Monday, January 18, 2010

day in the life.

Because I'm boring, but these pictures came out nice, here's what I ate today, in order:

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Breakfast was whole milk yogurt drizzled with local honey, a piece of wheat toast with butter, and some clementines.

And, because I realized that I haven't really shared my new living space here (mostly because the kitchen sucks) here's where we eat now:

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My husband still isn't 100% sold on having the front room of our home as a semi-formal dining room, but there's nowhere else to put the table and I think it looks AWESOME and I'm not going to move it, so suck it up honey- there's a couch and a tv in the basement. Plus we can play LP's (when the needle on the record player isn't broken) without getting up from the table.

I had a banana for a snack but I was too lazy to take a picture of it.

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For lunch I made this salad, and then trucked around with it until I got hungry enough to eat it. This bowl is a Martha Stewart pyrex bowl that comes with a fitted lid- I just carry it around like regular tupperware most of the time. This is one of my most treasured kitchen items- I can bake in it, use it like tupperware, freeze stuff in it, store things in the fridge. My mom (who bought it for me as a wedding gift, in a set with other sizes/shapes) and sister both have the same set, and if we ever bring food to a family function in the dishes, we always make a huge deal about getting ours back.

I didn't eat much after lunch- just a heart thrive bar- those things kind of suck but they sell them at my work and they're handy, and low glycemic index hippie business, blah blah, so I eat them when I'm hard up.

I was so hungry I forgot to take a picture of my dinner until I was almost done eating it:

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A black bean burrito with lightly sauteed spinach, avocado, sour cream, cheese, and salsa. After dinner I had a few squares of dark chocolate, and just a few minutes ago, at like 9 o'clock, I had a piece of toast with peanut butter. REALLY EXCITING STUFF, RIGHT?

I posted all this garbage for 2 reasons- first, I thought the photos were nice, haha. Second, I wanted to illustrate what it looks like to eat on a limited number of calories. Since I got all gung-ho about calorie counting, I've sort of invested all my OCD energies into it and I'm like measuring all my portions with little cups and tablespoon things and the whole thing feels kind of ridiculous, but I feel like I'm teaching myself how to eat less, and that's a pretty valuable lesson to learn. It took me almost a full week of eating like this before I wasn't COMPLETELY STARVING TO DEATH ALL DAY but it's been over a month of diligent calorie recording and I'm doing a pretty good job of keeping track of everything, I think. I have a chalkboard in my kitchen and I just jot down the calorie amounts of everything I eat all day. If you care, the final countdown of all this stuff I posted is 1701 calories. I don't count grams fat or carbohydrates and shit like that, I just try to balance out what I'm eating so it's not all the same types of food all day. One thing that I'm really trying to stay away from is falling into the trap of "Low Calorie Dieting." I see it all the time, and I think it's the worst way to live.

A good example, since I'm a barista- is the NONFAT LATTE DRINKER. I'm not going to go on a tangent about my customers, (nobody wants to get dooced) especially knowing that at least a few of them are readers (hey dudes!), but I think it's safe to say that nonfat latte drinkers fall into the same category as diet coke people, or really anyone who is so afraid to eat LESS than they normally do, they'll find any way to fill themselves up on lower calorie junk. You can totally lose weight this way- I've seen people do it, but it can't FEEL good. Nobody ever looks happy when they spit out, "NONFAT MILK, please." (But the lady who comes in and asks for heavy cream in her drip coffee- she's always pretty smiley. And she's skinny, too.) The thing that's funny about it is that the calorie difference when you remove fat is usually pretty negligible. For instance, the yogurt that I buy (Nancy's) comes in different fat contents. I buy the plain whole milk yogurt, because it's thick and satisfying and creamy, but it's like 180 calories per cup. One day my husband accidentally bought the lowfat version and it's still like 150 calories per cup. NO THANKS, GUYS- I'll take the fat and the 30-calorie hit. I only eat it a half a cup at a time anyway.

Anyway- I'm rambling. Blah blah blah, smaller portions of more satisfying food, live long and prosper, etc. (By the way I've lost 5 pounds since Christmas! WOO HOO.)

46 comments:

Missy said...

I couldn't agree more with your calorie rant. It is easy to get stuck in an endless nonfat/lite feedback loop and forget to enjoy eating. I will always take a smaller portion with butter than a larger one without!

taf said...

I know what you mean about the trim-milk-coffee crowd. Plus, having been a barista myself, trim milk just doesn't foam up as nicely as regular milk. (Neither does soy, but I happen to like the taste of it with coffee, so that's ok.)

GrassNaps said...

Totally agree. I refuse to eat fat free, sugar free, diet, HFCS bullshit. I've been counting my calories like you, but only to gauge healthy portion sizes, but I still eat rich, decadent, delicious, homemade food.

Congrats on your five lbs! The first week was rough for me too, but I get full pretty easily now.

littlebluehen.com said...

Good on ya!

The texture of low fat yogurt sucks compared to the minor calorie reduction. I also eat a smaller serving of whole milk (delicious) yogurt. And I found myself happier when I switched from non-fat lattes to drip coffee with half and half.

Lisa-Marie said...

In about to weeks, you'll be able to work out the calorie content of any food, without measuring it. It is one of the skills I picked up when dieting!

The husband and I are trying to eat less rubbish, so we are pretty much just living off soup. It works!

Public Mastication said...

Good on ya'! I hate to see people living lives of deprivation on very low calorie diets. It never really works in the end because no one can live that way for long. Good for you for looking for the balance.

LindsayRuns said...

Yeah, I've never understood the dieter mindset. Granted I've never needed to go there, but butter and cream and bacon and coke are all better in their original form...I'd rather drink water and be super happy about that monthly or so coke.

congrats on your 5 lbs! keep it up girl!

darah said...

No joke- it's like drinking lite beer. I'm sorry, but if you're going enjoy a beer then suck it up and drink the real stuff and truly enjoy it. It's a rare breed that's like, man I really, really enjoyed that Bud Lite this evening.
However, I might fall slightly into this camp given that I add a good amount of half and half to my coffee on the grounds that I'm pregnant and I need the extra calcium. Best Logic Ever.
Also while I'm rambling I like the formal dining room. I think it looks cool.

Ellen said...

i totally agree. the only way to successfully lose weight and keep it off is to eat LESS, and the only way you can eat less healthfully and without losing your sanity is to eat real food. beautiful photos, thanks for sharing!

suthrncan said...

I actually prefer skim capps because I don't really like milk that much but I definitely prefer it to soy.

On the flipside, I accidently bought 4% cottage cheese the other day instead of the nonfat and I'm never going back! It's so good!

kateinthekitchen.com said...

There is far, far too much emphasis placed on WHAT everyone eats, without even a blink of energy focused on how much. Portion control, mindful eating and balance can all be employed to gain control of what we consume and yet still leave us happy and content from our food. That woman who wants the heavy cream in her coffee, she knows that. The ones that make sure they spit "NON FAT MILK" at you, they obsess. And they are likely miserable.

Last spring I took more control over my food, my intake and what I eat and it's amazing how quickly your body reacts to it. And how eye-opening it can be. I wish everyone would just eat a salad because they can be incredibly delicious instead of looking at it as being 'good for me'.

You're totally on the right track. Keep at it, girl!

Bossy Chef said...

I drink non-fat lattes and I never think anything of it, probably because I've rarely ever had a full-fat latte. However, that is about the extent of my calorie reduced food. I have an aversion to any sweetner of any kind. That's all I can taste and I get a headache... so it's either the no-fat latte or no latte at all, and that would be a sad day.

The people that kill me are the "I'll have a large, deep-dish, meatlovers pizza, with extra cheese, and an order of cheesey bread sticks the size of my car, and a diet pepsi." Really guy?

Stephanie said...

Don't knock all of us nonfat latte drinkers and nonfat yogurt eaters. My body can't process the amount of fat in dairy foods so I have to opt for the nonfat versions. I also can't drink soy milk, so unless you want me to ruin your bathroom, give me my nonfat latte with a smile, cause I'll be asking for it with one.

Though I don't ask for them often since I was also a barista and can't bring myself to spend almost 4 bucks on one.

andrea the pomegranates said...

awesome! i love the photos and i like how you show being on a reduced calorie diet can still look and taste good. you should do more of these so i can follow too (i need more than a few pounds to shed)!

:)

Lo said...

The chance to have music without moving too far to get it is always a bonus around dinner time, if you ask me.

And amen on the nutrition front. I'm a huge proponent for just eating regular old food (not all the crappy no fat diet junk). It's better for you in the long run -- and it serves to fill you up.

Just read a great article this morning about how non-fat/low-fat dairy products aren't all that spectacular for your heart anyhow (the body actually processes them differently). So, this is right in line with my way of thinking.

Chocolatesa said...

I totally agree!

Kersten said...

ROCK ON with your weight loss Alicia :) That's awesome. I subscribe to your school of thought--eat high quality, real foods, just less of them. I lost almost 30lbs over the last year by concentrating on calories and increasing my activity. And, at holidays/birthdays/celebrations there was no way I'd say no to yummy cakes, desserts, or dinners. It's just not worth it! Thanks for keeping it real :)

Laura said...

I'm the same with Stephanie. Can't digest the high fat dairy, but I definitely enjoy "skinny" lattes (that term, however...).

Anais said...

Good job on the lbs lost!!! I always read your blog (and love it) but rarely comment obviously :)

I agree with you and at the same time don't about the nonfat latte. Obviously, I'm a nonfat latte drinker :P But for me it's almost more because of the taste. I'm not used to 2% and up anymore and it just tastes weird to me now :S And yeah, a lot of people WILL then fill up their hungry void with other crap but it's not always the case. I guess you just have to be aware of it! :)

ps: you did SUCH a great job in this post showing that you can eat less and still have delicious filling food :) that pasta salad looks soooo good! :)

Eliana said...

Way to go on losing 5 pounds :)

Hennifer said...

I love your blog! Thanks for sharing.
I'm currently in the process of trying to get a handle on the calories I eat per day.

I'm with you mostly on the yogurt thing, I'd rather have exactly 2 Tbls of a really good dressing than some chemical something.

Although, I do carry a lot of my weight in my belly so I am wondering if I should be more diligent on the fat...

Ok, I'm rambling now

beekeats said...

lawlz. ;)

Your rants make me giggle. But couldn't agree more. 5 lbs! Congrats!

Alicia Lynn Carrier said...

hennifer- you should read up on the 'flat belly diet' shit and read the book 'real food' by nina planck. i've always been kind of thick around the middle (and i have giant boobs) and fats actually help you LOSE weight on your belly. it's eating sugars and processed carbohydrates that cause you to retain fat around the middle. since i've changed my eating habits (and exercise habits) pretty dramatically over the last few years, i've lost a fair amount of weight, and almost all of it has been around my stomach and waist. try eating nuts as a snack instead of crackers. switch to whole wheat EVERYTHING and eat less wheat overall. eat whole fats, like avocado, dry roasted or raw nuts, and small amounts of full-fat dairy, and you will see a huge difference. i also found a calorie calculator website that gave me a kind of breakdown on how many calories to eat each day in order to lose x amount of weight. it's been really handy. good luck!

ronnissweettooth said...

I'm going to have to agree with the other low fat latte drinkers. For me it's not about calories, it's that my body would revolt if I consumed full fat milk. Even full fat ice cream makes me want to hurl. I'm not totally lactose intolerant, but my body definitely has issues with milk. Before you vilify your reader's choices, you should think about why they do what they do, not why you think they do what they do.

Alicia Lynn Carrier said...

lol ok dude, relax. sorry i 'vilified' your choices by making an observation about nonfat lattes. i know some people can't tolerate the milkfat, but frankly i think i'd just stop drinking milk altogether if that were my problem. of course, i don't drink coffee, or milk.

Lynn Richards said...

Ha!! Your meals look way more satisfying than any "diet" out there. And you are eating normal food, so when you are at your goal-you won't have to wonder what to eat!! love it! love your blog!
Lynn

Baroque Diva said...

Love love love love love LOVE your pics and your post! I whole-heartedly agree with the entire mission. I'm watching what I eat now, too- but I'm not going to eat a whole bunch of gross "diet calories" like 100 calorie packs of gross crackers or fake cheese product... uh uh. I'll just eat one slice of pizza, instead of the whole pizza.

Anyhow, thanks- love the blog!

Amanda said...

I like diet pepsi better than regular pepsi... ;)

Rachel said...

The taste/texture difference between a skim latte and a regular latte doesn't bother me, so I always order the latter, figuring I might as well save calories there so I can have more somewhere else. And I prefer the taste of diet soda over regular.

Go figure. Just thought I'd chime in to add another voice to those who choose the way I do. I do eat butter :)

januarygirl21 said...

The way you eat is like my dream way to eat. Did that even make sense? I don't know. Basically, you are inspiration for eating better. I mean, you make it seem so easy. And everything looks so good. I need to just print off these posts and hang them up in my kitchen. Whenever it comes time to make food I always forget what the good options are and then I get really hungry and just binge on crap food. My problem is I let myself get too hungry and my brain stops functioning and I make bad food choices. Blah. Anyway, I made Kale chips last night and they were the bomb.

Melynda said...

You have a basement? I am so jealous, oh and good job with the food!

so good and tasty said...

Hi, love your blog. Seems like everyone has been commenting on your diet/whole fat verses fat free milk thing...but I kind of want to know more about those bowls you mentioned, they sound pretty awesome! Do you have a link? Thanks!

Alicia Lynn Carrier said...

here's a good link: http://tinyurl.com/yhhmdcc

Wendy said...

I hate dieting. So I don't. This last month I've been trying to meditate for a minute or so before I eat. It's amazing how much it helps me slow down and really appreciate the food. And I have been eating some really good food.

I totally agree with your approach. I've always blamed my husband and his awesome breads and desserts for my slow weight gain, but it's not so much that I eat some of it, and mostly because I eat all of it. That habit is slowly changing.

Wait. Did that last bit make sense? I've been up all damn night sneezing, so I'm a bit delirious.

Also, I love your new dining room.

Beth R+V said...

Amen, sister! Let's hear it for fat! I bet it's interesting to see who orders what at the coffee bar.

Good luck on your adventures in reducing. PS - the clementines pulled me into your post. I eat them by the case.

alvorada3 said...

I love where you put your dining table. It's such a cozy, clean space. On the nonfat/lite home front, I had a friend tell me that as a vegan I must have a low-fat diet which is laughable because my favorite foods are peanut butter and chocolate. I watch what I eat, but up to 30% of our daily intake should be (mostly good) fats. I'd rather eat it and work it off than go without!

Chih said...

Hi! I'm an avid reader and when I read the post on kale chips, I had to make them immediately. Of course, I didn't get around to them until today, and I have to say that they are AMAZING. Thank you so much for that, haha.

sumaya said...

Dude, your calorie counting ramble was totally awesome and I completely agree! I aspire to your health-nut ways (hehe, for lack of a nicer term), and one day, I too shall happily eat spinach for dinner. Here's to health! Cheers.

Sunday said...

"Vilifying," lol. Alice! Stop torturing people! Ner.

Yeah, so, my husband recently found out he has high cholesterol, and his Dr. was pretty concerned. Since then we've tried to do sort of the opposite of what you are doing, where we aren't watching calories at all but watching fat content like crazy. First is that we no longer consume animal fats. And by no longer I mean "try not to but end up doing it anyway". I think we've halved our animal fat consumption. I put milk in my tea and coffee instead of half-n-half now, for example. We really cut back on the butter, but the olive oil has jumped up to replace it. He's rediscovered that he likes almond milk on his cereal.

By far the #1 hardest part is recognizing when we're full. It's a fucked up mental place to be in -- it's totally inconvenient to realize your body prefers 6 small meals a day rather than 2 or 3. Or that beloved nacho-night should maybe only happen once or twice a year instead of once or twice a month. But you know. Maintaining this level of bitterness is a lot of work.

Alicia Lynn Carrier said...

sunday, omfg! read "in defense of food" right now!

also watching calories is my new favorite ocd thing. i get to count shit all day and i've lost like 8 fucking pounds already. booyah.

Jennifer said...

Oh I loved this post, I couldn't agree more with you!!!

Love those bowls and their versatility!!!

Stephanesia said...

Oh man, I just drink non fat milk because I like the texture more (I don't know why, but more fat in milk sticks to my throat and makes me feel sick, it's about the same with any dairy product -- like yogurt too. Not cheese tho. Full fat cheese is always good).

That said, I often drink heavy cream in my black coffee if I'm at home. For some reason, there seems to be a difference in texture between whole milk (which tastes sour and thick to me), heavy cream (which tastes rich) and fat free milk (which tastes simple and clean).

I don't know. CRAZY!

withlove,rosie said...

I totally agree, I'd much rather eat a little or what I'm craving than all kinds of "low fat" nonsense :-)

Molly said...

Could not agree more about the whole fat silliness, esp since the fat calories are usually just replaced with sugar calories. Give me whole milk yogurt any day (half as much, ten times as delish). BTW, love the dining room/living room.
molly
http://www.remedialeating.com

Katie Z. Dawson said...

I loved this post!

I've lost 8 lbs since the start of the year and one of my favorite breakfasts (at least once a week) includes bacon. applewood smoked bacon. it's amazing. and I'm not giving it up.

I too think that portions are SO important. Being conscious of the fact that I really only need a small brownie, instead of a huge one and that I'm still happy makes a big difference.

My latest discovery - banana splits! if you add half a banana, and then just have scoop of icecream and some whipped topping and a cherry on top... even adding a drizzle of caramel sauce, it's only like 200 calories!!! it's so satisfying b/c the banana gets all cold and yummy and adds some nutrient rich stuff in there.

Lu said...

Dear Bread and Honey Lady - I hope you haven't stopped blogging - I miss you rants so I do
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