Bad foodie, very bad.

Or maybe I’ve been a good foodie and a bad healthy foodie. Hmm. Either way, I’ve been really enthusiastic about all food-related pursuits lately… a little too enthusiastic, if you catch my drift. I’ve been back on Perricone for the past week, and while I’ve been (mostly) obedient, I went a little overboard once or twice, and worst of all, I haven’t been working out. So, naturally, I was beginning to get pretty frustrated when I wasn’t seeing the results I wanted to see.

No, these pelmeni were not gluten free. And yes, they were delicious.

So, for my August resolution, I will 1) stick to Perricone for as long as I can stand, and 2) work out every day, even if it’s only for 15 minutes. I got this app called MapMyWalk and walked a total of 5.87 miles today. I’m going to get back into this walking thing. I feel so much better about life when I’m exercising.

And, because this is a foodie blog, I feel I must share a photo of tonight’s scrumptious and healthy dinner:

4 oz. coconut breaded chicken fingers (from Whole Foods); pesto dipping sauce; grilled vegetable kabob (from Trader Joe’s); romaine salad with roma tomato, red onion, fresh basil and parmesan cheese, dressed with olive oil-balsamic vinaigrette.

As you probably figured out, I used my new grill for the veggies. It was only the second time I’ve used it, but I’m getting markedly less nervous about the smoke. I really enjoy cooking on this grill. It cooks things fast and it smells like summer.

I’m going to be better about posting, I swear. I feel like it’s the only thing that keeps me honest about what I’m eating, aside from logging everything (and that takes a lot more time).

Meals of the week!

I have had quite the busy week – and now my mom and her puppy (the adorable chocolate lab Coco Chanel) are staying with me for a few weeks. I’ve already acquired a new electric grill and many other small things I really did need but was too cheap/lazy/unwilling to buy myself.

I’ll catch you up on my week, food-wise. Warning: Some of the images you see on this page are depictions of food that is not 100% healthy (namely, the flan – recipe here).

Let’s play some catch-up, shall we?

I’ve been marginally good about my eating habits this week, with the exception of the nomming on chocolate after my bedtime snacks and the happy hour I indulged in last night with my girlfriends. But hey, this is life. What fun would it be to be skinny and not indulge every so often?

I have, of course, been keeping up with my meal photography, but I haven’t much felt like blogging, due to a fun combination of busy and lazy. So here’s me, catching up…

I loved that prosciutto asparagus pizza… I can’t make it too often, but I enjoyed it when I had it, so that’s all that matters. I got a little crazy with the food last night after the girls left, too… let’s just say pesto popcorn makes for an amazing snack while watching Bill Maher on a Friday night.

I may head over to Uwajimaya today and pick up some healthy-ish snacks… maybe some nori would be good. I might want pad kee mao for dinner, and I should get some more shirataki noodles. It’s raining, so… we’ll see. It’s Saturday! I can do whatever I want!

Pizza day!

I’d been thinking about pizza all day by the time I got home and was ready to make dinner. I followed the rules the rest of the day, so it’s all good. Mmm, pizza.

Breakfast… 2 slices turkey bacon; 1/4 cup steel-cut oats with a little low-fat yogurt, cinnamon, Splenda, and raisins; 4 Tuscan almonds.

Lunch… 3 ounces tuna on romaine lettuce salad with red bell peppers, mushrooms, and parmesan, dressed with olive oil and balsamic; shirataki noodles with pesto; 1/2 cup spinach lentil soup.

Afternoon Snack… Deviled eggs with 4 olives; Bartlett pear.

Dinner… Half a gluten free pizza with pesto, Italian cheese, goat cheese, asparagus and prosciutto; romaine and red lettuce salad with cherry tomatoes, a few slices red bell pepper, hummus and chickpeas, dressed with olive oil and balsamic.

Bedtime Snack… Fudgecicle; 1/2 cup strawberries; 4 almonds.

Post-Perricone wrap-up.

No, I did not weigh myself this morning. I don’t need to. I’m back to my pre-Argentina size and am feeling pretty good about it, so why attach yet another number?

Perricone’s plan is expensive and caused me to spend a lot of money on groceries, so I have been barely scraping by for the past week. Fortunately, I had enough foresight to stock my freezer during one of my more avid TJ buying binges, so I was still well-fed, but I needed more fruits and veggies this weekend and found myself out of funds. Ack. The solution? I hauled a bunch of my three-sizes-too-big clothing to Crossroads Trading and Buffalo Exchange, where I was given $42… and turned right back around and spent it on fruits and vegetables at Pike Place. Well, $28 of it, at least. But look how much I got for $28:

There was more, too. I couldn’t fit all of it in the picture.

I’m going to keep documenting my meals for the foreseeable future, mostly because it keeps me (somewhat) honest, but a little because I seem to really like taking pictures of food.

Breakfast… 2 slices turkey bacon; 1/4 cup steel-cut oats with cinnamon and Splenda; 1/2 cup strawberries.

Lunch… 4 ounces mahi mahi; hummus with gluten-free crackers; spinach salad with roasted red bell peppers, cucumber, and feta, dressed with olive oil and balsamic.

Afternoon Snack… 2 ounces melted low-fat mozzarella and parmesan; 1 apple; 4 Tuscan almonds.

Dinner… Italian chicken sausage spaghetti sauce over fettucini-shaped tofu shirataki noodles, topped with parmesan; 1/2 cup broccoli with olive oil, topped with parmesan; romaine and red lettuce salad with tomatoes, chickpeas and feta, dressed with olive oil and balsamic.

Bedtime Snack… Strawberry fudgecicle with chocolate and peanut butter frosting; 4 pecans.

Back to Perricone… Day 14.

I was mostly obedient today, with the glaring exception of dinner – I made myself a pizza with the gluten-free crust, because I have been craving pizza for the last week and figured I deserved to be a little indulgent. I also ate lunch around 3:00, since I had spent the late morning/early afternoon meandering to and from the library with the ultimate goal of checking out books on supervision and management. The result of that endeavor?

These were heavy. I should know, I walked over a mile with them stuffed in my purse.

I also ducked in and out of stores in a reconnaissance mission to find decorations for my new office. Just window shopping for now; I don’t get to move in until I officially start (which won’t be for another few weeks), and I don’t get paid until Monday, so I’m broke for the time being. Which is why I went to the library instead of Barnes & Noble.

Anyway, on to the food.

Breakfast… Omelette with crimini mushrooms, spinach, scallions, feta, and pesto; 1/4 cup steel-cut oats with 1/2 cup strawberries; 4 Tuscan almonds.

Lunch… 4 ounces marinated mahi mahi from Trader Joe’s; hummus with gluten- and wheat-free crackers; spinach salad with 4 cherry tomatoes, scallions, and feta, dressed with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

Afternoon Snack… 1 slice turkey breast; 2 tablespoons pico de gallo; 4 Tuscan almonds.

Dinner… Gluten-free pizza with parmesan, low-fat mozzarella, goat cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, caramelized balsamic onions, crimini mushrooms, chicken, and pesto. (It was delicious and completely worth breaking the rules.)

Bedtime Snack… 1 cottage-cheese-cicle (half blueberry vanilla, half blueberry fudge); 4 walnuts.

Now that the fourteen days have ended with a whimper (well, I almost stayed on task), the trick will be maintaining. Last time, I definitely rebelled too much. I do need something to keep me in check. I’ll keep blogging my meals (fun for you, I know), so we’ll see if that works. It will be nice to be off the somewhat strict plan, though, because it really does get expensive. Which is why I’m broke until Monday. But at least I’m skinny! And healthy! Let’s not forget healthy…