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August 11, 2011

You guys rock my socks off.

Thank you so much for all of your love and support on my last post. As a blogger, it’s not always easy to put yourself out there for all the world to see (and judge), but the benefits of being part of such a warm and loving community far outweigh the costs. Love you much *is smitten*.

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So today was crazy for a couple of reasons.

First, our weather was bipolar…

[it’s raining, it’s pouring, Amanda’s [not] snoring (I hope…)]

[You are my sunshine… my only sunshine… you make my haaapppyyyy when skies are gray]

Second, and more importantly, my appetite was completely in.sane.

I blame breakfast…

… and the lack of chocolate in it. I had some strawberries that were on their last legs (can you imagine strawberries with legs?), and decided to make strawberry banana eggified oats this morning. Why I didn’t go the extra step and add chocolate is beyond me. Uhm. Amanda? Hello? Chocolate covered strawberries? Match made in heaven? Any of that ringin’ a bell? Apparently not. But never fear; chocolate did make an appearance later on in the day…

… or maybe two appearances…

[Chocolate pudding + almond butter = life changing. Trust.]

Fiiiiiine. Three appearances…

[Chocolate chip cookie dough ball and cocoa ginger snaps to go]

There may have also been some hummus and chips…


A pimped out rice cake…

(topped with cottage cheese (!!), almond butter, and honey)

A yogurt mess…

Aaaaaand a few handfuls of this stuff…


Lunch and dinner were also had, but will remain unpictured because I couldn’t be bothered to take a picture of lunch, and by the time I had satisfied my belly enough to operate a camera without having to fear that I might take a bite out of it, my dinner wasn’t looking all that pretty. Actually, I’m not trying to put on a show here – this is real life. And this is my half-eaten dinner…

… and probably the ugliest picture that you’ll ever see around here, so please don’t let this isolated incident scare you away. What you’re looking at there is the mangled remains of a quinoa bake (based off this recipe), some hummus, some cottage cheese, some blueberry jam, and a hardboiled egg.

Ugly, but delicious; and satisfying enough to tame my hunger… for now. Rest assured that another snack will be eaten before I call it a night.

So today has been a little crazier than usual in terms of how ravenous I’ve been feeling, and the strangest part of all was that it was a rest day. I was too busy with work this morning/afternoon to get a workout in, and when I finally got some free time at the end of the day, I just wasn’t feeling the exercise bit so I decided to sit down and do some blogging instead. Yay! 😀

Actually, now that I think about it, my appetite today wasn’t all that strange – ravenous rest days are a pretty common thing for me. I seem to be hungrier on days where I don’t work out than on days when I do…. especially if I’m feeling sore after a kick-butt lifting session (which I am today).

 Do I feel guilty for eating extra and not exercising? No. Why? Because I take it as a sign that my metabolism is firing up, and that my body needs the extra fuel to repair and build muscle. Sure it’s kind of daunting to feel hunger creeping in every hour, and to constantly be making treks to the kitchen to satisfy that hunger, but it’s better than feeling my energy, performance, and mood plummet because I’m not fuelling properly. I enjoy being at the top of my game, and if my body needs a little bit extra in order to keep me there, then so be it.

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Do you find yourself hungrier on rest days than on days where you work out?

78 Comments leave one →
  1. August 11, 2011 5:34 pm

    On the rare occasion I actually get up and do something that bears resemblance to a workout my appetite is not as ravenous…probably also because those are the days I have more of a full schedule and no lazy time to dinner-scheme

  2. August 11, 2011 5:35 pm

    I’ve heard other people say similar things about being hungrier on rest days. I haven’t experienced that myself, but my rest days usually end up being filled with lots of errands/work/things not around the house. I love your pimped up rice cake!!

  3. August 11, 2011 5:35 pm

    DEFINITELY on rest days!! I am so with you there!! And I know that my muscles are just hungry and want to be repaired, and that’s cool, so I’ll feed them WITH YOUR DELICIOUS MUFFINS. Seriously, I’m never gonna stop going on about them cos I had FOUR today and they are so freakin’ good!! 😀

  4. August 11, 2011 5:38 pm

    I think it’s natural to be hungrier on rest days. It happens to me, and I’ve heard a lot of people talk about it as well. Sometimes I find that exercise temporarily takes away my appetite. I guess it all catches up when the body is at rest! I think I eat about the same amount of food on rest days as I do on days when I work out. I might eat a little bit more on exercise days, just because I make a conscious effort to eat back the lost calories. But there have definitely been days when I’ve eaten more on recovery days! Hey, that’s what recovery is for, right? Our bodies need food, just like an engine needs gas. Eat up! I want a cookie dough ball right now.

  5. August 11, 2011 5:41 pm

    i like how you think, hungrier bc your metabolism is working on overtime, even on rest days! ps: i was laughing so hard when i saw the “pimped out rice cake”–love that phrase. and cut your hair so we can be twinnies 🙂

  6. August 11, 2011 5:41 pm

    I fins strawverries go off so quickly, so not fair! I do love them in porridge though. Was you doing work as in education, studying? When I was at college I always found I was more nibble I blamed by brain working too hard!I do find that I need to eat just as much as I do when I exercise as on my rest days.

    • August 11, 2011 7:20 pm

      No, I was work working unfortunately 😦 Lots of errands and time on the computer. But I find the same thing happens to me when I’m studying… I get really nibbly!

  7. August 11, 2011 5:45 pm

    Yes! I’m always hungrier on rest days and lifting days! I love how in tune you are with your body! It inspires me to get there as well. I mean everything you eat looks amazing!

  8. August 11, 2011 5:49 pm

    I think my appetite depends on the time of the month. I’ll have endless hunger for one week, and feel normal the rest of the month.

    I’m not too sure how exercise affects my hunger…

  9. August 11, 2011 5:49 pm

    Haha I love the pimped out rice cake! looks amazing. I actually am extra hunrgy on days I lift weights. Sometimes I feel guilty when I eat extra and don’t work out, but I just try to remember that my body deserves a break now and then…and extra cookies 😉

  10. sarah permalink
    August 11, 2011 5:54 pm

    Just as I suspected- even your “ugly” pictures look goooood.
    I’m not too good at taking rest days(yet!)-so its hard to say if I’m hungrier or not. I am really trying to get better at giving my body rest though.
    All your eats look particularly delicious as usual!

  11. August 11, 2011 6:03 pm

    So funny that you say that! Today is a rest day for me and I have done nothing more than sit behind a desk. Yet, I am pretty sure that i haven’t stopped eating all day! Muscle recovery is
    Pita chips and hummus are a match made in heaven, no?

  12. August 11, 2011 6:12 pm

    I’m definitely hungrier on rest days, too! Glad I’m not alone 😉
    And I agree with the comment above. Even your “ugly” picture is gorgeous!

  13. August 11, 2011 6:13 pm

    My appetite is pretty much always in ravenous mode, but even more on rest days! I swear my coworkers think I’m crazy, walking back into the break room for yet another snack every hour. I feel bad for the guy in the cube next to me – he has listen to my munches all day 🙂

  14. August 11, 2011 6:14 pm

    Those chips are the bomb are they not?
    They are made with lentil flour which is not on my meal plan so I was rebelling and it felt good.
    Delicious rebellion.

    I don’t think I work out enough to have a proper rest day, but I can see why you’d be hungrier.

  15. August 11, 2011 6:23 pm

    I definitely am hungrier on rest days – and then it makes me have to work EXTRA hard not to let guilt hit. It can be tough sometimes. But it is one of the things that you’ve just got to push through – and listen to your body!

  16. August 11, 2011 6:28 pm

    I am usually a MADWOMAN on rest days (I pretty much stay in the kitchen all day). I agree–just your body repairing from the hard workouts and everyday activities! I feel like sometimes exercise, especially cardio, actually curbs my appetite–at least for a few hour after. Then it hits me like a ton of brick in the afternoon or at night! Love those little cookie dough balls, I need to make some! Yumm!

  17. August 11, 2011 6:36 pm

    DUDE I’m always a cray cray ravenous animal on my rest days, it’s like my appetite just can’t be satisfied! By the way, that pumped out rice cake looks so dang good, you always come up with the tastiest ideas! 🙂

  18. buttonss - Cherie permalink
    August 11, 2011 6:54 pm

    What brand almond butter do you use?
    Those little heart cookies are so cute.
    Sometimes the ugliest and messiest things are the most delicious.

  19. August 11, 2011 7:10 pm

    I’m always hungrier on rest days or on days that I lift weights. And I’m afraid you did not mention how many more days you have until you move. Just sayin’…

  20. August 11, 2011 7:13 pm

    YES i’m the same way! I’m always hungrier on my rest days, without fail. Running tends to supress my appetite a bit, so I have a feeling that I spend most of my days in a little bit of a calorie defecit. Then when my body has a chance to stop dealing with the stress of running, it’s like “….oh YEAH! I need to eat! gimme food, woman!!” I take the opportunity and FEAST. today was a rest day for me actually and I couldn’t get full haha.

    I love your breakfast! strawberry-banana combos are THE best….and you’re right, adding chocolate would’ve been a (three-way) match made in heaven!

  21. August 11, 2011 7:22 pm

    Oh hunger…when am I not hungry? I don’t know if I’m hungrier on rest days, but I’m at least “as hungry” as I am on exercise days. For some reason, the days that I am the hungriest are when I run. It doesn’t even have to be a hard run- it could even be easier and shorter than my interval workouts, but I’m always hungrier after it.

    Oh, and quick question! What kind of camera do you use?

  22. August 11, 2011 7:35 pm

    I love rest days, and I love embracing the ravenous appetite that comes with it. I used to struggle a lot — but now I remind myself that my muscles are rebuilding and I’m getting stronger. Just as the rest is necessary, the food is too! I love that you had cottage cheese and almond butter on a rice cake — one of my favorite snacks ever, and it’s been way too long since I’ve had it!! Next time you’ll have to put some chocolate on there too – that would be heavenly.

  23. August 11, 2011 7:36 pm

    i had pudding today too! well soy pudding! but i had a chocolate pudding with my oats this morning. call me a 5 year old, but

  24. August 11, 2011 7:49 pm

    I’ve been having the most intense cravings for gingersnaps lately and then I just saw them on your blog. Girl, I’m seriously considering going out to get some right now (even though its almost 9pm)! and I promise I’m not pregnant! haha.

    I think on rest days our body’s are, well, resting, and realize how much energy we’ve used the passed week and will be needing the coming week, so it’s both replenishing AND refueling. At least that’s what I’d like to think 😉

  25. Kaila @healthyhelperblog! permalink
    August 11, 2011 7:49 pm

    i was super hungry today too! But thats okay with me….I love to eat!! Haha! I love those shasha cookies! Their delicious!

  26. August 11, 2011 7:51 pm

    I’m definitely more hungry on rest days. Of course, exercise release endorphins that actually suppress appetite..which is strange since you’d think that’s when we’d need food the most!

  27. nicole permalink
    August 11, 2011 7:52 pm

    I definitely get hungrier on rest days (as does pretty much everyone from the looks of it)! I firmly believe it’s because working out has a way of surpressing your appetite — really, just doing SOMETHING that will keep your mind off food usually keeps hunger pangs at bay. But it’s probably also your body rebuilding as you said. Good reason to honor your hunger 🙂

  28. August 11, 2011 7:59 pm

    I am always hungrier on rest days. Today, oh my god, I didn’t work out. I was up at four for Marine stuff then when I got home at like 1, I slept for six hours. I’m sure if I was up, I would just be eating.

  29. August 11, 2011 7:59 pm

    I rarely have an appetite, so I envy you.

  30. August 11, 2011 8:11 pm

    Yes!! Rest days I am so much hungrier! Today was one of those days!!

    If strawberries had kegs, haha! So funny!

    Love ya girl!!

  31. August 11, 2011 8:20 pm

    Even your ugly food looks delicious 🙂 I find myself generally more in touch with whether or not I’m actually hungry on rest days… maybe because of less ups and downs? I still have trouble telling whether or not I am truly hungry or if I just want to eat. ah!

  32. August 11, 2011 9:59 pm

    I do find myself hungrier on rest days — maybe because my body is busy healing/building/fixing. Even though I may be hungrier, I also honor the messages my body gives me — it most likely has a reason that it needs more nutrients.

  33. August 11, 2011 10:20 pm

    i’m usually hungrier on workout days – like a heavy leg day or intense intervals. and everytime you write ‘pimped out rice cake’ i pack up laughing- i imagine this little bad ass rice cake with his shades- too cool for school – ruling the kitchen!!

  34. August 11, 2011 11:01 pm

    OoO, your breakfast looks so delicious! And I could not agree more- chocolate would be heaven on that! But there is always tomorrow.. 😉
    I have always been like “.. Rest day=No need for fuel”. SO wrong! Im changing my mind on EvErYtHiNg at the moment! Because I know I need to change my mind to change my habits! Now, I think that restdays arent useful as long as I dont eat! Yesterday was my restday,and I surely made up even more excuses to not eat! Luckily, hunger reminded me that my body was hungry even though I didnt workout (duh..), and I ate 😀
    I really look forward to the day I see hunger as a sign that my body works- cause that is really what it is!
    Love you ❤

  35. Lenna (veganlenna) permalink
    August 11, 2011 11:10 pm

    I am always much more hungry on my rest days, I think that my body is just trying to prepare for another workout experience and needs to gather a lot of strength and power, so I don´t blame it for making/letting me eat more of delicious snacks and such 🙂

  36. August 12, 2011 12:33 am

    I ALWAYS feel hungrier on rest days In the past it would ‘worry’ me but I’ve totally started to embrace it! Our bodies aren’t stupid and like you said, they need the fuel to repair sore muscles. As long as we’re not using ‘junk’ to fuel our bodies, there is no reason not to respond to our body’s hunger cries!

  37. August 12, 2011 1:29 am

    Hehee! Love this post! You write so well. Love your style!

  38. August 12, 2011 4:05 am

    Ahhh man, I am a hungry MONSTER on rest days! At first I totally struggled with it..I mean no exercise but eating more?? Umm no, can’t do that because it doesn’t make sense. But now I have accepted it and realise that my body needs the extra for recovery and I embrace it by making extra muffins and cookies hehe! Not that I need any excuse really 😛
    I soo soo want those cocoa ginger snaps..I may have to try making my this space!

  39. August 12, 2011 4:12 am

    I find that I’m more hungry on work out days. Especially after long runs too. I figured that my body just needs that extra fuel to recover. Loving the pimped out rice cake yum! 🙂

  40. August 12, 2011 4:15 am

    Totally. I find that especially with running my appetite is usually way off, so when it returns on my rest day I damn well make the most of it! I think its because our bodies are repairing and need those extra nutrients. All your eats look amazingly yummy as always!

  41. August 12, 2011 5:37 am

    I have noticed that I am more hungry on rest days! I think it’s because working out really quell my hunger and I don’t usually feel pangs for quite some time before or after a workout. I used to use this as a great time to NOT eat anything and there goes all my muscle mass…yay! 😦 Glad that has changed!
    I try to eat the same on rest days even though it feels a bit uncomfortable… working on that one for sure

  42. August 12, 2011 5:44 am

    I am usually hungrier on rest days too! I just eat a extra handful of nuts or yogurt parfait and I am good 🙂

  43. August 12, 2011 5:58 am

    Yes I’m definitely hungrier on rest days, especially when they follow a day of lots of lifting. Doing weights makes my metabolism out of control!

  44. August 12, 2011 6:11 am

    I actually get hungrier when I’ve worked out!

  45. August 12, 2011 6:32 am

    This is my first time commenting on your blog- I love it!
    I just started a blog so I hope you can check it out 🙂

    Oh and ravenous rest days.. check! Yesterday was also my rest day and I seriously just had to stay within feet of the kitchen. Oh well, no complaints here!

  46. Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance permalink
    August 12, 2011 6:36 am

    I definitely find myself hungrier on rest days. It’s taken me a long time, but I am finally able to embrace it and know that there is surely a reason for me being hungrier.

    Also, I’m a HUGE fan of rice cakes with almond butter, but cottage cheese too!? Brilliance!

    Also x2, I buy those baked lentil chips whenever I see them at TJ Maxx (the only place I find them where I live.) I approve 😉

  47. August 12, 2011 8:14 am

    YES I can’t seem to get full on rest days. For a long time it bothered me because it’d be logical to eat less on rest days right? But nope, if my body is asking for food it’s going to get it, even if it doesn’t make sense in my head!

  48. August 12, 2011 8:27 am

    i’ve lost all control
    i binged again last night and especially on chocolate (like 3 oz) and granola and everything and was so sick (after eating 3 full meals and snacks too)…and zero exercise…its like i’ve swung completely the other way and i’m terrified where this will lead me…i’ve lost control…i do this nightly and daily………..i just plain don’t care anymore.
    such a failure. i feel like such a failure.

  49. August 12, 2011 9:56 am

    haha real food could never be ugly to me =) I’d eat that in a heartbeat! and I loooove the idea of AB and pudding! Trying it! ❤

    ps: ahhhhhh is it time to move yet!?

  50. August 12, 2011 9:59 am

    I am ALWAYS ravenous the day after a heavy lifting session! It used to be very difficult for me to honor my hunger, as I had an *exact* number of calories that I adhered to every day regardless of my activity level. I won’t lie and say that listening to my body is easy peasy now, but instead of denying my hunger cues, I DO nourish my body. I’ve chosen to reject any thoughts that question my actions. And once I do, I feel so empowered! 😀

    Your chocolate pudding + almond butter combination is making my mouth water. I need to try that…like now. I’m still searching for a good pudding though. Maybe I should try making a homemade rendition…Have you ever done that?

    Happy Friday, Amanda! I hope you have a lovely day, girlie! xoxoxo

    • August 12, 2011 11:08 am

      I’ve never made my own, no. Err that’s not true. We used to make some when I was younger from those baggies you buy and have to add milk and cook, but it’s been a while. Have you seen the Zensoy ones around you? Those are my favorite!

  51. August 12, 2011 10:27 am

    looks just like a perfect lazy day!
    And I think its great that there are other people out there who “pimp their ricecake”.
    I love to put peanutbutter and fresh blueberries on mine or maple sirup with almond butter and cinnamon *yumyum* – perfect munching for a chill out day!

  52. allthingswholesome permalink
    August 12, 2011 10:30 am

    ohhh Amanda I love your blog posts, there is always without fail something you have written that will make me smile, and for that i love you. Just thought id tell you. 🙂 Please dont take that as me being creepy, im not I promise.
    Your eats look gorgeous as ever, even if they are half eaten before the camera gets to photograph.
    I know what you mean, about being more hungry on rest days, I guess it goes to show that on the days you dont rest your body works so hard, so it craves more food.

    I hope you are having a wonderful Friday.

    Love Jess xx

  53. August 12, 2011 10:56 am

    I actually haven’t ever noticed whether I’m hungrier on rest days or not. How weird.. Now that I think about it I’m not really sure, but I think so. I’m have to find out now! I’ll be sure to take a note on my next rest day. I’m so curious haha. I have noticed that I get hungry much faster after my post-workout snack/meal than after any other meal of the day. I love your pimped out rice cake 😀 Oh and you have my craving ginger snaps! I need to find a recipe! haha.

  54. August 12, 2011 11:06 am

    Your eats look delish no matter what – half eaten or not 🙂
    You make the best combos

  55. August 12, 2011 11:56 am

    Love this post and the healthy attitude you have towards your extra hunger. When I first started working out that extra hunger thing really scared me. Although in my case I’m extra hungry on days I DO work out, as opposed to rest days. I guess my body just knows when it needs more fuel, so I try to just go with the flow of that and not overthink it too much.

    Your breakfast looks DIVINE by the way. 🙂

  56. August 12, 2011 12:03 pm

    I get hungrier on rest days too! I always think it’s odd, but I roll with it! Your food always always makes me SO hungry! Time for lunch 🙂

  57. August 12, 2011 12:13 pm

    I don’t schedule in rest days, just take them as I need (I know the second I wake up if I need a rest day, and sometimes a restful morning is all it takes for my legs to ask to be biking again!). But I often get SUPER snacky and hungry on those days– it’s like my body is saying: “time to exercise you jaw today!”

    PS: awesome breakfast! I would have totally put in chocolate sauce or chocolate chunks though ;). Also, I agree, almond butter and chocolate pudding is life changing. I like to layer almond or peanut butter with the pudding in a glass for the full effect!

  58. August 12, 2011 1:26 pm

    I’m always more hungry on rest days, I just always see it coming. No big deal anymore, my muscles are recovering so obviously more food is needed 🙂

  59. August 12, 2011 1:39 pm

    You seriously make the most delicious combinations of food! Definitely inspiring my eats for next week. 😀 And possibly ordering those cocoa gingersnaps..mmm! I’m hungrier on rest days usually because I have to watch what I eat on days when I work out because my stomach is sensitive.

  60. August 12, 2011 1:41 pm

    yo, a girl can never have too much chocolate.

  61. August 12, 2011 3:11 pm

    I am in love with your photography! Makes my mouth water seriously..I am so HUNGRY after my runs. I don’t know if I am more hungry on rest days because I’m pretty much eating all day everyday. Also I found myself thinking about something you wrote about eating what your body craves. It’s so strange because today I experienced just that! I came back from a good run and had to cook because I was so HUNGRY. And somehow, I found myself wanting or ‘craving’ a sip of Coca Cola, not the whole can, just a little sip, or maybe two hehe! I NEVER drink Coca Cola because of the sugar concent etc. but also because I’m just not into sickly sweet stuff anymore. But after my run I was just craving it, and I was lucky that my boyfriend does drink it like it’s water:S so I had access to a can. After two sips I thought ‘well that’s enough coke to last me several years, I’m done with this’, dinner was also ready so I couldn’t really be bothered with anything else. What a long story about a sip of coke, haha! I just thought it was funny because this was probably the first time I had an actual maybe ‘bodily’ craving for something. X

  62. August 12, 2011 3:22 pm

    I actually do tend to eat more on rest days, because I’m around food more, rather than exercising. 😛 I don’t usually feel guilty, but theres some days when i do

  63. August 12, 2011 5:14 pm

    I am always hungrier on lighter workout days!

    I like food though 🙂

  64. August 12, 2011 8:03 pm

    This is totally me, I take one day off from the gym and my stomach seems to never end the grumbling. Muscle repairs and building need lots of food!

  65. August 13, 2011 8:47 am

    I’m definitely hungrier on rest days! But I guess I’m always hungry…. 😉

  66. sunshinevegan permalink
    August 13, 2011 10:15 am

    That quinoa bake sound so yummy! I’ve never tried makin one before but I love quinoa so I might have to try it soon.
    I hate when I feel super hungry on rest days cause it feels like that doesn’t make sense or like my body is confused but I try not to feel guilty. It all balances out in the long run!

  67. Errign permalink
    August 13, 2011 2:40 pm

    I’m not sure if I’m hungrier on rest days, or just more bored/snacky because I definitely tend to eat more!

    Love all your eats – especially pimped out rice cakes. My current fave rice cake topper is chocolate pb hummus and chocolate sunflower seeds. Yum.

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