Day 16 of the one-month no-groceries challenge started like any other: oatmeal with peanut butter for breakfast followed by a slight twist at lunch: chicken with a broccoli and cheese-stuffed baked potato.  Knowing I was heading into a high-risk situation (read: dinner party with lots of food, lots of wine and a few drink-pushing friends) I had a high-calorie afternoon snack: a peanut butter Corozona Oatmeal Square with, you guessed it, peanut butter on top in an attempt to hold me over. Dinner is always vegetarian when this group gets together so I was also trying to pack in as much protein as I could.

Dinner was surprisingly healthful, veggie stir-fry on top of a quinoa and brown rice base with a side salad. I had two hearty serving of each to pump up my fresh produce intake. Sadly, appetizers and dessert weren’t quite so healthy and I couldn’t resist. Before (and after) dinner we snacked on cheese and crackers and dessert was peanut butter sandwich cookies with vanilla ice cream and vanilla gelato. Clearly I had to have a cookie with both.

I definitely overate and, not only did I not feel great when I left but, I was still full the next morning! I always try to remind myself how bad it feels when I eat too much and I tried the whole “not going hungry” thing but no luck! Tomorrow may be the first day in two weeks I’m going straight home after work and I am determined to cook a healthful meal! On the plus side I’m making a solid dent in that sack of potatoes. I decided to count when I got home and the official number is seven. Now to plan tomorrow’s meal. This is where things get fun!

Today’s produce status
Fresh Produce:

1/3 head of cabbage

1/2 a bag of carrots 

A few scallions

7 white baking potatoes

1 apple

1 (really large) butternut squash

1 acorn squash

1 ½ onions

1 serving mixed greens with shredded carrot

Handful of grape tomatoes

Frozen Veggies:
1/2 a bag of corn

1 bag of broccoli, minus a little

1/2 bag of spinach
1 bag of Brussels sprouts

What do you do when you know you’re going into a high-risk food situation? I tried to prepare myself but clearly it didn’t work. What are your tips? I’m open to trying new ideas! Tell me in the comments below or tweet me at @Shape_Magazine.

As an editor at SHAPE I have the chance to learn about the healthiest ways to cook, eat, and live from all sorts of experts but I’m also a single girl living in NYC with a busy schedule, active social life, and chocolate cravings. I’m here to share what works for me—and where I need a little help from you.

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