Day 1: Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Alriiiiight! Here we go!

But first, a quick disclaimer (because I’m already WAY too concerned about what people are going to think about my eating habits): this week was well outside of the norm for me. I normally don’t really eat out during the week (and cook a full meal somewhere between 3 and 5 nights each week), I don’t usually drink during the work week (I stopped drinking during the work week last March during a sugar-free month and haven’t gone back, save for special occasions or a night out here and there), and my schedule was generally all out of whack pretty much all week. Not to say I’m usually a health fiend, but since this is my first week logging my meals, I don’t want to leave you with an inaccurate impression of what things will typically look like around here. Speaking of which: these first several posts will probably be kinda long as I introduce my habits, but they should get briefer as we go along.

Okay, let’s do this.



Bagel thin with vegetable cream cheese, 1/4 of an avocado, and Trader Joe’s infamous Everything But the Bagel Seasoning; Graze apple cinnamon flapjack; coffee.

I worked from home on Tuesday because our Hamilton tickets were scheduled to be delivered, and I wanted to make absolute sure nothing happened to them. Bagel thins are kind of an unusual purchase for me, but I had been craving bagels with cream cheese so you’ll see a lot of them for the next couple of days until we run out.

Since this is my first post, here’s my coffee situation: every morning, I drink a single cup of coffee with Nutpods (yes, that’s an actual thing) – it’s a almond/coconut milk blend creamer, and I love it. Jeff and I went dairy-free this January (I decided to do it to gauge my dairy sensitivity and Jeff decided to do it with me), and I went through a TON of non-dairy creamers before settling on this one. I don’t hate almond milk, but I like my coffee creamy and it’s usually too watery for my taste, and coconut milk is usually creamier but leaves a funky aftertaste. I don’t know what it is about Nutpods, but it’s perfect – it’s almost as creamy as half & half (my previously preferred coffee addition), and it doesn’t taste like anything at all (well…actually, I get the vanilla flavor, so it tastes a tiny bit like vanilla. Or at least smells like it. It’s totally unsweetened, though, which is perfect for me because I don’t like my coffee even slightly sweet). I’ve since gone back to dairy, but I found I prefer the non-dairy creamer – I don’t think I have a huge dairy sensitivity, but sometimes adding half & half to my coffee in the morning upsets my stomach a little.

Anyway, I often don’t even finish a full cup – I love coffee, but I’m stupid sensitive to caffeine and get super jittery if I drink too much. Sometimes I’ll have an afternoon latte or flat white, and on rare occasions I’ll have a cappuccino after dinner, but it’s (almost) always regular drip coffee for me in the morning.



Chicken enchilada soup with the other 1/4 avocado, shredded cheddar, and tortilla strips.

For lunch, I heated up some enchilada soup I had leftover from the previous night’s dinner. This is one of my favorites, and I’ll eventually post the recipe. Apologies for the gross splashes all over the bowl – it crusted on in the microwave, and it wouldn’t wipe off. Ah, this food photography thing is going to be a learning curve.

Pre-dinner snack:



By the time I finished up with work and started poking around for dinner, I was getting hangry and grabbed a plum from last week’s Hungry Harvest stash (Hungry Harvest is an amazing service that sends produce that was rejected from grocery stores – I’ll go into more detail later. Bear with me for these first few posts).



Trader Joe’s chicken soup dumplings; Soy Vey teriyaki; warmed up frozen edamame with sea salt.

I’m on my own most Tuesday nights – Jeff does quizzo (bar trivia) at a local bar, and usually grabs dinner with his mom before he heads out (what a dreamboat). This means that I’ll eat pretty much whatever’s in the house that requires little or no cooking – although I love cooking, I’m not a fan of cooking for just myself. This Tuesday, this meant some soup dumplings I had bought (I think) for the Superbowl, but ended up not using, and a bowl of frozen edamame.

Post-dinner snack:


Popcorn with butter and Trader Joe’s onion salt; IPA

Since I didn’t work the next morning, I decided to get wild and have a drink or two while watching The Office by myself on the couch (ha). I’d been craving popcorn, so I whipped some up on my stovetop. My mom bought me a stovetop popcorn maker a few years ago, which is basically just a metal pan with a crank so that I don’t have to shake the kernels…it’s perfect for me because I have one of those stupid flat-top electric ranges and it was really difficult to make stovetop popcorn in a pot pre-popcorn maker (lifting the pot meant there wasn’t enough heat for the kernels to pop, but if you tried to shake the pot while sitting on the burner it would scratch the glass top of the range). I bought some fancy butter a while back for reasons I can’t recall, so I decided to melt a little bit over the top of my popcorn, and I sprinkled it with some Trader Joe’s onion salt I had bought on a whim (I didn’t love it, if I’m being honest).


Another beer.

Whoa. Calm down, party animal! Southern Tier is my favorite brewery, by the way – they make the tastiest beer, and it’s brewed in Lakewood, NY which is 10 minutes from where I grew up.


1/2 of a peanut butter Complete Cookie.

Haha, okay – I was a little buzzed at this point, and decided I wanted something sweet. I had 1/2 of a Complete Cookie (one of those semi-gross protein cookies that’s supposed to be “healthier,” or at least filling, or something) left over from…I don’t know, I think I bought it the last time I went to Whole Foods and ate half of it in the car. That sounds pretty on-brand for me. Anyway, I grabbed it and scarfed it down before heading to bed. Mmmm, protein.

That’s it for the first day! Stay tuned for day 2!

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