Nutritionist Know-How: Emily's Food Diary For a Week

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One of the things I get asked most often is what/how I eat. Though no week is exactly the same, Alina and I decided to track everything we put in our mouths, the same week, with no fluffing or concealing: just the honest truth (candy binges included). Taking it one step further, we shared the log with the nutritionist I've been working with, Shira Lenchewski, for her feedback. Here's mine, and we'll be posting Alina's next week. 

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{Monday's breakfast: oatmeal with blueberries} 

{Monday's breakfast: oatmeal with blueberries} 

I’d had an indulgent weekend in Palm Springs (milkshakes, fries, donuts - the whole vacay shebang), so I wanted to kick the week off on a balanced foot. On Sunday I made a big batch of slow-cooked oatmeal to have throughout the week, so Monday I heated this up. 

8:30 a.m. - Oatmeal with blueberries and a sprinkling of brown sugar, and coffee with whole milk.

12:30 p.m. - At lunch, I ordered a vegetable and quinoa salad to keep the healthy train going.

3:00 p.m. - A few weeks back when I was hangry, I made an impulse Instacart purchase for mass quantities of fruit snacks and Pocky from Costco, so I had one package of each as a “snack” when I hit my typical 3 p.m. slump. They aren’t the healthiest thing to have around and when I’m at home I tend to make smarter snack choices (like an apple with peanut butter), but they’re some of my favorite sweet treats.

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6:30 p.m. - Chicken wings are one of my favorite indulgences, but anytime I order them out at a bar (complete with beer and other fried foods), I feel legitimately ill afterward. So G puts a healthy spin on them for us at home by baking the chicken wings instead of frying them and adding a vinegar-based hot sauce on top.

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7:30 p.m. - To finish the day, I had gummies from Sugarpova, Maria Sharapova’s candy line, which I bought at the tennis tournament the weekend prior. I put away a lot of them, even though they’re not very good. Bad move.

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{Tuesday's dinner: homemade egg burrito}

{Tuesday's dinner: homemade egg burrito}

8:30 a.m. - Coffee with whole milk.

9:30 a.m. - I had a doctor’s appointment in Beverly Hills near my favorite bagel shop so I stopped in after to grab a flagel (it’s embarrassing to order, but it’s fantastic - it’s just a slightly smaller bagel) and went easy on the scallion cream cheese. Also, they have these coffee ice cubes that I love, so I also picked up an iced coffee with their hazelnut creamer, which is something I never use, but do when I’m there. It’s just so good.

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2:30 p.m. - G and I were out shooting and though we’d intended to make lunch at home, we decided to grab something while we were out. We went to Burger Lounge and even though I wanted to get a burger, instead I got one of their big salads and topped it with a turkey patty. I got ranch dressing, but on the side, and was very minimal about how much I used. I stole none of G’s onion rings, which made me sad at the time, but it felt empowering that I was able to exercise a bit of discipline. 

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5:15 p.m. - Kind Bar (dark chocolate and sea salt). 

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7:30 p.m. - I worked for a bit after I put Sloan to sleep and then kind of forgot about what I was going to do for dinner, so opted for one of my favorite go-to meals when we have nothing planned: an egg burrito. We buy the uncooked Tortilla Land tortillas from Whole Foods that char up beautifully after about a minute and a half, I throw in two scrambled eggs, a slice of aged white cheddar cheese and a few dashes of hot sauce.

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8:00 p.m. - I turned on the oven to bake up two chocolate chip cookies (to Shira’s horror I always keep homemade cookie dough in the freezer). But by the time it came to temperature and would have baked, it would have been 9pm. So I scrounged some slightly old chocolate chips instead, which were wholly unsatisfying.

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{Wednesday snack: tomato juice + cheddar bunnies}

{Wednesday snack: tomato juice + cheddar bunnies}

8:30 a.m. - Coffee with whole milk and a banana.

11:00 a.m. - Gaby, our food contributor from What’s Gaby Cooking, invited Alina and me down to a brunch she was hosting in Venice. Everything looked ah-mazing and so I put pretty much everything on my plate with the intention of tasting them without actually finishing my massive serving. But I ate it all. You guys, she’s just that good. I had a slice of lemon pound cake, a cinnamon sugar french toast, chia pudding, a vegetable quiche, crackers with cream cheese and lox, and some fresh berries and ricotta.

4:45 p.m. - Had an adult drink/child snack when I had a virgin bloody mary with a ramekin of cheddar bunnies. 

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7:15 p.m. - Homemade spaghetti bolognese.

7:30 p.m. - A glass of scotch and half a bar of milk chocolate.

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{Thursday's breakfast: strawberry cream cheese scone from Go Get Em Tiger}

{Thursday's breakfast: strawberry cream cheese scone from Go Get Em Tiger}

10:15 a.m. - Strawberry scone + flat white.

12:30 p.m. - Chicken salad with quinoa, apples, and goat cheese. 

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2:30 p.m. - Banana with peanut butter

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7:30 p.m. - We ordered in Pine & Crane, which is one of my favorite restaurants in L.A. We always over-order so we have leftovers for a few days. My plate was full, but I made an effort to load up on vegetables (pea shoots and spinach), had a beef roll, pot stickers, dan dan noodles, minced pork over rice, and Mapo tofu. I paired it all with a glass of champagne.

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8:00 p.m. - A bag of Skittles.

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{Friday's breakfast: pan au chocolat from Bottega Louis} 

{Friday's breakfast: pan au chocolat from Bottega Louis

8:30 a.m. - Coffee with whole milk.

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10:00 a.m. - In order to celebrate the end of a tough week (hence all my not-so-healthy food options), we picked up pastries from Bottega Louie to bring to the office. I had pieces of a couple of things - pan au chocolat, a nutella beignet (best thing, ever), and a fruit and nut scone.

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12:30 p.m. - Sushi handrolls at Kazu Nori and iced green tea. I’m constantly dehydrated since I detest water, so any chance I get, I order iced tea when out to eat and ask for a to-go cup when I leave.

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7:00 p.m. - Leftovers from Pine & Crane

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You are continuing to make major strides and I’m super proud; you should be too. You’re getting a lot better with pausing and making more conscious food decisions - which is really the backbone of any healthy relationship with food. And we will continue to work on this. Some things that I’d also like to focus on: getting healthier snacks for the C&C headquarters, even more veggies (there should be veggies at lunch and dinner, every day), getting even better at understanding your triggers for overeating (especially sweets), and continuing to phase out treating food as a reward/consolation prize. - ShiraRD

Check back next week same time for Shira's feedback on Alina's food diary, and keep up in the mean time: 


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