Not in water, so no worries.
Food is a struggle– some things to celebrate, some things to freak out about.

Tuesday’s Eats:


  • 2 eggs, sunny-side up, with garlic, crushed tomatoes, and pepper:

img_5426Very, Very tasty!

  • fat-free yogurt with a tsp of lemon juice


  • Best Quick Oats combo that I’ve had in a while:

img_5438I took an apple from work and walked home (well, to the housesitting gig) to make Quick Oats with apple, cinnamon, 1 tbsp of peanut butter, skim milk, and sweet-n-low.  AMAZING.

Unnecessary Snack:

  • Right– so this is the point in the day during which I ate a 400 calorie cinnamon bun.  Why?  Because a co-worker literally put it in my face right after I’d gotten into a screaming match (yes, screaming match) with my boss.  So upset that I did this *again*!


  • Chickpea and tuna salad with zatar and 2 tbsp of hummus:

img_5441Also very tasty!

  • Soy patty with garlic and olive oil

After Dinner:

  • Decaf coffee with a tsp of cocoa powder and skim milk– inspired by Eating Bender‘s coffee cocoa.  Very, very good– but I don’t really need to put cocoa in my coffee.  It feels excessive while I’m battling an addiction to sweets and avoiding chocolate.
  • 200 calories worth of toffee that my roommate left laying on the table.  Ugh.
  1. The good parts of today were the fact that I had a *lot* of water and have been keeping up with that goal meticulously, the fact that I’m still coffee free, and the fact that I made tasty meals that were satisfying three times.  Nothing on the go, nothing mediocre.
  2. It would have been a perfect day if I hadn’t had the toffee and the cinnamon bun.  Your suggestions have been on the mark, and despite the fact that I am *extremely* stressed right now, I need to put them in action.  Today I’m going to  try doing something else when I’m stressed, and making room for *small* portions of sweets to see if that will curb the craving.

Really want to blog about everything that is stressing me out, but I have to get going.  More later.


Monday was one of these days that I don’t really know how to characterize, because it was full of ups and downs.  I’m really stressed out right now– about health and food, about men, about work, about money, about my future– and I need to get it together.

Today is ‘rosh chodesh’– basically, a new month on the Jewish calendar.  I’m not very religious (though I toy with it), but since I’ve lived in Israel and people actually semi-acknowledge rosh chodesh, I’ve always tried to look at the new month as a chance to start over.  This month (Adar, btw), I’m definitely going to try and do that in many respects.  More on that later…

Monday’s food:


  • Quick Oats w/ 1 tbsp of peanut butter, cinnamon, and sweet-n-low (another attempt at having protein for breakfast– and it was *very* tasty– I was full until lunch, which is definitely an accomplishment)


  • Had another lunch that is provided by my workplace– same boring lunch as yesterday, basically– in an effort to save money, and because I’m not ‘home’ to make my usual lunches:  tuna on a (white) roll w/ tomato and light mayo
  • a few spoonfuls of cottage cheese


  • 2 maple cookies  — I had this right after lunch and so I wasn’t even hungry– I just needed something sweet.  I’m trying to internalize some of your advice and accept that this is OK as long as I don’t binge and go overboard.


  • My friend that just got back from Canada gave me a bottle of real maple syrup, which is hard to come by in Israel (and obviously, the best comes from Canada!):

img_54241So, naturally, R and I made pancakes for dinner (and I’m still looking for a unique recipe to make use of the syrup)….

img_54221Pancakes were okay– we burnt a few (also pictured!) and we used margarine instead of butter– which simply doesn’t work. It’s not that they were bad, but I feel like in the future, if I’m going to *indulge* in pancakes, I’m going to make them the right way.  You really need that buttery flavor.

Kept up with my water intake, too– which helped.

  1. Ate pancakes beyond when I stopped being hungry.  It just felt like such a treat and I had just come home from a *VERY* stressful day at work (and was on my way back after dinner to deal with more stress) and I did the whole stress-eating  thing.  I’m not terribly upset about it, but I need to keep my promise to myself to really work on this.
  2. I need to remember to bring a whole wheat roll on days that I’m going to surrender to the office tuna for lunch.  I just don’t feel healthy when I eat a  big, white roll.
  3. Next time, one maple cookie should do the trick 🙂
  4. Definitely need to keep up with the protein for breakfast trend.  It makes *such* a difference.

I feel like all of my ups and downs in terms of food are  related to the ups and downs of my life in general.  I’m going to take an hour today to write about everything that is stressing me out and to come up with proactive ways to deal with it all.  I come home every day and just want to collapse in my bed and forget it all– and shockingly enough, it’s not helping 🙂  Maybe I’ll blog about some of this stuff later, when I have more clarity.


Today was typical of an office environment;  a co-worker came back from three weeks in Canada and we were all ecstatic to see her.  In Israel, ecstatic= food.  She brough back a ton of maple candy and cookies, and everyone sat around to hear about the family wedding that she’d just a ttented and to eat.  I had already eaten lunch and *was not* hungry, so I told myself to drink my water, concentrate on the conversation, and just stay away.  After sitting there for an hour, I literally couldn’t take it anymore. I had no self-control.  I have a few pieces of maple candy and a bunch of cookies– something to the tune of 6.  If i had just had one or two, I wouldn’t be dwelling– but I completely binged.  I want to understand why, and I need to come up with ways of avoiding this!  If the only way for me to avoid eating crap that my body doesn’t want OR need is to stay locked in my apartment, that doesn’t really help me much.

Rest of the day was fine, though none of the food was terribly exciting:


  • Quick Oats with Sweet-N-Low, two tbsp of peanut butter, and a splash of skim milk.
  • Decaf coffee with skim


  • Tuna with light mayo and tomato– on a roll– but it was white bread and kind of big.  It was what we had around the office and I didn’t want to go buy a whole wheat one– but I should have.

After Lunch Binge:

  • See above


  • Burrito with rice, an egg, sweet garlic sauce, and onion.  It was  just me throwing together snacks, but it was really tasty.  I had to force myself to eat dinner because I was tempted to skip a meal since I’d binged on cookies… I guess that it’s good that I didn’t.
  1. I’m really at a loss when it comes to understanding WHY I binged.  I couldn’t resist the temptation, it was a social situation?  Really don’t know.
  2. I am really sick of housesitting and want to go home to the collection of healthy food that I’ve built up over the past month.  I just brough some *scraps* here and my meals are getting dull, which is not encouraging me to do things like avoid binges.  Less than a week left, though.
  3. Didn’t drink enough water today!  Gotta fix that.
  4. Chocolate and coffee are still out of the picture!
  5. Adding a bit of peanut butter for a protein burst seems to be good.  It really helped with breakfast.  I need to find a lower-calorie peanut butter, though (that tastes good).  Probably difficult to find in Israel, which is annoying!

Really hoping to make today a much, much better day.  We’ll see.

Hope everyone has a good one–!

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…

2/15 was a strange day in terms of food.  I do weird things when I feel like I’m losing control.


  • 3 cookies and a lemon bar– the baked goods that I brought in for co-workers.


  • Went out to lunch with people from the office and it was a disaster: chicken breast with tomato and olive oil
  • Small green salad with olive oil and pepper

Before dinner snack/meal?:

  • Was really stressed out when I got home and thus, ravenously hungry– 1 small bowl of cereal with skim milk
  • 1/2 whole wheat pita with light strawberry jelly


  • Part 1:  5 heaping spoonfuls of Roomie’s pasta with whoknowswhat in it
  • Part 2: tiny portion of what should have been my entire dinner– rice with olive oil, avocado, cucumber, tomato, and some spices
  1. I’m really proud of the fact that I found the healthiest thing on the menu and was totally fine eating plain chicken breast with tomatoes while everyone else was eating decadent pasta dishes.  Definitely an accomplishment.
  2. My meal/snack before dinner is something that I want to be able to avoid.  I was completely stress eating and even though I didn’t eat anything really unhealthy, it was extra food that my body didn’t really need.  I need to work on this.
  3. I got home and felt stressed/rushed and ate 5 heaping spoonfuls of Roomie’s pasta surprise with every unhealthy thing in the book.  More stress eating, which was extra-unhealthy because it caused me to feel guilty.  The guilt made me skimp on the delicious, healthy dinner that I prepared with a friend.  I had a tiny serving, didn’t feel satisfied.  I need to stop ‘punishing’ myself for mistakes by skimping on healthy food.
  4. This was Day 3 of NO chocolate.  Excellent.
  5. My disgusting ‘breakfast’ was the result of me skipping breakfast at home, AGAIN.

2/16:  A Better Day


  • B-fast burrito with an egg and some rice.  Sounds gross, really good.


  • Big salad with sweet potato and tuna; light vinegarette dressing.  VERY tasty, and not so expensive.
  • 1/2 of a whole wheat roll


  • 1 whole wheat pita with two pieces of light, cholesterol free cheese– a little bit of tomato.
  • 1 light soy chocolate milk (addendum to my chocolate law, see below)
  1. I ate a lot of healthy food today and felt satisfied.  I managed to skip stress eating, even though today was stressful.
  2. light chocolate soy milk…. has no added sugar and contains *fake* chocolate.  I decided to allow myself to have this from time to time since it’s 1) tasty 2) healthy– no added sugar and very low calorie and 3) doesn’t contain real chocolate…


Sorry for the crappy cell photo.  My camera needs to be charged.  Anyway, you get the idea!

Still not getting enough exercise. I *will* run tomorrow!

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!