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The endless whining over no food is almost at an end, people /clap<br><br><br><br>
I drew up some of my favorite work breakfasts, lunches and snacks, which I want to share. May give some good ideas. Also, I'm including my grocery list, so you can see how truly little food I have.<br><br><br><br>
Grocery List:<br><br><br><br>
Produce Section<br><br>
2 cantaloupes, 1 cucumber, 1 bunch of bananas, 1bg apples, 1bg oranges, 1 head broccoli, 1 bg mushrooms, sprouts, 1bg carrots, 1 bg onions, 1 watermelon, mixed greens, 1 head cauliflower, 1 squash, 1 red cabbage, bg brussel sprouts, strawberries, raspberries, spinach, lettuce, celery, dried cranberries<br><br><br><br>
Soy Department:<br><br>
turkey slices, ham slices, cheddar-style cheese slices, hot dogs, sausages, ground round, soft and firm tofu, boxed meals, steak<br><br><br><br>
Canned Foods:<br><br>
pineapple, peaches, mandarin oranges, baked beans, refried beans, tomato sauce<br><br><br><br>
Dairy/Egg section:<br><br>
eggs, skim milk, OJ w/ calcium, yogurt, soy milk, cheese (low-fat cheddar, part-skim mozza, perhaps a couple designer cheeses), cheese slices, velveeta cheese<br><br><br><br>
Other:<br><br>
whole wheat tortillas, soy sauce, wheat germ, pretzels, corn chips, cat food, cat litter, whole wheat flour, white flour, whole wheat pita bread, candy theramonitor, maply syrup, frozen berries, lentils, dried fruits, popcorn, vitamins, nuts, frozen dinners, frozen pizza, chili sauce, condensed milk, pickled beets, yeast, baking chocolate, Febreeze (b/c of my smoking stinking roommates), Boca burgers, Amy's Pizza, cereal<br><br><br><br>
When I said I have no food in the house, I truly meant it! I plan to bring my BF shopping with me, becuase I don't think I can fit it all into 1 cart.<br><br><br><br>
Here are sample breakfasts/lunchs/snacks that I eat when working (and am planning to eat once I get groceries), since most people ask me what I eat.<br><br><br><br>
Breakfasts:<br><br><br><br>
1 slice homemade Boost bread (heart muffin-bread thing) w/ smear margarine<br><br>
1 bowl cereal w/ milk<br><br>
1 slice WW bread w/ 1 tbsp peanut butter<br><br>
1 cheese sandwich w/ 1 oz cheddar, 1 tsp margarine<br><br><br><br>
Lunches:<br><br><br><br>
Leftover homemade Mac and Cheese + 2 raw veggies servings w/ 2tbsp hummus, 1 fruit<br><br>
Lentil and Carrot soup, egg sandwich, 1 fruit, 2 raw veggies w/ 2 tbsp hummus<br><br>
2 veggie burritos (brown rice, refried beans, cheese, red sauce), salad w/ ranch dressing, 1 fruit<br><br>
Leftover "meat" casserole, baked potato, corn, 1 fruit<br><br>
Chickpea and Spinach Soup, sandwich, 1 fruit<br><br>
1 Boca burger, salad, 1 baked potato, 1 fruit<br><br><br><br>
Snacks (AM):<br><br><br><br>
1 yogurt + 1 fruit + 1 tbsp wheat germ<br><br>
1 homemade bar (bran flakes, seeds, corn syrup, etc)<br><br>
1 fruit + 1/2 cup baked beans<br><br>
1 hardboiled egg<br><br>
1/2 WW pita w/ 2 tbsp hummus<br><br>
5 tbsp dried cranberries<br><br><br><br>
Snacks (afternoon):<br><br><br><br>
1/2 sandwich, 1 fruit, 1 raw veggie<br><br>
1 hardboiled egg, 1 fruit, 1 raw veggie<br><br>
1 homemade bar, 1 veggie<br><br>
1/2 pita w/ hummus, 1 oz cheese<br><br>
1 yogurt, 1 fruit, 1T Wheat gern, sprinkle of nuts<br><br>
small bowl of soup, 1/2 sandwich<br><br>
small salad w/ nuts and cheese<br><br><br><br>
I hope this gives some ideas <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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sounds good to me but sounds like a lot!! i'm used to 800-1200 cals a day (not dieting but reduced stomach size = redueced meal size)...some good ideas though. this is my typical b/l/s<br><br><br><br>
b: puffed millet w/soymilk<br><br>
s: fruit & vitamins (multi and 1200 mg calcium)<br><br>
l: either amy's frzn whatever or veggies (yesterday was 2 baked beets with salt & butter mmmm...)
 

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Under 1500 calories daily and I'm dizzy. Under 1200 and I can't stand up. Under 800 and I faint.<br><br><br><br>
I eat a lot of food, but I also keep active. Even at a desk job, I stand and stretch often. I will not work at a place that requires that I can only leave my desk at certain time. I take 30 minutes at lunch to walk. I do hand weights while sitting at my computer at night, playing games. I fidget a lot.<br><br><br><br>
I once did a "fidget" calculator - how many calories do you burn because of fidgetting. The average person burns around 100 or so. I burn 800 LOL No wonder people tell me I can't sit still. giggle<br><br><br><br>
I'm trying to pick up running again, mostly because of peer pressure. My new co-workers are all athletics types and have asked me to join some of their activites. Unfortuntely, I had to turn them down - I can barely walk 10km, let alone jog it! Still, becuase they were so kind to invite me, even though I have not started there yet, I feel I should try my best to be able to do things with them.<br><br><br><br>
And when I start pulling off those type of runs, expect my daily calories to be around 2500-3000. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> I believe in feeding my body, what can I say? hehe
 

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Krista, the grocery list sounds awesome! (Wow, you literally had NO. FOOD. in your house!) It made me realize how LITTLE produce I buy every week, and how I really need to jack up the amounts of fruits & veggies I eat!!! Unless I'm making something special, here's the produce that I typically buy for a week (for two people!):<br><br><br><br>
2 bags lettuce (one basic romaine mix, and one fancier mix with arugula and stuff), 1 cucumber, 1 green bell pepper, 1 red bell pepper, 1 onion, 1 tomato, 1 package baby carrots, 1 package frozen broccoli (for him, not me), 1 package frozen green beans or corn, 2 or 3 apples, a bunch of bananas, and then either some type or berries or some oranges if they look good.<br><br><br><br>
Is that really terrible? Also, did you already have dried spices on hand or do you not spice your food very much? And, do you ever use fresh herbs in your cooking? (pasrley, basil, thyme, etc) I am trying to more but I usually buy them, use them for one meal, and then they go bad. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("><br><br><br><br>
Anyways, congrats on the groceries and thanks for the ideas!
 

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2500-3000 a day?? WOW! i know that my caloric intake is not big but....i eat 4-6 times a day but not alot. i keep track on fitday.com and i know i need to increase my protein...but i HATE those supplements..... all in all my diet might be lacking here and there but i am still stunned by how much better i eat (and feel) since my surgery.
 

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For someone who is very active (especially with something like running) I think that sounds normal. One of my best friends runs marathons and she almost wasted away to nothing because she was only eating about 2000 calories a day. A doctor ordered her to eat at least 2500 when she's training.<br><br><br><br>
I eat about 1800 -- 2000 calories a day myself (sometimes more), but I'm not all that active. I do yoga a couple times a week and walk my dog daily. (must be more active so I can eat more!!! ;-)
 

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Krista- I am glad you can start eating better! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"> How are you feeling? I saw in the Hamster thread you aren't feeling well.<br><br>
lovenlight,<br><br>
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I'm feeling better today, thanks. See the Hamster thread for more <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
Spa,<br><br><br><br>
I have an ultra low tolerance for spicy food. I used to love it, but developed inflammation from the heartburn it gave me and spent 3 months on then-experimental drugs to have it stop. Since then, I've shockingly lost all tolerance of spicy foods. Even a little extra pepper on my food and my mouth catches fire.<br><br><br><br>
I do use fresh herbs in tomato sauce, but I make enough to freeze it into containers for later use. Have you considered using up your herbs in that way? I also have 2 chives plants and 1 oregano plant, so that helps with herb costs in the summer.
 

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I'm sure you've posted it before, but silly me didn't copy it down... do you have a copy of the recipe you use for chickpea and spinach soup handy? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">
 

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Wow, that is a seriously sensitive tongue! (and digestive system, I guess) I'm a real spice nut so I'm always adding a little extra something. Thanks for the ideas about the herbs! I may have to get a plant or two.
 

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I'm convinced it's all in my head. I was in agony with the inflammation for months. My brain does not want to process those emotions again, so it zapped my tongue LOL<br><br><br><br>
I do like Mrs. Dash spices and add them. They aren't spicy, just flavourful and salt-free. The onion is my favorite.<br><br><br><br>
matchgirl, I'll get the recipe for you
 

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oooh..i like ms dash too. there's one called table blend that i use on EVERYTHING. but i also use lots of garlic and onions when i cook.
 

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While you're getting the soup recipe would it be too much trouble for that snack bar recipe, too? I'd like to make my own snack/cereal bars the ones in the market either blow or are too pricey. I'd appreciate it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Chickpea and Spinach Soup<br><br><br><br>
2 cups chickpeas<br><br>
1 potato, peeled, cuber<br><br>
1 onion, sliced<br><br>
1 clove garlic<br><br><br><br>
Handful of spinach<br><br>
Salt, pepper, hot sauce to taste<br><br><br><br>
*Cook the first 4 ingredients until the potato is overcooked and falling apart.<br><br>
*Seperate food from liquid. Keep liquid. Cool both slightly (5 minutes)<br><br>
*In batches, puree in a blender/processer, using reserved liquid to get desired consistency.<br><br>
*Pour back into pot. Add spinach. Cook for 5 more minutes.<br><br><br><br>
Note: The soup is much thicker the next day.<br><br><br><br>
As for the bars, you'll have to wait. I don't have a recipe - I kinda make it up as I go along. I do need to write it down, however, so when I get paid, I'll make a batch and figure out the recipe.<br><br><br><br>
7 more days <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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sounds yummy and pretty easy to make. i'm gonna have to try this one soon. thanks, krista (esp. since you're so busy now)! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">
 
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