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).

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Tonight’s Latin-themed dinner.

As planned, I made these shrimp and avocado quesadillas for dinner tonight, using the spicy shrimp, extra thin yellow corn tortillas (no gluten, low carbs), and a combination of cotija cheese and a low-fat Mexican shredded cheese blend from Trader Joe’s. Photographic evidence:

I tried to flip them fearlessly when instructed to do so, but I think they were stuffed a little full and some of the innards decided to flop onto the pan. I then learned that cheese cooking directly on the pan smells delicious – not sarcasm. I think next time I’ll not-so-accidentally sprinkle some cheese between the pan and the tortilla for some crispy cheese tortilla action.

This lovely quesadilla was accompanied by Cuban black bean bisque, fresh pico de gallo, and the remainder of the avocado and tomato (the portion that wouldn’t fit in the quesadilla). More photographic evidence:

It was almost Perricone-friendly… except for the tortillas and the cheese. But you can’t make quesadillas without tortillas and cheese… it would be foolish to attempt such an endeavor.

Earlier today, I treated myself to smoked salmon from Pike Place Market. I watched the guys throw my fish to each other behind the counter as French-speaking tourists looked on in amazement. I love buying my groceries at Pike Place – I always end up getting something for a discount. Today, I asked for – and paid for – 8 ounces and got 10. When I went on Saturday, I managed to get $17 worth of berries for $15. The only problem is that I usually have to fight my way through slow-moving tourists to get where I need to go, and I don’t usually have the patience. Today was special.

I also picked up a few more cookbooks at World Market on my way home, and finally got the copy I ordered of Nothing Beets Borscht when I arrived at home. What an exciting day of food-ing I’ve had…

And now, to peruse my new cookbooks. Yay!

Day 13.

One more day! I’m anxious to see what the scale says on Sunday morning… my measurements are back to where they were before the February cookie-baking craze, so I’m hopeful my weight is at least back to where it was. Regardless, I’m sticking with this eating plan – I like that I’m never hungry and that I get to eat such good food.

Breakfast

On the menu: 2-4 ounces smoked salmon; 1/2 cup plain yogurt; 1/2 cup blueberries; 1 tablespoon chopped almonds.

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

Summary: This was a nice, light breakfast… it also used the last of my smoked salmon for the week and most of the blueberries I just got yesterday. As a side note, are blueberries out of season now? I had some trouble finding them fresh when I was ordering my groceries this morning…

Lunch

On the menu: Grilled chicken breast; green salad topped with 1/2 cup white or soy beans, dressed with olive oil and lemon juice; steamed asparagus.

The reality: Serenada chicken (the remainder of the leftovers from last week; probably about 4 ounces); salad of romaine lettuce, spinach, 1/4 cup chickpeas, 1/4 cup three-bean salad, dressed with olive oil, lemon juice and pesto, topped with 1/2 tbsp shaved parmesan; TJ’s microwaveable asparagus.

Summary: Shockingly, the serenada chicken was still good after a week. I used the rest of the leafy greens (except for a few leaves of spinach, which will probably go in the omelet tomorrow morning). I didn’t want to open another can of beans, so I just used the rest of the chickpeas and filled in the extra space with three-bean salad. I decided to add a little pesto to the dressing, which was yummy, and I got a new container of parmesan on my grocery shopping adventure yesterday, so I decided to utilize it. Last but not least, I love the way Trader Joe’s flavors its microwaveable asparagus – very simple, but quite tasty.

Afternoon Snack

On the menu: 1 hard-boiled egg; 1/2 cup strawberries; 4 almonds.

The reality: 1 hard-boiled egg seasoned with a little salt and pepper; 1/2 cup strawberries with a little Splenda and sprinkled with cinnamon; 4 wasabi-soy almonds.

Summary: I wanted something dessert-like, so I sweetened the strawberries a bit, which I don’t usually do. I do enjoy salt and pepper on my hard-boiled eggs, but we already knew that. Which reminds me, I need to learn how to make hard-boiled eggs… I’m on my last ready-made one now.

Dinner

On the menu: 6 ounces grilled bluefin or albacore tuna steak; 1/2 cup grilled zucchini, eggplant, and red or green bell pepper lightly drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with 1 tablespoon parmesan cheese; tomato salsa (preferably fresh).

The reality: 6 ounces parmesan crusted tilapia; 1/2 cup zucchini, mushroom, and green bell pepper sauteed in olive oil and garlic and sprinkled with chili pepper flakes and 1 tablespoon parmesan cheese; tomato salsa from TJ’s.

Summary: I didn’t have any eggplant left after the ikra yesterday, so I just did the same saute from yesterday and added bell pepper and a few chili pepper flakes for an extra kick. I enjoyed it. Also, with the fish, I do have tuna, but I didn’t want to defrost the entire pack and have leftovers, so I just baked the tilapia (from Safeway). It didn’t want to come off the baking sheet – it just kind of flaked off – so it looks messy, but it tasted delicious.

Bedtime Snack

On the menu: 2 ounces sliced turkey breast; 4 almonds; 4 cherry tomatoes.

The reality: 2 ounces sliced turkey breast; 4 Tuscan almonds; 4 cherry tomatoes.

Summary: I had my snack tonight right after half an hour at the gym, while watching Super Size Me and being grateful that I know how to eat well and take care of myself. Just thought I’d throw that in as a side note.

Today’s Exercise

I walked a total of 3.5 miles today – to and from work, then to and from Whole Foods. I also spent half an hour on the stationary bike, once again reading Harry Potter. I’ll probably do more tomorrow – I have a bunch of errands to run and I may get back on the elliptical.

Summary

I’m looking forward to this weekend, when I get some good sleep and cook delicious Russian food – and eat whatever I want on Sunday. However, I’m going right back to this diet on Monday. I ordered groceries and will be running around gathering the rest of my ingredients for the week tomorrow. I do like eating like this. I just need to figure out how to incorporate a little more variety. I miss tacos. And stir-frys.

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 10.

I managed to sleep past 4:30 this morning, thank goodness. That made the day a little bit easier to get through.

Breakfast

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

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

Summary: Mmmm, crispy bacon. The yogurt was a nice change of pace, too.

Lunch

On the menu: 4 to 6 ounces grilled chicken; 1/2 cup vegetable barley soup; large green salad with sliced tomatoes; 1/2 cup strawberries.

The reality: 4 ounces Vietnamese-Style Caramel Braised Chicken; 1/2 cup lentil soup; the remainder of the chopped salad with some extra romaine and 1/2 sliced tomato; 1/2 cup strawberries.

Summary: I still have a bunch of leftovers and am trying to use them, so that’s how this meal came to be. It was yummy. I don’t know exactly how much chicken that was, though. Maybe 4 ounces? It looked like 4 ounces… maybe I should pick up a food scale.

Afternoon Snack

On the menu: 1 hard-boiled egg; 1/2 cup blueberries; 4 almonds.

The reality: 1 hard-boiled egg with a little salt and pepper; 1/2 cup blueberries; 4 wasabi-soy almonds.

Summary: I don’t like eating hard-boiled eggs plain. So there.

Dinner

On the menu: 6 ounces broiled flounder filet; tricolor salad (arugula, radicchio, and endive) with 1/2 cup kidney beans or soybeans, dressed with olive oil and lemon juice; sauteed spinach.

The reality: 6 ounces baked stuffed flounder from Trader Joe’s; baby romaine lettuce salad with 1/2 cup chickpeas, dressed with olive oil, lemon juice and garlic, topped with a tiny bit of feta; sauteed spinach.

Summary: Yum! I loved the stuffed flounder (stuffed with crabmeat, by the way). I’ve never baked it before, I usually just toss it in the microwave, but this time I wrapped it in parchment paper and baked it for 25 minutes. The mixed greens salad I picked up at TJ’s on Sunday already went bad, so I had to substitute with romaine, and I didn’t have kidney beans or soybeans, so I just used the chickpeas. Also… I heart feta.

Bedtime Snack

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

The reality: 2 ounces sliced turkey breast; 4 Tuscan almonds; 1 apple.

Summary: Peaches are now officially out of season, so I had an apple.

Today’s Exercise

The sun was out! It was still a little chilly, but the ball of fire lit up the sky this afternoon, so I had to go for a walk. I walked a total of 6 miles today.

Summary

For some reason, I felt really tired and distractable for most of the day, until I got outside after work and got to go for my walk. I was still feeling pretty lazy, though. Don’t know what that is. Hopefully it’ll be better tomorrow.

Also, those damn donuts really pissed me off.

Day 9.

I woke up at around 4:30 this morning ready to start my day. This is extraordinary behavior for me, considering I usually feel the urge to sleep right through my alarm until about 6, when I crankily and sluggishly arise from a peaceful slumber only to realize that I have less time to get ready for work than I had initially planned.

Breakfast

On the menu: Omelet made with 3-4 egg whites and 1 yolk (add a few sliced mushrooms, if desired); 1/4 cup steel-cut oats; 3 almonds.

The reality: Omelet made with 3 egg whites and 1 yolk, plus one sliced mushroom, a few spinach leaves, and a little feta; 1/4 cup steel-cut oats with Splenda and cinnamon; 3 cinnamon almonds.

Summary: To me, omelets are just wrong without a little cheese, and I really like spinach. Both feta and spinach are on Perricone’s happy list, so it should be fine.

Lunch

On the menu: Scallop salad (2 ounces scallops from last night’s dinner), dressed with olive oil, lemon juice, chopped red onion and dill; 1/2 cup three-bean salad.

The reality: 2 ounces leftover scallops; 1/2 cup three-bean salad with chopped red onion.

Summary: The scallops were still yummy, but the three-bean salad had too much chopped red onion. Also, I was so distracted by work that I forgot to take a picture. You’ll just have to take my word for it.

Afternoon Snack

On the menu: 2 ounces smoked salmon; 3 endives; 4 almonds.

The reality: 2 ounces peppered smoked salmon; 3 endives; 4 wasabi-soy almonds.

Summary: Trader Joe’s didn’t have plain smoked salmon, so I got the peppered kind instead. Yum. The endives were a fluke; that chopped salad I got from TJ’s happened to contain 4 endives and I ate one yesterday, so that worked out well for me. However, I am still on my never-ending quest for endives – stopped by the IGA on my way to work this morning and they weren’t there, either. Why must they be so elusive?

Dinner

On the menu: 6 ounces grilled salmon; 1/2 cup Cuban black bean soup; romaine salad dressed with olive oil and lemon juice; 1/2 cup berries.

The reality: 6 ounces baked Trader Joe’s chimichurri salmon; 1/2 cup TJ’s Cuban black bean soup; TJ’s chopped salad with feta cheese, dressed with olive oil, lemon juice and garlic; 1/2 cup strawberries and blueberries.

Summary: Trader Jose (yes, Jose) took over my dinner with his delicious Argentine-flavored salmon and his organic black bean soup. Once again, I managed to avoid the non-Perricone-approved ingredients in the pre-made salad, although I did add some feta (just a little). I was really happy with the meal.

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 and Splenda; 1/2 cup strawberries; 4 cinnamon almonds.

Today’s Exercise

I really only walked to and from work, then spent 10 minutes on the elliptical – it was another lazy day (although not as lazy as yesterday). I got up so early that I was absolutely wiped out by the afternoon and all I wanted to do was lay down on the couch and watch season 4 of Mad Men. That came later.

Summary

I wish I had slept a little more today. I’m starting to get excited about Sunday, when I finally get a day to eat whatever I want – not that I’m not eating exceptionally well right now, but I’m starting to feel like I need a little break from this routine. Or maybe I’m just sleepy. I’ll probably feel better tomorrow, provided I get a little more sleep tonight.

Day 8.

Breakfast

On the menu: 2 slices turkey bacon; 1/2 cup cottage cheese; 1/2 cup blueberries.

The reality: 2 slices turkey bacon; 1/2 cup cottage cheese with cinnamon and Splenda; 1/2 cup blueberries.

Summary: I made the turkey bacon extra-crispy today – good stuff. My groceries showed up while I was making breakfast and I very nearly forgot to take my vitamins. Oopsies.

Lunch

On the menu: 3-ounce can water-packed tuna; 1/2 cup lentil soup; romaine lettuce salad with chopped tomato and red onion, dressed with olive oil and lemon juice.

The reality: 3-ounce can water-packed tuna with a little salt, pepper, and light mayo; 1/2 cup TJ’s fresh lentil soup; romaine lettuce salad with chopped tomato and red onion, dressed with olive oil, lemon juice and garlic.

Summary: I could eat plain canned tuna, but what fun would that be? The lentil soup was much more delicious than the homemade version I had last week – Trader Joe knows what he’s doing.

Afternoon Snack

On the menu: 2 ounces smoked salmon; 1/2 cup strawberries.

The reality: 2 ounces smoked salmon; 1/2 cup strawberries.

Summary: Easy enough.

Dinner

On the menu: 6 ounces scallops with garlic and parsley (make 8 ounces and save 2 for lunch tomorrow); Mediterranean chopped salad with 1/2 cup chickpeas; 1/2 cup green beans.

The reality: 6 ounces Spicy Scallops with Lime & Chile; pre-made Mediterranean chopped salad from Trader Joe’s, dressed with olive oil, lemon juice and garlic, with 1/2 cup chickpeas; 1/2 cup green beans.

Summary: The scallops with garlic and parsley was a recipe in Perricone’s book, and thus far, I have been less than impressed with his recipes (with the exception of the chicken vegetable soup); I also wanted to do something a little more involved than “saute garlic and scallops; top with parsley.” This stir-fry had fairly low-impact ingredients and sounded yummy, so I tried it. It was pretty good – I think it will make for good leftovers tomorrow, too. As for the salad? Trader Joe’s had something comparable, so I just used that. I tried to keep the goat cheese and walnuts out of the mix, but some of it snuck in there… sneaky little buggers.

Bedtime Snack

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

The reality: 2 ounces sliced turkey breast; 4 cinnamon almonds; 1 apple.

Summary: Trader Joe’s had these delicious-looking cinnamon almonds that I thought would be perfect for the after-dinner snack. Turns out, they are! I’m sure they have sugar, but it’s only a few almonds, so I think it’s okay. It would be a very different story if I were to, say, eat the whole bag…

Today’s Exercise

I took today off from exercising. You know, lazy Sunday.

Summary

Still feeling really good. My mom and I talked about the endive substitution thing (because I seem to be having such a hard time tracking them down) and she brought up the excellent point that I should probably be substituting a vegetable with another vegetable, not a fruit… oops. I can’t believe I didn’t think of that. So maybe I will try lettuce leaves or something instead.

I’ll wait until next Saturday to say this for certain, but I may end up continuing this diet for a few more weeks, at least. It is a little inflexible when it comes to eating out and special occasions, so that’s one negative thing, but I do like that I can plan out all my meals for the week. It’s a formula; I like formulas. And I like that I never feel hungry. I think it’s something I can continue most of the time, and maybe one day every few weeks I can take the day off…? We’ll see. For now, it’s definitely working out well.