Recipes

Day of Food

As an experiment I wanted to see what I ate during the day, so yesterday I decided to take a picture of all the food I put in my mouth. I use to track all the food I ate when I was part of Weight Watchers, and then downloaded an ap from Livestrong to try and track that way. I think since about the 5th grade I have been struggling with my weight and really haven’t found the magic solution yet. A really hard part for me is when people find out I want to lose weight, they always make some sort of comment about how I don’t need to. I know they are just being nice and trying to say something supportive but in the end it is aggravating because I don’t do it for anyone else but myself. I know my issues when it comes to eating, I have just yet to find the balance between living my life happily not “dieting” and being good to my body.

Breakfast started off with a green smoothie. I had been noticing a lack of vegetables in my diet so I wanted to take steps to add them where I normally wouldn’t eat them to give myself a little healthy boost. I put two frozen bananas, a pear that was about to go bad, a few scoops of my favorite yogurt Banilla, and three handfuls of spinach. When I say you cannot taste the spinach I am not lying, I’m all about not having spinach for breakfast I don’t even like it in eggs but the other flavors took over and if you changed the color of the drink you wouldn’t even know it was there.

Around 10 I started to get a little hungry so I took a handful of almonds from my snack drawer and filled up a 12oz bottle of water. This held me over until lunch at around 12:30.

I had leftover sauce and meatballs from dinner on Sunday night so I took half of that and then made some couscous with about a half of a package of fresh spinach. It needed a ton more sauce, but it was still a really filling and delicious lunch.

Half way through I remembered I also threw the last few bites of garlic bread in as well so I ate that. It was a tad (ok very) stale but I absolutely hate food going to waste so I ate it as well.

Holy cow was I full after this! I had about two more 12oz bottles of water before going home to cook dinner. I had taken fish out of the freezer that morning to make, I normally hate frozen fish but had bought some before I found a good place to get fresh fish. It was from Trader Joes so it wasn’t horrible but I could definitely tell the difference and prefer fresh over frozen. I made a simple rub, the recipe is below, and then let it sit in the fridge to marinate while I made some mashed potatoes and the side vegetables. The boyfriend isn’t big on avocado, yet when he tried it he didn’t say it was awful so I think he actually doesn’t mind it, but I don’t care because that just means more for me! I took the rest of the spinach and cooked it down with a little bit of olive oil and garlic for him and then chopped up an avocado, cherry tomatoes and roasted some corn for me. Between the two of us we ate a whole large bag of fresh spinach in one day. The recipe for the salad I made is below as well, it is really good and actually ate it on my bagel this morning.

While eating dinner I also had a large glass of Ocean Spray Light Cranberry Juice. I love this stuff, even more than the full calorie one because it is a little more tart which I like. I have actually been known to eat the fresh cranberries when they come out in the fall because I love the tart taste, not for everyone though! After catching up on the Veep episode we missed I wanted some ice cream because they were eating dessert in the show. I had some of the slow churn from here leftover so I put that in a cup with a dash of maple syrup over it. Ok probably a little more than a dash because after I ate this I was bouncing off the walls for about 30 minutes.

So that is a day of food for me, pretty typical, nothing too out of the ordinary. I’m not going to do that this weekend because the recap post would be huge but perhaps once a week to see for myself where I am.

I’m so glad it is Friday! I hope everyone has a great weekend and good weather, fingers crossed the weather man is wrong about the rain this weekend here in Boston!

Pan Seared Fish
Serves 2
  • 2 Tsp Chili Powder
  • 2 Tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 Tsp Ground Ginger
  • 2 TB Butter
  • 1 TB Olive Oil
  • 2 Pieces of Fish
  • Salt and Pepper
Take and rinse off fish and pat dry. Mix all the spices in a bowl except for the salt and pepper. Rub the olive oil on both sides of the fish and then rub the spice mix on. Salt and pepper both sides of fish. When ready to make heat the butter in a pan on high heat. When it starts to sizzle put the fish down. DO NOT TOUCH THE FISH AFTER YOU PUT IT DOWN! This is a classic way people never get a good sear and break up the fish is by flipping it too early. You will know it’s ready when you slide a spatula underneath and it easily releases. For this meal it was about 3 minutes on each side. Flip fish when it is ready and do other side. Serve immediately. 
Avocado Salad
Serves 2
  • 1 Ripe Avocado
  • 1/2 Container of Cherry Tomatoes
  • 1/2 Cup of Cooked Corn
  • Salt
Cube up the avocado and put into a bowl. Take the cherry tomatoes and cut those in half, if they are very small just throw in. Take the corn off the cob or out of the pan and put it in. Salt to taste and mix. This is good for about 12 hours but the avocado will start to brown if you keep it in longer. I didn’t have fresh corn this time so I defrosted some and then roasted it in the oven under the broiler to develop the flavor a little more. Anyway you prefer normal corn is perfect for this though. 

Do you struggle with weight or eating?
I have for the whole of my adult life. I have swung from around 200 pounds to around 125 pounds just in my 20’s. Going into my thirties I am trying to make my life less about what the scale says and more about how I feel in my skin. Sadly I know I am never satisfied, even at 125 I wasn’t, so I am going to have to learn to  love myself no matter what the scale says. 

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