IE #IRL: Four Days of Fall Eats

Hey friends! I've had a bunch of requests for more daily eats posts, and it's been a while! (See my last two posts here and here).


I'm going to try and do them more often, thought, because I know for myself it can be super helpful to see how someone else practices intuitive eating and balance, #IRL (in real life!). So today I'm sharing with you four days of daily eats: a long-run and family fun day, and three work-from-home mama days.


Just a reminder, these posts are not for comparison to your own eating or as suggestions. I eat in way that feels good, to me, based on how I feel that day and in that season (and I encourage you to do the same). If you're new to Intuitive Eating, I recommend heading and reading these posts.


Day 1: Long run + Saturday with the fam.


I had been wanting to do a half marathon this year, and it just wasn't working out in terms of timing for actually doing the race, so I decided after talking to my coach and going back and forth over my feelings around not racing, this year-- I realized what I like to do is run long distances... I don't need a medal or t-shirt or a huge crowd to do what I love. So I headed off on my own end-of-season half marathon, instead! Before I left I had coffee (with MCT oil, collagen, cacao + maca) and a half an english muffin with peanut butter while reading one of my favorite devotionals:

During the run, of course I had water with electrolytes, some dates and some fuel bites to get me through. But fueling during long runs is a post for a different day! I felt great, PR-ed by nearly six minutes- and no, I didn't need a professional timer to tell me that! I felt awesome and accomplished and calm about my decision to do the run on my own (exactly how we should feel, around decisions!).

Of course, I was pretty hungry after, so I rehydrated and refueled with my latest favorite breakfast:

Two eggs, over medium on sourdough (Trader Joe's) slathered with kerrygold butter, with spinach sauteed in coconut oil. SO good.


Then, it was off to a fun family day at the Harvest Fair!


I opted for a brisket sandwich from one of my favorite local BBQ joints (which happened to have food truck, there). I also had a couple of handfuls of fresh sweet potato chips (in the distance!).

We had a great time with friends, got to see one of my friends who was a vendor there (hey, Jennifer!). She makes all of our family hats (and coffee cozies!), she's super talented and it was fun to see her in her element!

When I got home I was FAMISHED (and a little tired- I mean, I did run 13.1 miles that morning), so my husband brewed up some coffee and I dug into some cheese and crackers...

These Mary's Real Thin Crackers are my new favorites, hands down. The Trader Joe's grass-fed cheddar is one of our long-time faves! We hung out for a while, sipped on some pumpkin beers (we're allll about the fall spirit, over here)! and then it was time for pizza night!!

We used a fresh TJ's crust, along with some Muir Glen tomato sauce (pictured), mozz for the kids, and spinach, sundried tomatoes and rosemary ham for us. I had three small slices, and ended the night with some dark chocolate!


Day 2: A typical Monday


Rise and shine...my favorite way to start the day is always with a mason jar filled with water + fresh squeezed lemon juice.

Then it's always boosted coffee while I get work done (I eat breakfast after, this isn't a 'meal'). I blend my coffee up with: a splash of MCT oil (I find this helps with focus in the morning), collagen peptides, stevia (for sweetness) and either cacao + maca or lion's mane if I need an extra brain-boost.

After a couple hours of work, lunchbox packing and getting our big kid off to school, I went on a long recovery walk outside and grabbed breakfast. The same as Saturday!


This cutie came with me on my walk, before it was time for school.


I worked for a couple hours (recording podcasts) before grabbing a quick bite- some leftover spaghetti squash pesto casserole from the night before (definitely didn't look this pretty, but I forgot to snap a pic!).


The girls and I usually have one weekly date each, so on this day, I picked Wren up from school and we headed to Starbucks for a coffee (for me), milk (for her) and split a pumpkin muffin (my favorite!).


Dinner was all about the Instant Pot! I made up a big batch of my white chicken chili (I'm re-doing this recipe for the blog- so hang on for it, soon!).


It was a hit for the whole family! I actually ended up heading out + meeting a friend who was in town from Germany for a pumpkin beer + some apps, as well. It was a great time!

We can't forget about dessert... I didn't have any until the next night, but look at this cutie and her creation!


We had to make Sage's Apple Crunch, our new yearly tradition, after apple picking on the weekend.


Day 3: Work + Play Tuesday was a busy day if there ever was one! We started the day rushing off to dance class, so I took my breakfast on the go (same combo, folded!).

After dance class, we headed right to the pumpkin patch with friends so Wren could pick a pumpkin for the first time!

Afterwards, we hung with some friends, I had a coffee and Wren ate her lunch. I had my lunch when I got home- more leftover spaghetti squash casserole before I hopped onto a podcast interview! On a rare occasion, I get to pick S up from the bus before we head over to grab W from daycare. So Sage and I stopped at Starbucks for a little 'work-date'. She had a cookie + colored, I had a coffee, a perfect bar and planned the rest of the week.


We picked up Wren, and headed home to make dinner before Sage's dance class (I told you it was a crazy day!!). I made up Pinch of Yum's Pumpkin Rigatoni and OH MY GOODNESS. This was a make it again and again and again kind of meal. WOW.

An Intuitive Eating note, here: there is NO WAY I would have allowed myself to eat white pasta covered in a cream + carb sauce just a couple years ago. I wouldn't have felt like I could 'control' myself around pasta, because it was such a forbidden food for me, I went crazy every time I ate it. Once I tapped into learning to trust my body and make peace with all foods, control around food is no longer needed. I eat when I'm hungry, I choose what is satisfying and I eat just enough. Life is SO much more flavorful, and I feel so much freedom around food! I want this for you, too.

Day 4: Day-in-the-life I took over the Haven Fitness Instagram account for a day-in-the-life, on this day! It was SO fun to document my day and share what a day in the life, eating and living intuitively looks like, for me. I started the day as usual: with lemon water + blended coffee + devotional and journaling.

I decided to whip up my favorite pumpkin smoothie because I had some leftover pumpkin in the fridge from the other night's dinner (so why not, right?!). It was, decidedly, not as pretty, but JUST as delicious as this photo looks.

Make it:

1/2 frozen banana

1/4 cup canned pumpkin

1 scoop vanilla protein powder

1-2 tbsp almond butter

1/4+ tsp pumpkin pie spice

milk of choice to blend


Add all to blender. Add more liquid for desired consistency.

We headed out to the bookstore + a little friend's birthday playdate, where I had a couple chunks of apple with homemade caramel sauce (YUM) and a mug of hot apple cider (isn't fall the best season?!). When I got home I was *pretty* hungry, but I hadn't gotten around to photographing the white chicken chili from the other night, so I got right to it, set up my fancy equipment (ha!) and snapped a few photos...

And then I ate it up, of course! That afternoon I had a bit of a sweet tooth, so I while I was having my afternoon coffee (Trader Joe's pumpkin coffee + heavy cream), I had half a cookie monster cookie (Wren didn't finish hers) from Barnes and Noble, that morning. It hit the spot!

We had to run out for yet another activity that night (life is full, lately!) so I whipped up a batch of one of our favorite chilis... Beef and Butternut Squash.

I had a big bowl with some sour cream, cilantro and green onions on top. When I got home I had some dark chocolate with salted almond butter, and called it a night! I hope you guys enjoyed a peek into a few days in my life, fall edition! Share with me: What is your favorite part of fall?

Kristin Dovbniak

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