Friday, January 21, 2011

Week 1, Thursday (Day 4)

Day 4!  I've survived 3 days of starvation and ready to plunder forwards in my meal plan adventure.  I've really decided to make this meal plan a choose your own adventure type book (a personal favorite from when I was a kid).    Since it's not a diet, I feel like I'm entitled to some personal leeway here.  It's not technically cheating because the editors have suggested certain foods for the week, and all my foods are coming from this plan.

Breakfast:  1 cup cubed cantaloupe, 3/4 cup 1% cottage cheese, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 cup Kashi granola 

Alright today I'm going to do it.  I'm going to eat cottage cheese.  I've named my frickin blog after the food, I should at least try it, right?  I went ahead and bought the single serving size cottage cheese that comes with fruit on the side.  I've selected blueberries because they are a personal favorite yet are completely lacking from this week's meal plan.  Fingers crossed they show up next week.  

I open the package and try to resist the urge to vomit.  I quickly take 6 bites of cantaloupe.  
*****Shout out to my awesome boyfriend who conquered the cantaloupe dissection for me this morning, like a knight slaying a dragon for his princess. ****
Ok back to the curdled milk in front of me.  Am I really going to eat this?  I'm a brave 20-something, I'm better than this.  

First bite.  

Omg I like cottage cheese.  No, like is a strong word.  I don't mind cottage cheese.  It actually tastes like cheese.  Who woulda thunk?  But why, producers of the cottage cheese and fruit package, do you think cheese goes with blueberries?  What an awful combination.  Sounds like something a pregnant woman would request, and that is certainly not me.  No sir.  

Despite the fact that I don't mind the cottage cheese, it's still a weird sensation to eat this clumpy cheese product, so I only get through half.  No cinnamon.  What is that supposed to go on?  Cinnamon and cheese sounds much, much worse than blueberries and cheese.  What is wrong with you people?

Oh and that Kashi granola?  Forgot to buy it.  Maybe that will be on my 6th shopping trip.  

Snack 1: 1 low-fat string cheese, 1 orange (clementine), 1 oz tuna (borrowed from Friday)

Hooray for a snack that doesn't make me self-conscious when I eat it at work!  Well, except for the tuna, which I left out.  How can you bring 1 oz of tuna to work anyway?  The smell is not worth the effort or the lack of substance from 1 bite of tuna.  Minus the tuna, kudos to you Clean Eating editors!

Lunch: Curried Carrot Soup; 1 handful of unsalted almonds

WHAT?  You have GOT to be kidding me?  Now you want me to make SOUP?  On a Thursday?  I refuse.  Who has time for that?  Fooled me once, shame on you, fooled me twice shame on me.  Not this time, editors, today I will eat your left over Caponata Sandwich since you had me make too much yesterday.  HA!  Take that!

The sandwich was good.  

Snack 2: 1 cup edamame, 1 kiwi

A full cup of edamame is a TON of food.  Really puts Monday's almond bag to shame.  My bag of edamame is like a very, very well-endowed man, and my almonds are like a toddler.  You get the picture.  And you can imagine how cocky I am with my bag of edamame, since size does matter.  It literally takes me over and hour to eat this edamame at work.  Good thing my boss never walked by (he'd probably be jealous at the size of my edamame).  

Kiwi?  Nope.  That's on the "I never finished the grocery shopping" list.  Replacement?  1/2 avocado.  Because my produce is going bad!!  I sent the other half of the avocado with my boyfriend to work.  Along with a bag of red peppers, an apple, a banana, a clementine, and tomato wedges.  Yes, I am jealous that he gets more snacks in one day than I get for the week.  

Dinner: Shrimp with Zucchini and Couscous; Egg Custard with Fresh Peaches (Friday's dinner)

TRICKED YOU!  We really went out to eat.  Let's be honest - no one stays home for dinner for 28 days in a row.  The reality of this meal plan is that I need to be able to live a normal life.  Tonight it was necessary to go out to dinner, so we did.  But we were still good.  Here's what I really ate:

Dinner for Real: Applebees' 550 Calorie Teriyaki Shrimp Pasta

Applebees has this fabulous new menu of all 550 calorie (or less) items.  I insisted this be the restaurant we went to because I knew I could still have a low-cal dinner.  I  selected the Teriyaki Shrimp Pasta and my boyfriend went with the Grilled Dijon Chicken and Portabellos.

I liked the shrimp dish, but I wish the veggies were cooked.  My boyfriend said his chicken dish was also good.  I also "splurged" and got an Applebees Skinny Bee Margarita - only 100 Calories!  It really tastes the same as my ever-loved "fat" margarita, and I didn't feel bad drinking it either!

So today I learned that I can eat cottage cheese and I can eat out - and drink out - and still eat well.  I hope that I can find more restaurants that also have skinny options.  And I hope that I don't gag next time I see cottage cheese.

1 comment:

  1. I love AppleBees menu! Lots of restaurants have reasonable healthy choices- Cheesecake Factory has delicious salads under 500 calories in the healthy section and they're huge and I always have leftovers. That way I don't feel bad eating bread.
    Here is the cottage cheese I live for:
    The cottage cheese you get is not really good tasting or good for you- you might as well have a cookie. Put your own fresh (or microwave some frozen fruit for 30 seconds) in the cottage cheese and it's cleaner! (see I used one of your terms)
    Here is the granola I was talking about earlier:
    That one is the healthiest for you, and we used to get this one, also healthy:


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