So, this isn’t just any What I Ate Wednesday, but it’s also my last day at my old job. The past few weeks of training at the new one on weekends and days off has been nothing short of exhausting, but in the grand scheme of things, totally worth it to me. For this week’s post, I thought I’d share a day of weekend work meals. As always, many thanks to the lovely Jenn of Peas & Crayons for hosting the weekly link party—take a little trip over there to see more WIAW from other bloggers!
I realized as I was posting that these are quite similar to last week’s WIAW eats. Whenever I’m starting something new (work wise), I tend to go on autopilot, working with what I know travels well and things I know will keep me satisfied for the right amount of time. What can I say—I thrive off routine, especially when I’m getting acquainted with a new setting.
- Breakfast: Greek yogurt with flax & cinnamon, a banana
- Lunch:A giant salad; hummus on the side for dipping
- Snacks: an unpictured hard-boiled egg before an early morning gym visit; carrot chips; a green apple; avocado toast when I got home from work; unpictured cottage cheese with cereal before bed (was so tired I forgot to take a picture)
- Dinner: Red lentil chili (this incarnation had pumpkin instead of squash, and a little bourbon cooked in for a kick); an unpictured bottle of ginger kombucha and square of dark chocolate
Do you ever put your meals on autopilot?
1.) This week, the American Heart Association released new cholesterol guidelines. Rather than focusing on specific numbers, the focus is on weight and lifestyle factors related to heart attack and stroke risk.
For patients who have tried diet/lifestyle medications, the basis for determining whether a person should be on a statin drug to lower cholesterol will depend not on simply their cholesterol levels but more so on the question of, “Will this drug lower risk of heart attack and/or stroke?” As this New York Times piece explains, you need to know your heart risk, and use medications when appropriate if it will reduce proven risk.
2.) Had to share this bit from Buzzfeed about why we need to stop using “moist,” the dreaded “m word.” Though I share in the passionate dislike of the term, I am equally fascinated by the way it makes me cringe.
3.) I am loving these lately. Oloves ftw!
Ugh. I am just not a “ftw” type of gal. Oh well, thought I’d give it a try. Let the eye-rolling-at-myself commence.
4.) While we’re talking about cholesterol…Here’s another thing I’ve been digging. I go through phases where cheese and fruit is my go-to snack. Usually these phases are determined by whether I find a nice cheese at the store. This chocolate cheddar cheese from Trader Joe’s is delicious (just sharp enough to enhance the slight sweetness of the chocolate)—a little goes a very long way. In the context of a day that includes mainly foods low in saturated fat and cholesterol, a little real cheese is way better than a crap-ton of weird “diet” cheese.
What are your four things this Friday?
Going back to the topic of impulse buys…
I totally went in just to buy tinfoil and face wash. Let’s be honest, though—I’d have bought this even if it weren’t on sale.
A few weeks ago, I was having a conversation with a coworker about candy—”It’s probably the one thing I don’t eat,” I said, “with the exception of dark chocolate, of course.”
“Dark chocolate isn’t candy,” she replied.
We laughed, but hey, I guess you can argue the antioxidants are at least doing you a few favors. Ask not what you can do you for your food; ask what your food can do for you. Or something.
Everyone is different, but I’m one of those people who can enjoy a square of really delicious chocolate after a meal and call it a done deal rather than feel the need to finish the bar or the bag. We all have our things—mine is liquids (I always want the large cup of coffee or goblet of wine). And gum. Oh god…I am probably keeping Orbit in business.
People are often surprised to hear I eat chocolate every day (dark, of course—I hate milk chocolate), but since my everyday life diet has a little room for that bittersweet treat (oh geez, lamest accidental rhyme ever), I can enjoy a piece after dinner without any swirling “omg I just ate chocolate” thoughts. This keeps me feeling satisfied and less inclined to eat “healthified” processed junk that just makes me want the real deal even more. It’s all about balance, my friends.
Do you like chocolate? What’s your favorite kind? Are there any foods you eat everyday that others might find surprising?
So today is the day. I’ve been having anxiety nightmares about this for weeks—this afternoon (3:46, to be exact) I’m presenting my capstone project. I’m trying not to think about the fact that I’ve essentially been working towards this for the past four years, but, well…yeah.
I feel like this photo says a ton about how my eating habits have changed over the past 4 years too! In 2009, I’d have definitely had a few packs of splenda or some kind of artificially-sweetened yogurt, and soy crisps instead of, uh, turkey jerky (awkward name, but hey). There would also have been a giant diet coke involved. Maybe the Gnu bar would have been a Luna Bar. And the sliced green peppers? Ain’t nobody got time for that!
Haha thanks for putting up with some of my delirious posts lately. I see light at the end of the tunnel!
Yesterday my friend Caitlin sent me this fun list (with pictures!) of what 200 calories of various foods looks like. Some of these were foods you’d eat in their pictured context. Others…not so much. Here are a few examples:
Werther’s Originals Candies
Kiwis (this actually looks really good—why don’t I eat kiwi more often?):
Mini-Peppers (too cute):
Some of my real-life favorite 200-calorie snacks of late:
Yogurt with berries & cereal
I also ate bone marrow on toast a few nights ago, in the context of a dinner-hour whiskey tasting. Even the small amount I had was probably more than 200 calories, but it was…interesting. I can’t say I’d try it again, but I also can’t say I wouldn’t. The flavor was fantastic, but the texture…the whole experience felt really primal and strange. Some primal & strange can be very good (wink, wink), but bone marrow on toast—jury’s still out for me.
What are some of your favorite 200-calorie snacks? Have you ever eaten bone marrow?
Good morning and happy What I Ate Wednesday. It seems crazy that I’ve been doing this for 99 weeks! That’s almost 2 years. Crazy, how fast time passes when you’re having fun and doing a zillion things. As always, thanks to Jenn for hosting the weekly link party. To see more WIAW from other bloggers, visit Peas & Crayons.
With such a weird schedule, it doesn’t seem to matter whether I post week or weekend days. I’ve been finding my weekdays—and nights—are very busy, while the weekends leave me wanting to rest. Saturday I was really tired and feeling under the weather, so I took it pretty easy. Mostly, I read RD exam review stuff and napped (and maybe got around to checking out Downton Abbey on Amazon Prime to see what the fuss is about), but I did take a half-hour to check out a massage & reflexology place I’d recently found out about—I was so glad I did! Not only was it freaking amazing, it’s inexpensive enough that I could afford to make it a regular thing.
As for the “what I ate” part of the day…
Breakfast: Oats with flax, veggies, and turkey bacon, topped with a poached egg and goat cheese
Lunch: Tortellini soup
Snack: Green apple and a ginger kombucha
Dinner: Whole wheat pasta tossed with shredded brussels sprouts, mushrooms, and turkey bacon, topped with pecorino
Snack: (unpictured) sliced banana with PB2 mixed with cocoa powder and the last bit of some pumpkin puree
I’m not ashamed to admit I totally crawled into bed at 10 pm that night and slept almost 10 hours. It was exactly what I needed, I guess. I felt 99% back to normal the next day!
Have you ever tried reflexology? What’s the best thing you’ve eaten recently?