Taking control of eating and spending habits requires resiliency. Here is an account of me saying no to doughnuts because they look better than they taste, but sometimes saying yes to cake for the opposite reason.
5:48: I don’t know why I am awake, showered, and dressed at 5:48 on a Saturday morning. I am sipping lukewarm coffee and working on the blog. ☕️
7:30: My classic green goddess smoothie. I have this almost every day, so photos and recipe cwill be found below.
8:45 I’m glad this week isn’t the money diary because I just dropped my car off for repairs. 😱 Anyway, we are downtown getting a lavender latte because Pickwick (Now Hero coffee?) is literally the cutest coffee shop in the whole world.
I ended up eating 1/3 of my boyfriend’s Manhattan Bagel. 10/10 would have again.
1:30 We tried to go to a football game. That turned into a fruitless 45 minute bike ride followed by a frustrating moving of the car from one shop to another, and finally, a desperate stop at Potbelly. I ate the whole classic smoked ham and swiss sandwich (with tomato and lettuce, please!) along with some tangy salt and vinegar chips and an S. Pellegrino that I sourced from my refrigerator. Then I had a Justin’s dark chocolate peanut butter cup. 🚴
6:00 A post rock climbing feast at Green Street Smoked Meats. While I really only needed half of either, I ate all of a serving of pulled pork and loaded baked beans. No regrets.
9:00 A mini Trader’s Joe peanut butter cup while I soberly sipped water with my friends. Later: 1 (maybe 2?) baby pigs in a blanket and many, many tortilla chips.
11:00 I had a lazy morning of sipping coffee until suddenly the coffee hit and I was STARVING. I hangrily rampaged the kitchen and whipped together a winning brunch of one pot bacon, green beans, and potato.
12:00 A handful of pretzels I think, a chocolate covered banana, chunky monkey ice cream… skipping breakfast was not a great strategy.
4:00 Woops, I took a long nap. 2 dark chocolate peanut butter cups and a bowl of popcorn, because I haven’t been grocery shopping yet. I washed and prepped kale, which is almost like eating it.
7:30 Kale and butterbeans! 🍲
9:30 One more peanut butter cup and like 10 more pretzels (oops)
8:00 Another hangry day, because I have fasting bloodwork sometime between 9 and 12. This appointment and its many requirements means that I have the day off work.
8:54 I am so hungry.
9:26 I’m not getting less hungry.
9:54 Like, coffee would be nice. I wouldn’t mind not eating if I could have a hot drink.
10:12 Seriously, how long can this appointment last?
10:35 The nurse just guessed that I am run by looking at my legs. HIGH PRAISE.
11:35 Okay, I went a little crazy.
I just consumed:
-a egg and cheddar biscuit with butter and jam
-a chocolate almond croscent
-leftover kale and butter beans
-two cups of coffee
-a handful of pretzels
All at once. I really didn’t spread it out. This is a case for eating small meals throughout the day, also a valid argument for not skipping breakfast.
5:30 Taco night! I had mine on kale to compensate for my wild and crazy brunch.
10:30 Sneaking snacks of pita chips and hummus before bed.
7:30 My school week breakfast and lunch routine is pretty consistent. The night before I make a green goddess smoothie.🍐🍌🍐🍌🍐Having that with coffee!
11:00 I have a snack of carrots and celery in garlic hummus. I clean my teeth and garlic breath with a giant honeycrisp apple.
1:00 Lunch is always last night’s leftovers on a bed of kale and spring mix lettuce. Tacos were made up of sweet potato, black bean, corn, onion, and red pepper. Add a lime wedge and enjoy! And then an orange. Everyone loves the smell of fresh citrus. It’s a pleasant aroma that lingers.
6:00 Our meal that was so good I forgot to take pictures followed by a chocolate cake with too many shortcuts and a decedent icing.
8:46 Too many tastings of the icing. My stomach hurts, bad.
9:48 Still feeling bad. Maybe it was taking medicine with the cake? Dad swears by coconut water to cure acid reflux. I had some. It seems to help.
7:30 I wasn’t kidding about the consistency. Green goddess smoothie and coffee. I owe you some photos and recipes!
11:00 My afternoon carrots and celery in garlic hummus with a side of giant honeycrisp apple.🍎
1:00 More taco on kale followed by an orange. 🍊
5:00 Sneaking in a baked potato with olive oil, salt and pepper before my climbing class. I meant to pack tomorrow’s lunch before I left, but…
5:20 Popcorn with olive oil and BOTH Justin’s dark chocolate peanut butter cups. Sorry not sorry. Those were followed by two hours of working out. 💪🏾✌🏾
9:45 Pita chips and hummus.
7:30 Green goddess smoothie and fresh coffee! Here’s the smoothie recipe. Instead of almond butter, I use almond flour.
11:00 Carrots and celery in garlic hummus with a side of giant honeycrisp apple.
1:00 More taco on kale followed by an orange. I brought my canteen of coffee today, and that is a much needed pick-me-up this afternoon. ☕️
6:00 Leftover Indian food from earlier in the week!
8:30 Instead of popcorn and chocolate, I had a few pistachios and then I blended banana and cocoa powder together. It tasted like dark chocolate pudding but it was essentially the nutritional value of a banana. Brilliant.
7:30 Basically the same food day as yesterday. A green goddess smoothie and fresh coffee for breakfast.
11:00 Snack time: carrots and celery in garlic hummus with a side of giant honeycrisp apple.
1:00 More taco on kale followed by an orange. I sipped from my canteen of coffee while I had a surprisingly DELICIOUS birthday cake from the teacher’s lounge. A great way to celebrate Friday (and my principal’s birthday). ☕️🎈 🎂🎉
6:00 Leftover Indian food from earlier in the week, and a big bowl of popcorn.
7:30 First breakfast: banana bread loaded (unnecessarily) with butter. Much coffee.
10:00 Second breakfast: a brat burger grilled fresh at the farmer’s market.
1:30 An extraordinarily late delivery of our order from a great little place called Two Cats Cafe. I had a curried omelette, the Morning in Mumbai, unsweetened turkish coffee, and a nutella strawberry banana smoothie.
5:30 Mom’s potato soup, which tastes like cozy nights in the warm kitchen during cold weather months. Followed by Mom’s pistachio salad. There was a bite of a “cookie” from my brother in there- that cookie turned out to be a spicy cracker. I was so surprised that I I just spit it out.
8:00 A huge cuppa coffee as I hit the road. 🚘
11:30 A much needed slice of late night pizza as I returned home. 🍕
8:30 You know how you microwave a frozen burrito and it is frozen on the outside so you end up putting it in for 4 minutes like three different times and then it is lava hot on the inside? Yeah. Bonus points for this burrito being homemade, and for my boyfriend and I have the foresight to freeze it for later. 10 points to Gryffindor!
11:04 Hmm. I’m still hungry.
12:00 Okay, I went to the grocery store and picked up some fruit so I could make a peanut-butter strawberry banana smoothie. Very good. Very filling.
5:30 Gardetto’s. A desperate snack on the road.
7:30 Potato soup (Thanks mom!), grilled cheese and apple cider.
8:45 I spent like an hour this morning making all of my meals for today and half of tomorrow, and then left without my breakfast smoothie! Luckily, my very thoughtful boyfriend was willing to meet me halfway to work and drop it off. Love the green goddess smoothie and getting all the good stuff in first thing in the morning. Don’t worry, I didn’t forget my coffee.
11:00 You know the drill. Hummus and carrots and celery! Then my honeycrisp apple.
1:00 Veggies on a bed of kale, an orange. An S. Pellegrino because I need a little crisp fizzy pick me up.
6:00 Leftover pizza and a cup of strawberries during my climbing break, and some coconut water to replenish those electrolytes!
Thanks for reading my food diary! You learn a lot about yourself and your habits when you track your lifestyle in this way. Next up: money diary. Any suggestions for habit diaries?