Food Journal [Day 7]

Looking back over the last week of keeping a (public) food journal, I've had a few thoughts.  First of all, I actually did it for the entire week because I was putting it up on the blog instead of just writing in a notebook.  Second, I did some math and I really get 8 hours of sleep per night (I did the average and it was just about exact).  I think I actually am drinking enough water not including the tea, smoothies and soup I've also been consuming, so I'm going to stop worrying about that.  The other thing that I noticed was that I seem to start eating somewhere between 10:30am and noon.  Then have lunch between 2-4pm.  That seems fine to me but this week I ate supper anywhere between 6-9:30pm, and I know that I also often eat as late as 10:30 or 11pm.  The days I ate later I didn't seem to eat dessert and the days I ate earlier, I did.  More often than not I'll make healthier snack choices during the day knowing that if I have dessert later they'll be treats but if I eat dinner a little later then I probably won't eat them anyway.  I don't think it's a big deal to have treats as dessert, or even as snacks sometimes, but it's something I noticed so I'll keep it in mind.

Food Journal Day 7
8:30am - wake up (8 hours)
10:30am - peanut butter toast with banana, black coffee

11:00am - glass of water
1:00pm - 2 cups of tea
3:00pm - sandwich with hummus, mozzarella and tomato, glass of water

5:30pm - glass of water
6:00pm - jambalaya, glass of water

9:00pm - 3 pieces of a chocolate orange, red wine
11:30pm - glass of water, vitamin
12:00am - sleep

Thanks for following along with my food journal week!
:) Alice


Food Journal [Day 6]

We had a pretty crazy weather day in Boston yesterday.  I started snowing Monday night and didn't stop until the early hours of Wednesday (today) morning.  The whole city shut down.  Public transportation service was suspended for the entire day, businesses and offices closed and non-emergency travel was banned for Tuesday.  There was SO MUCH SNOW anyway and then the wind made big drifts everywhere...like in front of our door.

Food Journal Day 6
8:45am - wake up (about 8 hours of sleep)
10:00am - coffee
11:30am - banana, cup of tea, bowl of soup
1:00pm - cup of tea
3:00pm - wheat linguine with butter and Parmesan cheese, glass of water

8:30pm - berry/spinach smoothie
10:00pm - almonds, glass of water
12:30am - sleep


Food Journal [Day 5]

As I've been documenting my eating and sleep habits for the past several days I've been actively trying to ignore what I'm writing.  I'm trying to just write it down and then forget about it so that I can look at the week as a whole once it's finished.  I am aware that other people are reading it all though and that's been at the front of my mind a few of the times that I didn't have dessert.  Ha ha!  Peer pressure, imagined or real, is definitely something that holds some power.

Food Journal Day 5
7:00am - wake up (7 hours of sleep)
8:00am - black coffee
10:30am - glass of water

11:30am - gigantic bowl of bean and greens soup (leftovers), glass of water
3:30pm - mixed nuts,  cup of tea

4:00pm - fried rice (leftover rice, carrots, egg), water
6:00pm - beer

8:30pm - steak, guacamole, baked potato with butter and cheddar cheese, water
10:00pm - ice cream
12:30am - water, vitamin, sleep


Food Journal [Day 4]

Oh man.  This day!  I woke up at 4:30am due to a crying cat.  It sounded like she was getting into the trash in the kitchen...because what the heck else would the noises be?!  Well, we have a little storage room next to the bathroom where we keep all of our bathroom stuff.  I had gone in there to get something before bed at about 11:00pm and thought that I was careful not to let Stella get in there.  I didn't actually think that she came up the stairs.  Apparently, she did come up the stairs.  And she did get into the room.  So she was shut up in there for about 5 1/2 hours!!  I felt so bad!  She ran out and cried.  We snuggled for a bit so she could work out the trauma and then she started chowing down at her food bowl so I went back to bed.  When I got up later there were 3 piles of cat barf to reward me.

And on that note....

Food Journal Day 4
4:30am - wake up (5 hours of sleep)
6:30am - sleep
10:00am - wake up (3 1/2 hours of sleep)

11:00am - oatmeal made with almond milk, flax, walnuts, raisins, blueberries, and half a banana, black coffee, glass of water
3:00pm - crackers and swiss cheese, 1/2 an orange, 2 fig newtons, glass of water
6:00pm - bottle of water

9:30pm - salmon, rice, peas, glass of water
11:00pm - glass of water, vitamin
12:00am - sleep


Food Journal [Day 3]

This was a weekend day when both Steve and I were home together.  It was also a snow day so poor Steve spent time shoveling and the cat spent the day freaking out while giant blobs of snow fell off the roof and off of trees.  The soup I made took a few hours to be done and it was totally worth it.  I made a huge pot and we'll be eating it for weeks!

Food Journal Day 3
8:45am - wake up (about 9 hours)
10:30am - black coffee
11:30am - cup of smoothie leftover from yesterday
12:30pm - 2 egg omelet (farm eggs) with green peppers, tomatoes and cheddar cheese, glass of water

4:00pm - cup of tea, 4 fig newtons
8:00pm - white bean and garlic soup with greens, swiss cheese, sprouted grain bread and butter, glass of water
11:30pm - sleep

Did you do any big cooking projects this weekend?
:) Alice


Food Journal [Day 2]

Welcome to Day 2 of my food journal week!  (In case you missed it: Day 1)

Food Journal Day 2:
9:00am - wake up (about 8 hours of sleep)
10:00am - black coffee, glass of water, homemade granola with almond milk

12:00pm - earl grey tea
2:00pm - peppermint tea, sandwich: turkey, fig and cheddar on wheat

4:00-4:30pm - nap (super rare that I nap but I started feeling like I was coming down with a cold)
5:00pm - glass of water
6:00pm - crackers, hummus and mozzarella, glass of water

7:00pm - PB & J Smoothie
9:30pm - whole wheat linguine with Parmesan cheese, glass of water, vitamin
11:30pm - sleep


Food Journal [Day 1]

As I promised in my post about keeping a food journal yesterday, I will be sharing mine on here for the next week.  I'm going to do it slightly different than the What I Ate posts that I normally do on Tuesdays.  I'm going to list out what I ate and what time I ate it and I'll include how much sleep I'm getting, since those are the things that I've been talking about and thinking about during this month.

If you missed the posts I'm talking about you can find them linked here:
New Year's Resolutions
Drink Your Water
Get Enough Sleep

Food Journal Day 1:
8:30am - wake up (8 hours of sleep)
9:00am - black coffee

10:45am - 2 egg omelet (farm eggs) with cheddar cheese, organic raspberries, glass of water
1:30pm - sandwich: hummus, mozzarella, sprouted grain bread, glass of water

3:30pm - 2 cups of tea
6:30pm - leftovers: pasta with meat and veggie sauce, bottle of water
9:00pm - tiny bit of chocolate ice cream with fudge and peanut butter sauce
11:30pm - glass of water, vitamin
12:40am - sleep


Keeping a Food Journal


When January 1st rolls around it's easy to dive into making healthy choices.  You probably stayed up too late the night before, you might have overdone it a little on the celebratory champagne, and you may have been stuffing your face with dessert daily for weeks.  When you feel like garbage the obvious answer is to dust off that resolution to eat better.  Fast forward to the end of the month when you've eaten better, are feeling better, and you start thinking: that cookie won't kill me, I've been eating healthy all month!  Then you run out of coffee and when you run down to CVS to get some because you just need enough to last until groceries are delivered in a few days, a can of Chef Boyardee ravioli hitches a ride in your cart and you eat the whole thing the minute you get home.  Because RAVIOLI!

Duh, above was my own personal confession from the other day.  :)  Personally, I don't think that most people need to (or should be) counting calories because it's sort of irrelevant** if you are eating in a healthy way.  HOWEVER, I do think that once in a while it's a good idea to pay a little more attention to what you're doing.

Enter the food journal.

Keeping a food journal for a week or two can be as simple or as complex as you want to make it.  Tracking what you eat and when you eat it can give you insights into your general health, mood, sleep patterns, etc.  In addition to what you're eating, you can track your sleep, how much water you're drinking, if you exercise and when you go to the bathroom and what happens in there.  Ladies, for good measure you can track your cycle.  All of this information helps you to see patterns and to identify issues that might need to be addressed.

I think it'd be ridiculous to do this all the time.  If you are having a health issue or are an athlete training for an event, these are times when you should be keeping a detailed record.  But in general, I like to do it a few times a year for a week or two just to check in with myself.

In case you need a little inspiration, I'm going to post my food journal on this blog for the next week (starting tomorrow).  I already sort of do it for Tasty Tuesdays but I thought it'd be nice to show what a complete week looks like.  My schedule, and therefore my eating habits, is different every day.

Have you ever kept a food journal?
Do you think that it was worth it?
:) Alice

**I am not a doctor or in any way professionally qualified to give health advice.  I am simply an expert on my own body and heath and think that everyone else should try to be that for themselves, as well.


Tasty Tuesday [What I Ate 01.20.15]


Yay!  Steve finally made granola again!  This batch has oats, almonds, walnuts, raisins and maple syrup.  It's seriously SO delicious.  I had that for breakfast with almond milk after drinking most of my coffee (literally the LAST of it in the house) and half of a water bottle that was left over from yesterday.


I made a tuna sandwich with pickles and I ate two whole carrots.  I also had water.  I'm doing better with the water thing now that I've been talking about it with everyone I know and the internet.  #BeBetter #accountability ...ha ha ha!


Salt and pepper peanuts!  Another glass of water!


OK, so this picture is actually just the leftovers.  I forgot to take a picture last night before I gobbled up my food.  I made pork fried rice with a whole bunch of Sriracha hot sauce in it.  I had one glass of water while eating and drank another when I was done. 


I had some of this candy cane flavored Hershey bar.  The whole thing is actually mint flavored and the little red things are just tiny sprinkles but it's a little crunchy.  Since I did so well with drinking lots of water I also decided to switch beverages.  This one actually complimented the minty candy better than I thought it would. :)

Thanks for reading!
:) Alice


Healthy Resolutions: Get Enough Sleep

I went out on my porch (in the cold) and took this picture.  That is what 6:37 AM looked like today in my neighborhood.  It was pretty but seriously, if I never see that time again my life will be better for it.  Ha ha!

A few years ago I started forcing myself to get enough sleep (that means EIGHT whole hours every night, people) and it was game changing.  I hardly ever get sick and my brain doesn't usually feel foggy like it used to.  The only problem that I was still having was that I often had to be at work before 8:00 AM which meant that I needed to be awake even earlier.  If you have to get up at 6:00 AM that means bedtime is 10:00 PM.  For me that doesn't really work.  I can do it if I force myself all the time but it's not exactly the path of least resistance.

If I had zero responsibilities and just let my body do whatever it wanted then I'd probably go to bed around 2:00 AM and get up at 10:00 AM.  That's 8 hours.  That's kind of what I've been doing in the past few weeks but I kind of want to try to shift it a little earlier.  Since I typically work until pretty late I sort of need to combine staying up late enough to have time to relax and wind down after work with having to be awake at a time of day when stores and banks are open.

I completely changed how I thought about working because of sleep.  I didn't stop teaching only because teaching means getting up at 5:00 AM, but it did factor in.  Seriously.  I do not want to feel sick (and BE sick).  I do not want to be exhausted all of the time.  My body doesn't want to get up before the sun is high in the sky so I decided not to push it.

I'm not saying that everyone should make career decisions based on when they feel like going to bed.  But I am saying that if you aren't getting enough sleep then you shouldn't act like it's cool to live on fumes.  It's not.  I don't feel bad for people who brag about never getting enough sleep.  I feel bad for people who are going through seasons of life when sleep is impossible.  For example, a random deadline at work or a NEW BABY.  Those are temporary reasons why getting no sleep makes sense.  But in the long run it's not realistic.

The sky was really pretty this morning and I'm sorry if whatever I wrote above this seems to be a cranky rant yelling at you to prioritize sleep over everything else.  I really do believe that putting your body and health first is the only responsible way to live.  But I probably could have said it in a nicer way...I have no idea.  Remember, I would normally be sleeping right now.

How much sleep do you need to feel good?  Do you actually get that amount?  Are you a night owl like me?  If you are then we should hang out on Twitter in the middle of the night!!
:) Alice


Tasty Tuesday [What I Ate Today 01.13.15]


I started the day by drinking a glass of water. (Go me! #BeBetter)  Then I had two over easy eggs, a piece of peanut butter toast and peach flavored kefir.  I also had a cup of black coffee.


I had a chicken salad sandwich with cheese and I had tomatoes and pickles on the side.  I had a glass of water with my sandwich and another when I was done.


I had a smoothie with spinach and a bunch of fruit.  I was going to leave it at that because it was kind of late but then I reeeeally wanted pasta.  So I ate some.  It was rice pasta with butter and parmesan cheese.  And now it's after 11pm so I'm going to bed.  Goodnight! :)


Maple Vanilla Pork Chops

These are the best pork chops!

1 bone-in pork chops
olive oil (that's what I had)
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp maple syrup
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla

First you salt the pork chops and then sear them in the oil.  Then you mix up the rest of the ingredients and pour/brush the mixture onto the meat.  I put it on aluminum foil because I wasn't sure if the maple syrup would get sticky like candy in the oven.  It didn't but it was nice not to have to scrub the pan at the end of the night.  :)

I got this recipe from The Not So Desperate Housewife blog.  Well, Steve actually found it, but whatever, we cooked it together.  There are only a few ingredients and it didn't take very long to make.

Thanks for reading!
:) Alice


Chilly Day! [OOTD & FOTD]

I spent most of yesterday in my bathrobe...like, over my clothes.  It was so cold!  It was dangerous cold.  All the schools were even closed.  Today it is not insane cold, just regular cold.  I threw on a scarf over my favorite boxy sweatshirt from H&M to stay warm.  Part of what I like about this top is that the neckline is a little wider than a normal crew neck but that doesn't help with my desire to be cozy.  So I really needed the scarf.  The boxy-ness lets me have two shirts on underneath it and it looks the same as if I had no shirts underneath it.  I balanced it out with skinny jeans, that are starting to show their age and therefore are not quite as form-fitting as they used to be.  I have thick purple knee-socks on, too, because they'll be good with my snow boots that I'll need to put on to leave the house.

I tried out The Smokey Shadow Palette from NYX that Steve gave me for Christmas today.  I used all of the colors except for the sparkly black one.  The two lighter colors I used as a base and highlight and then used the navy in the crease and the purple-y color over the lid.  On my lips is my new obsession.  It's a matte color from Maybelline in no. 665 Lust For Blush.  On my nails is Loreal's Extraordinaire Gel-Lacque in no. 703 All Shine On Me.

I'm starting to have serious cabin fever because it's the end of my three weeks off from work and of course it's freezing so I feel kind of trapped in the house.

Hope you're having a great Friday!
:) Alice


Drink Your Water

How much water are you even supposed to drink every day?  As long as you don't feel thirsty you're probably doing OK.  I remember back from my running days that our coaches said, "If you are thirsty then you are already dehydrated."  Actually, I'm kind of thirsty right now.... 

**Gets up to get a glass of water.**

I know that some people say that they don't like drinking water but I do not understand that.  Water is completely essential to being alive so how can a human being not enjoy it?!  I almost never drink soda.  I've cut juice down to "rarely" and no longer drink milk.  (I use almond milk in cereal and for baking but don't drink it by itself.)  I do sometimes drink kefir but that's more like really thin yogurt so it doesn't quench thirst.  I drink coffee, tea and water almost exclusively, with a responsible amount of adult beverages.  And that's basically it.  I feel like I shouldn't be having a problem with drinking enough water.

Enter the sub-zero temperature happening right now.  I have had two cups of coffee and a third that was decaf.  Yesterday I think I went through enough tea to fill a bathtub.  I feel like I have to force myself to drink water because it's not hot.  I keep my water on the counter and I don't use ice so it's not like it's all that cold.

Anyway, this is the first thing I'm tackling for my health related resolutions this year.  Can someone tweet at me and remind me to drink water?!  The other day I got the bright idea to drink exclusively out of my fancy wedding present glasses thinking that it'll somehow get me to drink more.  I think it's helping a little.  Ha ha!  I'll let you know how I do next Thursday.


Tasty Tuesday [What I Ate 01.05.15]


For breakfast I had a bowl of oatmeal and a black coffee.  To the oatmeal I added an apple, raisins, cinnamon, fresh ground flax seed (thanks to my coffee grinder), blackstrap molasses and almond milk.


I had a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with a banana for lunch.


Scrabble!  (snack mix that my grandpa and uncle made)


We had breakfast for dinner!  I had a piece of toast with butter and an egg and veggie scramble.  The eggs had kale, orange peppers and scallions and also Worcestershire sauce and a bunch of spices.  I also had some peach flavored kefir.  Throughout the day I had three glasses of water because I'm seriously trying to drink enough of that.  I just have such a hard time with it when it's cold out!


PB & J Smoothie Recipe

If your holiday season was anything like mine then you ate a LOT of food during the past few weeks.  If you're old enough then you may have also consumed at least your fair share of alcohol.  I honestly don't think that anyone should feel bad about indulging over the holidays.  Eat what you want.  Revel with friends and family.  Nap as much as you can.  However, the reason I don't feel bad about doing these things is that eventually I know I'll get myself back together.  With a New Year comes a chance for renewal and what deserves a renewal more than your digestive system right about now?

healthy eating, smoothies, spinach

Enter the smoothie.  My fruit intake was coming mostly from pie and I didn't do much better with the vegetables.  I've made a smoothie just about every day this week.  This one seriously tastes like you are drinking a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

2 c spinach
2 c unsweetened almond milk
2 c red grapes
2 bananas
4 tbsp peanut butter

First, blend the spinach and almond milk together.

Add the grapes and bananas.  Blend until smooth.  Then blend in the peanut butter.  This makes two good sized smoothies so halve the recipe if you're just making it for yourself.

The original recipe for this is actually the Almond Butter and "Jelly" Smoothie on the Simple Green Smoothies website.  They have TONS of super easy smoothie recipes over there so you should definitely check them out.  This is an easy and yummy way to get more fruits and vegetables into your diet.

Do you have a favorite smoothie recipe?  Please leave a comment and let me know if you do.  I'm now obsessed with making smoothies and I want to try some other kinds!

Thanks for reading!
:) Alice