Tag Archive | food log

Back on the chain gang

After a conference with continuous consumption piled on top of a long weekend of excess, I was not surprised to hear the scales sigh in exasperation at me expecting, hoping, wishing the scales to show a weight loss.

OK, the scales didn’t sigh. They showed no emotion. Even when they showed a weight I haven’t been since I was pregnant!

Is this a plan?


OK, time to do better. Let the accurate recording re-commence.

  • Breakfast: usual workday breakfast of Vitamin D pill, small glass of calcium enriched juice, porridge made with water with sugar and low-fat milk.
  • Morning tea: eighth of apple, two mugs of tea, handful of grapes, about 5 strawberries, eaten throughout the morning, from about 10am until 12.30.
  • Lunch: toasted cheese and cranberry jelly on wholemeal.
  • Afternoon tea: I use tea loosely. I had two glasses of bubbles and a banana. Not at the same time. About an hour in between.
  • Dinner: bowl of red curry with chicken, beans, brussel sprouts, red capsicum and rice. There was also bamboo shoots in the curry but I don’t eat them. Why eat wood? And 2 mandarins for dessert.
  • Sounds OK. Yeah, I had alcohol but it is Friday. Now before I reveal my shame, let me tell you what I refused today. I didn’t eat the piles of junk offered at morning tea. I declined chips (as in hot, greasy chips). I turned away from doughnuts and pastries. I didn’t even go and look what was on offer at the other table. I looked, but didn’t touch, the chocolates from the Cadbury Milk Tray, even though my favourites were still there.

    And now the shame. While typing this post, I have eaten four Scalliwag biscuits. Even typing about how good I have been, even knowing I am sharing my food consumption, even focusing on healthy eating didn’t stop me opening the packet, taking three and then returning to have another one. They are such good dunking biscuits and I had a craving for something sweet. And the two cups of tea just called for a Scalliwag. Craving satisfied. Now I won’t eat anything else for the rest of the night.

    Not from Australia? Don’t know what a Scalliwag is? Yummy chocolate biscuit, but not with chocolate coating.


    The Perils of Conferences

    I spent the last 3 days and 2 nights at a conference.

    Conferences are the devil’s work when it comes to tempting one in eating and drinking to excess. Good intentions are forgotten by the first morning tea. And conference dinners are fraught for those who are trying to reduce alcohol consumption. Positively fraught, I tell you!

    Being locked away in air conditioned dungeons, without seeing the real world, brings with it a whole other worldliness in which eating several pastries for morning tea seems quite reasonable. And butter chicken, beef bourguignon, Moroccan lamb stew, rice, Greek salad, bread roll and fruit for lunch? Why ever not? Oh, and now it’s afternoon tea! Feeling quite peckish. And I do so need a pick to wake me up.

    I didn’t record all the food and alcohol that crossed my lips. Oh the shame! The shame! (To paraphrase Dr Smith.) I can’t actually recollect what I ate or drank. Vast quantities is as close to an accurate record as I can get. Glasses of bubbles were passed into my hand by others with frequent generosity last night.

    And, if only I could say I burnt off the extra calories by fast and furious exercise. No time! No desire! What is it about conferences where it seems there is no time to actually do anything? And chatting away the lunch break seems more desirable, than getting changed to do a spot of exercise. The more you eat and drink, the less you feel able to move. In for a penny, in for a pound. If I am going to let myself go, go big, I say.

    But in one area I stayed strong. I vowed not to bring home the gumpf from the conference sponsors. Last year’s bag of advertising material was only recently decluttered. Why have it messing up my house? Why would I have rubbish in my home? Why collect things I don’t need and don’t want?

    So this year, I did not collect any of the little gadgets, knick-knacks, lanyards, pencils, “executive toys”. I decluttered the bag of advertising material before I came home. I have only kept a few pens, a cotton bag, a very good back pack, a few USB sticks and a couple of pages of advertising material that I want to share at work. The stationery will be used by my family.

    This didn’t come home with me:


    Back on track tomorrow.

    I hope!

    Long Weekend Sustenance

    I don’t know that I did too well this long weekend! I did stop eating some things and stopped myself going back for more, such as for another teaspoon of Nutella. (I have never stopped at just one before!) Definitely earned the could-do-better stamp.

    So let’s have a look.


  • Breakfast, around 10am: half a small glass of calcium enriched juice, 3 pieces of white bread with jam, pot of tea, milk for the tea.
  • Cup of tea.
  • Lunch, around 2pm: small tin of baked beans.
  • Party, from 5 to 9.30: well, memories are vague, so quantities are even vaguer. Quite a few glasses of sparkling wine, some little nibble things – couple of smoked salmon on piklets, one with roast beef, twisty pesto thing, some pâté twirly things,one twirly thing with egg, homemade sausage roll(s), little case with cherry tomato and feta or Bocconcini, mmmm, maybe that’s it!!??
  • Afterwards: piece of vegetarian thin base pizza. (Left over from kids’ dinner!)
  • Sunday

  • Breakfast, around 11am: half a small glass of calcium enriched juice, 2 pieces of white bread with jam, pot of tea, milk for the tea.
  • Lunch, around 3pm: 2 pieces of vegetarian pizza. Square of freetrade, organic dark chocolate. Cup of tea.
  • Dinner, around 6.30pm: BBQd piece of New York cut steak, oven roasted chips with ETA BBQ sauce (Is there any other brand! I know tomato is better, and BBQ is mainly sugar but I love it), lots of salad with mixed lettuce, cherry tomatoes, cucumber and Persian Feta cheese with Balsamic salad dressing.
  • Midnight cup of tea, after coming in from night out, parched.
  • Monday

  • Breakfast, around 10am: small glass of calcium-enriched juice, 2 soft-boiled eggs, I piece of white toast with butter, pot of tea, milk for the tea.
  • Snack, around 2.30pm: small apple.
  • Another snack, around 4.30 (no lunch): one piece of white bread toasted with butter and honey and a mug of tea. Delish!
  • Dinner, around 7pm: homemade chicken, leek and mushroom pie with carrots and French peas. Thanks Jamie. This is soooo good. (I modified Jamie Oliver’s chicken pie from his 30 minute meals. Sorry, Jamie but I like my version better. Though I never would have got there without you.) And for dessert? A teaspoon of Nutella and a mug of tea.
  • Today’s decluttered items = still decluttering one thing a day, and here’s this weekend’s efforts:
    5 caps and 1 hat:

    Cracked folders and plastic sleeves. Sorry for the plastic, and landfill but there is nowhere else for these. Dastardly plastic!:

    A cardboard folder holder, squashed up and destined for the recycling bin:


    And a little item given as a “gift” from a home delivery company. This opens up as a shopping bag. But it stinks! No way could I even donate it. Why did they give it to us? And without a chance to say, “No thanks.”


    Week 1 Food Log

    Friday’s food:

  • Morning break, around 9.30: 1 mug of tea.
  • Lunch, around 11.00: mini-quiche and half an apple crumble pie-thingy.
  • 2 mugs of tea.
  • Afternoon tea, around 4.30: 1 & 1/2 mandarins.
  • Pre-dinner: glass of red wine and small handful of salted cashews.
  • Dinner, around 7.30: Chinese at a restaurant. Glass of Prosecco. Then the servings of different dishes, some with boiled rice. Little pancake with lamb wrap, some yummy chicken dish, honey king prawn, fried battered coated eggplant, Mongolian lamb, eggplant hotpot, a piece of salt and pepper calamari, half a glass of beer and a piece of chocolate cake. I know the cakes sorted of doesn’t go, but it was a birthday celebration. I left feeling over full and that I really shouldn’t have had the cake.
  • I’ve just looked back on my week’s food. Not pretty, people.

    Is it any wonder I have put on weight? Every day I have consumed food without nutritional value and high in calories. Celebration or party foods, everyday. Sometimes food eaten as daily treats. Cream, cakes, alcohol, pastry.

    Time for a choice. What do I want more? That slice of cake, that handful of chocolate peanuts, a biscuit (telling myself, “But it’s only one!”), a couple of glasses of wine? Or 5 kilos off?

    Choices! It’s all about choices! Making the right decision. Wanting something ore than another thing.

    Come on, week 2. My eyes have been opened.

    Eating out.


    I think it is probably just as well I don’t know how many calories are in different foods, or I might be a little worried today.

    It was another very busy day at work – three mugs of tea before 12 noon.

  • Morning tea, around 11am: a slice of cheese cake. Mmmm! I know! I know! But it was somebody’s birthday.
  • Lunch, around 2.00pm: my usual. And 2 mandarins.
  • Dinner, around 6.30: Family dinner at the local Thai. I had a curry puff, a spring roll, a fish cake and a chicken satay stick. With different sauces on each. and a nibble on the lettuce and tomato on the plate.Some Tom Yum soup with two prawns. (Shared hubby’s bowl.) Two bowls of Massaman beef curry with rice and half a rosti. Very full!
  • No alcohol. I am trying to have Tuesdays and Thursdays free from any alcohol. And quite succeeding on this little challenge.

    But overall not a very healthy day. On the positive side, I didn’t eat the Pad Thai noodles. Apparently this is one of the very high fat dishes, though I suppose Massaman curry is high in calories with the coconut milk.

    Mindful eating

    After my breakfast of porridge, what else did I eat?

    I find it really difficult to track the food that I eat. It is so easy to nibble on something and not register it, and I don’t mean by recording it, I mean even being aware of what you are eating. If I save recording my food to the end of the day, I find I forget the little things I slipped in. But knowing I am going to be honest with myself has made me stop and think before I pop some things in. And I thought twice before tucking into a packet of something salty.


  • 3 mugs of tea with full cream milk in each of them.
  • Lunch: Small tin of baked beans, half a carrot dipped in pumpkin dip.
  • Afternoon tea: Small banana.
  • 2 glasses of red win. Don’t freak, I’m at home by this time.
  • Dinner, 6.30pm: biiiiiig bowel of rice and beef, chick pea, asparagus curry with big dollops of homemade Greek yoghurt and mango chutney. Dessert = small mandarin.
  • Tuesday

  • 3 mugs of tea with full cream milk in each of them, throughout the first half of the day
  • Morning tea, around 10am: half an orange.
  • Lunch, around 12.30: Toasted sandwich with cheese, tomato and cranberry sauce on whole meal, grain bread, small scoop of Smarties, about a quarter of a cup.
  • Afternoon snack, around 4pm: 2 small mandarins.
  • Dinner, 6.30pm: bowl of seafood chowder with salad leaves and parsley on top. Bite of sour dough bread with margarine. Dessert = small mandarin.
  • Treat, around 7.30: 2 choc chip bikkies.
  • Evening: 2 small cups of tea with milk.
  • Today’s decluttered items = 2 tins. One for today and one for yesterday. I am still decluttering one thing a day, even with the big weekend cleanup. These are those things you think you might come in useful but never re-use. Another example of “just in case” clutter. Is it worth have clutter, untidiness, mess hanging around for a “maybe” event? Especially when there are other containers that can do the job?

    How many tins do you need for tea bags? One, two max. The Christmas one I thought would be good for Christmas biscuits. But who am I kidding? I am not going to cook up a storm of biscuits as my mother did and even if I did, I wouldn’t store them in the tin. It isn’t that nice inside and isn’t air tight.



    Week day breakfast

    I know you know, skipping breakfast isn’t good! I need a quick breakfast that is routine and needs no thinking. At 6.30 with minimal time, I don’t want to search for ingredients or think, “Wonder what I feel like?”

    On weekdays, my breakfast is a less leisurely affair. I eat the same thing every morning Monday to Friday. I used to eat two pieces of white bread toasted with jam and a mug of tea. After I started my plan to be more healthy last August, I changed to porridge.

    I wonder if it has lowered my cholesterol?

    Porridge definitely means I am not hungry when I get to work. I used to start eating biscuits, lots of biscuits, by 9am because I was hungry.

    So, breakfast everyday is: around half a cup of calcium fortified juice, a multi-vitamin or Vitamin D tablet (normally the Vitamin D), porridge.

    I make my porridge with 1/2 cup of quick cook oats and 3/4 cup of water, two minutes in the microwave: I use the time to take the vitamin and drink the juice and get out the ingredients to make lunch for one of my sons and me. (In direct antithesis to my slow and lazy weekend, my weekdays are fast, furious and full, as a result I am very organised and waste no time.)

    After it is cooked I add 2 teaspoons of sugar and just less than 3/4 cup of low fat milk.

    When it comes to tea, I have to have full-cream milk, whereas in my porridge I only like lit-white milk. With full-cream, porridge is way too creamy.

    Take it as read that this is my breakfast every Monday to Friday morning, unless I write otherwise.

    Days 1 and 2

    The tracking begins. My weekend eating patterns are very different from the working week.

    Breakfast generally is late and leisurely. So I don’t normally have morning tea or fruit, lunch is late and much of my afternoon eating depends on alcohol consumption.


  • Breakfast, at 10am: small glass of calcium enriched juice, two slices of ciabatta with butter and jam, 3 cups of tea with about half a cup of full cream milk. I will not drink tea with light white or low fat milk!
  • 20130601-132635.jpg
    This photo was taken last month when I had 3 slices. I only had 2 today. But you can see the size of the slices, the size of the tea cup, and the milk jug. I use one milk jug’s worth of milk between the 3 cups of tea.

  • Morning tea, at 12.30: a cup of tea in the same size tea cup.
  • Fruit, at 1.30pm: one mandarin.
  • Mmm! Now it becomes messy. Went to a friend’s for birthday drinks and early dinner. (Just an aside. Why is there a word for breakfast mixed with lunch – brunch – but not for lunch mixed with dinner? I hate eating breakfast or brunch out. I love having breakfast alone and in quiet. Anyway, as a curator of my own words I had lunner – lunch and dinner.) All up about 5 glasses of bubbles, plateful of Caesar chicken salad (chook was roasted, and yes, I ate the skin. I loooove the skin), salad had a creamy sauce. Also had roasted parsnips, roasted with sprinkling of Parmesan cheese. So yummy.

    And dessert? Are you ready?

    3 profiteroles stuffed with custard.

    Finished off with few glasses of water.

    Came home and had mouthful of low fat apple, banana and cinnamon cake with two cups of tea.

    Need a couple of glasses of water.


  • Breakfast, around 9.30-10: same as yesterday.
  • Lunch, around 2pm: two slices of ciabatta with marinated Persian feta. God, it’s good! And a mandarin, followed by two cups of tea.
  • 20130602-143140.jpg

  • 2 glasses of Pinot Noir. For my back you understand?
  • Dinner, 6pm: one and a half bowls of seafood chowder. The first bowl had salad on top, the second half bowel had parsley. The chowder was cooked with heaps of seafood and carrots (oh, and cream).
  • 20130602-182132.jpg

    I will probably have a cup of tea later. This is probably the end of my day’s eating but if not I will update.

    Edited to add that I had 2 Scalliwag biscuits. Great tea-dunking biscuits.