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WIAW: No Judgment

July 20, 2011

WIAW is great, isn’t it?

I’ll be the first to admit that I look forward to this day every week.  Joey might argue that I look forward to it a little too much.  But what does he know?

But I feel I also have to admit that it can be difficult to a. feel comfortable putting your entire day’s worth of food out for anyone and everyone to see and b. read others’ WIAW posts without judging what they ate.

I have totally been guilty of the latter <—- bad blogger!

Until I remembered:

“What WIAW isn’t about

Comparison – Judgement – Restriction – Guilt”

Uh, thanks for the reminder, Jenn.  You are so right!  Just another reason why we love our hostess, right?

So let’s leave the judgment at the door, and enjoy the party.

Peas and Crayons

Pre-run fuel:

Half a banana + a smear of peanut butta.




Vegan Overnight Oats

Topped with granola, raisins, dried banana and chocolate hazelnut butta.

Chia > ground flax.

I’ve been doing the whole ground flax instead of chia seeds in my overnight oats and while it still works, there’s just nothing like chia seeds in VOOs.


Iced grande 2 pump chai on the side.

I know it appears as if I have a severe Starbucks addiction, but I swear Tuesday just happens to be my Starbucks treat day.

Lunch #1:


New blender.

And that can only mean one thing.


Green Monster revival.



Green Monster

1 banana

1 plum

1 cup almond milk

giant handful of spinach


Yes, yes I did drink it out of a measuring cup.  Like straight out of it, because I couldn’t locate any straws.  Don’t worry, I found them this morning.

And then I stuffed as much hummus and celery as I could find in my mouth before dashing out the door to meet my lovely friend Hannah for a pedicure.


Hummus and limp celery sticks.

Reinforcing my belief that anything can be remedied by covering it in hummus.

Lunch #2:


Greek yogurt, honey and granola.

My only requirement for granola is that the fruit (if there is any) isn’t hard and doesn’t get stuck in my teeth.

Judging on this alone, this granola gets an A+.



Millet Salad (from here).


I’ve had this both hot and cold and think I prefer hot.  I also prefer my millet to be fully cooked.  Better luck next time, self.

Eaten here:


Clearly I was going to wait till Tulo was up to take a picture of the scoreboard.  Clearly.

Is it mere coincidence that we won 12-3 on a night when I actually attended a game?  I think not.

You can call me Lucky Lauren from now on.

Nighttime snack:

Handful of almonds.


And then I called it a night.


Do you find it hard not to judge others’ daily eats?

Happy Wednesday!

33 Comments leave one →
  1. July 20, 2011 2:05 PM

    Well Lucky Lauren you got some pretty great eats going on there. I so am waiting for next week to get here so I can get some chia seeds. I have been out for a while and using flax as well. Just not the same!

    • July 21, 2011 10:06 AM

      I agree, Helen. Thinking of breaking down and buying chia seeds this week.

  2. July 20, 2011 2:10 PM

    You’re so right about the whole judgment deal, it’s so not what the community is about! Your chia/flax journey has been informative and entertaining, haha! I’ve never tried chia seeds just because of the terrifying price tag but I think you’ve convinced me that I must try them. Also that millet salad looks so good, I have a container of millet that I bought weeks ago and have been too afraid to cook (I’ve never had it before).

    • July 21, 2011 10:07 AM

      I’ve only cooked millet a handful of times. I’m not sure if I didn’t cook it all the way or if it’s supposed to be slightly chewy. I think I prefer quinoa.

  3. July 20, 2011 2:22 PM

    Your overnight oats look AMAZING!!!!!! How much chia did you use in it? I just got a big baggie of it and I can’t wait to make some oatmeal with it!

    • July 21, 2011 10:05 AM

      Kat, I do 1/2 oats, 1 cup of milk, 1/2 a banana and a heaping tablespoon of chia seeds for my standard overnight oats. Hope you like them, but if not you can just mail them to me 😛

  4. July 20, 2011 3:01 PM

    Your food looks yummy. I love hummus on darn near anything. Thats a great pic of Tulo. My daughter got to meet him & get his autograph and he is all she talks about now. 🙂

    • July 21, 2011 10:04 AM

      WHAT?! I am too jealous for words!! Your daughter is a girl after my own heart!

  5. July 20, 2011 3:06 PM

    NO judging from me yo!! your eats are amazzing 🙂

  6. July 20, 2011 3:47 PM

    Ugh the comparison trap is a horrible one. I used to do it all the time, and I’d feel really guilty when I saw how little some people were eating, but now I don’t really care. If people wanna eat like birds, that’s their prerogative. Me? I love to eat, and so I will 😀 I love WIAW because it gives me some great ideas, and it’s also great that it seems to bring the community closer together. Food tends to have that effect on people 😉

    • July 21, 2011 10:03 AM

      I agree, WIAW should totally be about bringing everyone together, not about comparisons.

  7. July 20, 2011 3:57 PM

    I love WIAW and I don’t feel the need to compare myself to anyone anymore. We all have different needs so it doesn’t matter, I just find it fun! It’s a party 😀

  8. July 20, 2011 6:17 PM

    I’ve tried the whole “full day of eats” then and was so disheartened by how judgmental some readers are (thus, why I’ve never hoped on board the WIAW train!) I really just don’t understand why some people are so effected by what others eat? Personally, I love WIAW to get ideas for different foods/combos but really? I could care less if you ate a bowl of oats for breakfast or a bean burrito.

    • July 20, 2011 8:34 PM

      Jenny! so glad you get ideas from it! =) I do too! You’re welcome to join anytime. let the haters hate! it makes us stronger ❤

      • July 21, 2011 9:54 AM

        I just tried to “like” this comment then remembered this isn’t Facebook…

    • July 21, 2011 10:02 AM

      Jenny, even I was disheartened to hear that people actually had the nerve to leave you rude comments. For the record, I could care less if you ate a bean burrito too 🙂

  9. July 20, 2011 6:46 PM

    I hate when dried granola fruit gets stuck in my teeth!! lol.
    I think I’m pretty good about not judging or comparing, too. That’s not what it’s about! I will say, if I stumble across what seems like not-a-lot of food for someone fairly active, my heart goes out to them a bit…but not necessarily any judging.
    Not only that, but – we all have days where our appetites are just off. Whether that means eating the whole house or hardly eating enough…it’s just a fact of life!

    • July 21, 2011 10:00 AM

      Great point, Jess! One day of eats is not always the best representation of how someone eats on a daily basis.

  10. July 20, 2011 7:03 PM

    Your food photography skills have rendered the allegedly “limp” celery to look crisp and delicious! Well, plus I really love celery too, I guess 🙂 I agree about getting over the whole comparison thing, too- I love this link up for the ideas!

    • July 21, 2011 9:59 AM

      Glad you love the link up! I used to hate celery and now I wonder “what the heck was I thinking?!” Celery is great!

  11. July 20, 2011 7:51 PM

    Most of the time, no. Every once in a while I will stumble upon a weight loss blog where the blogger seems to eat a lot of really unhealthy foods (low fat EvERYTHING!!!!) or will eat fatty foods but be counting calories, and thus not eating enough because they reach their calorie “cut off” too soon. I always have this little mental struggle to just walk away from their blog before I say something out of place.

    • July 21, 2011 9:58 AM

      I know what you mean, Eleah. It’s hard to keep your opinons to yourself but sometimes it’s for the best.

  12. July 20, 2011 8:33 PM

    aww thank you! =) that was super sweet! Its hard not to judge sometimes when someone is eating pizza for breakfast (guillllty!!!!!) or something we don’t eat for whatever reason, but the trick to judgement is to do what you did and just snap yourself out of it, right? we’re only human!

    I have such a bad experience with that word ever since I met a girl who was vegan and always told me “I’m judging you” when I would eat something she didn’t. It hurt my feelings so so much! I still havent quite gotten over how awful it felt… even though she joked sometimes.. she said it so often I still feel guilty for eating a mound of feta on top of my salad. crazy right? its ok though b/c i looooove my feta! haha

    anywho! I loved your post and am always super happy to have you as part of the foodie PAR-Tay!<3 I totally want to try the millet salad! hot of course! =) hehe

    • July 21, 2011 9:56 AM

      Yikes, Jenn. That’s so sad to hear. That girl was doing you and the vegan community a huge disservice. I always do my best not to judge others for the decisions they make when it comes to food, because I know how much it hurts to be on the other side. Go get you some feta!

  13. July 21, 2011 7:10 AM

    You totally answered my question right when I was thinking ‘did you drink out of a measuring cup?’ 🙂 Love it!

    • July 21, 2011 9:54 AM

      I felt it was more productive to use something I’d already dirtied from measuring milk!

  14. ADunn permalink
    July 21, 2011 9:24 AM

    I don’t judge you Lauren, only envy. Why does everything you eat look to delicious? It could be the fact that I have nothing else to do with my day. Or the fact that you top everything with various forms of delicious peanut butter. Judgemental? No. Jealous? Incredibly.

  15. July 21, 2011 11:11 AM

    Good eats lucky lauren! I actually don’t judge others eats, I just judge my own! I am so competitive with myself.. it’s nuts. (I do this with running too- I really don’t care how fast anyone else runs but when I slow down one day I beat myself UP.) My WIAW this week was sugar filled and I felt dumb posting it but really it’s NOT that big of a deal! Sometimes it’s hard to just lighten up about it. (For me, at least!) -Jamie

  16. July 21, 2011 2:25 PM

    Oh, I totally get you! Not sure if I judge (eerr, oh well, sometimes I do :P), but I always compare! I know we should never compare, but for me, that has been quite helpful actually! I know I eat too little, and seeing other girls eat more- makes me want to do that too 🙂
    Lovely eats!

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