Day 17 of the one-month no-groceries challenge was one of those days where a busy schedule dictates what you eat despite all your pre-planning. Sure I packed my daily oatmeal, chicken and potato combo but I didn’t end up eating ANY of it! A moved up morning meeting had me scrambling to prepare and there was no time for breakfast before heading in from 11 to 12. There was just enough time to check e-mails before a 12:30 to 1:30 meeting which, thank goodness, turned out to be serving lunch!
There I was, starving and faced with tons of pizza, but in the corner I saw a few salads that no one seemed interested in. Thanks to my fear of not eating enough veggies in the second half of the challenge I passed over the pizza and went straight for the salad, and it was glorious. It’s been days since I’ve had a fresh bowl of greens, and despite the gelatinous mystery dressing it came with, I enjoyed gobbling up every leaf of lettuce. What’s more, no one else wanted salad so I took a large bowl of lettuce with tomatoes home. I figure I can get at least two servings out of that!
After that is was straight on to a 1:40 to 2:40 meeting where, to celebrate surpassing our January goals, we had a homemade s’mores caramel brownie pie. I had half a slice and it was as rich as it sounds! After the meeting I had just enough time to look over my interview questions before sitting down with celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak at 3:45. When we finally wrapped up it was 5pm and I was starving all over again. I looked at the nutrition bars stashed in my desk drawer but the second half of the pie was sitting there calling my name. So I finished it off. The pie held me until the end of the day but by the time I was on the train home I’d already begun planning/dreaming of my dinner.
Finally, I ate something healthy and used up a lot of what I had at home. I made acorn squash stuffed with spinach, onion, garlic, bulgur, dried cherries, the last of the chicken, and roasted squash seeds. I also had a slice of baguette with cheese on the side. Even though I had the large slice of pie for, shall we call it lunch, I had a chocolate-covered chocolate wafer for dessert. It was shockingly only 150 calories so I didn’t feel bad about it at all.
Considering how hectic work was I actually felt great at the end of the day and was so happy to go home and cook my own dinner. And now I don’t have to eat chicken and potato for lunch everyday—well tomorrow, because I didn’t eat the lunch I made for today. But then it’s done!
Today’s produce status
1/3 head of cabbage
1/2 a bag of carrots
A few scallions
7 white baking potatoes
1 (really large) butternut squash
1 acorn squash
3 serving mixed greens with shredded carrot
Handful of grape tomatoes
1/2 a bag of corn
1 bag of broccoli, minus a little
1/2 bag of spinach
1 bag of Brussels sprouts
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.