roommate pressure

There were thunderstorms all day on Saturday and again, I did nothing.  Food wise, the day was nice– until the very end.


  • Bowl of Quick Oats with skim milk and cinnamon
  • Decaf coffee w skim


  • So I’m always totally jealous of eating bender and her sweet potatoes with cottage cheese and ketchup, so I made it myself– except, we didn’t have ketchup, so I replaced it with a little bit of matbucha:


Very, very tasty!

  • Also had some leftover salad from the night before– cucumber, tomato, lettuce, fennel, and light vinegarette:



  • I thought I was doing damage control, because I was heading home (dogsitting now in Tel Aviv, and I live in Jerusalem) for the night and I wanted to avoid one of my roommate’s highly unhealthy dinners, and so R and I made an early dinner.  We had plain old spaghetti with a simple sauce (crushed tomato, oregano, onion, black pepper) and a side of peas.  Not the healthiest, but fine.

Roomie was eating, so I had to join…

  • 5 big crackers with jelly
  • handful of butterscotch chips
  1. So yeah– I don’t know what that was about.  I was full after dinner, but I ended up chatting with the roomie when I got home and she had a bunch of random foods out on the table in the living room, and I just dug in.  I *hate* it when I do this.  I make an effort all day– and yes, it still feels like an effort– and then I go for something that my body doesn’t even really need or want! Why?
  2. Other than that, the day was fine.  Food was very good. I need to buy some whole wheat pasta to have around while I’m dogsitting, though (1 more week).

Anyone have any suggestions for avoiding impulse eating? Eating out of boredom? eating just because someone else is?

Have a good one…


Today had its ups and down.  I’m really stressed out and I felt myself battling with food choices all day.  Saying no– which I only accomplished at certain points– was such a headache.  I’ve made it a goal this week to talk to someone about emotional eating; I can’t freak out like this and be unhealthy each time that life gets a little messy.

Today’s Food:


  • Made the mistake of skipping breakfast and just having a decaf coffee, which threw me off for the rest of the day. Note to self:  don’t do that!

10AM fuck-I-didn’t-eat-breakfast-and- I’m-hungry snack:

  • Piece of whole wheat pita with 2 slices of light, cholesterol free cheese
  • fat-free vanilla yogurt


  • Got invited to a Thai restaurant for lunch and opted for the “light pad thai”, which has  a really light sauce.  Still, it was a lot of noodles and I was stuffed rather than full. Couldn’t have been a good idea.


  • Hot Vanilla at Coffee Bean.  Got a small, but I checked their website and it’s still almost 400 calories and *way* too much sugar.


  • Roomie made pasta at 9pm and although I swore that I wasn’t going eat anything else since I’d definitely had my share for the day, I was feeling ‘needy’ and joined her.  It was pasta with tuna, olive oil, and onions.  Not terrible catastrophic, but I didn’t need it.  I had a small portion and she made fun of me for it.  Seriously need a roommate that has the desire to be healthy.


  • I really want to cut down on my sugar intake.  I’ve been largely successful in doing this, but something like a Hot Vanilla in the middle of the day is something that I should simply say no to.   Sugar makes me feel 1) hungry and 2) completely unhealthy.
  • Never skip breakfast!!!!
  • Going out to eat and eating a Roomie Dinner in one day will make me feel gross, for sure.

Exercising has been a struggle for me this week. I went running once, and I spent the rest of the week feeling too tired and sorry for myself to get my ass out there.  I need to correct this next week– I feel completely lazy.

Having friends over for dinner tonight and browsing healthy recipes…

I’m Tal, I’m a friend of Layla’s, and I’m also hoping that the blogosphere will help me accomplish my goals– it seems like the rest of you dieters and foodies really help each other and benefit from networking, so we’re here to join you!

I’m sick of dieting. Very sick of dieting. So, I’m not calling this a diet, per se. I want to, as they say, ‘learn to maintain a healthy lifestyle.’ My indulgences include alcohol, frequent and huge Italian meals, and too much chocolate. Funny thing is, that when I make the effort to plan my meals and to cook healthy food, I enjoy it and don’t feel like I’m lacking.

One of my major issues is my roommate, who we will refer to from now on as roommate (creative, yes), drinks and eats *huge*, unhealthy meals twice a day. She’s always trying to get me to join in, and it’s an uphill battle trying to say no and live a healthy lifestyle. Hopefully I’ll be able to explore some ways to deal with that. The other issue that I’m dealing with is plain boredom. I need to learn how to cook healthy meals rather than trying to live on yogurt and plain, grilled vegetables.

Okay, moving along– This Week’s Goals:

1. Keep a food diary and post it (accountability, people)

2. Cook one meal per day (no on-the-go, which seems to be the figurative death of me)

3. Run 4x a week (I’m training for a 10k as a part of this healthy business)

Since I’ ve been trying to eat less calories, fats, and sugar, I’ve been experimenting with different concoctions in our kitchen.

Yesterday, I went for a run and came back hungry, even though I’d eaten lunch 2 hours before. I don’t want to deprive myself after exercise, so I made a post-running snack that was as satisfying as a meal:

fat-free yogurt, 2/3 cup cornflakes, and a couple of spoonfuls of light, sugar-free strawberry jam

I used a medium sized container of fat-free yogurt, combined it with 2/3 cup of cornflakes and 3 spoonfuls of light, sugar-free strawberry jam. The whole thing was virtually fat-free, very low in calories– and really filling. I also had a huge glass of water, as I’m trying to do that 8 times a day. Not easy for me.

For dinner, I didn’t have much in the apartment to work with, so I made a super+simple healthy pasta dish (unfortunately, forgot to take a picture):

Avocado and Eggplant Pasta

1 large avocado, or 2 small

1 cup of bowtie pasta

3 large spoonfuls of tomato paste

1 small eggplant

1-4 cup of olive oil

2 garlic cloves, diced into small pieces

oregano to taste

1. Cook pasta as usual- btw, I never use salt when boiling pasta- does anyone else skip the salt?

2. While waiting for pasta to cook, put half of the olive oil in a medium sized frying pan and add the eggplant to medium heat. Stir on and off for a few minutes before adding the garlic. Stir until the garlic is cooked (not brown) and eggplant is browning (but not burnt!).

3. Turn heat down to low, add tomato paste and avocado to the frying pan.

4. Add oregano, stir for 1-2 minutes.

5. Add the rest of the olive oil to the drained pasta, stir, and mix in the sauce with the veggies.

The final product is a really tasty pasta dish with a very light sauce! The key here in terms of flavor is the oregano– don’t skimp!

Back soon, hopefully with some good healthy lifestyle news!