ever been in my entire life, and my way to normal eating took some time.
    I salute you, and your courage.

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    • Aw, thanks, Mackade! I can’t even imagine what that must have been like for you. I’m glad you found your way back to eating more healthily. 🙂


      • My husband is an extremely good cook, so when he cooks, I eat. Full stop.
        Back then, though, it was more stress than a broken relationship with food. We’re both Italians, so food is part of us. Once I fixed the emotional part, I found my way back to food.


  8. Hi George! You so inspire me! I talk about my struggles on my blog, and sometimes I feel very self-conscious and wonder what people must think of me. In case you are wondering the same…I think you are so brave to share! I think you are doing awesome and taking great care of yourself. I think that you are amazing at sitting down and writing and moving forward with the food topic. I am cheering for you! I LOVE shakes and smoothies! I am just getting into them myself, and I definitely want to try to have it with a spoon now! I am seriously doing the same as you with being in the present with my food. It is HARD! I used to eat chips while I was on my laptop. Mindless eating! I still let myself have chips but instead of a big paper plate sitting by my PC, I have a small snack-size bag and I sit at the table or on a comfy chair and just think about eating and enjoying the chips in front of me. It seriously helps me, and I think I like them even more! I am having issues with portions, but the snack sizes really help!

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    • Thank you so much! At least you’re taking steps in the right direction, Danielle! Change in any regard can be difficult. But perseverance is key. At least, that’s what I’m coming to realise. 🙂


  9. That was actually really interesting to read. It sounds like you’ve made really good progress (though I imagine, as with anything like this, that some days are better than others). So: go, you! And also, thank you for being open about it.

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  10. The first thing I want to say is that it sounds like you have put in a lot of work and made some excellent progress. And not just in terms of actual food, but your mindfulness around how you relate to it. I’m really impressed and I find it inspiring! I know how hard it can be to find tools for addressing unhelpful thought patterns and how hard it can be to keep up using them. I am glad that you are able to see how far you have come and take pride in it. You deserve to! And thank you for sharing.

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