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This is what I don't like about my diet (not like "I'm on a diet this week" but my food intake in general):

For breakfast, I can eat a zucchini-carrot-ginger muffin (homemade - yummy), a banana, and a bottled Starbucks frap.
For lunch, I can eat a poblano chicken salad sandwich on honey-wheat bread, a bowl of parsnip soup (also homemade - also yummy), and a bottle of lime sparkling water.
For a snack, I can have two slices of watermelon.
And I can think to myself what a good job I did of eating relatively healthy and balanced foods.
And then I can be in the car on the way home at 415pm and be STARVING in that panicky, crabby, low-blood-sugar way, and come home to eat the first thing I see (which, luckily for me yesterday, was a slice of homemade tomato tart) and still want dinner later (which, luckily only for my tastebuds but not my health, was Olive Garden never-ending pasta bowl).

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schneenet
Sep. 8th, 2011 01:09 am (UTC)
What's funny/sad is that I read this after coming home in that exact same state and immediately ordering from Soho Café, despite the healthier options in my fridge. (Waiting on my eggplant parm now!)

I think you need to post recipes for the muffins and the parsnip soup, unless they're in that cookbook you have that I bought after asking you for some recipes from there. I want to say lentil something?
amagdalyn
Sep. 8th, 2011 02:41 am (UTC)
Muffins/bread is here: http://www.teeniecakes.com/2010/05/carrot-zucchini-muffins-with-candied-ginger/ - I didn't use the walnuts. I have made it with all regular flour (a slightly cake-like texture) and with the 2 cups regular / 1 cup whole wheat (slightly drier/denser but still awesome). I found that the cooking times in the recipe were quite a bit too short, but that might have something to do with using too big a loaf pan. :P

Basic parsnip soup recipe is here: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Parsnip-Soup-10312 except I almost always use cumin and coriander instead of thyme, and I sub stuff based on what I have (like powdered or candied ginger instead of fresh, celery salt if I don't have celery, etc). Extra yummy with a spoonful of creme fraiche or sour cream stirred into your bowl.

Ahh, Soho Cafe. Makes me want falafel. :)
schneenet
Sep. 8th, 2011 06:07 am (UTC)
Funny you should say that. That's how I found Soho Café in the first place. I was craving falafel one day, but was also feeling lazy, so I searched online to see if any Greek places delivered. I've ordered from there so many times now, the guy knows me. Embarrassing!

I also found out that Falafel King *supposedly* delivers, but every time I've called they've claimed they had no delivery guy that night and they offered a free dessert if I came to pick it up myself. I think they're calling me fat. ;-)

Thanks for the recipes!
effloresense
Sep. 8th, 2011 03:41 pm (UTC)
I would suggest that you need more protein in your breakfast and in your snacks often. Since I started having egg whites or nonfat greek yogurt at breakfast, I've had a lot less hunger problems when I get home in the evening. Protein leaves you feeling full for longer, and if that happens then you will eat less when you get home.
amagdalyn
Sep. 8th, 2011 10:58 pm (UTC)
I think you're right. A coworker mentioned today that she thinks she isn't getting enough protein, and I thought I should consider that too.
effloresense
Sep. 8th, 2011 11:20 pm (UTC)
It has made a huge difference in my afternoon snacking changing what I'm eating.
humaazul
Sep. 8th, 2011 03:43 pm (UTC)
It sounds like you are putting really good things in to your body. However, they are things your body will burn through pretty quickly. Would it be workable for you to put a bag of almonds in the car? I have done this and it keeps me from inhaling the whole jar of Nutella upon returning home.
amagdalyn
Sep. 8th, 2011 11:03 pm (UTC)
I was actually thinking about stashing almonds in the car as I drove home hungry again the next day. Specifically, little portioned containers of almonds so I don't absentmindedly eat a whole bag/jar while I drive. :P
effloresense
Sep. 8th, 2011 11:21 pm (UTC)
Plastic snack sized bags are awesome for putting things in single portion sizes.
amagdalyn
Sep. 10th, 2011 12:13 am (UTC)
I thought that at first, but I'm going to try plastic containers & hopefully make less waste.
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