Day 11.

Breakfast

On the menu: 4 ounces smoked salmon; 3 ounces plain yogurt; 1/2 cup blueberries; 1 tomato slice.

The reality: 4 ounces peppered smoked salmon; 3 ounces plain yogurt with Splenda and cinnamon; 1/2 cup blueberries; 1 tomato slice.

Summary: A tomato slice? Really? That was random. I almost replaced it with almonds, but I decided to just go with it, see if it surprised me. Turns out slices of tomato are not full of surprises. This did make for quite the colorful breakfast, however. I very much enjoyed eating all that smoked salmon – 4 ounces is a lot. I probably would’ve been fine with 2, but I decided to do as I was told, for once.

Lunch

On the menu: 6-ounce can crabmeat, dressed with 1 tablespoon mayo; 1/2 cup lentil soup; large romaine lettuce salad dressed with olive oil and lemon juice.

The reality: 6-ounce can crabmeat, dressed with 1 tablespoon mayo and a little salt and pepper; 1/2 cup lentil soup; large romaine lettuce salad dressed with olive oil, lemon juice, and garlic, topped with a little parmigiano reggiano.

Summary: Canned crabmeat doesn’t have a lot of flavor to it, so I added some salt and pepper. Next time I think I’ll add lemon juice, or maybe some olive oil – that would probably be tasty. I should get sea salt at some point, but I think kosher salt is acceptable. I also added cheese to the salad because I like it.

Afternoon Snack

On the menu: 1 hard-boiled egg; 4 cherry tomatoes; 4 almonds.

The reality: 1 hard-boiled egg with a little salt and pepper; 4 cherry tomatoes; 4 wasabi-soy almonds.

Summary: Didn’t I just have a hard-boiled egg yesterday? Oh well… good thing I like them.

Dinner

On the menu: 6 ounces roasted chicken breast; 1/2 cup Manhattan clam chowder; 1/2 cup grilled tomato topped with sliced tomato and 1 tablespoon grated parmesan cheese.

The reality: 6 ounces leftover chicken serenada; 1/2 cup Whole Foods Spicy Manhattan Clam Chowder; 1/2 cup misto alla griglio topped with sliced tomato and 1 tablespoon parmigiano reggiano.

Summary: I was very happy to discover that my leftovers had not gone to waste. The misto alla griglio was really tasty with the tomato and parmigiano reggiano. And I really enjoyed the clam chowder. Mmm. Whole Foods knows what it’s doing.

Bedtime Snack

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

The reality: 1/2 cup cottage cheese with a little cinnamon and Splenda; 1/2 cup strawberries; 4 cinnamon almonds.

Summary: Yay! Cottage cheese! But my blueberries went bad… boo.

Today’s Exercise

Walked to and from work, then spent an hour on the stationary bike reading Harry Potter. I burned just over 300 calories on the machine, so it actually wasn’t too bad – this is my favorite exercise when I just feel like being cozy.

Summary

I keep thinking about Russian food and what I’m going to eat on Sunday. I think that’s a sign I’m getting bored with my diet. I’m going to have to get more creative with my cooking, I think. I just got some cookbooks in the mail and fully intend to try them out next week.

Maybe I’ll have dim sum… or Thai food… or sushi. But I’m definitely doing the Russian Easter Sunday thing. Then I’ll go right back to my meal plan on Monday.

Anyway, besides the food boredom, I still feel pretty good. I’m almost out of krill oil, so I ordered more, but I don’t know when that will get here and there may be a few days I go without… we’ll see how that works out.

Day 5.

Breakfast 

On the menu: 2 ounces smoked salmon; 1/4 cup steel-cut oats seasoned with cinnamon; 1/2 cup blueberries; 4 almonds.

The reality: 2 ounces smoked salmon; 1/4 cup steel-cut oats, seasoned with cinnamon and Splenda; 1/2 cup blueberries; 4 almonds.

Summary: I think the original meal plan called for 4 ounces smoked salmon, but that seemed like a lot. Dr. Perricone also wanted me to have cantaloupe (not blueberries), but I’m slightly allergic to melon, so that wasn’t going to happen. This version is definitely up there on my list of favorite breakfasts, so it was a good morning.

Lunch

On the menu: 4 ounces salmon salad (finely cubed salmon filet; dress with lemon juice, olive oil, and dill); a few leaves of romaine lettuce; 1/2 cup lentil soup.

The reality: 4 ounces marinated, baked salmon; a small romaine lettuce salad dressed with lemon juice, olive oil, and dill; 1/2 cup lentil soup.

Summary: The salmon salad wouldn’t have been quite right with the marinated salmon, so I opted for salmon by itself with a little salad. Same ingredients, different combinations.

Afternoon Snack

On the menu: 2 ounces sliced turkey breast; 1/2 cup strawberries; 4 almonds.

The reality: 2 ounces chicken breast; 1/2 cup strawberries; 4 wasabi-soy almonds.

Summary: I ran out of turkey breast, but I have lots of chicken… poultry is poultry, right?

Dinner

On the menu: 1 roasted chicken breast; 1/2 cup grilled zucchini; 1/2 cup three-bean salad.

The reality: About 1/3 package of TJ’s Chicken Serenada; 1/2 cup TJ’s Misto alla Griglio (grilled eggplant & zucchini); 1/2 cup three-bean salad.

Summary: It was a lazy dinner, I know. The preparation mainly consisted of microwaving and scooping. I had just woken up from an accidental post-workout nap and didn’t want to put a lot of effort into my meal. Despite that, it was yummy. Trader Joe’s seldom disappoints.

Bedtime Snack

On the menu: 2 ounces cold filet of sole, cod or scrod; 3 almonds; 3 cherry tomatoes.

The reality: 2 ounces turbot; 3 almonds; 3 cherry tomatoes.

Summary: Well, I still had all this leftover turbot…

Today’s Exercise

I managed to make it through the walk to and from work, naturally; and in the rain, yuck! I then forced myself to spend the entire 35 minutes on the elliptical machine, even though I really just wanted to take a nap (which I did when I got upstairs). I have to remind myself sometimes that I feel so much better about everything when I just take the time to go to the gym – it makes a huge difference.

Summary

It was a productive day. I was really happy to be able to have salmon with breakfast and lunch – what a treat. I was lazy about dinner, but that’s okay, it was still delicious. I sure wish the weather would get better, though. This rain stuff is really bumming me out. Isn’t it supposed to be spring? Seriously. I think that’s what’s making me feel so tired. Fortunately, the exercise helps. Maybe I’ll up my vitamin D dosage tomorrow.

I may have snacked on some unsanctioned parmigiano reggiano right after my bedtime snack. I was craving cheese. It was either that or chocolate, so I probably made the right choice.

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…