Intro to Food Diaries – August ’17

‘What do I eat?’

‘What diet do I follow?’

Are two questions I’m constantly asked and the truth is, I don’t follow a diet and I don’t restrict my body from certain foods. Moderation is my key.

For a while I’ve enjoyed reading ‘Money Diaries’.  It focuses on the life of an individual and they track their own money spending for a week, which gave me the idea of ‘Food Diaries’.  This is my first go-at-it, and it was a bit tougher than I expected.

I’ve tried counting calories in the past, but gave up because I thought it was too much work. Keeping track of what I eat should be a lot more simply, right?  not quite. Maybe next time I won’t pick a holiday weekend, which did not make things any easier.


– Monday

7:50 a.m. – Breakfast – I have a Sandwich Thin with PB&J. We’re out of regular sandwich bread, so this will have to do. A few sips of coffee that will last me all morning; this will come to work with me.  I only add creamer (vanilla flavor) to my coffee no sugar.

10:30 a.m. – Breakfast Snack – I start to feel some hunger pangs, so I reach for my Lucerne vanilla yogurt. This will hold me off till lunch. Finish off my coffee and work on my 24 oz. of water for the morning.

12:30 p.m. – Lunch – I didn’t bring anything from home, so I run over to Just Salad and order a Warm Grain Bowl w/ kale pesto dressing.  It is amazing and I’m wondering how I can re-create this entire thing at home.

3 p.m. – Afternoon Snack- I grab a handful of pistachios w/ shell. I buy them with a shell that way it’ll slow down my eating; I can eat an entire bag in one sitting. Realize I haven’t finished my 2nd 24oz. of water, so I chug about 14 oz. to stay on track.

4 p.m. – I can’t contain myself and I reach for some dark chocolate covered almonds. I think I ate about 10 of them…maybe 12.

6:00 p.m. – I’m home and I reach for a hard boiled egg and drizzle hot sauce on it.

6:30 p.m. – My 1-year old is running around and he’s asking for some snacks, so I grab a cheese stick and some crackers (crackers are from Trader Joe’s and they are delicious!). Of course, I can’t contain myself, so I steal a few bites from my kid’s cheese and grab some of the crackers.

9 p.m. – I’m back from cardio workout, I went to the gym for an hour and got a good sweat. Now, I’m home and since I’m still pumped from my workout, I do some chores around the house (clean the kitchen counters and the floors). All while drinking a protein shake (homemade). This will filled me up and I call it a day.


– Tuesday

7:45 a.m. – Breakfast – Still haven’t made the trip to the grocery store, so Sandwich Thin with PB&J it is again. I’ll have it with a few sips of protein shake (store bought). Don’t have time to make coffee, so I’ll just pick one up from Starbucks.

9 a.m.- Go to Starbucks and get my regular (tall, Blonde). I’m a creature of habit.

10:30 a.m – I’m starting to feel hungry. From home, I brought some peach oatmeal bake I made a couple of days ago, so I’ll have that till it’s time for lunch. I’m not doing great with my water intake today. So far, I’ve only had about 10 oz. of water. I’ll finish the remainder before lunch.

12:30 p.m.- Lunch – Got the Tokyo Super Greens w/ tofu salad from Just Salad; what can I say I’m a fan of this place. Working on my 2nd 24oz. of water.

2 p.m. – The dark chocolate covered almonds are calling my name. I can’t resist and grab a handful, probably about 6-7 almonds.

4 p.m. – I’m starting to feel a bit hungry (I knew I should’ve brought that peach from home), I reach for a quinoa, blueberry, almond bite bag from Kellogg that I purchased the other day from CVS.  I eat about two servings – good buy, they’re good. I only drank about 10oz of my third water refill.

6 p.m. – I grab a hard boiled egg pour some salsa and finish it too quickly. We decide to take Matthew and Milo to the park.

7:30 p.m. – Back from the park and I need to feed Matthew, so I have a few bites from what he’s having – chicken w/ rice.

9:30 p.m. – I’m pretty worn out and don’t feel like prepping anything for myself for dinner. I have a bowl of cereal w/ almond milk for dinner.


– Wednesday – This was the toughest day to keep track of what I ate.

7 a.m. – Breakfast – Today I’m working from home. Boil some hot water for my coffee, which I’ll be using to make a coffee protein shake.  I have my coffee protein shake with a piece of toast with nothing on it (finally made it to the grocery store).  I also have about two cups of coffee, lots of caffeine today. Not enough water.

12:30 p.m. – Lunch- A clementine. Work has been pretty hectic and so has Matthew, so I haven’t had anything since my breakfast aside from some water.

2 p.m. – Matthew is up from his nap and I’ve made him some pasta of which I have some as well. Couldn’t keep track of my water intake today, but I do know it hasn’t been great.

5:30 p.m. – Mark (my husband) is finally home from work, now that he can watch Matthew, I can finalize some work.

7:30 p.m. – Finally done with work and feeling pretty stressed out, I decide to go to the gym. I know i haven’t eaten well today, so I grab a banana to eat as I drive to the gym.

8:45 p.m. – Back from the gym; I make myself a protein shake.

9:30 p.m. – Even though I don’t feel hungry, I know I haven’t eaten enough today, so I make a rice bowl (rice w/zucchini, spinach, and chicken).


– Thursday

8 a.m. – Breakfast – Two pieces of toast with PB&J and vanilla protein shake (store bought). No time to make coffee at home.

10 a.m. – Finally…Tall, blonde from Starbucks.

11 a.m. – Black cherry yogurt I brought from home. Finished about 14 oz. of water

1 p.m. – Lunch – Back to my FAV spot, “Just Salad”. I get their 30 gram veggie protein wrap.

4 p.m. – Snack- I brought a peach from home. I’m not very hungry, but I don’t want to carry it back home, so Ill eat it now.

7 p.m. – Dinner- I made a lean turkey skillet-thingy and have a couple of tostadas of that. It turned out pretty good.

9:30 p.m. – ugh… feeling a bit hungry again. Bowl of cereal it is.


– Friday

8 a.m. – Breakfast- Green protein smoothie (homemade). It’s Labor Day weekend, so we’re heading to the lake for an extra long weekend.

9:30 a.m. Grande blonde from Starbucks .We’re on the road and we all have a few pieces of whole wheat bread I baked this morning.

12 a.m. Lunch- Almost to our destination. We make a stop just before for lunch. I have Pad Thai from Noodles & Co.

3 pm. Half a banana. Leftovers from Matthew, sometimes I feel like the garbage disposal with this kid.

4pm- Black cherry Chobani yogurt while I wait for dinner.

6 p.m.- Dinner – Barbecue grilled chicken and rice.


– Saturday

7:30 a.m. – Breakfast- scrambled eggs w/ maple sausage links.

9 a.m. Finish off the home baked bread.

10 a.m – Venti skinny vanilla latte. Typically I don’t get a venti, but since I’m using as reward, I get the biggest.

1 a.m.- Lunch- Running errands and not feeling too hungry with this venti coffee. I eat a Think Thin protein bar.

2 p.m. – Starting to feel hungry, but we’re getting together with the fam to have an early dinner, so I eat a peach.

3 p.m. – Dinner – I have two bowls of salad and a plate of dumplings w/sauerkraut and some other stuff that I’m actually not quite sure what it was.

7:30 p.m. – Late Dessert – Mini berry pie, which was delicious.

9 p.m. – Of course, mu hubby goes out to get ice cream. Brings me back my favorite….Almond Joy Flurry. I’m happily mad at him right now.


– Sunday

Fell off the wagon and did not keep track of what I ate this day. Like I mentioned in the beginning, this is actually a lot harder that I expected.

I hope to get better at this, since I’m planning to do this on a monthly basis.




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