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. WIAW… round eight .

June 29, 2011

Happy Wednesday, friends 😀

Before we go ahead and get started, I need to say thank you for all of your support, understanding, and encouragement. You have no idea how much it means to me… for real.

My heart [equals] melted.

And now I’ve got to move on before I start tearing up *fans face like a madwoman* Thank goodness it’s Wednesday and we can have some fun.

Today’s party started bright and early – I’m talking 3:30 AM early. Remember how I mentioned that I haven’t been sleeping well? Yeaaaaahhh. I woke up around 3 to take my nightly trip to bathroom, and by the time I rolled back into bed, tossed, turned, cursed, and punched the pillow multiple times, it was 3:30 and I was as far away from Dreamland as ever.

Le sigh.

It wasn’t that I wasn’t tired, because I definitely was – it was that I was hungry… my stomach was keeping me up with his incessant chatter, and I couldn’t drown him out no matter how hard I pressed my hands over my ears. So I had two options at that point:

a. lay there, suffering, and hope against hope that I manage to miraculously drift off, or
b. shut him up

Well, option (a) clearly wasn’t working (and it hardly ever did in the past), so all that remained was option (b). Again, not gonna lie, the thought of eating in the middle of the night made me anxious, but I was more frustrated than anything, so I moseyed my way into the kitchen to whip up a snack.


Behold the fancy 3:30 AM snack…

Half a banana and multiple spoonfuls of yogurt later, and I was passed out on the couch in a blissful state of slumber. And yes, I whipped out the camera just to capture the event. I think I deserve a pat on the back for my dedication. Either that or a referral to a psychiatrist. But that’s neither here nor there.

The point is, I listened to my body and I was rewarded. After my snack, I drifted off to sleep without a problem and woke up at the much more acceptable hour of 6 AM feeling absolutely fabulous and refreshed. Lesson learned. And if you think that turned me off my breakfast, think again…

Chocolate AB&J Oats
Eggy bananafied steel cut oats, 1 Tbsp. cocoa, roasted almond butter, blueberry jam

Simple, but oh so satisfying; and with that in my belly, I was literally vibrating with energy. I ran some quick errands for work, stopped by the grocery store to pick up some necessities (read: yogurt, eggs, and salad), inhaled a snack…


Cottage cheese with cinnamon, the other half of this morning’s banana with almond butter, and a small handful of dark chocolate chips… best pre-workout snack ever.

… and kicked some serious butt in the weight room. Yesterday’s rest day must have really paid off (or my pre-workout snack was just THAT good), because I dominated those dumbbells during today’s strength session. I was totally in the zone, and felt like I could have gone longer and harder, but I decided not to push my luck, did my usual routine, and came home to refuel…

Mango tofu protein pudding

… and have lunch…

Baked sweet potato fries, Amy’s Texas Burger, ke-choop, salad beast


… and bask in the sun, tidy up the house, whip up a snack…

Greek yogurt, trail mix, Kashi Honey Sunshine, puffed wheat

… stalk blogs, tidy up some more, whip up a delicious dinner…

Sweet and savory oats with hummus and strawberry jam

… aaaaaand now I’ll probably curl up on the couch with my laptop and a cup of tea, enjoy listening to the storm outside, blog stalk some more, and grab another snack before calling it a night.

I’m thinking popcorn with coconut oil and cinnamon.

I hope you guys all had a wonderful day, and thank you again for all of your support and well-wishes. I’m feeling much better today, but I might take another day off running tomorrow just to be sure. I’ll see how it goes and let you know 😀

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Have you ever gotten out of bed to grab a snack when you couldn’t sleep?

Do you have trouble eating in the evening or at certain times of the day?

62 Comments leave one →
  1. June 29, 2011 5:28 pm

    Oh no! Hope you’re able to sleep better tonight. I slept well last night, but felt hungry around the same time you did – I didn’t honor that feeling though… I just slept through it. Maybe one day I will honor it.

  2. June 29, 2011 5:31 pm

    I always eat a bowl of cereal about 5 minutes before I go to sleep. Every night.

    It helps me sleep and I run before eating anything in the morning, so this works for me.

  3. June 29, 2011 5:35 pm

    Hopefully you will sleep better tonight, and not wake up with a growling stomach. That’s great you listened to your body and had a midnight snack even though you were feeling anxious about it! Sometimes I wake up a starvin-marvin in the night but I don’t have the guts to eat in the middle of the night, you’ve inspired me though so the next time that happens I’m going do the right thing and listen to what my stomach is saying! Plus if I’m super anxious I can just remember the times long ago when I was a kid and had sleepovers with friends and and we would stay up until 4:00 am eating the whole time 🙂

  4. June 29, 2011 5:37 pm

    Sorry to hear about the 3:30am wake up calls. I love how you whipped out the camera at 3:30 to take a picture 🙂 and that you honored your hunger! I usually wake up at 3:30 and have a glass of soy milk. It puts me back to sleep until 5. I have trouble eating too late at night but I’m getting used to it now!
    I love all of your pictures and glad the rest day paid off!

  5. Sarah permalink
    June 29, 2011 5:43 pm

    Delicious & beautiful eats as always! Your mango tofu pudding is Dang good- I devoured some today- ripe mangos are lush!
    I was just wondering if you ever have or can do your eggy bananified oats with all rolled oats?- I have searched high & low for steel cut, harassed shop assistants for it – but I can’t find them, Hurumph!
    Hope you start getting more restful nights of sleep soon, I find sleep deprivation most tragic.

  6. June 29, 2011 5:46 pm

    I’m so, so, so glad you are feeling better! Ohhh, and I’m coming over for dinner 🙂 I am always the cereal eater when I can’t sleep in the middle of the night. Serious snaps (don’t make fun, I’m a former sorority girl) for taking pictures in the middle of the night, and love that you passed out on the couch and woke up better rested! I used to have such a hard time eating between meals but now I love it–I am never starving for meals anymore and it feels good that I am finally giving my body what it needs.

  7. June 29, 2011 5:46 pm

    Yummy day! Sorry to hear about your early morning wake up, I absolutely hate those nights–I’m always like, thanks a lot pee, now I can’t sleep haha 😉 Enjoy the popcorn tonight!!

  8. June 29, 2011 6:05 pm

    I sometimes wake up in the middle of the night SUPER hungry, but I just ignore it (bad?) and have a big ol’ breakfast. 🙂

  9. June 29, 2011 6:06 pm

    Oh my gosh. I can’t believe how AMAZING your Chocolate AB&J Oats looks!!!

    I’m so sorry about your 3:30 calls. I can relate…

  10. June 29, 2011 6:15 pm

    I truly commend you for eating at that time because you were hungry. Sounds so simple, but that still remains a major challenge for me, listening to my body! Somewhere along the road, I decided middle of the night eats were definitely never okay… so even if I wake up starving, I try to ignore it or drink a bucket of water.
    Your oats look fantastic…how do you make them with eggs?

  11. June 29, 2011 6:30 pm

    I always eat cereal or toast with some pb and milk before bed! when I wake up hungry I usually have yogurt and raisins or something, I cannot fall asleep/get back to sleep hungry…ever 🙂

  12. June 29, 2011 6:50 pm

    I wake up hungry in the middle of the night every so often too. I usually drink some water, and if that doesn’t help, I always eat something. I don’t care if it’s in the middle of the night! If I’m hungry, I eat. 🙂

  13. June 29, 2011 6:57 pm

    About a week ago a nightly wake up call would came at me at 4AM screaming “hey, I’m hungry!” I ignored it unfortunately and felt terrible .. But I upped my intake the next day and it hasn’t been a problem since.
    I didn’t think to much of it until now. So I just made a goal that if I wake up in the middle of the night hungry again, then you can bet your bottom dollar I’ll go eat something 😉

  14. June 29, 2011 7:00 pm

    I sometimes to get up and grab some fruit…but that is about it.

  15. June 29, 2011 7:15 pm

    I’ve definitely gotten out of bed to eat! Sometimes my stomach is grumbling so much that I feel sick- so the food wins :). Just an FYI I’m seriously so happy I found your blog!

  16. June 29, 2011 7:18 pm

    I have low blood sugar so this happens to me often, like clockwork my stomach will wake me up at 2am and I am starving. I usually grab a handful of nuts and then I am good to go. I notice this more though when I am doing more and more cardio then anything.

  17. June 29, 2011 7:24 pm

    Glad you shut up that hunger craving 😉 I use to have major issues with sleeping while hunger because I would eat dinner at like 5pm…Lol never again!! There’s no way I get hungry at night now considering I eat a huge bowl of cottage cheese at like 10pm. Hunger controlled!

  18. June 29, 2011 7:40 pm

    gahh i wnt that weight lifting book!! WOW!! that is early! thats a record for sure!! usually if its the middle of the night i wnt go downstairs and eat cuz it kinda scares me going down there in the dark in the night.. i watch WAY too many scary movies.. oh heeeckk no.. i just eat when im hangry ! no rules on timing!

  19. June 29, 2011 7:40 pm

    seriously, so proud of you 🙂

  20. June 29, 2011 7:41 pm

    OMG! Everything looks so flavorful! So unique too. You have given all of us some AMAZING recipe ideas! Thanks for sharing. I especially like your steel cut oats recipes!

  21. beckafly permalink
    June 29, 2011 7:57 pm

    I sometimes eat a pre-bed snack (if I’ve hungry), but if I wake up hungry, I just drink water and go back to sleep.

  22. June 29, 2011 8:17 pm

    crazy nighttime tummy rumbles happen to me too sometimes. not often… but when it happens I have to have SOMETHING! I’ll grab a banana or raisins or cheese and then pass back out. one time I made ramen… from scratch and with veggies and all types of herbs in it… that was a weird night 😉

    happy wiaw Amanda!

  23. June 29, 2011 8:18 pm

    I’m positively obsessed with sweet potato fires. omg they are to die for. especially dipped in honey mustard! 🙂

  24. sunshinevegan permalink
    June 29, 2011 8:36 pm

    Usually if I wake up hungry and want a midnight snack I’ll have a glass of warm coconut or soy milk and some nuts or a spoon (or two :)) of nut butter and it helps me fall right back asleep!
    Nice dedication whipping out your camera at 3:30 by the way!

  25. Kaila @healthyhelperblog! permalink
    June 29, 2011 8:37 pm

    Those oats sound so good! I am glad I’m not the only one who likes jam and humus together! Your eats look wonderful as always…..seriously, be my personal chef? I’ll pay for your airfare!!!!

  26. June 29, 2011 8:47 pm

    Why are your pictures always so amazing?!

    I’m a huge night eater, don’t know why but I always have been! If I go to sleep hungry, I almost always wake up in the middle of the night feeling uncomfortable 😦

  27. June 29, 2011 9:29 pm

    Well done for listening to your body!! I have to admit, getting up in the night to have a snack when my tummy is roaring causes me some anxiety too which is why I never do it. Another reason is I wear a retainer to bed (hellooooooooo excuses). I think the next time I wake up in the night due to hunger pangs I’ll definitely think of you (not in a creepy way, if you don’t want…) I’ll get a damn snack!

    Your oats always look amaaaaazing. Send me some yes? I’m almost on the cusp of getting you that kiwi you wanted. Stay tuned 😛


  28. June 29, 2011 9:36 pm

    If I ever wake up hungry (to the point that I have trouble sleeping cause I feel empty..) I ALWAYS get up to grab a snack. It happens at least once a week…sometimes I’ll be laying in bed trying to fall asleep after already having dinner and a snack (or two) and I feel my stomach start to rumble and I make sure I don’t go to sleep hungry. I just hate feeling hungry!!

  29. June 29, 2011 9:51 pm

    Yes, I always eat shredded cheese in the middle of the night. Weird, I know 😛

  30. June 29, 2011 9:55 pm

    Bummer about being woken up at that time by your stomach, I hate that feeling. Yummy foods, as always… hope you get a good nights sleep tonight!

  31. June 29, 2011 11:17 pm

    i totally did this all the time when i was studying abroad in italy. my host family didnt feed me very well so i would ALWAYS be starving at night and couldnt fall asleep and at least a few times a week i would have to get up eat a couple pieces of bread and then be able to fall asleep! good for you for listening to your body!

  32. June 29, 2011 11:55 pm

    Yesss that same thing happened to me a few weeks ago! After a bathroom trip at 1.30 am, my stomach was growling. Rather than ignore it as I would have in the past, I ate a snack and drifted back into a great night of sleep! Hunger calls and I’m answering- no more Ms. Stingy With Food!
    Jam+Hummus on oats??? You’re a more adventurous woman than I am!

  33. Shelley (findinghappinessandhealth) permalink
    June 29, 2011 11:59 pm

    ive definitely eaten in the middle of the night before when i wake up hungry and can’t sleep! no shame in that, you’re listenin to your body 🙂

  34. June 30, 2011 12:04 am

    Ah, first- yummy eats as ALWAYS!! Im so jealous 😀
    Im so glad that you are feeling better already, and just super proud of you for actually eating in the middle of the night! You obviously did the right thing, but I can only imagen it must have been a challenge!
    Enjoy your day Amanda ❤

  35. Teniesha @ Vegan on the Go-Go permalink
    June 30, 2011 12:43 am

    I’ve had that happen to me before, definitely. In fact, that’s one thing that finally made me admit to myself that I wasn’t eating enough here in France, waking up at 4 or 5 in the morning STARVING. Yesterday, when I “hit the wall,” per se, I woke up at 4 and got so angry that common sense was knocked back into me–and breakfast was brown rice, almonds, raisins, banana, and 2 Larabars. So much better! And I vowed that I’m not going to make the same mistake again . . . hunger hurts, physically and spiritually.

  36. June 30, 2011 1:49 am

    I have real trouble eating too soon before workouts and too late at night, luckily I feel like I’ve found a good balance, I usually make sure I don’t eat at least 2 hours before bed, I hate going to bed with a food baby! I guess it just shows how different all our bodies are, good for you listening to your bodies signals and giving it what it needed 🙂 Oh, and those sweet potato fries look ah-mazing!

  37. allthingswholesome permalink
    June 30, 2011 2:29 am

    I’m sorry you couldnt sleep lovely, but well done for pushing aside that slight hesitation and going to get a snack. Its great when your body tries to tell you something, and you have listened to it. 😀 and for it, your body let you get to sleep yayy 🙂

    Wednesdays eats look oh so good, i think im going to have to jump on the bandwagon and join in for next week 🙂

    Take care

    Love Jess xxx

  38. June 30, 2011 3:48 am

    Sorry to hear about your sleepless night! I hate getting up in the middle of the night but I too get up at least once through the night! I love how you were able to listen to your body and have such a yummy snack! Hope you sleep better tonight!
    Your WIAW pictures are amazing as usual! When can I come over for some yummy meals?
    Keep smiling! Aimee

  39. June 30, 2011 4:00 am

    Aah I have grabbed many a snack in the night! Often I’m not hungry, but want SOMETHING, you know? And then once the thought is in my head, I can’t stop thinking about it, and so can’t sleep, so I have to get up :p My night snacks are normally cereal and crackers. For some reason I have it in my head that if I have yogurt / milk / fruit, it’ll be too sugary and keep me up longer :/
    You seem so dedicated to your strength routine! Do you have a home gym or go to a real gym? OH how I wish I could strength train 😦

    • June 30, 2011 9:46 am

      I really have fallen in love with strength training. I go to a gym, but I do a lot of my workouts at home too. Nothing fancy… all you need is some 5, 8, 10, 15, 20 lb. dumbbells and there’s plenty you can do 😀

  40. June 30, 2011 4:03 am

    Aw lovely, I hope you sleep better tonight! But a huge huge well done you for just trying to hang on in there until breakfast because a lot of people would..I actually woke up last night and couldn’t sleep until I got some more food! I don’t normally wake up hungry though because I have a huge snack right before I go to bed to keep my stomach happy through the many hours of no food during sleep!
    I’ve said it before though girly, and I’ll say it again. You keep posting these pictures of AMAZING looking yummy food and I am seriously coming banging on your door before you can say ‘puffins’! 😛 Those sweet potato fries look incredible! Mine never look so good haha!

  41. June 30, 2011 4:26 am

    I’m a big evening snacker. While I don’t think that’s inherently bad, it’s bad for me because I often reach for unhealthy eats at that time. Speaking of unhealthy eats, don’t you just love Dagoba chocolate??? It’s one of my favorite brands.

  42. June 30, 2011 5:04 am

    Being hungry is like the number one thing that wakes me up and doesn’t let me sleep! I always recognize it and just go grab SOMETHING and then go back to bed. It almost always does the trick. It’s crazy how much of a difference it can make! Your oats look sooo good. Me want! 😛

  43. June 30, 2011 8:05 am

    That’s a very familiar feeling. To wake up in the middle of the night without any idea how to fall asleep again isn’t something new for me. Torturing the pillow doesn’t help. Unfortunately, watching TV doesn’t help either. For some reason chocolate works even though I’ve been told a million times that chocolate before bed won’t let me sleep. It calms me down and I sleep like a baby. Before allowing myself to have such sinful midnight snacks, I would just spend like 2-3 hours every night trying to fall asleep. Yes, there is some anxiety involved but the positive effect outweighs it. You proved it 🙂 .

  44. June 30, 2011 8:13 am

    I HATE when that happens. Sometimes our body works in mysterious ways. I always make sure to have an evening snack. It’s usually yoghurt with fruit, nuts, granola or cereal. I used to only eat two pieces of fruit as a snack and as a result I woke up every night with a growling stomach. I still get it wrong sometimes, though. If I eat like a big pasta dinner late at night and I’m really full, I don’t necesarialy have an evening snack. But that doesn’t work out as well either. Still get up hungry at night! Confusing…. I’m getting hungry now talking about food. Going to get a snack! haha.

  45. June 30, 2011 9:41 am

    Oh my gosh that has definitely happened to me before!! I always eat right before bed, so it doesn’t always happen, but if it’s been a few hours since I’ve eaten and I wake in the night, I HAVE to get something to eat! There’s nothing worse than being hungry and not able to sleep! ughhhh!

  46. June 30, 2011 10:11 am

    I don’t think that’s ever happened to me before! Although I’ve heard LOTS of people say they have woken up in the middle of the night feeling really hungry, so you’re definitely not alone! :p But eating bananas at 3 in the AM must be bliss…no joke! And omg your sweet and savory oats look so good! I’m intrigued! Are they as delicious as they look?!

  47. June 30, 2011 10:11 am

    Oh no, tyring to sleep when hungry is not an option. No shame is getting up to have a snack. It doesn’t happen to me often but when it does, you can bet I’m loudly eating cereal in the kitchen in the middle of the night. You know, because cereal is quiet and won’t wake anyone else up…

    Glad to hear you rocked your workout!

  48. June 30, 2011 10:15 am

    Where did you find the Dagoba chips? They look amazing!

  49. June 30, 2011 11:09 am

    I need to try these sweet / savory oats! Can you believe I’ve never made oats on the stove? I suppose once the cool Autumn weather rolls around I’ll be more inspired..

    I DO have trouble eating at night. There’s something about laying down with a full stomach that feels sort of strange to me. Standing up with a full stomach feels fine, but I guess the food sitting still gives me a stomach ache! I have been known to wake up hungry and need to eat to fall back asleep, though! So long as the snack is light I should be fine.

    I’m so excited for you that you’re lifting! Maybe I’ll pick up that book and give lifting a shot once I’m back at school this fall with a big gym. My stick arms could use some bulk. HAHAHA! Irish dancing (always danced with your arms glued to your sides) builds some leg strength but completely neglects your upper body. Oh well!

    Speaking of tidying up- I should probably do some right about now!

  50. June 30, 2011 11:55 am

    I haven’t been sleeping well lately either! It’s almost always because I’m hungry. I have a really hard time getting up to get a snack though in the middle of the night. It’s always so worth it when I do though, because I feel so much better. My body needs it! I have no trouble eating at night though, in fact before bed is when I eat the most. It’s just when I naturally get hungry I guess.
    Hmm I was tinkering with the idea of lifting today, and now that I’ve read this post I think I will. Honestly I just don’t want to swim… so lifting it is! Haha let’s see if I follow through.

  51. June 30, 2011 12:14 pm

    Mmm those Chocolate AB&J Oats looks AWESOME. As do those sweet potato fries 😉

    I definitely have gotten out of bed to eat before and I always have cereal and milk. It’s the perfect “midnight snack” for me and always, without fail, helps me to fall back asleep.

  52. June 30, 2011 1:05 pm

    Oh, yuck, that’s never fun to wake up early like that! I used to get up every night at 2 AM to go to the bathroom–like clockwork all schoolyear… it spontaneously stopped once summer started… probably because I go to bed so much later, haha. For me, if I wake up in the middle of the night I can go back to sleep really easily from hunger pains. But if I’m hungry when I first go to bed… its a long night. I haven’t had that problem in a while, but if I do, I hope I would be smart enough to just get up and eat something instead of lying there awake all night staring at the ceiling and fantasizing about breakfast…

    For me, its easiest to eat in the mornings and at night. Its the afternoons that really get me… afternoon is just a hard time for me in general, I guess. That’s why I like to make my mornings last a long time, and then have dinner early! Then I feel like the afternoon is shorter.

  53. bodymovingbaking permalink
    June 30, 2011 10:15 pm

    goodness your food does not cease to make me drool!

  54. July 1, 2011 6:22 am

    I did that a couple weeks ago! I woke up at around 1 or 2 am and couldn’t go back to sleep! After 30/45 minutes, and dealing with some crazy hunger, I got up and ate a light bowl of cereal….. and laid in bed awake another hour (I guess it wasn’t enough). Finally I got up and made a quick burrito with bean hummus and veggies and listened to an audiobook. THEN I went out like a light and woke at my usual 5:30 am…. only to drift back off again until 6:30 am. LOL!

  55. July 1, 2011 10:36 am

    cool! Respecting your body and giving it what it needs truly does reward, both in the short term and the long term!

    hope today is a wonderful Friday!


  56. July 2, 2011 12:20 pm

    I had that happen to me a couple weeks ago where I couldn’t fall asleep because I was too hungry. I kept tossing and turning, but I didn’t want to eat. Finally I caved and went to get some cereal and fell asleep shortly after. YOu’re so right. We really do just need to listen to our bodies.

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