Food Diary Entry #8 (for, Wed 05/01/2013)

For breakfast:
Strawberries and cream overnight oats. This is actually my first time eating overnight oats and I actually kinda liked it. I got the recipe from Peanut Butter Fingers. It was yummy! I can’t wait to try more overnight oat recipes!
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For lunch:
I had leftover chicken from the chicken tacos last night but I did not want to eat chicken tacos again so I made a chicken taco bowl! I added chicken, romaine lettuce, some iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, avocado, some shredded cheese, avocado, and some salsa to substitute a dressing. This was very filling! I was full for hours and I am talking about 3-4 hours of my stomach not asking me for more food. Which almost never happens!
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Taco salad all gone!
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Afternoon snack:
Since I wasn’t hungry for a snack, I made myself an iced coffee. I heated up some water, added a teaspoon or two of instant coffee, some sugar and then I let it cool a bit. After it cooled down I poured the coffee into a glass filled with ice and then I added some milk.
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For dinner:
I got kind of lazy around dinnertime and just heated up some frozen pizzas. I ate a margherita pizza by Kashi, which fooducate (an app on the phone) rated a B-! My fiance ate a pepperoni pizza, of course. I ate a little less than 2/3 of the pizza. They are not big pizzas and 1/3 of the pizza is just 290 calories. I don’t feel bad at all!
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I recommend this pizza, it is so yummy!
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I am so full today that I didn’t want a treat or dessert! That almost never happens!

It is time for a change

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I know that I have been MIA for a while now but my laptop wasn’t working and it took a while to figure out what was wrong with it. For now it is working but I will probably be needing to get a new laptop.

So I have been having a problem and that is fitting into the clothes I already own. I know that I had talked about not following fad diets and not dieting but lately I have been noticing that my clothes are fitting too tight. I don’t like this at all and I am obsessing over it. For a while I tracked my calorie intake and I noticed that I would eat less than 1100 calories a day and then other days I would eat twice that amount. No wonder I don’t lose weight! I put my body into starvation mode so when I eat twice as many calories my body is storing all the extra food! So I decided it is time to change this and I need to do something about it.

I decided to go to Choose My Plate to see what it would say and what it recommends. Obviously I am not eating right and I am definitely eating too little calories. I also noticed I consume too many fat foods even if they are healthy fats, I do believe there is too much of a healthy fat. I do think that 1800 calories is a little high for me because I get really full fast and eat small portions like 6 times a day. So I don’t know how I will eat so many calores! I think that I am going to increase my calorie intake a little a week and I will make sure to do at least 150 minutes of physical activity a week as well. I like what choose my plate says to do and I like that it says how many fats you should have. I think I eat way too many of those and definitely not enough protein or veggies! I will track my meals for a week and see how it goes. I have done my grocery shopping for the week and I am ready to get started.

If you guys could help me out and answer this questions for me. I’d love to know what other “normal” people do!

What do you do to maintain/lose weight?
What are your healthy food staples?

Grocery List for the Week

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I wanted to share with you guys my grocery list! Yay! I am so proud of myself because I actually planned out meals and made a list of what I wanted to buy. I still bought other things that were not on the list but for the most part I did stick to the plan. The images I got from myrecipes and health and they are images of some of the food I want to make this week. The images include panzanella, caprese bites, chai tea, and mint tea! I also watched these videos from Leaf TV. For the panzanella video click here, the caprese bites click here, the chai tea click here, and the mint tea click here. I found that channel on accident on youtube and now I am obsessed with their videos!

Doesn’t the list look cute? And the food looks delicious too!

A few items that are not in the list that I ended up getting:

  • beer (for the fiance and for valentine’s day)
  • a sweet red wine (for me, you must think we are alcoholics!!)
  • a cucumber
  • avocados (they were on sale!)
  • a squash (the calabaza one from Mexico?!)
  • kiwis
  • balsamic vinaigrette
  • turkey ham

A few items that I did not get from the list:

  • chocolate bar (opted not to get it)
  • cardamom pods (couldn’t find them, does anyone know where I can find them?! please let me know)
  • mangoes (they didn’t look very good this time)
  • lemons (I forgot them but luckily I still have a few)

So that is my grocery list for this week. We ended up not drinking since 10 o’clock seemed really late. (We are so not in college anymore.) So we plan to drink Saturday evening, lol yes we penciled that in for Saturday but we will see.

Food Diary Entry #4 (for Thurs, 11-08-2012)

In the morning:
A huge glass of water.

For breakfast:
A Strawberry-Banana-Almond Smoothie.

For lunch:
Tuna Salad {I finished the leftover tuna and added 1 tbsp of light mayo, chopped spinach, 1 chopped pickle slice, 1/2 tsp lemon pepper seasoning} with Kale. I used kale as if they were crackers. I didn’t have any crackers so I tried the kale and I actually really liked it.

For an afternoon snack:
I had a small apple.

For dinner:
Turkey burgers on a bed of spinach. This was yummy!!! (I didn’t have any buns or bread, so I used spinach.) For one turkey patty; it included some chopped spinach, some parsley, pepper, salt, and a little bit of shredded mozzarella cheese. I did have my turkey burger with a little bit of ketchup and american cheese. I didn’t even miss the buns!! Oh and the fiance actually really liked the turkey patties! Which is like a surprise for me because he thinks I am weird that I choose turkey over beef.

For dessert:
Dark chocolate covered strawberries flavored yogurt. I totally invented this on the spot. (I’m sure someone has a better recipe somewhere.) I really wanted something chocolaty but I didn’t have anything around. I did remember however, that I still had a bag of Cacao Powder for which I use in smoothies or banana ice cream. So, I grabbed about 1/4 cup of vanilla yogurt, 1 tsp of cacao powder, and some chopped strawberries and mixed them all together. I wasn’t sure how it would taste but it tasted just like dark chocolate covered strawberries!!! I loved it! I think next time I will try this with bananas.

Today’s menu of food was just delicious from my breakfast to my dessert. i just can’t believe that I actually made all those meals myself. I’m extremely proud of myself!!

Food Diary Entry #3 (for Wed, 11/07/2012)

In the morning:
Cup of coffee with 2 packets of sugar in the raw and some water. I also had a small pear because it looked good in the fruit basket.

For a midmorning snack:
A small apple and banana. I was actually starving but since Cas was sleeping upstairs (on my bed :/ ), I really couldn’t make something to eat so instead I grabbed some fruit to help with the roaring stomach I had.

For lunch:
Spinach, whole grain pasta, garlic, parsley, and butter (I ran out of olive oil, so I used butter instead. I don’t really mind since we almost never run out of our small tub of butter. We just don’t use it that often since we prefer olive oil.) This is probably one of my favorite meals and it always keeps me really full.

For dinner:
So I had about 2 tbsp of wild rice, sweet potato, and apple with honey and cinnamon. Which I hated! So I stopped eating it and made a tuna salad instead. The tuna salad consisted of; half of chunk light tuna, 1 1/2 tbsp of light mayonnaise (too much for my taste), 1/2 tsp of pepper, 3 tbsp of chopped spinach, and 1 hard boiled egg including the yolk. I’m sure I could have done without the mayonnaise since I don’t really care for it but for some reason I can only have tuna salad if it has mayo. It must remind me of the way my mom makes tuna salad, which includes lots of mayonnaise.

Not the prettiest picture but when does tuna ever look pretty?

Later I sipped on..
Some Hibiscus tea with a tsp of honey and a dash of cinnamon. This has to be my favorite tea at the moment. (The Tea I used today was Raspberry Zinger Herbal Tea by Celestial Seasonings) I also had another small apple after my late workout.

I am okay with what I ate today. If I had all the ingredients to make a sweet potato and wild rice soup I would be a lot happier but the tuna salad came out good and very filling.

Food Diary Entry #2 (for Tues, 11/06/2012)

In the morning:
Cup of coffee with 2 packets of sugar in the raw. 30 oz of water.

For Lunch:
Black beans, spinach, and mild cheddar shredded cheese with balsamic dressing. (Not very creative here but I did not have a lot of time to eat since it was cutting close for Cas’s lunch as well.)

Snacked on…
A small red delicious apple.

For dinner:
Grilled lemon pepper chicken with sweet potato, sweet peas, and wild rice. I made dinner kind of early today (for me anyways) since I got pretty hungry by 4 o’clock.

For dessert:
A strawberry yogurt parfait!! I have been obsessed with this dessert/snack since forever!

Later I snacked on:
3 Turkey, cheese, pickle roll ups. Not my favorite thing to eat but my fiance was eating his dinner pretty late and I got a little hungry. Instead of serving myself another plate of food I tried a few of these roll-ups to see if they would fill me up, and they did. (It was very high in sodium, so I don’t think I will do this snack again.)

Throughout the whole day I kept drinking water before, during, after meals. Its my favorite beverage and it has always been since I was little.

Overall, I think that I did very good today. I’m proud of myself, 🙂

Food Diary Entry #1 (for Wed,09/12/2012)

So I have decided to start a food journal on Sparkpeople.com. I started yesterday, so I decided to share yesterday’s journal entry with you. I almost ate healthy all day until the fiance decided to get some taco cabana and well I could not resist!

09/12/2012 Food Diary

As soon as I w0ke up:

Warm water with slices of lemon

For Breakfast:

Banana Strawberry Almond Smoothie

For Lunch:

Hummus Veggie Sandwich

Snacks:

Grapes and String Cheese

Trail Mix

For Dinner:

Pico de Gallo Salad

For Dessert:

Sugar Free and Homemade French Vanilla Frappuccino

Late Night Eats:

2 Taco Cabana Street Tacos

A few chips with Queso

As you can see I almost made it all day with a healthy diet but I love street tacos. They are so yummy!! What do you eat daily?