What I Wanted to Eat vs What I Ate: Day 4

Food held absolutely no interest for me this morning and I know this means I need to shake things up if I want to keep this diet successful over the long term. I haven’t been able to make it to a grocery store yet and have a real diet-focused shop so I made do with what we already had in the house. That meant more eggs for breakfast or, as they are now known in my house, “the feather of the chicken that pecked you.” Perhaps eggs will taste better if I start buying them fresh from one of the local organic chicken ranchers, residents with a love of both local food and agricultural property tax discounts in a town with a tax rate of 17.68.

While it was not what I really had wanted – that had been my children’s Challah French toast with maple syrup – I have to say I was full after breakfast and completely satisfied. I had forgotten that I really like cured meats and could eat my weight in them on a daily basis. Starting the day manipulating a teddy bear mold for a hard-boiled egg didn’t hurt either. Japanese Bento box fun: is it arts and crafts or is it cooking? I for one don’t really care about the distinction. All I know is that eating a bear faced egg breaks up the monotony a bit after four days.

I didn’t make it through my cookbooks, but I was able to quickly scan a new copy of Cooking Light and the “25 Ways to Cook Chicken” expose featured on the cover. I came up with one way that seemed promising and scored another recipe involving tofu, baby Bok Choy, and the need to purchase 2-3 little glass bottles of Chinese condiments. My husband was thrilled. He has always been a great patron of the Chinese condiment industry, but with little time to cook these days and two children that only eat once-frozen white food covered in breading, his support had waned. I, on the other hand, have always been intimidated by any cooking that involves special sauces and lotions lubricating at excessively high heat.

My younger daughter and I hit the store with list on phone and made our way through the exotic world of vegetables I never eat and am not quite sure what to do with. Forty-five minutes later and too much money spent we now had food for two dinners, a couple of lunches, and some breakfasts that still mostly involve poultry. I’m aware that I’ve been in a really good mood since I stopped eating sugar just a few days ago. A grocery store trip with a preschooler can sometimes be an onerous experience, but today I found myself with lots of patience and the ability and desire to explain things in great detail. “No. This is a Meyer lemon. It’s different. Yes, sweetie. That fish is dead even though it still has a face. Understand that there are different cuts of fish in the market just as there are different cuts of meat. See those fish over there? Those are…” I’ve finally discovered the secret of all of those annoyingly patient moms that stop mid-step in the parking lot to explain the laws of physics to their toddlers. They are sugar-free.

I’m also beginning to realize that my compulsion to eat sugary food has absolutely nothing to do with actual hunger. And it became glaringly obvious when I found myself drooling over the cookies my kids ate this afternoon. Only minutes before they took out the box I had been keenly aware of my lack of hunger. I was still quite full and happy from lunch. I was thinking how good that overpriced heirloom Buffalo Mozzarella was, and how spicy the Arugula tasted. A boring sandwich cookie changed all that and suddenly I just wanted it. Whose kidding, I wanted them all. Instead I photographed them and the need passed for a while, long enough to find something else to do.

Dinner was a joy to prepare and my olive oil smeared copy of Cooking Light served me well. I even got the kids to try the chicken and one of them almost liked it. I’m proud that I made it to day four without quitting or cheating. But this time of night is the witching hour for me. I know there is sugar in the house, it’s getting late and cold, and I just want to sit in front of the TV and graze. Instead my husband made me a dirty martini with extra organic and free-range olives. If that’s not love…

Day Four:


What I wanted to eat:

– Challah French Toast with cinnamon and maple syrup

What I ate:

Hardboiled Egg, Cheddar Cheese Slice, Blueberries, and Soppressata

Hardboiled Egg, Cheddar Cheese Slice, Blueberries, and Soppressata

– 2 cup coffee w/half & half


What I wanted to eat:

– A bagel with cream cheese

What I ate:

Arugula, Basil, and Balsamic Vinegar

Arugula, Basil, and Balsamic Vinegar

Buffalo Mozzarella with Olive Oil, Cherry Tomatoes, Kalamata Olives

Buffalo Mozzarella with Olive Oil, Cherry Tomatoes, Kalamata Olives

– Glass of water


What I wanted to eat:

Vanilla and Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

Vanilla and Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

What I ate:

– Nothing


What I wanted to eat was what I ate:

Meyer Lemon Chicken

Meyer Lemon Chicken

Tomorrow is another day. It’s going to be in the 20s and I’ll have to come up with some warm food ideas that don’t involve baking.

2 Comments on “What I Wanted to Eat vs What I Ate: Day 4

  1. Your new lifestyle foods are drool worthy. Please, please, please post your weekly menu and grocery lists. As you know, we eat organic whole foods and don’t keep sugar in our house, but I am completely stuck in a rut when it comes to meal planning. So yeah, you do all the planning and I’ll be your copy cat.

    Actually I lied about the no sugar thing. To stave off sugar cravings while simultaneously feeling smug about consuming antioxidants, we usually keep an 85% cacao bar stashed in the cupboard. The flavor is so strong that a little niblet after a meal does the trick.

    • Hi there, world traveler! Thanks, but it’s really the camera. It takes the best photos. Besides, taking photos of anything up close makes them look even better. I was stuck in a rut too so this has forced my hand. None of the food I used to eat would make the cut most days. At some point in the near future I’m going to make a link to the recipes for the dinners (they are not my own) and I’ll send it to you. In a few weeks I might be ready to try dark chocolate, but now it’s too soon. I’ll go off the wagon. Hope you are well and miss you!

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