One of the questions I’m asked frequently is, “What do you eat?” Another is, “why don’t you blog your meals?” Still another is, “Do you track your meals?” Today, I’ll attempt some answers. Let’s start with the last question first….
I do track my meals most days. This usually involves jotting down what I’m eating in my little daily notebook (meals on the left-hand side, MITs on the right). I guesstimate the calories and keep a running total for the day. Every now and then I use SparkPeople to track for a day or two, just to make sure my calorie and nutrition memories are in check.
As for why I don’t blog my meals, there are several reasons:
1) I am too
lazy busy to take photos of my food.
2) I eat the same 5 or 6 meals 90% of the time.
3) I’m not much of a cook. I lean more toward stirring and assembling, and I don’t really care about presentation. In other words, my food is not photogenic. On the other hand, I wouldn’t have to worry about making people hungry!
4) I’m no shining example of clean eating, and I would hate to send anyone down a bad path.
5) I’m not a food photographer.
But for today, and today only, I did manage to photograph most of what I ate. Let’s review:
Breakfast #1 was a banana. No picture, as it was just before 6 a.m. and I was practically sleep-eating.
Breakfast #2 was my version of Lori’s pancake. I use oat bran and greek yogurt in place of oatmeal and cottage cheese, but the idea is the same.
After the gym, lunch was also split into 2 parts. Lunch #1 was “turkey roll-ups” (turkey w/a wedge of laughing cow queso fresco), too many olives, a few sugar free bread & butter pickles, and a small apple.
About an hour later, I took the remainder of the very last sale Fage 0%, stirred in a 1/2 scoop of chocolate whey protein and a 1/2 tablespoon of mini chocolate chips, and called it done. A better food blogger would have served herself in a pretty bowl or cup, but I just ate it from the container.
I had two snacks in the afternoon, neither of them photographed. The first snack was nine almonds; the second was a McDonald’s Chocolate Chip Cookie. One was planned; the other was a spur-of-the-moment decision. Guesses?
It didn’t seem quite so…beige when I ate it. Thank goodness for the salad or I might have fallen asleep mid-meal! Oh, by the way, these are not my normal DIY chips. I didn’t have any corn tortillas, so I used one of my fiber wraps. Cammy improvs!
I forgot to take a picture of my dessert, which was a New Mornings Honey Graham cracker (1 sheet) with a tablespoon of marshmallow fluff as a spread. If I hadn’t had the stupid cookie, I could have had another 1/2 tablespoon of mini-chocolate chips on top of it. But it was plenty good as it was.
And that was my food day in pictures. If you’re more the numbers type, here’s what SparkPeople had to say about it:
|6:00 a.m.||Banana, fresh, 1 medium (7in. to 7-7/8in. long)||109||1||28||1||3|
|8:00 a.m.||Oat Bran, 0.33 cup||29||1||8||2||2|
|Egg, fresh, 1 large||70||5||0||6||0|
|Flaxseed, 0.5 tbsp||30||2||2||1||2|
|Fage – 0%, 3 oz||49||0||3||9||0|
|Smart Balance Omega Plus Buttery Spread, 0.5 Tbsp||40||5||0||0||0|
|11:45 a.m.||Spanish Olives w/pimento -6 small||45||3||3||0||0|
|Apples, fresh, 1 small||63||0||16||0||3|
|Honey Roasted Turkey Breast, 2 oz||60||1||4||11||0|
|Body Fortress Whey Protein – Chocolate, 0.5 serving||65||1||2||13||0|
|Laughing Cow Queso Fresco, 1 wedge||35||2||1||2||0|
|Mini Chocolate Chip Morsels, 0.5 tbsp||35||2||5||0||0|
|Fage – 0%, 3 oz||49||0||3||9||0|
|snack 2:30 p.m.||Almonds, 9 almond||62||5||2||2||1|
|snack 4:00 p.m.||McDonald’s Chocolate Chip Cookie, 1 serving||160||7||22||2||1|
|7:00 p.m||Ole High Fiber Low Carb Tortilla (2 tortillas)||142||4||10||16||24|
|Chicken Burrito Filling, 1 serving||162||1||19||18||7|
|Black Olives, 3 jumbo||20||2||1||0||1|
|Kraft 2% Mild Cheddar Cheese, 0.5 oz||45||3||0||4||0|
|Romaine Lettuce (salad), 1.5 cup||12||0||2||1||1|
|Tomato, small 0.5||10||0||2||0||1|
|Newman’s Own Low Fat Italian Dressing, 0.25 serving||15||1||2||0||0|
|snack 8:00 p.m.||Fluff – Marshmallow – 2 tbsp., 0.5 serving||30||0||8||0||0|
|Honey Grahams, Organic – New Morning (1 full)||65||2||12||1||1|
Hmmm, that puts me about 500 calories short of my daily average. I’ll have days like that, just as I have days that go 500 (or more) calories in the other directions. As long as they balance out, I’m fine.
So, you see why I don’t “blog my food”. I admire those who prepare pretty meals and remember to photograph them in a nice way. I’ll just live vicariously through them. I’m doing good to track my meals.
I did enjoy using SparkPeople today. It had been a long time since I recorded an entire day, and I may do it again tomorrow. I’m changing to my tuna and Italian chicken meals, and I’d like to see how it breaks down.
Are you one of those amazing people who prepares a different meal every night? Or are you my sister (or brother) in sameness–wait, let’s call it ‘continuity’. It sounds classier.