Rate my Meals - 2010-02-09

February 10, 2010 · 4 comments

Today was the kind of day I have every so often where I was simply too busy to eat. The good thing is because I am really focusing on journaling this I really focused on trying to be good when I finally did get a chance to eat, as brief a moment as that was. But in the past I may have chosen to really pig out in that moment and I didn’t, simply because I am trying to get my eating documented. For a 4th day in a row I got everything I ate into The Daily Plate.

I was solid busy at work all day long, then volunteered at a soup kitchen for a few hours after work, so careful with the hate - this was for a good cause.

Just 1,004 calories today.

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Meals for the day

Meals for the day

I was running a little late this morning because I needed to leave at 6:00 and I didn’t plan my early morning well. I was this close to thinking about just going through the drive-in at McDonald’s for an Egg McMuffin for breakfast, but I threw together a quick breakfast instead. Oatmeal (which I am really beginning to like), pineapple (still the fresh stuff), yogurt and a slice of toast with peanut butter - layered on thin, which is unusual for me.

I had a banana at work at about 8:30 and then the problems started. Meetings went late, new things cropped up, next thing you know I was staring 5:30 in the face and I had not eaten lunch and dinner was going to be tough because I needed to drive into downtown Minneapolis to volunteer at a Catholic Charities Soup Kitchen. So I grabbed the healthiest sandwich I could grab, a McDonald’s Premium Chicken Sandwich. It was really good but next time I’ll ask for it without the mayo.

Working at the soup kitchen was a great experience. First we had to cook up everything at a local kitchen then bring it over to the homeless shelter where the soup kitchen is based. I think we servered a couple hundred people, although maybe 30 or so got to have seconds. Very eye opening experience and what shocked my was how clean cut some of the men looked. I suppose it is possible a local college kid snuck in for a free meal but I don’t think so. Scary times.

No gum, hardly any water, just real busy.

So how do you think I did?

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AndrewENZ February 10, 2010 at 1:48 am

I’m impressed with the helping out. Well done John.

I think I saw a green vegetable on the cover of that box!

Greg February 10, 2010 at 6:27 am

Looks healthy. One of my favorite on the goal sandwiches is the McD’s Grilled Chicken Classic (sans mayo). Another alternative is the same from Chik Fil A. I think its a little better, but don’t know how common they are in Minneapolis.

Good deal - the soup kitchen work. Considering the weather up there right now, I’m sure they appreciate the help.

Thanks Greg - yeah no Chik Fil A here that I am aware of. The grilled chicken sandwich seems like a pretty reasonable way to go as long as you don’t get the mayo. I’m not saying it’s great, but when you find yourself at McDonalds it seems a good way to go.

It’s been cold here and the night I worked in the soup kitchen it was about to get colder, so I think they had a full house. It was rewarding to help.

Daniel Korn February 10, 2010 at 8:29 am

If you want to lose weight, you need to eat fruits and vegetables. Processed food and fast food is linked to weight gain. Spend less time looking at calories. Low calorie diets are not effective. Eating lots of fruits and vegetables, and avoiding processed food filled (and soda) with acidic chemicals, will rebuild your gut flora, cause your hunger levels to drop.

Seth February 10, 2010 at 9:35 am

Hey - what you did eat was pretty healthy. I don’t know much info about the McD’s sandwich though.

I’m not sure how formal your meetings are but it might be a good idea to make a small snack — nuts, raisins, apples slices, dried fruit or something to put in a small baggie and have in your pocket — might help the overly long meetings.

I really respect the volunteering. Good work with that!

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