Rate my Meals - 2010-02-06

February 6, 2010 · 3 comments

After seeing Andrew’s recent post This is what I eat I realized how helpful it would be to my own habits if I forced myself to record everything I ate during the day. I’ve tried journaling my meals before and failed miserably but I’m hoping that taking pictures will help the process. My camera phone isn’t the best, particularly in low light, but it is serviceable.

You can also join in the action by rating how you think I did, using whatever criteria you wish, by assigning my meals between 1 and 10 stars. Feel free to add some commentary in the comments too if you wish.

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As I tweeted this morning, I got off to a bad start by not capturing my breakfast correctly. I took the picture and mailed it to myself but then I deleted it from my camera and then I realized I never got the email. So that wasn’t good. I had a nice breakfast too - single portion of hot oatmeal with raisins and a splash of skim milk, a banana, two clementines and a yogurt.

Don’t look too close at the grapes I had for a mid-morning snack - they were the dregs of the bowl and were almost ready to start making wine. But I rescued them.

Lunch was a bowl of Progresso tomato soup (220 cals), 11 tortilla chips (150 cal - you don’t even want to know how many I normally would eat), a few radishes, a carrot and some yogurt.

Two afternoon snacks, one was a protein bar and the other a kohlrabi, one of my all-time favorite vegetables.

For dinner I had a 2 egg omelet with shallots and a slice of provolone, a dry slice of English Muffin bread and a bunch of red grapes (the ones I had earlier were purple grapes).

Had about 5 pieces of gum throughout the day, drank 5-6 glasses of water.

So how do you think I did?

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AndrewENZ February 7, 2010 at 1:10 am

Overall pretty good but it seems like a lot?

I just ran the numbers in Daily Plate and the total was about 1600 calories which is if anything a little light, surprisingly. I normally have a bigger dinner and that’s where I usually get in trouble. Yesterday was easy because I was at home alone. When the family is here and I have work, etc is when it is going to be tougher, both just in terms of what I eat but also the mechanics of documentation. But I’m already feel after one day this is a good habit to get into.

Satia February 8, 2010 at 6:38 am

I love this idea of taking a pic of your food. I have struggled with keeping a food journal but this would definitely work for me. My cell phone, however, is not pic friendly at all. Or maybe it’s just not Satia friendly. It’s my son’s old phone and I simply cannot figure out how to use the darn thing properly. But I have a digital camera so maybe I can get into the habit of taking pics using that. Thank you for the wonderful idea. (And for the product reviews, which I will pass along to my fiance!) I’m glad I stumbled into your blog!

Glad to help, and glad you stumbled across my little place here!

Maureen February 8, 2010 at 10:21 pm

Great idea. I’d sporadically taken a picture of a meal on my blog, just when it was something very balanced and appealing.

I like how you’ve mixed up little snacks with soup. I always find that I make a sandwich to go with my soup lunch, and that gets really boring.

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