On Friday night I threw all of my "to go" snacks into a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY bag. It is not my birthday, not even close. I just needed a good sized bag to carry all my snacks. The unintended effect of using a happy birthday bag is that I was really happy when I saw it. Perhaps subconsciously my brain associated birthdays with good things and so my snacks became good things.
For breakfast Saturday morning I had a whole wheat English muffin with natural peanut butter and a gulp of milk. I would have had more than just a gulp of milk, but that's all that MJ left for me in the gallon. I sent him out to buy more.
When I arrived at the office for interviews, I saw that my team had brought a coffee pot, donuts and munchkins. Sigh. When they passed around the donuts, I declined and took out my apple. Throughout the course of the interviews, I ate:
• 1 low-fat cheese stick
• 1 apple
• 10 snap peas with 2 oz hummus
• 1 whole wheat cracker with spreadable cheese
• 1 cup of coffee (half and half, no sugar)
• 1 almond butter cookie
• 1 glass orange juice
• 4 munchkins
I just found the Dunkin Donuts Nutritional Information and discovered that I ate 215 calories of munchkins. Oh nooooo! I had no idea they were that bad for you. But I am SO glad I didn't have a full donut. Those things are horrible! And delicious. But horrible.
For lunch, I made a salad with red leaf lettuce, white beans, 1/2 avocado, 1/2 cup edamame and 1 hard boiled egg. The salad was actually very filling and I wasn't even able to finish it. In the future I would add balsamic vinegar and tomatoes. My coworkers complimented my salad and my snack bag. The person who brought the donuts indicated that he would bring healthier snacks for me the next day.
When I got back home I made tilapia with sauteed broccoli and part-skim mozzarella cheese. The meal was really easy and I had a lot of broccoli left over, so I wasn't hungry enough to eat any carbs. Which is good because I had 4 munchkins.
Today was another day of interviews. For breakfast I cooked up 2 egg whites with mushrooms, low-fat cheddar cheese, 1/2 whole wheat English muffin; 6 ounces orange juice. I still had that half of an English muffin left over from the time the Clean Eating editors only let me eat half of one. I love mushrooms and wish they were in more of the meals.
When I arrived at the interviews, my coworker presented me with a container of sliced strawberries he brought for my healthier alternative to donuts. I was very appreciative. During the interviews I ate:
• some sliced strawberries
• 1/2 cup granola
• 10 snap peas with 2 oz hummus
• 100 calorie bag of cheese
• 2 cups coffee (with half and half and 1 splenda each)
• 2 munchkins (95 calories).
I didn't know yet that the munchkins were that bad for me since I just looked them up now, but luckily I picked less than 100 calories worth of fat.
For lunch, I had a veggie burger with low-fat mozzarella cheese, 1/2 avocado and lettuce on whole wheat bread. This made one of my coworkers question whether I was a vegetarian. I'm not, but I really enjoy veggie burgers.
Now for the bad part of my day. Superbowl Sunday.
We went to MJ's friend's house for the game. I knew there would be a lot of unhealthy choices there, so I made my all-natural guacamole, which was devoured by the group by the end of the 1st quarter. I personally ate:
• about 15 blue chips and guacamole, with a little bit of a bean dip
• crab dip served on 3 little toasted bread slices
• 2 beef sliders (no buns) with roasted onions and 1 scoop of mashed potatoes
• 2 brownies
• 1/2 piece of funfetti cake
• 1 light beer (No one noticed I only had one beer the entire game, and I didn't even finish it!)
Sigh. I was doing well till the brownies came out. I probably should have passed on dessert but I didn't want to. Maybe I was rewarding myself for 3 weeks of eating healthy. Or maybe I was celebrating the Packers' victory. Or I just really, really, really love chocolate. I felt bad until one of MJ's friend picked up the remaining tray of brownies and ate them like a slice of pizza. Always good to keep someone around who will eat more than your daily serving of calories in one sitting.