You know this is just making it worse, right?

You may have seen my post on Monday about life in the cubicle, where I discussed my coworkers’ tendencies to oh so kindly share their junk food. I was able to obtain some photographic evidence of that this morning:

Now, let’s discuss the contents of this photo.

Those gummy bears have been sitting there since yesterday and are a common feature on that table. Gummy bears, also known as gelatinous sugar shaped as innocuous little teddy bears,  seem harmless enough until you realize that each serving of 15 pieces contains 18 grams of sugar – that’s 1.2 grams of sugar per piece. Considering the American Heart Association’s recommended daily allowance of sugar is 25 grams for women and 37.5 for men, even eating a handful of those chewy little candies seems excessive.

And the pastries? Are you serious? Well, first, there’s the sugar. I didn’t get exact numbers on the sugar content, but even a lemon poppyseed muffin from Whole Foods contains 26 grams of sugar. That’s right, it comprises the entire day’s sugar allowance, and then some. And don’t even get me started on the detrimental effects of all the gluten.

In comparison, those bananas look like the healthier choice – but they’re not much better than that pastry. One medium fresh banana contains as many as 20 grams of sugar – nearly as many as that muffin. It’s slightly better due to its relatively high levels of fiber and potassium, but it’s still not great.

Obviously, you shouldn’t be eating the Kleenex box or the paperclips, but they probably have more nutritional value than anything else on that table…

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Day 3.

I’ve made it through day 3, and I still feel as though I’m eating continuously. Not that I’m complaining. There are worse things, for sure. It was a rough day at work, but I wasn’t hungry at all this morning, and I actually felt pretty energized this morning after breakfast – which, for a girl who was walking to work at 6:45 am, is saying an awful lot.I have to say, the cottage cheese and strawberries was my favorite bedtime snack so far – makes for a wonderful dessert. I was also quite pleased to finally be able to have salmon for dinner. I remembered there being a lot more salmon the last time I did this, so I stocked up on Saturday… I’ve barely made a dent.

Breakfast

On the menu: 2 slices turkey bacon; 6 ounces plain yogurt; 1/2 cup strawberries; 3 almonds.

The reality: 2 slices turkey bacon; 6 ounces plain yogurt with cinnamon and Splenda; 1/2 cup strawberries; 3 almonds.

Summary: Of course, that turkey bacon you see is nitrate- and nitrite-free. Another detail of note: In case you ever need this information, 6 ounces of plain yogurt = 3/4 cup. Why don’t they just say that? What, am I going to weigh my food before I eat it? Seriously. Oh, and you’ll notice the strawberries are cleverly hidden in the yogurt – it just makes sense to me that fruit goes in the yogurt rather than on the side, taking up room on the plate. And it’s infinitely more delicious this way.

Lunch

On the menu: 3-ounce can water-packed tuna; 1 cup sliced tomatoes and cucumbers; 1/2 cup bean salad.

The reality: 3-ounce can water-packed tuna with a tiny bit of light mayo and salt and pepper; 1 cup sliced tomatoes and cucumbers; 1/2 cup bean salad.

Summary: Plain tuna is fine, but… not great. Anyway, I never have mayo on anything because I don’t eat sandwiches, so… no big deal. Probably could’ve done without the salt, too, but oh well. I still followed the rules.

Meanwhile, between my lunch and afternoon snack, these taunted me at the end of the cubicle row…


Not gonna lie… I thought about it for a minute. Then I realized that even one chip would be a mistake. How do you stop at one chip, anyway? I would just end up wanting more. And I wasn’t even hungry. The whole point of this is to step away from junk food for a few weeks, so eating junk food would really defeat the purpose. So I refrained. Yay me! I won my first battle against the evil work junk food.

Afternoon Snack

On the menu: 2 ounces sliced turkey breast; 4 almonds; 1 small pear.

The reality: 2 ounces sliced turkey breast; 4 wasabi soy almonds (there were 4; one was hiding from the camera); 1 small pear.

Summary: Are pears usually that big? I had no idea what constituted a “small pear” – they were all about the same time. So. I had a pear. It was juicy and delicious.

Dinner

On the menu: 4 ounces baked or grilled salmon; 1/4 cup green beans; spinach salad with mushrooms, slice of red onion, and 1/4 cup chickpeas.

The reality: 4 ounces salmon, marinated in TJ’s soyaki sauce, baked in parchment paper at 400˚F for 20 minutes; 1/4 cup sauteed green beans with garlic, ginger, and Thai chili pepper; spinach salad with mushrooms, slice of red onion, and 1/4 cup three-bean salad.

Summary: I made up the green bean recipe… it was alright. I stir-fried it in coconut oil because that’s how I stir-fry (coconut oil is really quite good for you). A little too spicy, but cooked to perfection. I didn’t really know what else to do with green beans. Can you eat them raw? I have no idea. Oh, and I baked four 4-ounce salmon filets that had been marinated separately overnight, so I have some leftovers. Mmmm, salmon.

Bedtime Snack

On the menu: 1/2 cup cottage cheese; 1/2 cup strawberries; 4 almonds.

The reality: 1/2 cup cottage cheese with cinnamon, unsweetened cocoa powder, and Splenda; 1/2 cup strawberries; 4 almonds.

Summary: Ahh, the perfect dessert. I am well-fed and happy.

Today’s Exercise

Walk to and from work; 2 miles round-trip; 20 minutes of elliptical. Not too shabby.

Summary

It was a pretty good day, food-wise. I have noticed that I’ve been feeling more energetic, but I don’t know if that’s because it’s been sunnier, because of the new supplements I’ve been taking the past few weeks (Mercola’s whole food multivitamin and krill oil), or this diet – maybe it’s all three. Good thing this isn’t supposed to be a scientific study…