Thursday, August 26, 2010

"Healthy" Foods are Not Fun Foods

So lately I've been pretty much eating whatever I want, and since my dear friend Anna moved in, I've been drinking whatever I want. Whenever I want. Which is all the time, essentially. I am a little ashamed to admit that Anna and I have progressed from buying bottles of wine to buying boxes of wine . . . YIKES.

hello, alcoholism! nice to meet you.

But seriously, can you believe Bonny Doon makes this in a freakin' BOX?? $18.99 for the equivalent of 4 bottles--that's about a 50% discount! So, I mean, we have to buy the boxes. It's the more financially responsible choice. :)

All of this has resulted in a wine belly:

pretty sure that guy's drinking wine outta that spout

And so, I've decided to do what I always do when I'm feeling like that guy (and I have weddings and other events coming up) . . .


It's kinda the bane of my existence. 1200 calories a day means that I can really only budget one glass of red wine into my day (at most). UGH. So not fun. Yesterday I ate: 2 Morningstar "sausage" links, 2 Quorn "chicken" cutlets, 1 cup brown rice, 2 heads broccoli, a Morningstar black bean patty, and one glass of red wine. Not terrible. But you know what is terrible? My snack at work today:


Help!! Tell me what you eat when you're trying to be "healthy." I'm a vegetarian, but I can substitute fake chicken for anything with chicken in it. And I love vegetables. And for the record, I'm cheating once a week. I can't let this nonsense infringe TOO much on my social life!!

p.s. All this blog post has made me wanna do is plan a trip to the Bonny Doon winery near Santa Cruz. I'm just sayin'.


Summer {Bisfor...} said...

Have you seen the wine "rack"?

I support you, sista! You can do this and you can cheat and feel good about it! I promise!

sharonlei said...

My mother in law just brought us a bunch of wine. I swear we have almost 20 bottles. :) I like to have a couple glasses a week, so I'm thinking all that wine will last us for some time. hee hee.

As for healthy food options.. I don't think I could help you there. Have you seen the food I post, fried yummy goodness. ha ha ha. I also love cookies and chips. I recently started eating POP chips. Have you heard of them? Oh so gooood! and 50% less fat than regular chips.

xx Love & Aloha

Kara said...

BLARGH. "Healthy food" sucks. I'm trying to eat better too, and here's kinda what I do.

-Look for foods high in fiber and protein. I think this is the Weight Watchers philosophy too, but whatever it is, it just makes you feel full longer and is more satisfying.

-Limited carbs, definitely not a high-carb meal after noon.

-Have sweets when I crave them. If a fruit doesn't cut it, F it, I'm getting a frappuccino.

-The majority of the meat I have in meals is either chicken or fish. And I'm one of those weirdos who loves steamed broccoli, so that diet trend really works for me. Also, I love cous cous and quinoa - super high in fiber and protein!

Maybe those will help a bit! :)

Kara said...

P.S. Now I want a frickin' frappuccino!

Lauren Nicole said...

healthy foor or 'eating healthy' sucks. period. end of story. goodbye. the end.

while i'm too young to legally drink and really don't like the taste of wine or beer, etc (i know, i'm weird. the tastes of both just gag me at the thought) from trying them several times; i do understand the cocktail thing. i LOVE frozen cocktails and every once and again like the taste of a (well grenadine-d) cosmopolitan. yum. for a person who loves a drink at the end of the day, i am sorry you're going through withdrawl. withdrawl of anything indulgent, really, is just annoying.

lately, i pretty much drink 3x the amont of water i used to. it fills up your stomach into thinking it's more full than it is and trains your body into less and less calorie/carb consumption. i drink about..25 to 30 full glasses a day. (think: mason jars) is it actually healthy-healthy for you? not exactly, but for me, it works, haha.

something else i will say is that some days i eat dessert first, literally, having something like a big cookie, cupcake or somthing else decadant with my coffee in the morning or at lunch. have an opposittes day, but instead of a big breakfast for dinner, have a bowl of cereal.

and even though it's hard and i stay up most nights until three or four in the morning, try to not eat anything past eight or nine o'clock at night. it's so hard, but does help a bit.

someone once told me that soup diets really do maybe substitute soup for lunch and dinner every once and a while....?

if you ever need to vent about eating 'healthy' or whatever, shoot me an email. :] i will always listen.

<3 <3
- L

Lauren Nicole said...

whops! sorry for the incredeously long comment. :/
- L

Micaela said...

fancy wine in a box, i love you- wine belly (whatever!) and all.

counting calories... i'll send you my calorie counting book that was supposed to be the bible of them all when i THOUGHT i was going to do that... it lasted a day? ha but it's incredible how many calories are in things you don't even realize is that bad for you.

100 calorie snacks are not all that bad- i love the honey maid cinnamon cookies best! i could eat two of them and it's only 200 calories ;) klondike ice cream has sandwiches that are YUMMY and are only 100! (OF COURSE i know all the quote healthy junk food! lol)

laughing cow cheese is my god. LOVE THAT STUFF!!!

you've got my support (and awe! lol) but i think you're beautiful just as you are :)

ps. i ate GREASY bojangles for dinner (i had a bad day!) and biscuitvill for breakfast and now we're about to have red lobster for dinner (i can EASILY eat my weight on their bread alone-- serious love affair and their creamy pasta!) i know i'm not helping you as you're on this diet ;) forget fun food thoughts! lol i'll eat for ya tonight ;) xoxo

danielle and dinosaur toes said...

i'm actually glad i don't like wine, but if it's blue and has liquor, i drink it like you wouldn't belive, and that's just no good.

your food sounded kind of boring, and unfortunately that's what calorie counting seems to amount to. i'm amazed at how many calories are in food i think is healthy,and it's sort of discouraging. i don't know of any suggestions as i have no will power and eat everything i know i shouldn't.

FourJedis said...

Food & Wine did a great article on boxes of wine a few months ago. I actually eat pretty darn well and I don't eat much meat at all, but find it fun to try out new recipes. I think what motivated me at first was getting Ina Garten's Barefoot Contessa at Home (most libraries even have it), and I started making everything from scratch. It's also key to start an herb garden and learn those herbs! You will soon be able to take the blandest of things and make them delish. I think libraries in general are a great source for trying out cookbooks and finding what you really like and what you don't like. It doesn't even hav

Have you tried roasting broccoli? Sprinkle some evoo and some sea salt then put it in the oven till they are starting to crisp, then flip and let them crisp. It is cheap, and takes ordinary broccoli to a whole new yummy level. Same goes with brussel sprouts! :)

chrystie the gemini said...

oh my gosh i was totally contemplating trying a box of wine! they're so much cheaper, you're right!!
well as far as being healthy I like to unofficially follow a weight watchers plan. So I try to stay within 21-ish points a day. That means lots of fruit and veggies, and creative salads. I like to keep the extra points for wine and chocolate :)

Marcie said...

I am off topic, but have you ever been to the Alemany flea market? I am thinking of going soon.

xo M

Diana Mieczan said...

That boxed wine looks so pretty!!! I've never tired it before from box ...hahaha...Hummus is great as its very low in calories and you can use it for your sandwich with brown bread and veggies or with falafels and salad!
Have a lovely day,sweetie and fun weekend:)


Phoenix Peacock said...

Quinoa is pretty awesome.

I highly suggest this recipe:

Since there are so many fruits and veggies, I'd suggest thinking of ones that you enjoy more rather than torture yourself with what you find yucky. And good luck!

Angela said...

I am so on health food at the moment. My friend turned me onto my staple - flavour packets. We grill them in foil, but it works just as well in a roast pan in the oven. Courgette and summer squash, thinly sliced onion, basil, s&p, olive oil. SOoo delicious. Seriously, I eat this like it is my job. My other is a curry and squash soup. 2t curry in a pot and cook one min. add 1.25 lb cubed squash, .5 cup chopped onion. and 2 cups veg. broth cook all for 20 or so mins until tender. put in blender. chill in fridge. add 1.33 cup skim buttermilk. serve. It is really amazing in the summer. My third staple is a lentil dish. I'll email you that one, cause I can't remember it off the top of my head. Good luck! And, let me know if you run across something that knocks your socks off.

Dancing Branflake said...

Oh man, I am off of healthy eating for the moment. Even had some boxed macaroni and cheese for lunch. But I do like fruit- well fruit pies.

Krystal said...

a couple weeks ago i felt like my belly was big and was all paranoid i was pregnant...then i realized it was a beer belly from all the beer i've been drinking this summer! i put an end to that and things are much better :) (but i did just change to wine and sangria)

Melissa said...

Ah, boxed wine -- it's also economical because it doesn't go bad as fast!

As for healthy eating, my biggest suggestion is just to stock your kitchen to exemplify what you want to be eating (fresh produce, portion-control snacks, good fats, fibrous foods, fewer carbs, etc.). My best diet secret has been to never allow pretzels (my total snack weakness) in the kitchen, and to give away my baked goods as soon as possible.

Hiking in Stilettos said...

My favorite snacks are Lara bars (all natural!), which are also a good breakfast substitute. Also apple or banana w/ pb or sunbutter, veggies & hummus, raw almonds & dried cranberries. :)

Nicole said...

I gave up thinking about calories and the like when I got diagnosed with cancer. My way of eating is trying to eat a lot of veggies & fruit - enough protein and some yummy stuff I like.

This is one of my favorite vegetarian food sites:

There are tons of easy, delicious, healthy recipes. She uses all in-season, wholesome foods. It's all veggie too.

One thing I do when I am trying to make sure I am getting in a ton of healthy stuff is to make big salads at the beginning of the week and then eat them over the course of the next few days. I can send you a bunch of recipes if you like. Also - I try to keep around homemade hummus, black bean spread,etc b/c again - i find it really helps to have these healthy options on hand. In the winter - I make huge soups/stews and freeze them. I find eating well is so much about having healthy options on hand. If you have things frozen or ready to go - then you generally eat what's there.

Also - I love box wine. Haha. So much cheaper!