Why I #WIAW Only On Occasion

by tinareale on October 23, 2013

Good morning to all you wonderful people out there. I’m going with a classic type of post today. It’s What I Ate Wednesday!!


I don’t participate too often, but sometimes a good old-fashioned #WIAW post just feels right. So let’s go!



1/2 cup oats made with 1/2 cup almond milk, 1/2 cup water, 1/2 banana (sliced) and topped with natural peanut butter (probably 1.5-2 TBSP worth??)

I bet you thought you would find a bowl of pumpkin oatmeal right here. Yes, that is the standard fare for the fall weather….but I’m still just not feeling it this season. Braedon, however, has been begging for pumpkin in his oatmeal every morning. Such a momma’s boy!


smoothie made with almond milk, the other 1/2 banana, and 1 scoop vanilla protein

Our spinach apparently went bad so I had to forego the green in my smoothie yesterday. It felt weird. I’m so used to my smoothies being green now. Even the kids expect their smoothies to be green. It’s just standard around here.



grilled sandwich on 9 grain bakery bread with ham, hummus, tomato, and pickles inside + carrot sticks and tzatziki for dipping on the side

I have been on a sandwich kick lately. A warm sandwich with gooey cheese and hummus makes my mouth water. It holds me over really well too!



a couple of graham crackers nibbled with the kids

Well, lunch holds me over well but a few bites of the kids’ snack time inevitably happens.



an unexpected bowl of chili with some Fritos on top

The original plan for dinner was a potato leek soup…but it ended up being a HUGE recipe fail and just inedible. Luckily, we had some chili leftovers in the fridge that I quickly reheated and devoured for dinner. Fritos are the chili topper of choice in our house. Confession: In the past, I probably would have foregone the Fritos on top because they weren’t something I “should” eat as a “healthy living blogger”. How sad! Now, I just toss ‘em on and call it good.

It’s actually pretty interesting to look at a day of my eats like this. Namely because I think about food a lot less than I used to think about what I should be eating and trying to find this perfect balance. Even when I didn’t count or track every bite anymore, I still put too much emphasis on whether or not I was eating the “right” things for way too long.

Perhaps that’s why I don’t do What I Ate Wednesday all the time? I don’t like to think about it too much. I gotta say, it’s nice to just eat to live and have the extent of planning ahead be purely putting together a dinner plan for the week when making a grocery list. Then again, I love sharing ideas of how different people handle their approach to eating and getting ideas from one another. I give mad props to Jenn for the idea and the sense of community and food inspiration it inspired.

I guess it’s a fine balance, just like all things in life.

Your Turn: What about you? Do you participate in #WIAW regularly, semi-often, or not at all? Why?


1 Miz October 23, 2013 at 9:37 am

Im a mindful or intuitive eater but more than that Im not a foodie.
I like to read posts about whats rattling in people’s craniums not their bellies :-)

2 lindsay October 23, 2013 at 2:53 pm

yes, agreed. plus i don’t meal plan. EEK! but it’s nice to share when you do have some good stuff to tickle the taste buds. <3

3 Nicole October 23, 2013 at 9:41 am

same as you, i don’t think about food too much. i like to participate sometimes, but i rarely even remember to take pictures of everything i eat in a day. i do enjoy looking at what others eat though!

4 Laura October 23, 2013 at 9:56 am

I keep thinking I need to do one of these. My issue is I just don’t feel like what I am eating is unique or exciting enough for blog fodder. Although like Nicole I do enjoy reading through others WIAW posts.

5 tinareale October 24, 2013 at 8:07 am

Yea. If I posted my meals all the time it would get pretty boring as well. Haha!

6 Melissa @ Treats With a Twist October 23, 2013 at 9:56 am

I couldn’t agree more. Ever since I started trying to repair my relationship with food, think about my choices less, and strike more of a balance, I don’t like getting sucked into sharing my meals. I’ll share sometimes, if it’s beautiful or I think its impressive, but I don’t want the judgment from others or MYSELF based on the pictures of my food anymore. It’s hard to find that happy place with food, so when you find it, you don’t want others popping your bubble :)

7 tinareale October 24, 2013 at 8:09 am

I think the judgment from myself is the most dangerous thing for me or worry about what others MAY judge. It’s nice to hear others’ thoughts on this. And I like what you said about finding your happy balance and not doing things that could shake what is so hard to find.

8 Fiona @ Get Fit Fiona October 23, 2013 at 9:57 am

That grilled sandwich looks pretty good. I’m craving warm meals for lunch more and more since fall started.

9 Lauren @ Fun, Fit and Fabulous! October 23, 2013 at 10:10 am

I participate occassionally as well. I love reading others WIAW posts, but frankly, I’m just stinking boring. I’m pretty sure people would get tired of seeing my oatmeal for breakfast, salad for lunch, and luna bar for a snack week after week. :)

10 Laura @ Mommy Run Fast October 23, 2013 at 10:15 am

Absolutely agree. I like to do it now and then but not think too much about my food, which tends to happen the day I’m trying to remember to photograph everything!

11 Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries October 23, 2013 at 10:30 am

I haven’t been as much into pumpkin this year either for whatever reason! The last couple years around this time I was putting pumpkin in everything and anything I could think of. I’m still enjoying pumpkin coffee, breads, and cookies, but not quite as much as I have in the past.

I typically participate in WIAW each week… Mostly just because I don’t talk about my food much other than that, and my readers seem to enjoy the posts. It does get a little monotonous at times though, I must admit, which is why this week I took a break. :)

12 Danielle @ Labelsarefortincans October 23, 2013 at 10:44 am

I never participate in WIAW – it is a combination of: I don’t want to take photos of my all my food, the amount of food I eat changes everyday, and I too spent way too long thinking about how much I was eating, if it was right thing, etc. I’m in a much better place of going with the flow, eating when I’m hungry and what I feel like.

13 tinareale October 24, 2013 at 8:11 am

I love that you brought up what you eat changing every day! That is so me too. When looking back on this I feel like it was a lighter day for me. I didn’t snack as much as other times and didn’t have my typical dark chocolate squares at night (because too tired not to put on any sort of appearance or “right eating”). Goes to show that you can never know everything through blogs.

14 Mary @foodandfunontherun October 23, 2013 at 10:47 am

I’ve actually never participated in WIAW. Like you, I eat to eat, and just don’t put the big emphasis on it. I read others WIAW posts pretty regularly, but I just don’t think it will ever really be for me.

15 Ang @ Nutty for Life October 23, 2013 at 10:58 am

I love that the kiddos expect to see green in their smoothies! That means their momma is doing something right! ;) It’s really refreshing to see children who want to eat their vegetables. I was no such child.

16 [email protected] October 23, 2013 at 11:28 am

Mmmmm sandwiches are the best! I too have been loooooving them!

And I totally agree–when I eat what I want to eat, when I want it, I def think about food wayyyy less. Just until I’m hungry, then I think about it. hah.

17 Clare @ Fitting It All In October 23, 2013 at 11:30 am

I don’t participate in daily food posts because I’ve seen the negative affect they have on me and I think the comparison trap is really dangerous. It’s fine to post certain recipes or meals as inspiration, but no two people have the same needs so showing a full day has no real purpose I think!

18 Bethany @ Accidental Intentions October 23, 2013 at 11:37 am

I’ve never done WIAW, and I think a lot of it has to do with the pressure I’d create for myself if I did participate. I honestly eat almost the exact same thing every day of the week (as in, every Monday is pretty much the same as all other Mondays, every Tuesday is different from Monday but the same as the Tuesday before, etc.). Most of that stems from my own laziness (much simpler to make breakfast and lunch when there’s no deciding what I want to eat!), but I also by and large enjoy my usual meals. I don’t need to feel like I have invisible Internet readers judging me for always eating the same. boring. thing. You know? Not that they necessarily would, but I think I would feel like they would if every WIAW post I did was the exact same as the week before. On the other hand, it might force me to actually be a little creative instead of settling for my food ruts out of convenience!

19 Emily @ The Apron Blog October 23, 2013 at 11:40 am

I am new at blogging and haven’t written a Wednesday eats post yet! The middle of the week is so busy that i have a hard time keeping up with posts and what I’m eating!

20 Heather @ Better With Veggies October 23, 2013 at 1:14 pm

I didn’t use to do WIAW (actually probably about a year off before I started again), but since I do spend a lot of time planning, cooking, and eating right now I’ve been back in the WIAW game. I think it will go away for the most part after competition, but we’ll see. :)

21 tinareale October 24, 2013 at 8:13 am

But yours is also a process to your big goal so it will be cool for you to have a place to look back and see what works. And you disclsoe that its for comp prep and not a general way to eat to your readers. I think that’s hugely important.

22 Brittany @ Barr & Table October 23, 2013 at 1:42 pm

I admittedly think far too much about what I’m going to eat so I’m usually a weekly participant. I have, however, been highlighting more of my fun meals out recently rather than a “day in the life” kind of post. It’s always fun to go back and revisit special meals.

23 tinareale October 24, 2013 at 8:14 am

I think those type of WIAW posts are my favorites from anyone who does them – highlighting a special or exceptionally delicious meal.

24 [email protected] October 23, 2013 at 2:20 pm

I’m a weekly regular! Great to see you joining in! Yay for chilli season! :)

25 Jolene October 23, 2013 at 2:39 pm

I love that you posted about this Tina! I agree that it is more about the foods that you are in the mood for and crave and that will fuel you, more than it being balanced in a ‘healthy blogger’ way per se. such and such amount of bread, such and such amount of fruit and veggies etc. If it appeals, I say roll with it (of course, within reason hehe). our bodies KNOW balance and know what is good and will fuel and what will make us feel like crap. Love the post (and um, pickle IN a panini’d sandwich?! genius!! Just got a press and am loving warm sandwiches too!).

26 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats October 23, 2013 at 3:13 pm

I do WIAW when I actually remember to take pictures of my food. Many days I’m not great about eating real meals and just don’t feel like (or remember to) photograph every little thing.

27 Ericka @ The Sweet Life October 23, 2013 at 3:32 pm

I have always had a weird annoyance with WIAW…maybe because it focused so much on food? I don’t know. To me, that’s interesting every so often from someone who has lost weight or has a interesting life diet plan but for the regular peeps…ehhh. I’ve never done it. Not saying you shouldn’t but has just not been my thing!

28 tinareale October 24, 2013 at 8:16 am

It won’t ever become a regular thing for me. I think I pop in with it maybe 3 or 4 times a year? Maybe? And usually it’s because I find some other topic related to food that has been on my mind. Or a recipe to share or something.

29 Abigail October 23, 2013 at 6:48 pm

I’m new to participating in WIAW. I kind of love it for the opposite reason. I like seeing what other people are eating and that guess what… They aren’t perfect either And that’s okay. Slamming back a little chocolate when mixed in with your healthy eats is okay. Seeing things like this has actually helped me think LESS on a day to day basis about my food.

30 tinareale October 24, 2013 at 8:17 am

Thanks for sharing this perspective! It’s definitely understandable. I think the key is finding balanced examples to check out and it sounds like you’ve found some.

31 Coco October 23, 2013 at 9:30 pm

I’ve never had the attention span to do a full WIAW post. I always forget, or get busy, or get busy and forget! I am still drifting between thinking about food too much or not enough. I need to put some effort into planning or preparing.

32 [email protected] October 23, 2013 at 11:48 pm

I don’t do WIAW very often, only when there is something interesting to share. I completely understand the feeling of thinking about food too much. It’s bad that I have to work on not thinking about food too much. What happened with your soup? I hate recipe fails, such a let down.

33 tinareale October 24, 2013 at 8:18 am

Well the amount of liquid made the soup more like mushy mashed potatoes instead of a creamy soup. Then when adding more liquid the flavor got all super bland and it never reached the right consistency/flavor so I just gave up. May have to play with it again though in the future.

34 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey October 24, 2013 at 8:34 am

I participate when I can, but I’m with you on not overthinking food choices. For one, I have no time to think about what I am shoving into my mouth – and two, it always balances out!

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