Food diary

I said last week that I’d post a food diary for this week, so here it is. The idea behind it was a sort of “practise what you preach” attempt at demonstrating that I’m not secretly eating fish and steamed vegetables every day, and now that I look back at it there are a couple of points which I think bear some discussion. I also kind of wish I’d done it during a week where I’d cooked more and eaten out less. But that would be missing the point. Let’s start at the beginning:

Saturday 9th April

Breakfast: Two Weetabix with milk and sugar

Lunch: Lentil soup with bread, cheese and assorted salads; mango and banana cake

This was at the home of friends, which is why it’s such a nice-sounding meal.

Dinner: Fettuccine with salmon and cream

At a pretty crappy restaurant off Charlotte Street. If I could remember the name, I’d advise you to avoid it.

Sunday 10th April

Breakfast: Buttered toast

Lunch: Artichoke, olive and pepper pizza

In the Half Moon in Herne Hill, which does the best pub pizza I know.

Dinner: Pasta with grated cheese

Pasta with grated cheese is my go-to dish when I’m too tired or lazy or it’s too late to make anything else. This was an eleven-o-clock supper, which is probably why I had no appetite the next morning.

Monday 11th April

Breakfast: none

I never don’t have breakfast, but for some reason I skipped it last Monday. Actually, I’m convinced – contra received wisdom – that I eat less through the day if I skip breakfast and thus skipping it would be conducive to weight loss, but screw that. Breakfast, done right, is the best meal of the day. I wait and have it at my desk, which means I always have something to look forward to on my commute, even on the meetingiest of days.

Lunch: Jacket potato with cheese and salad

Dinner: Chicken kiev with oven chips and steamed broccoli

Tuesday 12th April

Breakfast: A plain croissant and a banana

Lunch: Tuna and cucumber baguette

Dinner: Chicken and bacon pie with mashed potatoes

Snacks: A gingerbread man

Wednesday 13th April

Breakfast: An egg roll

Top tip re. egg rolls: they need salt and pepper. An unseasoned egg roll is a horrible thing.

Lunch: Chicken curry with rice and naan

Left over and reheated from a takeaway the previous Friday night. I wasn’t sure it was a good idea, but I seem to still be here.

Dinner: Pitta bread pizzas

Whenever the beloved is away, which he was on Wednesday night, I have pitta bread pizzas or jacket potato, because those are the two things which I love and he doesn’t.

Snacks: A bag of Minstrels, two plain pitta breads

However, I ruined my appetite for the pitta bread pizza by eating two plain pitta breads while I was waiting for them to cook. I am all for snacking between meals, but not at the expense of enjoying the meals themselves. Lesson: don’t cook something time-consuming straight after a swim (when it’s already late and you’re already starving) – or, if you must cook something time-consuming, make the effort to resist snacking while it cooks.

Thursday 14th April

Breakfast: Egg and cheese muffin with hash browns

In Burger King. I love Burger King breakfasts. 

Lunch: Cheese and tomato panini

In English, the singular of panini is panini.

Dinner: Spaghetti with meatballs

Snacks: Half a chocolate muffin, some free cheese cracker things

The latter on a plane, where I think it’s obligatory to eat any free food that comes your way.

Friday 15th April

Breakfast: A banana

Brunch: Scrambled eggs and smoked salmon on a bagel

Dinner: Noodles with grated cheese

Snacks: A square of very dark chocolate

There goes the pasta-with-cheese again. Twice in a week is unusual even for me, but the latter part of the week was spent in Dublin and eating habits invariably get disturbed with travel.

Unsurprisingly, the best food of the week was Saturday’s lunch, prepared with care and shared with friends, and the worst food of the week was the stuff I didn’t really want but ate because it was there – to wit, the two emergency pittas and the chocolate muffin. In Fat Is A Feminist Issue Susie Orbach talks to women who say they don’t know what need they’re trying to fulfil when they open the fridge late at night, but they know it’s not hunger. In my case, it’s quite often boredom. As I said last week, I didn’t keep this food diary in order to change my eating habits, but on reflection I think “not eating things you don’t want to eat” is a pretty good habit to get into.

2 thoughts on “Food diary

  1. ruth morgan

    gosh you don’t often eat between meals do you! I think that comes of not punishing yourself with diets. Diets are what makes me eat between meals.

  2. elsiem

    During the week I don’t have time to eat between meals, although I bet I’d do it all the time if we had a vending machine in the office. At the weekend it completely depends on what we have in the house: if there’s snack food around I’ll eat it, but I won’t often seek it out independently.

    I never wouldn’t eat a Cadbury’s creme egg if it was available.

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