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).

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 14.

It’s officially the last day of the two-week feast/diet experiment. Weigh-in tomorrow!

Breakfast

On the menu: Omelet of 3 to 4 egg whites, 1 egg yolk, and a few sliced mushrooms; 1/4 cup steel-cut oats; 4 almonds; 1/2 cup blueberries.

The reality: Omelet of 3 egg whites and 1 egg yolk with a few sliced mushrooms, a handful of spinach, and a sprinkling of feta; 4 cinnamon almonds; 1/2 cup blueberries and strawberries.

Summary: Ah, Saturday morning breakfast – my favorite. By now you should recognize that I love both spinach and some kind of cheese (preferably of the crumbly, goat-originated variety) in my omelets, so those had to be added. I’m once again facing a blueberry shortage, so I used up the rest of the container and supplemented with the few strawberries that still looked viable. Time to go grocery shopping…

Lunch

On the menu: 3-ounce can water-packed tuna; romaine lettuce salad made with 1/2 cup white beans, 1/4 cup feta cheese, 4 cherry tomatoes, and sliced red onion, dressed with olive oil and lemon juice.

The reality: 3-ounce can water-packed tuna flavored with a tiny bit of pesto; romaine lettuce salad made with 1/2 cup navy beans, 1/4 cup feta cheese, 4 cherry tomatoes, and sliced red onion, dressed with olive oil, lemon juice, and a little bit of pesto.

Summary: I really did use very little pesto. Also, I don’t seem to have any white beans, so I figured navy beans would work, too.

Afternoon Snack

On the menu: 1 slice of turkey breast; 4 almonds; 1/2 cup strawberries.

The reality: 1 slice of turkey breast; 4 cinnamon almonds; 1/2 cup strawberries.

Summary: I’d just gotten back from numerous trips to numerous markets, including a visit to Pike Place to pick up strawberries and blueberries. These strawberries were amazing – tasted incredibly fresh, which is more than I can say for the ones I got from Trader Joe’s last week. Fortunately, I got a bunch of ’em. Hopefully the blueberries will be equally delicious. Somehow, I don’t doubt it.

Dinner

On the menu: 4 large shrimp, grilled, baked, or broiled on skewers with mushrooms, onions, and cherry tomatoes; 1/2 cup Cuban black bean soup; romaine lettuce salad dressed with olive oil and lemon juice.

The reality: 4 cooked shrimp with San Francisco seasoning from Whole Foods on a salad of mushrooms, red onion, 4 cherry tomatoes, and romaine, dressed with olive oil and lemon juice; 1/2 cup Cuban black bean soup.

Summary: I hadn’t planned on doing any skewering anyway – I didn’t have the right shrimp for it – and after a day of preparing an Easter feast, I didn’t feel like investing a lot of time in dinner preparation. This was actually quite good and very easy, which was exactly what I was seeking when I started making dinner at 7:30.

Bedtime Snack

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

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

Summary: Last meal of the experiment! And one of my favorites, because I got cottage cheese!

Today’s Exercise

I was quite active today – I walked to and from the market (not far, but it still counts), to Safeway and part of the way back with heavy groceries. I also had many culinary adventures that required a lot of standing, stirring and scooping – not to mention lifting heavy pots full of root vegetables. For conventional exercise, I spent 12 minutes on the stationary bike and 35 minutes on the elliptical to try to make up for the fact that I had to do some taste-tests of the food I was making this afternoon.

Summary

Ah, the last day. I’m anxious to see what effect this has had on my weight tomorrow morning, but I also know that I feel better and my skin is looking really good now. In general, I like what I’ve been eating and I plan on continuing eating this way.

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 6.

Breakfast

On the menu: Omelet of 3 egg whites and 1 yolk with a few sliced mushrooms and a little spinach; 2 slices turkey bacon; 1/2 cup blueberries.

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

Summary: I realized at about 10 pm last night as I was trying to fall asleep that I had forgotten to go across the street and get more eggs for breakfast, so I had to improvise this morning. Fortunately, I love cottage cheese; also, it was a bit of a relief not to have to do any real cooking this morning, since I woke up half an hour later than I’d intended.

Lunch

On the menu: 4 ounces baked salmon; Caesar salad without croutons; 1/2 apple.

The reality: 4 ounces baked salmon; romaine lettuce salad with green onion, sliced mushroom, and a few leaves fresh basil, topped with 1/2 tablespoon parmigiano reggiano and 1 tablespoon TJ’s pear-gorgonzola vinaigrette; 1/2 apple.

Summary: I don’t really know what a Caesar salad is supposed to contain, and I didn’t feel like Googling it last night when I was packing my lunch, so I just made a salad that sounded tasty. Close enough.

Afternoon Snack

On the menu: 1 hard-boiled egg; 1/2 cup strawberries; 3 almonds.

The reality: 1 hard-boiled egg with pepper; 1/2 cup strawberries; 3 wasabi-soy almonds.

Summary: Yummy and simple.

Dinner

On the menu: 4-6 ounces grilled halibut; tossed Greek salad made with romaine lettuce, 1 ounce feta cheese, 1/2 cucumber, 4 cherry tomatoes, and 2 teaspoons sliced almonds, tossed with olive oil, lemon juice and a dash of oregano; steamed or grilled asparagus; 1/2 cup strawberries.

The reality: 6 ounces grilled cod, marinated in Thai spicy sauce from Whole Foods; tossed salad made with romaine lettuce, 1 ounce feta cheese, 4 cherry tomatoes, and 2 teaspoons sliced almonds, tossed with olive oil, lemon juice and garlic; 4 brussels sprouts; 1/2 cup strawberries.

Summary: I made a lot of changes to the original meal plan, but I think it was still acceptable. I had no halibut, and I hadn’t taken the cod out of the freezer this morning, so I got cod at Whole Foods (they had a 6-ounce package of fresh cod) and picked up the marinade while I was there. It turned out to be really tasty. Also, the asparagus I got last weekend didn’t look so good, so I opted for brussels sprouts instead. I forgot about the cucumber, so I didn’t add it to the salad. The fruit was supposed to be cantaloupe, but I’m allergic to melon, so I substituted strawberries.

Bedtime Snack

On the menu: 2 ounces sliced turkey or chicken breast; 4 almonds; small peach or nectarine.

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

Summary: No turkey breast, chicken breast didn’t taste right; peaches went bad. I had to improvise. Fortunately, I really wanted cottage cheese anyway, so it all worked out.

Today’s Exercise

I had to run errands after work, so I didn’t get my entire 2-mile walk today. However, I had a great gym workout tonight – burned 381 calories on the elliptical and spent a good 5 minutes dancing to this new playlist I’m putting together. New music always makes my workouts better.

Summary

I upped my vitamin D from 7,000 IUs to 10,000 IUs today, since the weather has been so dreary. I had a good day, energy-wise, although I don’t know if that was just a coincidence. In any case, I’m feeling great, and I really do think I’m shrinking – my waist was at 23.75″ this morning. I ordered most of the groceries for next week from Amazon Fresh, so those will be here Sunday morning, and the remainder will come from Trader Joe’s. I really like eating this way. I’m not tempted to snack between meals because I don’t go without food long enough to really get hungry, and I know I’m eating good stuff. Despite the fact that I deviated from the plan quite a bit today, I think I still did pretty well.