Real Talk: What We Ate Today

Every time I read an article in a lady magazine about weighing out raw almonds for breakfast, I think to myself “no one ever eats like that.” But then I realized I was basing that off of how I eat, because frankly, I have no idea what other women actually eat in a given day. We really only tend to hear about what women are eating when they’re not eating anything – so my conception of “normal eating habits” extend to anorexics who eat, perhaps, an apple every day. So I polled some friends of mine on what they actually ate in a given day and how they felt about it.

Since these answers are running kind of long, rather than presenting them in a gallery, as we typically do, we’ll be spacing the food diaries out as individual posts over the course of the day. See whose diet you relate to and which one sounds best (as we’ve tried to get people to weigh in on how the food made them feel emotionally as well as physically). Fun fact: no one weighs raw almonds. No one.

So, stay tuned. Links will go up over the course of the day here, or you can… skim the website? That will also work!

The Health Concious One

The Busy Traveler

The Food Jerk

The Dieter

The Vegan

The Food Lover

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    • M

      Oh man. I know a girl who does weigh raw almonds, but she is painfully, painfully anorexic. She rents a room from my boyfriend’s dad and he and I were cooking in the kitchen once and I saw her meal plans hanging on the fridge [including 'If you're still hungry at night, eat 2oz raw almonds or six baby carrots'] and her bucket of the Snapple caps and rinsed-out bottles she saves to look at so she can pretend she treats herself and it reminded me exactly of what it was like back when my superpower was that I would’ve made a great prisoner of war [as my shrink put it]. I’d seen her before and I knew how skinny she was and it clicked into place in my head, and then I looked through the fridge and freezer to pull stuff out for my boyfriend and saw her carefully stacked perfectly portioned tiny pre-prepped meals and it made me want to cry. Those days really sucked. I hope someday she learns to eat because food is in front of her and not because she budgeted the calories at the beginning of the month.

    • B

      I weigh raw almonds.

      Or, at least, I have in the past weighed raw almonds. There’s really no need to do it more than once or twice before you memorize the numbers.

      Internet Ladies, weighing food isn’t always indicative of an eating disorder. I weigh my food not because I am anorexic, but because I just choose to fight calories in lieu of more interesting enemies.

      I am dealing with enough crap that adding a weight issue would just make it all that much worse — therefore, I make a concerted effort to maintain my weight. I like to call this: common sense.

      Since in this case, common sense = weight maintenance = math = calories = portion size, I put things on a scale when I want to get a working knowledge of how much energy is in a meal. Weighing my portions allows me control over my nutrition and my waist size, and I like to think that caring about living my best life is both healthy and normal as hell.

      There are approximately 20-25 almonds (160 calories) in a 1 ounce serving.

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