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:

Breakfast:

  • 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)

Lunch:

  • 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

Snack:

  • 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.

Dinner:

  • 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!):

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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.

xo

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Today I decided to be completely and totally selfish and it seems to have worked for me. I told myself that I was leaving work at 5 pm regardless of what I had or hadn’t finished. I got in at 8 am and damnit, 9 hours with no concrete lunch break is more than enough work for a day, especially considering what I do. So I left work at 5, picked up my blood thinners and some toiletries, got some groceries to make dinner and came home. I also went to the gym! Yay! Worked out for 1 hour – 30 minute course on the bike and 30 minutes of the elliptical/stairmaster hybrid machine. I feel fabulous! I hope I can keep this attitude up tomorrow.

As for food – I’m okay today. It was mac and cheese bar at work, which means all mac and cheese, all the time. Macaroni and cheese is my weakness and I refuse to say no to it, so I had it for lunch, but I coupled it with a nice salad, so I don’t feel so bad about it. I ate a fruit/veggie at every meal and I even remembered to take pictures. I also took my blood thinners in the correct dosage. Today is definitely a success!

Food Diary

Breakfast

breakfast

  • Greek yogurt with walnuts and honey
  • 1 honey tangerine

Lunch

lunch

  • One small scoop of buffalo chicken mac and cheese
  • Classic mac and cheese with jalapeno tabasco sauce (the only way to eat it – for realz)
  • Mixed greens with walnuts, parmesan, and balsamic vinaigrette dressing

Dinner

dinner

  • 2 small lamb and mozzarella burgers, each one on half of a whole wheat bun
  • Mixed greens with walnuts, freshly grated parmesan, and homemade balsamic vinaigrette dressing

Alcohol

  • None – take that!

Recipes:

Lamb Burger with Smoked Mozzarella

  • Cut 1/4 pound of smoked mozzarella into four pieces
  • Divide a pound of ground lamb into quarters
  • Form into patties around each piece of cheese
  • Add salt and pepper to taste
  • Grill or broil until the outsides feel very firm, 3-4 min per side
  • Serve on toasted buns

Homemade balsamic vinaigrette

  • I Tbsp.Dijon  mustard
  • 2-3 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 2-3  Tbsp.olive oil
  • 2-3 Tbsp. canola oil
  • salt and pepper

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:

Breakfast:

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

Lunch:

  • 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

Dinner:

  • 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.

Breakfast:

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

Lunch:

  • 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:

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Very, very tasty!

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

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Dinner:

  • 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…

Okay, the internet in my apartment just up and stopped working so I’ve been having trouble posting, but now I’m at my parents’ house so it makes sense to update. I’ve decided to do a ton of work this weekend so that I don’t have to work late at the office, which means I won’t have to eat there and I can actually have time to cook a healthy meal for myself. I was reading Women’s Health magazine and I’ve found a couple of recipes I’ve posted below that I’m going to try.

Shruti mentioned that she thinks both Tal and I haven’t been getting enough protein and it turns out there’s an article in this month’s edition of WH about getting more protein. Here are the three recipes I intend on trying:

Lamb Burger with Smoked Mozzarella

  • Cut 1/4 pound of smoked mozzarella into four pieces
  • Divide a pound of ground lamb into quarters
  • Form into patties around each piece of cheese
  • Add salt and pepper to taste
  • Grill or broil until the outsides feel very firm, 3-4 min per side
  • Serve on toasted buns

Grilled Chicken with Pesto Sauce

  • In a blender or food processor, puree 2 cups fresh basil, 1 garlic clove, pinch salt, 2 Tbsp pine nuts, 1/2 cup grated Parmesan, 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Season 1 pound of thin chicken cutlets with salt and pepper
  • Grill for about 4 minutes per side
  • Paint with pesto and serve

Broiled Chicken with Cilantro and Lime

  • Combine 3 Tbsp peanut oil, 2 Tbsp chopped cilantro leaves, 1 Tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice, 1 Tbsp chopped shallots, 1/4 tsp cayenne, salt and pepper
  • Spread half in pan and add the chicken
  • Sprinkle meat with more salt and pepper, then top with the remaining mixture
  • Broil until cooked through, about 10 min
  • Garnish with chopped cilantro and lime wedges

I’m also going to go trolling the blogosphere to find out ways to cook seitan. I don’t think I can ever give up meat, but I love the texture and taste of seitan (they serve it at work) and I think I’d like to start incorporating it into my diet more.

In positive news, I plan on getting on the treadmill tonight and doing about 1 1/2 hours of exercise. I’ll let you know if I succeed!

First– bloggers and non-bloggers: Strawberry Shortstuff has a contest going on (ends tomorrow!) to win 40 simply bars– and it’s open to anywhere in the world, which means that foodies like me– in a different country– are eligible 🙂  Check it out.

Also, send me links for your favorite food blogs… I’m looking for a few more.  Thanks!

x Tal

Got into a draining argument with the boy (not boyfriend– we have issues, which is a whole different story for a different blog) and was feeling sorry for myself all day.  That and the rainy weather (which I absolutely love, but still…) made me really sluggish.  Didn’t do much that didn’t require a lot of sitting, aside from walking  this cutie– the dog that I’m dogsitting right now:

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Anyway, on to today’s food:

Brunch (woke up too late for breakfast):

  • Quick Oats with skim milk, Splenda, and cinnamon– simple, but good.

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  • 2 eggs with onions and spoonful of matbucha— good! And finally eating some protein:

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  • Small salad– which was really just a few lettuce leaves with light vinegarette

Snack:

  • Bowl of Cheerios
  • Decaf coffee with skim

Dinner:

  • R and I made this delicious Garlic Soup— great recipe, recommend using 2 cups of stock rather than 1.5:

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  • Salad– lettuce, tomato, cucumber, fennel (recent obsession of mine), and light vinegarette
  • Sweet potato with margarine– always, always, always yummy:

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  • Israeli couscous– another recent obsession of mine– with a few spoonfuls of tomato paste, garlic, zucchini, onion, and a few sprinkles of all spice:

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I really enjoyed this dinner.  A lot.  Felt satisfied again, not completely stuffed.

I felt like I ate well today in the sense that I had two meals that were tasty and healthy.  I didn’t eat anything on-the-go (probably because I was a complete blob all day and didn’t really go anywhere!) and it’s just a simple fact that I really enjoy my food a lot more when I put some effort into it.

I’m still housesitting for another week, but I’m going to make a real effort to not slack when it comes to cooking and healthy (not dull) eating.

Over 3 weeks and I’m still coffee free! Pretty soon, I’ll have gone a week without chocolate, also.

Today’s biggest accomplishment, by far, was not eating something unhealthy or unnecessary just because I was stressed and upset about the previously mentioned boy.

On to my exercise problems– I’m supposed to run a 10k in 1 month and a half and I am so exhausted lately and slacking in the running department.  I need to run that race 😦