When I was packing my stuff from the house and moving into my apartment last year, I lost about eight pounds in seven days. I was so busy packing or running to the Bed, the Bath and the Beyond, stressed out emotionally, and didn't have a working kitchen, which meant that I was either not eating, or eating very lightly. It probably wasn't healthy for me to lose so much weight in such a short time. But I was the leanest I had been in years. To paraphrase from one of my favorite movies - I was one divorce away from my goal weight.
I've since managed to put back on that weight, although I am trying to be less concerned about it. I'm running more frequently than I had been before (twice, often three times per week, about 12-15 miles total), and - after my annual physical - I learned that I've managed to bring my cholesterol levels under control in six months, primarily through exercise and diet (although I did try fish oil capsules for a few weeks, and then just gave up because I kept forgetting to take them daily). So even with an extra 10-15 pounds primarily around the waistline, I'm comfortable and healthy.
Should I be better about what I eat? Sure, I could. But the truth is - I love food. And I believe that everything can - and should - be eaten in moderation.
So I thought I would provide another look into my daily food intake when I'm at work. I have a "rep" at work for my plethora of tupperware, and while it can be a bit time-consuming work (at least 20 minutes the night before to get all of this food prepared for the next morning, plus regular trips to the grocery store), I know that I'm saving money by not having to buy all of this stuff prepared by someone else.
So here's a(nother) look at a typical day for me:
Breakfast - I like to start the morning with a mug of Earl Grey tea (with soy creamer), a half-cup of regular, one-minute oatmeal with two teaspoons of brown sugar and a handful of dried cranberries/raisins, and half of a wholewheat bagel (or English muffin - whatever is on sale for the week). The bagel usually has soy "cream cheese," but today I decided on a small pat of butter.
Second breakfast - I love berries of all types, but I am particularly fond of strawberries and blueberries. And while I also like raspberries and blackberries, I find that the seeds are annoying and get stuck in my teeth, and the berries themselves don't last long in the fridge. On this particular day, I had 8 oz of strawberries, and a quarter-pint of blueberries that were surprisingly sweet for this time of the season. I'm probably making some locavores mad by admitting to buying fruit that probably got trucked in from god-knows-where, but damn! it tasted good.
Lunch - A bowl of mixed greens, some shredded rotisserie chicken, and my favorite dressing (Ken's raspberry-walnut), and the other half bagel.
Post-lunch snack - I am a whore for Trader Joe's. Yes, I said it - I'm a whore for Trader Joe's because I frakkin' love that store. And I love that there is one so close to my apartment, and that I can make a quick stop there on my way home. I had never tried these before - lentil and potato curls - but they are awesome and yummy. Give 'em a try. They're not as light as a potato chip, and they have a "grainier" texture. But they really hit the munch-y spot.
Second lunch - since finding out that I am lactose intolerant, I have had to endure years of sad substitutes for yogurt that are either too watery or just taste funny. Thankfully, I've recently discovered that Yoplait is now making a lactose-free yogurt (woo-hoo!) and so my soy yogurt days are coming to a close. Still, I had some to finish, so I cut up a banana and mixed it with a peach soy yogurt (one of the better soy varieties).
Second lunch dessert - I love winter for many things, but particularly for the citrus fruits that come into season. On this particular day, I downed two navel oranges and three clementines.
Post-lunch snack - Chex mix! I always eat my Chex mix in order of preference, from least to most - I start with the pretzels (which I'll eat, but have never been a big fan), the white crunchies (I don't even know what you call them), the toasties, and lastly the shredded mini-wheats. There's a whole lotta sodium in these, so I can't eat too many of them. In one sitting.
Afternoon snack - a tubful of cantaloupe. Cantaloupe is one of my favorite fruits, but has been hit-or-miss lately. #firstworldproblems
The oh-my-god-it's-four-o-clock-and-I-can't-wait-to-go-home snack - At Christmas time, our office becomes a breeding ground for sweet treats. Since I don't have such a strong sweet tooth, I usually pack whatever I get into tubs and freeze them for later consumption in smaller quantities. In this case, it's brownies, supplemented with a few dark-chocolate-covered cranberries.
And so ends another day at the office. And thank god, because I'm hungry by 7, in time for dinner.