The Lady Eats

lunch! circa 2:15 pm. 
here we have tacos! made from:
refried beans
leftover pepper jack cheese 
avocado
chopped fresh white onion
chopped fresh heirloom tomato
cilantro 
lemon juice
corn tortilla
i’d been saving a heirloom tomato i got at the farmer’s market and used it today ‘cause it was getting a little soft (i don’t really know what i was saving it for). anyway, it was SO GOOD. i ate both tacos.

lunch! circa 2:15 pm.

here we have tacos! made from:

refried beans

leftover pepper jack cheese

avocado

chopped fresh white onion

chopped fresh heirloom tomato

cilantro

lemon juice

corn tortilla

i’d been saving a heirloom tomato i got at the farmer’s market and used it today ‘cause it was getting a little soft (i don’t really know what i was saving it for). anyway, it was SO GOOD. i ate both tacos.

BREAKFASTISH!

Today for breakfast I ate the second half of yesterday’s chocolate bar (because chocolate is the breakfast of champions and I am a champion) - about twice what is pictured there. Two rows of pistachio goodness.

Then a handful of the crazy puffed Goldfish from yesterday (not pictured, and Mr. Lady took them to work with him so I can’t snap one now).

Then I thought maybe that wasn’t the best way to start my day so I made this yumful smoothie.

Ingredients: spinach, strawberries, most of one banana, one peach, protein powder, hemp seeds, and the final remnants of the coconut/oat/almond mixture leftover from making almond milk.

Now I feel tough!

when my day gets cray, my eating gets cray - that is the lesson for today.

this morning was hectic so i ate the larabar.

then around noon i was waiting to hear about something, and i couldn’t really go home, so i went to a grocery store and bought random foods to eat for lunch (read: really actually comfort myself because i was stressed, whatever).

do these pics look weird? if they do it’s because i took photos of them as i ate them, on my lap, in my car, sitting in a parking lot far from home, waiting to hear about something, because my job is strange.

there’s a chicken sandwich on wheat with provolone. i didn’t eat the whole thing at once. BUT I DID EAT THE WHOLE THING (later, i ate the second half).

have you guys had these weird mega puffed goldfish? fucking nuts. they’re like cheetos and goldfish had a baby and i can’t even. so i had a couple handfuls of those.

couple handfuls of those pretzel thingums.

and approximately half a bar of that Lindt pistachio chocolate which is the finest of chocolate treats.

THEN, finally and with much fanfare we have a small slab of aged parmesan that i just chopped off the block & ate because i’m cool like that.

WHO KNOWS WHAT DINNER WILL BRING.

dinnertime… came late tonight. 
big day tomorrow, so i tried to get some of tomorrow’s work done tonight, which meant that 9:00 rolled around and i was starving. i hate eating late* but tonight i couldn’t avoid it. 
so! this is 3 slices of hot polenta (hidden under the sauce, i maybe over-sauced a bit) with marinara, three caramelized-onion-chicken meatballs, and a hefty pile of freshly grated Parmesan. what can i say, i get excited when i’m presented with a beautiful chunk of cheese and a grater. 
i was going to pretty-up this plate by wiping off the sauce spatters, but i was too greedy. 
*that’s not entirely accurate, i LOVE eating at almost any time of the day. what i don’t like is going to bed feeling full, because i wake up with a bit of a food-hangover feeling. plus i always sleep better if i go to bed hungry, although i do tend to have vivid, terrifying dreams on an empty stomach.

dinnertime… came late tonight.

big day tomorrow, so i tried to get some of tomorrow’s work done tonight, which meant that 9:00 rolled around and i was starving. i hate eating late* but tonight i couldn’t avoid it.

so! this is 3 slices of hot polenta (hidden under the sauce, i maybe over-sauced a bit) with marinara, three caramelized-onion-chicken meatballs, and a hefty pile of freshly grated Parmesan. what can i say, i get excited when i’m presented with a beautiful chunk of cheese and a grater.

i was going to pretty-up this plate by wiping off the sauce spatters, but i was too greedy.

*that’s not entirely accurate, i LOVE eating at almost any time of the day. what i don’t like is going to bed feeling full, because i wake up with a bit of a food-hangover feeling. plus i always sleep better if i go to bed hungry, although i do tend to have vivid, terrifying dreams on an empty stomach.

Hi guys!

I had sort of a “lost weekend,” if you will. In which I went to a music festival and completely lost track of my eating and then forgot to take several pictures of things and then went all RARRRAGGHGHG and all was lost.

Except: All is NOT lost. Because I start again today.

I choose to view last week as a “practice run” for this full year of taking pics of everything I eat. I start again: today!

So here’s what we’ve had so far.

Breakfast, around 9:30: A smoothie made with raspberries, banana, spinach, peach, soy protein powder, “green super meal” (??) and hemp seeds. Oh, and some of the leftover porridge scraps from last week.

lunch: around 1:00. I attempted to make homemade corn tortillas in a hurry. This did not go well. I ended up with some soft, thick tortilla scraps. Oh well. They did the trick. I tossed those in a bowl with some fat free refried beans, seitan cooked with cajun and taco seasonings, homemade cashew cheese, and avocado. Not bad.

Oh hey I just realized I’ve been completely vegan so far today! Huh.

DOOTLY DOOT

SNAX AND LUNCH

okay, so here we have mid morning snack, which is leftover pumpkin hummus smeared on leftover rosemary flatbread. TASTY TIMES.

For lunch I was gonna order out but thought better of it. I’m trying to save money and takeout is so salty. So I took some leftover homemade seitan, chopped it up, added taco seasoning, made some cashew cheese, and voila: VEGAN TACOS.

ingredients: taco seitan, cashew cheese, salsa, avocado, corn tortillas

Pretty good! I ate all of one taco and two bites of the second.

Back to work!

Oh good morning. 
Today’s breakfast, around 9:30 am. Some more almond-coconut-oat porridge (from this post) but I was craving protein so instead of honey and jam, we’ve got honey and a splop of peanut butter. Mmm. 
(again with the tag-disclaimer that i know honey is not vegan but the porridge base is, so we’ll go with that)
Hoping today is a little more even and less emotional than yesterday. So far, so good.

Oh good morning.

Today’s breakfast, around 9:30 am. Some more almond-coconut-oat porridge (from this post) but I was craving protein so instead of honey and jam, we’ve got honey and a splop of peanut butter. Mmm.

(again with the tag-disclaimer that i know honey is not vegan but the porridge base is, so we’ll go with that)

Hoping today is a little more even and less emotional than yesterday. So far, so good.

Haaaa!

Remember how just two days ago I was gushing about how this blog made me eat more mindfully!? Leave it to me to fall off the mindfulness wagon for a day. And to not post at all for a whole day.

I did still photograph everything I ate, though. Go, me!

Anyway, yesterday was a pretty stressful day with a tight schedule and when that happens, my eating often falls off the rails. Variety, amounts, temperature… I mean really it could be anything. I basically ate almost nothing yesterday that wasn’t a cold leftover.

Morning: Mr. Lady had some leftover pizza. Ate two slices (one pictured above).

Lunch: Cold leftover Thai.

Snack: Leftover cake

Dinner(ish): More leftover Thai. None of this was heated up, mind you

Late nite: Ice cream. One and a half scoops. Raspberry/red wine and Olive oil/Flake salt flavors. Couldn’t finish it all. Sorry for the shitty car pic. Taken as I was scarfing it in my car. Tough to eat ice cream in the car. I am a real champ.

That’s yesterday!

lemonygrrl said: Such a wonderful idea you came up with! Thinking about doing the same! Not sure if I'll post the pictures, though... I'll see! <3 PS. I hope you don't mind?!

I don’t mind at all - I’m sure I’m not the first person to come up with the idea. although I haven’t really checked…?

a non picture post!

oh hi there!

i think i just wrapped up my fourth day of blogging. it has been eye opening, for sure. **edit** i started FIVE days ago! ooo girl!

first off, i have eleven followers?! that’s eleven more than i thought i would have.i didn’t think anyone would be interested in seeing all the things that go into my mouth. hi there.

second: this blog has had an unexpected effect on my eating habits. one that i really like. i said at the beginning that i’m not going to judge what goes in my mouth, just record it. i am sticking to that, mostly (although is it really possible to avoid judging what we eat, especially in a culture that teaches us that almost all foods are wrong? but i digress).

the effect it is having is that by taking a photo of everything i eat, i am forced to eat much more mindfully. now, “mindful” can have a diet-y connotation to me, which i do not want, but i mean “mindful” in the way that i am forced to CONTEMPLATE everything that i eat, its very existence, in a way that i did not before.

before i started this blog, snacks would disappear into my mouth unheeded, almost untasted. i would have no recollection of them after. i would walk to the fridge and shove a forkful of something into my mouth. that happened easily up to ten times a day. i am a comfort eater, and i am also sensitive, so i often need comfort. i also spend a lot of time working at home alone. this is often cause for a snack free for all. in fact i almost never ate “meals.”

now, because i know i am photographing everything i am eating, i put it on a plate. it may sound ridiculous that this is something that i never did, but it’s true. i ate cold food, standing up, out of containers. styrofoam. bags, boxes, and jars.

now that i know i am photographing, and people are looking, i make an effort to put my food on a plate, make it aesthetically pleasing. i think about presentation. i think about combination. i place the plate on the table, so it will look nice against its wood backdrop. i have taken to using a placemat.

I HAVE NOT DONE THIS BEFORE.

isn’t it sad that i would go out of my way to make my own food look appetizing, aesthetically pleasing, to someone else, but i have never done this for myself?

just this small act of self-care has very much boosted my mood.

so, again, it’s only been four days, but i am already very glad i am pursuing this personal project.

and if you are following me, hello and thank-you!