Friday, July 31, 2009

How I Eat...A Photo Diary

I was working out with Lisa this morning and she asked if I would post a food diary of what I eat in a typical day. She said it would be a help to her. This made me chuckle because Lisa has always been a fitness inspiration to me and I find hilarious that she's looking to me for some now. Well, I'm happy to return the favor because Lisa was always willing to go for a walk with me when I needed a little push back when I was just starting out.

Click on any of the images for a more detailed view.

9am~ I ate a Think Thin bar on the way to the gym. I don't often have an appetite when I'm first out of bed but it's very important that I eat something to get my metabolism fired up.

Gym then food shopping. After lugging all the bundles in and making Rob his sandwich, I made juice.

12pm~ Juicy goodness...a blend of rainbow chard, zucchini, celery, carrots, lemon, ginger and apple.

1pm~ Parfait in my favorite purple bowl...a half cup of Fage 2% plain Greek yogurt, half a package of Cascadian Farms organic blueberries, thawed (no blueberries at the market and that's what I wanted so the frozen ones are great to have on hand), a sprinkle of cinnamon, a teaspoon of honey drizzled over and a palmful (which is about 1/4 cup) of Back to Nature sunflower and pumpkin seed granola.

1:30pm~Finally, some me time. I'm going to spend it in the shower. A cup of green tea comes with. I always use 2-4 teabags per mug. My favorite mug is big and there isn't anything I hate more than weak tea. Two bags of green tea/yerba mate/peppermint blend and two bags of Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime and one packet of stevia. Green tea is supposed to have lots of health benefits and help rev the metabolism, but I just love the way it tastes and the gentle caffeine buzz I get from it.


I'm about 1.5 liters into my water consumption by this time. I drank 1 liter at the gym and then another half with my vitamins.

By the time I finished pottering around upstairs and had a shower it had gotten quite late for lunch and I was very hungry.

4pm~mini-meal...two roll-ups consisting of 1 slice of Lorraine cheese, 1 slice of lower sodium ham and 1 slice of lower sodium turkey, a half-cup of Veggie Crunchers (this is one of the few foods I actually measure if you recall the Veggie Crunchers emotional overeating debacle) and a juicy plum. Another half liter of cold water in my favorite Red Sox cup.


I got the laundry going and then it was time for wine.

5:55pm~ Nero 'd Avola from Italy, intense berry flavor, juicy and supple!


6:45pm~ Linguine Margherita! I picked a bunch of grape tomatoes from the garden and quartered them, tossed them with fresh basil from the garden, a small ball of fresh mozzarella cut into cubes, a drizzle of spicy evoo and a sprinkle of kosher salt and black pepper. Toss with half a box of hot, al dente Dreamfields linguine and you have an absolutely mouthwateringly delectable and super simple (/Sandra Lee) supper. I had a second glass of wine with dinner.


8pm~ While finishing my glass of red wine I enjoyed a 100 calorie dark chocolate bar from Trader Joe's. Nothing like the sweet snap of dark chocolate and along with rich red wine. It was the perfect, relaxing finish to a rather busy and productive day.

So, there you have it, a full day's meals and snacks. As you can see I don't count calories at all and I don't weigh and measure every bite of food I take. I'm full and satisfied. Some days I eat a bit more but never much less than this. I hope this is helpful. If you have any questions, please feel free to post it in the comments. I'm going to do this again in the future on a day when I'm not so busy. I may also make posts about how I exercise and how I shop if anyone might find that helpful. Have a delicious and nutritious weekend!

NOTE~ the only thing atypical about this day is the wine. While I do think wine can be part of a healthy lifestyle (and woe be to anyone who tries to deny me my favorite bevvy) I tend to imbibe only moderately on Friday if I'm not working and a bit more liberally on Saturday, but not during the rest of the week.

5 comments:

  1. I absolutely adore this food diary thing. It is so interesting to me what other people eat! Those veggie crisps, what are they? Pre-packaged? I am asking because when I was in Fresh Market today, I picked up some veggie chips. "Homemade" by the store, not in a bag with an expiration date. Is this what you buy? I haven't tried them yet. Are the ones you get good? Mine look EXACTLY like the ones in your picture!

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  2. I bought the Veggie Crunchers at Costco, they were being featured by one of the sample ladies as a salad add in like croutons, which is ridiculous because they are a fantastic snack (measured appropriately) right out of the bag.

    http://thewwchick.blogspot.com/2009/06/product-review-veggie-crunchers.html

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  3. My veggie crisps from Fresh Market were not that good. They were just okay. Not worth the calories, I would say. Glad you had a better experience! Also, really glad to see that a Think Thin Bar has no sugar. I've never tried one, but as long as there are no artificial sweeteners, maybe I would pick one up just to try it. Are they yummy?

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  4. Think Thin bars do have some malitol in them, so they aren't my top choice like Larabars or Kashi, but since they are very high in protein and very satisfying I like them before a strength training workout. They are *not* delicious at all, they have a very nutrition bar/meal replacement taste about them but they stick to my ribs and keep me full longer than other bars.

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  5. Andra, I never, ever even heard of malitol until now. So I googled it. If I'm going to eat something sweet, I like real sugar (could be honey, or fruit syrup, but you know what I mean) none of that fake stuff. Thanks for the heads up! I always try to read the ingredients on things, but it's amazing what slips through the radar! I like Kashi the best, too. Sorry to hear they are 'not delicious at all'. I will not be trying them. However, your Linguine Margherita looks SO DELICIOUS. You are some kind of cook, girl. I always like looking at your 'food porn' LOL.

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