What I’m Eating These Days

First off, thanks for all your awesome comments and suggestions on yesterday’s, er, mildly uncomfortable post. I really appreciate how helpful you all are, and will definitely be implementing some of these strategies!

So with all my proclamations about how I’m changing up my diet and whatnot for my renewed weight loss, I imagine there be at least one or two of you out there who are curious as to what kind of stuff I’ve been eating lately. No? Well, I’m going to tell you anyway, so tough cookies. (Spoiler alert: cookies are, sadly, not something I’ve been eating.)

As a refresher, I’m embracing more protein and fats in my diet, and trying to actively reduce the number of refined carbs and excess sugar I consume. I’m certainly not carb-free or any such nonsense, and I allow myself the lenience to follow my cravings/not deprive myself (within reason). So when my future sister-in-law baked up a batch of awesome blueberry breakfast muffins, OBVIOUSLY I partook. I just slathered some coconut oil on it first. Thus far, I’m finding that aside from the issue I discussed (a little too openly) yesterday, I’m actually feeling pretty good. My periods of satiety are longer, so I’m actually not eating as frequently, and, as you guys know, I’ve lost over four pounds in the past month (which, granted, isn’t a rocketship pace, but considering how badly things were going for my weight loss before, I am pretty ecstatic).

Now because I’ve been absolutely heinous about taking pictures of my food lately as well (WHAT KIND OF BLOGGER AM I!?!), so you might be seeing a few repeat pictures here. But they illustrate the right kind of things, and primarily I’ll be painting you a picture with my words anyway. So, it’s cool. ‘Cause I’m, like, a writer. Kinda.

Anyway! A typical day of eats in my life these days, subject to frequent changes and falling-off-the-wagon… but it’s all about the effort, right? Heh.

Okay, breakfasts. This has really been the biggest overhaul, since most of my experience with breakfasts come in the form of cereal and/or bagels, neither of which fit into the new parameters of my diet. So typically, I’m having something like smoked salmon & cream cheese roll ups, or high-protein toast with half a mashed avocado and an egg patty on top. Both of these are delicious, fairly portable, and really (REALLY) satiating. I usually have some fruit, too–a pear, apple, or some grapes. f I’ve premade breakfasts earlier in the week, like my smoked salmon eggs cups, I can just heat those up and get going. If I have the time to actually sit down and eat breakfast instead of being in the car and cramming bites into my mouth between stoplights, I might do up some eggs and bacon.


I’ve been finding these breakfasts keep me seriously full until lunchtime, so I’ve eliminated my need for mid-morning snacks. Which is good, because these breakfasts are higher in calories than, say, a bowl of Special K Red Berries with almond milk. But obviously it all works out!

Okay, so lunch–if I’ve been good about packing my lunch–generally is either dinner leftovers from the night before (which is the best when I’ve had STEAK FOR DINNER AHAHAHA), or strange little ensemble tasting plates. I’ve gotten REALLY into just like, a ton of different snacks, combined into lunch, lately. So, things like baby carrots and celery with hummus or sunbutter, a few slices of aged cheddar, grapes, lunch meat roll-ups, any leftover chicken/steak I might have, a Babybel cheese wheel, a hardboiled egg… etc, etc, etc. It’s fun, because it allows me a lot of variety in my lunches, and easy, because you can just store everything separately in the fridge, and grab whatevery you’re vibing on that morning.

Of course, I fall victim to the laziness of not packing/forgetting my lunch more often than is probably good, at which point I really have to steel myself against all the awesomeness that the food trucks bring to the area where I work on a daily basis. I mean, yes, there is a mac and cheese truck… and a grilled cheese truck… and lots of pho trucks… and an empanada truck… okay, I need to stop. Anyway, I often talk about how I don’t feel you have to give up going out for dinner or trying new restaurants (two of my favorite things) in order to lose weight, and buying lunch is no different. It’s just about finding something that fits. There are places nearby that offer great salad options, there’s a sushi truck, and tons of halal trucks that offer awesome meats served over salad, with chickpeas or spinach on the side. Om nom nom. Can you blame me for occasionally forgetting my lunch at home?

Aaaand, dinner. This is really the wildest card. I have dinner at my parents’ house once a week, and still tend to eat out quite a bit. But when it comes to cooking (if I’ve been good about grocery shopping) a lot of the time it’ll be something like marinated baked chicken or grilled steak with veggies (green beans, aparagus, brussels sprouts cooked in olive or coconut oil) and probably a salad on the side. If I’m feeling fancy, there might be shrimp or scallops involved, hehe. And there might also be some rice if I’m having dinner with Sean (he’s a rice man through and through, and I don’t say that because he’s half-Asian, I say it because I literally think if rice were the only food left on the planet, he would still be a very happy guy).

Half of this gorgeous filet would go on to become part of my lunch the next day.

Of course, as mentioned above, we still eat out kind a lot. I’m trying to be better about only eating out on the weekends, though it really is something I enjoy, so it’s tough. But from both a health- and monetary-standpoint, I know it’s something I need to work on. All that said, I just want to reemphasize the part about how it is still possible to eat healthy/in line with your current dietary preferences even at a restaurant. It’s just all about making certain choices, and not being afraid to ask about possible substitutions and whatnot.

Scallops, brussels sprouts, and cauliflower from Clyde’s

Okay! So there we go! This ended up being a much wordier post than I was anticipating, so I’ll cut myself off here. Feel free to weigh in with any comments you may have about my current eats–I really value the insight that I glean from you guys. Plus, I know that someone out there has to have an opinion of some kind. 😉

What do your daily eats look like these days?

Sick Eats

As I mentioned on Tuesday, I am sick. Again. Stupid immune system. Unfortunately, SINCE Tuesday, my sickness has only progressed from bad to worse. I’m on Day 2 of using up my precious PTO stores and staying at home in my jim-jams, trying to minimize as much of the sneezing, sniffling, congestion, and general misery as I can. Sigh.

I suppose that at least there’s the benefit for you in that I don’t really have an excuse not to post my daily eats, eh? And I even used the good camera to boot. So here’s a photo smorgasbord of what a day in the life of sick Gretchen looks like from a food perspective… in between Sudafed-fueled naps.


I started off my morning attempting to make Tina’s (from Carrots ‘n’ Cake) 2-ingredient pancake.

In theory, it’s a very simple recipe: 1 banana + 1 egg = a pancake. Well, in reality, I evidently don’t have the requisite patience to make it happen quite perfectly. But considering it was my first try, I don’t think it turned out too poorly! It was more like half-pancake, half-scramble, but I’ll take it! I added cinnamon to the “pancake” mix, and topped it with crunchy peanut butter. Bacon on the side.


Mid-morning I munched on some glorious cashews. Pistachios had better watch out, the spot for favorite nut (hehe) could quite possibly be in contention soon.


Then, lunch. I wanted soup, since I am sick, and being sick is the only time I want soup (I actually kind of have a thing against soup most of the time, hahaha). The only non-spicy soup in my pantry was a can of Campbell’s Tomato so I snagged that. Then I became a freakin’ genius, and decided to make the soup not with skim milk like I usually do, nor with water like the WEAK, but with Trader Joe’s Light Coconut Milk instead. LIKE A BOSS.

It. was. flipping. fantastic.

Seriously. Do it, do it, do it, do it. It’s like, 1000x creamier, just a hint coconutty, and seriously SO much more filling. I only made it through less than half of the bowl.


Though granted, that may have been partially due to the slice of Martin’s potato bread and the deeeelicious cob of corn I had on the side. But still! Coconut tomato soup — who knew?!


Afternoon snacks were my last packet of Annie’s bunny gummies…


And a bowl of peanut butter puffins with almond milk. Yes, when I’m sick (slash always), evidently I have the eating habits of a 6-year-old.


By the time dinnertime rolled around, I was literally devoid of any energy to make more food. Ergo, a combo of leftover pizza with a couple of leftover caprese salad discs from the night before. Kind of a crazy delicious combination, actually!

And lest we forget all the many, many, many glasses of water (and subsequent bathroom trips, bahaha) there were in between all the meals. Oy. Staying hydrated has never seemed so tedious.

And with that, I’m going back to bed. Or going to exchange my whole head for a new, non-congested one. Whatever takes less effort.


Daily Eats – 7/16/12

Oh hey, remember when I used to do these? Hahahaha…ha…haha. Hokay!



Thomas’ Mini bagel (120) with 1/2 tbsp homemade cashew butter (40 cal) and 1/2 tbsp strawberry cream cheese (25 cal)


Vitasoy soy milk (130 cal)


1/2 cup cherries (36 cal) and 1/2 cup blueberries (41 cal)



2 pieces of leftover fajita steak (~60 cal) with peppers and onions (~60 cal)


2 ounces of grilled salmon (~100 cal) with 2 asparagus stalks (7 calories)



Roasted seaweed (9 cal)


At this point, I failed to take any more photos throughout the day, so I will just summarize the epic fail that was the rest of my day: Chick-Fil-A chicken nuggets & fries (like 900 cal – WHOOPS!), and a bowl of blueberries and whipped cream later for dessert (100 cal), and a Campbell’s Soup At Hand (80 cal).

Total: ~1,708 calories

Oh hey, look at that. Even with all o’ that, I still managed to end up in a reasonable zone. Huh, go figure. Not that I’ll be making a habit of it, it’s just nice not to have to feel TOO terrible about it today.

Daily Eats – 5/7/12

And yes, this really is the strange, strange chronological order in which I ate yesterday. Sandwiches for brunch and cereal for afternoon snacks. Don’t judge me.

Oh, and if you’re wondering why I took some of these photos with me awkwardly in them, it’s because I was too lazy to take my phone out of it’s case (which doesn’t have a hole in the back for the rear camera), haha.


Watermelon, NOM. (40 calories)


Sandwich: whole wheat white bread, turkey, cheese, sprouts, lettuce, light Miracle whip (~350 calories)


Steamed broccoli – I ate about half of what’s shown (50 calories)


Uncle Sam’s strawberry cereal (~200 calories)


Whole wheat white bread with peanut butter and jelly (~230 calories)


Green grapes (60 calories)


Velveeta shells and cheese. This bowl, x2. Whoops! Hehehe. (~800 calories)

TOTAL: ~1,730 calories

Yeah, I know, dinner was bad news bears. But still, consider my overall caloric amount plus the fact that I got a run in, and I’m definitely counting the day as a win. 🙂