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Friday, January 21, 2011

My Meal in Photos {a first}

So the past year as I cruised through Blogland I noticed a trend...people taking photos of what they ate at each meal. So many commented that this really kept what they ate in check. But like so many things in my life this idea got shoved to the backburner until yesterday.

Yesterday I had my camera at every meal and before eating I lovingly arranged my food to make it look as appetizing as possible for you-LOL! I felt like one of those food magazine photographers. I'm pretty sure my family thinks I'm half nuts. My husband was like..."Ummm, honny....what is it you're doing exactly?" But then of course as soon as I mentioned "it's for my blog!" he just grinned, shook his head and went back to watching the Stock reports. He knows how passionate I am about my blogs:)

So here ya' go...A Day in My FOOD Life!!  I started my day with the usual...I LOVE toast and peanut butter. It just fills me up and keeps me satisfied for hours. During my marathon days this was the meal that kept me going. These days instead of heavy, calorie laden bread I use these little babies. So good! And the best part is they are only 80 calories!! Whenever I'm craving a hamburger....I use these, too.

Here's my 1 tsp. peanut butter with 1 tablespoon strawberry jam and a cup of Perro with ff cream. In case you are wondering what Perro's a barley drink that tastes like instant coffee. I quit drinking coffee nearly 5 years ago. This has been a delicious substitute!

 After working in my art space and cleaning most of the morning I was hungry! I had 2 cups of leftover chicken noodle soup, 2 baby clementines and water with lemon.

Back to cleaning...I was obsessed yesterday and got so much done! I was starving  mid afternoon. I fixed one serving of honey wheat pretzels and 1 tablespoon peanut butter along with this calorie free drink {i don't eat the berries}seltzer and frozen berries.

Back to more cleaning....I finally finished up around 4:00, sat for a minute and had one clementine and 3 wheat crackers. Did you know that a delicious, sweet Clementine is just 35 calories? Dinner was at 6;30...

Salad, 1 cup pasta, 1/2 cup ground beef and a half a cup sauce with 1 tablespoon dry parm on top. I am not a big pasta person...too high in calories for me. But this hit the spot last night!

During American Idol I munched on 1 cup of corn chex and a 25 calorie cup of hot cocoa sprinkled with cinnamon.

By the end of the day I had consumer approx. 1600 calories. I was very happy with that.

I was surprised at what I learned by taking these photos....

1. By taking a photo of what I ate it made me slow down. I mean I had to get everything ready then set it up to take a photo. It was great!

2. I don't eat as much as I think I do during the day when I'm having a "good" eating day.

3. I need to fill my plate with more veggies!

4. This was fun and something I will continue to do:)

What about you...have you done this? Does it help when you take photos of what you eat? Why not give it a try this weekend?


  1. Good job on the photos. I bet it really does slow you down and make you think about what you're about to eat. Cheers, Rick

  2. Eat the berries!!! It looks great! Loved your piece on the other page too - okay, so I really have a hard time getting to comment to you - last week I couldn't post here either. So I want to say (while I can) THANK YOU so much for all of your kindness and support - and that I am a loyal follower, even if I can't always comment back. And I put Words on my new blog list . . . Happy Weekend, xoxoxo

  3. What a cool idea, les!!! SO Love this! I haven't had the courage to do the photo w/food thing ... but, you never know!!! loved seeing what you ate ... great choices my dear!