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What is Your Daily Food Routine?

Hi Hounds,

Curious to see what the majority of people do with what they eat on a normal basis. Do you eat breakfast and if so is it usually the same thing or do you rotate between various things? Same with lunch and dinner .

I don't have a set lunch because I always eat breakfast and snack in between. Recently I have been eating a Jazz apple or Honeycrisp first thing in the morning then maybe some eggs or cereal. No set lunch but I will have snacks but I always eat dinner...

So what do you do? Feel free to be as detailed or not as you wish!

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  1. I get up, I grind the beans and have cofeee - I go to work (and take more ground beans) and have more coffee, I nibble plain crackers and drink water till lunch, Work (AXA) provides free fresh fruit, so I will usually have an apple or tangerine late morning. I eat what I've taken to work for lunch (salad or nuked veggie food).
    I drink more water, I go home and eat salad or nuked food (or eat out) - then I prep the food for the following day (Mon-Thur).
    Except when I don't. And then it's open season..

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    1. re: Peg

      Breakfast is cappucino, one egg, with either sauteed spinach, mushroom, or zucchini. I also add green onion to the egg. Sometimes feta on the egg and/or a sausage, one piece of rye bread with butter and jam.
      Lunch, an apple or yogurt, or small salad.
      Dinner, some kind of meat, and several kinds of veggies. Glass of wineor two. Dessert (usually don't eat a whole one, couple of bites)

      1. re: Missmoo

        I should incorporate a glass of wine once in a while.. it's just that I keep thinking all these things people say about the inmune system going down when you have alcohol and i am so afraid of catching a cold yet again...

        our breakfast is very similar =D except for the coffee... i usually have black tea with soy milk... (evaporated when it\s a weekend =P

    2. I wish i would eat as little as most of women I know =(

      but ohh well.. here goes what I had today =)

      I wake up around 5:45-6am...

      Always Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (2 snacks in between usually). and a 3rd one if i play volleyball in the night for at least 4hours.


      When I wake up I always have 8oz glass of water with either half of grapefruit or lime juice.

      Today I made a Frittata w mushrooms and onions w/ cheddar cheese... served 8oz of (soy milk or choco-almond milk or just almond milk) today was choco-almond milk =) and I made zucchini & potato galette.

      Snack: grapes

      Lunch: Lentils soup with Beef, carrots and yuca.

      Snack: Gala Apple and some cereal (i just felt liek munching cinnamon toast =) no milk.

      Dinner (working on it) Chicken-Spinach-Cream Cheese Empanadas with cucumber salad...


      Since today is my work-out off day I won-t play volleyball or run so I will stay home and have "maybe" kettle pop-corn.


      Weekends it changes... breakfast could be biscuits and bacon fruit salad.. (i love big breakfasts =)

      And I just got my first KitchenAid so I will try my bread recipes!!!


      Do you think i eat too much? =P

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      1. re: helenahimm

        haha not at all- i played volleyball in college and i eat almost as much as i did then. i still love big breakfasts and i wish i could eat them everyday if i had time!

        1. re: helenahimm

          ok....thank goodness i am not the only woman who eats way more than my girl friends do. Breakfast is always either an omelette and fruit or yogurt with cereal and fruit...and coffee. Snack at about 11AM, lunch at about 1pm of either a grilled chicken salad, and more fruit . A snack in the afternoon of either a protein bar, frozen yogurt and an apple. Dinner at home is either grilled chicken, sushi or grilled salmon with vegetables. Nights that I eat out...about 4 a week are a lot bigger meals and I do indulge in a few glasses of great wine. Dessert would be sorbet.

        2. Breakfast during the week is usually two hard boiled egg whites once I get to work. Water most of the time. Sandwich for lunch, I typically bring my lunch. A piece of fruit for the mid afternoon snack and then dinner once I get home. That will be whatever I feel like cooking when I get home, chicken cooked some way with some veggies, could be stir fry or on the grill.
          Weekend eating varies, a bagel sandwich for breakfast and I might make a big pot of chili or soup or red beans and eat that most of the weekend.

          1. Monday through Thursday my routine is quite static. For breakfast it's instant oatmeal, orange juice and Community coffee with chicory. Lunch is one and a half sandwiches made with various cold cuts or cheeses, and an apple all washed down by tap water. Dinner is the main meal and it could be just about anything.

            Friday is the same as Monday through Thursday with the exception that me and my better half go out for dinner.

            Saturday and Sunday I rarely eat breakfast; lunch is likely leftovers or fast food, and dinner is a homemade production, often on a fairly grand scale.

            1. Breakfast is usually GF (frozen) waffles, GF cereal with almond mylk, or homemade GF muffins or quick bread and oj or smoothies. Sometimes we have open-face pbj on GF bread.

              Lunch is nearly always planned leftovers from the previous night's supper. I generally eat mine in front of the computer at work anywhere from 11 am to 2:30 pm depending on my appts out in the community.

              Supper varies depending on whose turn it is to cook (we alternate with the other washing the dishes), what ingredients/produce we have and what needs to be used up, if the one whose cooking ended up having to work late or run any errands on the way home, etc. We're vegan and I'm gluten free so most meals are brown rice/potato/quinoa or GF pasta based. We eat lots of broccoli and greens (average of 10 meals per wk). We also eat lots of beans: garbanzo, black beans most often with a variety of other less often.

              Weekends may be just two meals depending on what time we get up and what all we have going on. Breakfast may be something that takes more time like GF pancakes, GF scone, or fried potatoes with salsa. Often it's finishing up any leftovers from the week.

              Snacks when we get home from work before supper: chocolate almond mylk, a spoonful of peanut butter. My husband often snacks on prunes and/or raisins (I don't care for either). Dessert is often vegan chocolate chips and candied ginger by the handful.

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              1. re: lgss

                You sure eat a bunch of GF. What the hell is GF? I'm thinking grain/flax, but I hate abreviations.

                1. re: James Cristinian

                  I believe it's gluten-free. I work with some folks who cannot have any gluten so am used to seeing GF.

                  1. re: James Cristinian

                    GF=gluten-free (no wheat, oats, barley, rye, spelt)

                2. I always have to have breakfast first thing in the morning or I turn into a cranky cow! Freshly brewed coffee and either natural fat-free yogurt with wheatgerm, mixed berries and mixed seeds or rolled oats (cooked with water) with mixed berries and seeds.

                  Lunch is usually a salad with some bread and hummus or some leftovers from the previous night's dinner. For dinner, I try to cook healthily during the week (wholewheat pasta and homemade tomato-based sauces, currys, salmon and veggies, filo pies, lots of beans, pulses, brown rice and couscous, etc) and indulge over the weekend.
                  I tend to snack on dried and fresh fruits, rice cakes and the occasional cereal bars and I have a massive sweet tooth which I placate with fruit yogurt during the week and naughtier treats on Saturdays and Sundays, depending on the mood.

                  1. Breakfast...always...but on workdays, I try to eat around 8 so that I won't be hungry til 12 or so. Morning starts at 6 with making one cup of coffee, feeding the cats, reading paper. After getting dressed/ready for work which starts at 8:30, I eat breakfast which is a wide variety: organic oatmeal with walnuts & raisins; or Greek 0% fat yogurt with wild blueberries, sometimes done as a smoothie; if I'm running late, a banana, multivitamin and 1% milk. On weekends it's usually some kind of 1-egg dish, soft boiled or a kale, egg & red pepper concoction or salsa, egg & cheese on corn tortilla. I love making the IHOP Multigrain Walnut pancakes on Sunday and then freeze most of them for breakfast during the week. Lunch is almost always brought from home....soup, arugula salad with dandelion & parsley (growing all in large pots out front) and/or some kind of protein, mostly beans. I also try to eat sardines or kippers twice a week for lunch protein so on those days, I don't eat beans for lunch but I might have them for dinner. Snacks are apples, cucumbers, sunflower/pumpkin seeds, low-salt roasted almonds, popcorn, green or oolong tea. Dinner is a free for all...youngest son lives with me right now and I love cooking his favorite dishes and trying out new ones.

                    1. I only eat once or twice a day. I always eat an evening meal, usually something like a baked chicken leg, a steak, some stew or soup. If I'm hungry in the morning I eat eggs and a small piece of meat. I drink water throughout the day but don't snack. I avoid grains and starches.

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                      1. re: MandalayVA

                        No breakfast except when with company, eating out. Lunch 2X in the last 5 years? (on my b-day cannot refuse falafel and lentil soup purchased by co-workers and it is good). Similar to Mandalay,I'm evening meal focused. 45 min before bed is the time for big dinners when home cooking. Coffee, vitamins and soda in a.m. Candy or rarely some fruit around 10:30. Salty snacks at some other point.

                      2. Oatmeal, oatmeal, oatmeal every morning. Steel-cut on days off, Quaker large flake on work days. You'd think I'd get bored of it, but no. Something about it is just so GOOD and satisfying... even in summer, somehow.

                        It takes a serious schedule disruption for me to get up and go somewhere without my oatmeal and coffee. Even when I'm not at home I find it hard to wrap my head around any other breakfast!

                        1. Really? All of you just eat things like low fat muffins, soy milk, etc? I am afraid I eat breakfast and I must have it every morning. As I type I am enjoying two fried eggs, homemade hash browns, and Jimmy Dean turkey sausage patties. Some mornings I cook grits and add a couple of pieces crumbled cooked bacon with some 2% cheese, or scramble a couple of eggs that I put in corn tortillas with cheese. I enjoy all of this with a nice big glass of iced tea. Lunch is usually dinner leftovers. Dinner, tends to be something like I made last night. Cooked a chuck roast in my pressure cooker, sauteed some Brussels sprouts, and some rice on the side with the roast gravy on top.

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                          1. re: swamp

                            when i was living in NYC, i would pick up a sausage, 2 eggs and cheese on an everything bagel every day before work. Lunch would be promplty at 12:30 and i would usually go to Koreatown since it was two blocks away and get a full lunch of either jiggae or tang with all the banchan. i would snack on sunflower seeds or chex mix throughout the day as well. Living in CO now, I don't have such easy access to foods like that so I've cut back on meals and my wallet!!

                            1. re: swamp

                              Swamp I'm right there with you on the food groups. Just a smaller prortion. And a good amount of fat as well, since my cholesterol has gone done as I've started eating the good fats, (pork, beef, butter)

                            2. I just had a a small glass of OJ, a cup of coffee and a piece of whole wheat toast with cream cheese and sugar-free apricot preserves. That's it till about 2:00 when I'll have a banana (for the potassium). Dinner tonight will be the chicken and pork adobado from this month's COTM with a tomato relish from the same book...and I *should* cook the beautiful Bright Lights chard I got at the farm on Wed.

                              Some mornings it's a poached egg on WWtoast, others it's savory oatmeal w/chicken stock. I don't get hungry during the day for some reason but I know I should eat something so I'll usually just have a small bit of leftover something-or-other, but I don't make a specific lunch. Generally dinner is a main and 2 sides, unless it's pasta then I just make a salad to accompany. 3 times a week we have a vegetarian dinner.

                              1. Glass of water when i get up

                                Coffee when I get to work and then fruit of some sort, usually a few things cut up, pineapple and grapes maybe, or apples and oranges. Maybe a hard boiled egg if there are any in the fridge,

                                Snack of some sort around 11. Crackers or popcorn, or maybe dosa or something similar (depends on what the canteen at work is serving for snack)

                                lunch at 1:30 leftovers, salad, or school lunch (which is usually Bengali something or other, but occasionally something like hotdogs)

                                dinner is usually chicken or fish curry, veggies and more fruit. Once in a while something like pasta or enchiladas. (I have a Bangladeshi cook, so she tends to make local foods more often than Western meals.)

                                My downfall is weekends and evening parties. Lots of cheese, wine, samosas. Parties tend to be big eating events here, and everything is an excuse for a party.

                                1. Breakfast: Coffee, hot cereal or yogurt/cereal or frozen waffle & PB or ramen
                                  Lunch: Leftovers, or a bowl of soup / salad.
                                  Dinner: Whatever floats my boat, a lot of pasta dishes, curry.

                                  1. Love this thread!
                                    Morning - hot water wi/lemon, grapes, sometimes 2 egg whites scrambled.
                                    11:00 a.m. 2 small apples (heated), 1 cold banana, 2TBS better than peanut butter Diet Coke
                                    Dinner - salmon (steamed or poached) or tuna sashimi w/ steamed veggies, water
                                    Snack - small popcorn w/ protein pretzels, caf free diet Coke

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                                    1. re: six dower

                                      SD, never heard of heating up apples...how do you heat them up? Do you eat them that way just because you like them warmed up?

                                      1. re: Val

                                        I cut them into slices and heat them in a bit of spice or leave plain. It brings out the sweetness of the apple.

                                        1. re: six dower

                                          good as well with pears, peaches, plums, apricots...

                                        2. re: Val

                                          I also heat up apples. I cut them into pieces, put them in the microwave for about 4 to 5 min. with some spices. Then I either eat them like that or with some frozen yogurt on top...yum! Also works well with peaches.

                                          1. re: taboo

                                            hmmm...slightly akin to apple pie (slightly!)...might try it out!

                                        3. re: six dower

                                          I thought I was the only one who ever at 'Better N' Peanut Butter'- I love the stuff. Do you spread it on your apples, bananas or just spoonful? How else do you eat it? I usually have it before my morning workout but do you feel it keeps you feeling full like PB if you have as a snack or does the added sugar give an insulin spike?

                                        4. For the record, the only reason I eat oatmeal practically every morning is the fibre content. That is one of my few concessions to the health uber alles craze. Truth be told, I don't particularly care for oatmeal. Would much prefer biscuits and gravy or breakfast burritos.

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                                          1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                            breakfast burritos that include beans, roasted peppers and tomatoes could have a good bit of fiber as well -- maybe even more than a serving of oatmeal. ditch that oatmeal if you don't like it, eh?

                                          2. Breakfast: coffee, toast, fruit, hardboiled egg white
                                            Lunch: weekdays are either pasta salad, fried noodles, sandwiches or pita and hummus. Always fruit.
                                            Dinners: lots of noodles, pita pizzas, curries
                                            Weekend lunches and dinners are more elaborate and interesting.

                                            1. First I make some french press coffee. Light roast, 3-4 scoops, steep 3-4 minutes, press, add to glass, 6 teaspoons sugar into hot coffee, then the half and half or heavy cream. Sometimes a buttered piece of sourdough or half an apple or banana too, on occasion.

                                              Lunch varies within a certain set. Sometimes I get the (not so) "mini lunch" from the deli consisting of large portions of either garlic, sweet and sour, lemon, or orange chicken and steamed rice. Those last through 2 meals. Or half a roast beef sandwich on sourdough with onion. Or half a pb&j and an apple. Usually sipping on a pepsi or orange based juice thoughout the day.

                                              Dinner is THE meal. Main, side, veg, and always dessert. Since it's winter, it's been a lot of garlic soup variations, salisbury steak, pot roast, bacon macaroni and cheese, pasta carbonara, etc... Dessert is often some ice cream or home made pie, brownies, quick bread, or something else.

                                              1. I like to have a few small meals through out the day. Breakfast is either a smoothie (41 grams of protein, around 100 gram banana, and 30 grams of grains) or sub out the protein for yogurt and banana for apple. Sprinkled liberally with cinnamon.
                                                Lunch is a roasted chicken sandwich on homemade whole wheat bread, with a side of vegetables (a lot of vegetables, as I love them).
                                                Supper is a salad or smoothie again. I've been watching what I eat, and keep track in a food diary. It helps me a lot. I also have a few shots of espresso through out the day and have almonds and apple, or a chicken breast for my snacks.

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                                                1. re: raidar

                                                  heh...I was tempted to ask if anyone here keeps a food diary! Interesting...I'm also wondering if many of us take supplements and which ones. Probably not appropriate for this board, though.

                                                  1. re: Val

                                                    I don't think I'll ever stop my diary. Two years in, I've lost a ton of weight. It helps me realize exactly what I put in my body, as I came from a family that just ate, ate, ate.

                                                    I'm just glad to see I'm not the only person who eats a regular routine and/or consistently the similar meals and foods. Most of my friends detest leftovers, let alone choosing to eat the same breakfast or lunch.

                                                    1. re: Val

                                                      While on coumadin (blood "thinner") for deep vein thrombosis (mid-June--end of Oct) I kept a food diary and sent it to the med management nurse weekly. We couldn't get my coagulation level to stay within range two weeks in a row so wanted her to see that I was avoiding high vitamin K foods. She couldn't figure out why we couldn't get things to stay within range just commented more than once, "you sure eat healthy!"
                                                      I take vit B complex, B-12, folic acid, vitamin D2, probiotics, and apple pectin.

                                                  2. i never thought I'd end up with such repetitive diet, but somehow it works for me.

                                                    On the way to work: coffee, cut up apple and piece of cheese.
                                                    Morning Break: oatmeal, in the summer mini bagel and cream cheese or cereal and soy milk w/fruit.
                                                    Lunch: salad usually consists of lettuce, chicken or tuna, legumes and cukes. Sometimes I go out for fast food with my girlfriends, but the bonding time outweighs the nutritional blunder.
                                                    Afternoon break: cut up celery, black olives, cherry tomatoes and laughing cow lite cheese.
                                                    Dinner: I usually make a braised dish or roast a chicken and have salads to go with it.
                                                    Grapes, tangerines and pistachios are my go to dessert either for lunch or dinner.
                                                    Weekends is not routine at all. I pretty much go by my mood. Today I stopped off for an early dinner at a chinese restaurant. I ordered enough for leftovers for a snack tonight and lunch or dinner tomorrow. For breakfast I indulged in an egg mcmuffin.

                                                    1. i admit to the pathetic nature of what i do. when in project work, i ususally stop at the grocery on the way to work monday, stock up for the work fridge for the next few days, fridge underutilitzed, and eat a factory bagel with store brand cream cheese, office coffee, and that's breakfast. lunch is more out of the fridge, cold or nuked. sometimes something from a very large pot of what i made over he weekend for dinners, and dinner is what i made one very large pot of...... yep that pot from the weekend. i know, i know, turn in my chowhound card to the nice man at the door now or risk..... projects are deadline-oriented, creative problem solving day in day out. making sure other professionals do their work on time, right. on the other hand, i do have and delight in using some great ingredients. and do relish the dinner parties and proffessional catering i do. it's my outlet. it's just, sadly, not my life. am i the only one not eating omelets in the morning. i wish i had someone to bring me a cup of coffee in the shower! the great part of what i do is to take too much of the weekend cooking to the office and invite a colleague to share linguine with ratatouille and good cheese or cauliflower in curried coconut milk with jasmine rice with me for lunch at the conference table. i remember once when i instigated a group carry=in. everyone broughtsomething and we had a great meal. everyone enjoyed it but me. i had to go back to the desk to meet another critical deadline! i'd do it again! maybe i could enjoy that time too.....

                                                      1. Everyone here seems to have routines. I work shift work so I am used to eating at any time of the day or night! (Lunch at 8 am, noon, or 3 am could all be normal!)

                                                        If I'm working the 4 am shift I'll sometimes bring something small to eat when I first get in...muffin, etc. If have a day off or work the 2 pm shift, sometimes I skip breakfast and just have lunch, or else I have breakfast and skip lunch. Lately I've been enjoying making bacon, fried egg, and cheese sandwiches on English muffins. I also like the mini Boboli crusts for a quick lunch and top those with sauce, cheese, and pepperoncini peppers.

                                                        Lunch and dinner can really be anything. I enjoy beef ravioli or pasta for something easy, or making a burger with an ear of corn. Stir fry with noodles, mushrooms, and water chestnuts. Those are probably the things I eat most often. Sometimes I make something and eat it for 4 nights in a row b/c it's easy to bring leftovers to work, like baked ziti or shepherd's pie. I also indulge in unhealthy food more often than I should, but as a single girl living alone it's so easy to do! I really struggle with good ideas for things to eat. It's hard when you're just cooking for one.

                                                        1. Breakfast: Rarity. If I wake up early, I may have eggs and watered down juice, a slice of cheese and crackers or maybe a bit of whatever was delicious at dinner the night prior.
                                                          Lunch: Between 12 and 1:30. Usually a medium-sized meal, sometimes small.
                                                          Tea: Usually around 4 or 5. 2 cups of tea and a small snack.
                                                          Dinner: On workout days, it is broken in two. Part is eaten with tea before the gym, the rest is eaten afterwards and very rarely after 8pm.

                                                          Weekends are different. If I am up before 10 on Saturday, I usually eat breakfast. Otherwise I start with lunch and graze through my day of errands and leisure. Sundays I never eat until after noon. If I am alone, I may treat myself to a simple lunch of hearty fare that would be otherwise too decadent during the week. If I am with friends, I usually find myself in an hourslong brunch with too much food. Those Sundays usually end with a lager at the beer hall and something light for dinner.

                                                          1. This is my normal eating routine during the week. The weekends I throw it out the window.

                                                            Breakfast: One organic egg and some egg substitute scrambled topped with black bean/corn salsa and a piece of fruit, like a banana.
                                                            Mid-morning snack: Half a protein shake made with lowfat organic milk, frozen blueberries, organic peanut butter, raw oatmeal, ground flaxseeds and some protein powder.
                                                            Lunch: Either a sandwich or wrap made with lean protein like turkey or chicken breasts, whole wheat something, fresh spinach, guacamole as a spread, and some bacon for flavoring. Throw in some baby carrots and hummus. Iced green tea as a drink.
                                                            Mid-afternoon snack: Handful or so of mixed nuts from Costco.
                                                            Before workout: Second half of shake from above.
                                                            After workout: Lowfat milk with whey protein.
                                                            Dinner: Grilled chicken breasts or wild salmon patty on whole wheat or as a salad, side of veggies like steamed broccoli or broiled asparagus. Apple to top it off.
                                                            Before bed (if hungry): Casein shake or some cottage cheese and peanut butter.

                                                            Total calories: around 2500-2800/day. I also drink plenty of water throughout the day since I have a Brita filter at my work desk. I luckily work a govt job where I can have a routine to stick to so I can maintain order in what I consume. I have protein at every meal, only refined carbs that pass my lips are whole grain or whole wheat, 6-8 servings of fruits and vegetables a day and added fats consist of the guac, canola/EVOO blend, and flaxseeds.

                                                            1. Breakfast and lunch are my more routine meals. Dinner varies wildly. For breakfast, I'll usually have an egg (hard boiled, tea egg or Chinese marinated egg, usually) or if I have time, oven broiled fish (blue fish or trout, usually). Sometimes I have omusubi using leftover rice or soup of some sort. Also a cup (or two or three) of coffee. Midmorning, I often have a piece of fruit. For some reason, fruit and coffee first thing in the morning inevitably gives me a stomach ache, but later on in the day, it's fine.

                                                              Lunch is usually a salad, vegetable-heavy chaat, a crummy vegetable stirfry from the gringo Chinese place downstairs, crummy deli maki (usually yellowtail scallion or vegetable). If I'm feeling very hungry, I'll have part of a chicken and rice platter from a cart, bulgogi over rice, bibimbap, a tamale, Daisy May's pulled pork or bratwurst and curried potatoes from the Hallo Berlin cart. If I don't have much time, lunch is just a couple of handfuls of almonds or a bag of soy crisps and yogurt or fruit or something like that. I probably have a real lunch about half the time. The rest of the time, I just snack.

                                                              Dinner is anything. Tonight, we cooked and made a whole bunch of odds and ends out of things that had been languishing in the fridge for a while, including: homemade and very fermented savoy cabbage kimchi, leftover lamb stifado, tomato and cucumber salad, a Jacques Pepin savory pumpkin custard that someone posted on Chowhound. If I'm too tired to cook, we'll just have a glass of wine with cheese and fruit and nuts. Too often, these days, we've also been eating out or ordering in. It's shooting my budget all to heck, but our new neighborhood has a lot of tempting options... :)

                                                              I'm so impressed you eat fruit first thing in the a.m.!

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                                                              1. re: cimui

                                                                and I am so jealous that you live in the city! I totally know what you mean about the budget thing- when I was living in Queens it was just too easy to pick up or get delivered something totally delicious. I think I might have ordered in at least 3 times a week if not more...and since moving to Boulder I've ordered delivery once in 10 months!! it's a tradeoff tho- but I'd rather be blowing my cash on good food than saving money and not eating that well. -sigh-

                                                              2. I sure enjoyed reading this thread.
                                                                Breakfast is usually a cup of coffee and dry cereal at work, maybe some unsweetened applesauce.
                                                                Lunch is left overs or planned overs, most often a wrap. Today it is black beans and cheese, yesterday was chicken wrap. And I have a honey crisp apple.
                                                                Dinner varies. I made Italian wedding soup this week, so will have that for a few days until I am just sick to death of it, then move on. I often just have chicken, or cottage cheese, some lean protein for dinner.
                                                                I drink black coffee, diet coke, and a cup of tea now and then.

                                                                1. I have always been a healthy eater, however the love of cooking, wine and martinis and no work outs helped pack on the pounds. And I have realized that even though we ate healthy it was rich intense food and of course a bottle of wine with dinner did not help matters (that was after martinis when I got home)

                                                                  So now I have changed all that and having fun rearranging my recipes to healthier versions!

                                                                  Breakfast (a must in the AM) 1 piece of toast with jam before my AM workout and after my hour workout, breakfast consists of 3 egg whites, ½ C of some kind of veggie and ¼ C of lean protein… (Carb up before a workout for energy and protein down after a workout to help with building lean muscles)

                                                                  Snack is an apple (honeycrisp’s are my favorite) or some sort of fresh veggie to munch on

                                                                  Lunch is always a salad with a nice mixture of veggies and lean meat…like to today I had arugula salad topped with a Cajun Crab Cake…took 6oz of claw meat, mixed with 2 tbsp of diced red peppers, 1 tbsp fresh chopped parsley, 2 tsp of Cajun seasoning, 1 tbsp of light mayo and Dijon mustard, 1 tbsp bread crumbs, mix well, let sit overnight and pan sauté in a cooking spray makes 2 cakes (very yummy and light)

                                                                  Snack is melba crackers (6 for 60 cals) paired with laughing cow cheese and sliced apple it’s a great snack or peanut butter with the apple….or a banana and peanut butter. My new favorite is sipping on Roasted Red pepper and Tomato soup.

                                                                  Dinner, again lean meat, fresh fish, chicken, turkey…and veggies or a salad
                                                                  Tonight I am going to make a smoke turkey and lentil soup

                                                                  We no longer drink every night, but we do go a bit wild on the weekend. With the $$$ saved by not buying wine every night we are able to get a super good wine on the weekend... To go with a really terrific no holding back dinner!

                                                                  I do not feel deprived and still and will always love food and not to mention I have dropped 15lbs so far …WOO HOO

                                                                  1. Breakfast - Mrs' Jfood coffee and a thingy of yougurt after exercising
                                                                    Lunch - either a salad or a grilled chicken sandwich with fixings
                                                                    Dinner - a protein with some veggies and possibly a starch, or something out of jfood's freezer

                                                                    After dinner - fruit or ice cream

                                                                    Snack - skippy on pepperidge farm white bread.

                                                                    When travelling on biz the dinner and snacks are VERY different. The only snack after dinner in the hotel may be an oatmeal-raisin cookie and jfood usually eats 3-4 bananas a day in the office.

                                                                    1. Wow, I am completely shocked by how healthily and consciously a lot of you guys eat! Makes me wonder if the routine is a conscious effort towards, or a byproduct of being so mindful about nutrition? I have no routines except every meal is preceded and followed by a mug of milky, sweet, sweet tea. Some days I eat nothing but starch and butter, and some days only a ribeye. How embarrassing!

                                                                      1. I always eat breakfast. Usually oatmeal with some fruit and milk on the week days and on the weekends we do eggs and pancakes or some other "traditional" breakfast fare. Or go out for breakfast as a treat. If I don't have oatmeal it is usually toast with pb and jelly.

                                                                        Lunch is normally a sandwich and soup or a salad. Or leftovers from supper.

                                                                        Snacks are usually fruit

                                                                        1. I love this thread! I'm so glad I found this place. :)

                                                                          Breakfast: Black Coffee

                                                                          2nd Breakfast: Whole wheat toast, with either hummus or vegan veggie cream cheese, fruit -OR- instant organic oatmeal with flaxseeds and dried fruit mixed in

                                                                          Lunch: Usually some sort of bean/rice thing that I can make easily at work -OR- noodles with tons of leftover veggies

                                                                          Dinner: Some big meat-like thing with veggies and a grain . Lately I've been making my own seitan and trying to recreate Chicken Marsala and things like that. And a few glasses of wine. Of course!

                                                                          Snacks are almost always fruit/nuts. I always either want something sweet or salty - so that works out nicely. :)

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                                                                          1. re: a.bot

                                                                            I don't know why folks like us love reading about what other people are eating so much (or why I like reading about what ppl have in their refrigerators, etc..) -- but ain't it fun? =) Welcome to Chowhound!

                                                                            1. re: cimui

                                                                              You have no idea! Now I can stop boring my husband/friends with all my talk of food! :) Thanks for the warm welcome!

                                                                          2. Black coffee. One egg mixed with fat free cottage cheese and cut up tomato, s/p. Nuke for 1:45 sec. One slice buttered bread and small glass OJ. Lunch: fat free plain yogurt w/honey mixed with grapenuts, walnuts and craisons. Dinner is whatever I feel like.

                                                                            1. I sleep until the absolute last minute possible, but I never skip breakfast. I usually do oatmeal with a banana, or gluten-free cereal with plain yogurt and a splash of soy milk. If I'm out of time, I'll make a smoothie in my Magic Bullet with a banana, slivered almonds, soy milk and flax oil and drink it once I get to work. If I've got a bit of time I will also have a mug of hot water with lemon juice.

                                                                              I prepare lunch for the week on Sunday. Sometimes I portion it out day by day in Ziplock containers, other times I bring all the rice in one container, all the veggies in another, etc. and just scoop it out each day. It can be anything: a few weeks ago it was spaghetti squash with sauteed greens, chickpeas and tomato sauce, last week it was homemade tofu-veggie wontons with brown rice and greens, the week before it was curried lentils with quinoa and greens. For next week it will be lentil-rice pancakes with a nightshade-free vegetable curry and a carrot chutney.

                                                                              Dinner is less organized: often I'll make some soup over the weekend and eat it two or three nights, other times it's some variation of breakfast for dinner (vegetable omlette, home fries, refried beans and toast is a fave), sometimes I have the foresight to do an extra big cook on the weekend and have a roasted vegetable pasta dish or vegetable curry on hand.

                                                                              Throughout the day I drink HUGE quantities of green tea in addition to at least a litre of water. I don't really like many snack foods, but I do eat edamame, rice crackers (with homemade hummous) and nuts (which I portion into shot glasses). I keep plain yogurt and granola at work in case I get the munchies, but I very rarely eat them.

                                                                              1. Typical breakfast for me is a couple of english muffins with some kind of soft/semi-soft cheese, large glass of OJ and a cup of tea w/lemon. My wife usually has cereal w/milk or scrambled eggs.

                                                                                Typical lunch for me is sandwich of some type - luncheon meat, cheese, tuna, egg salad, leftover chicken/beef/'pork - sometimes leftovers from dinners, usually I drink water with lunch. My wife rarely eats lunch, but if she does it's usually a tuna or egg salad sandwich with a glass of milk.

                                                                                Typical dinner - if we're having some type of meat/fish, sides are normally potato or rice or couscous, and some type of sauteed greens or steamed broccoli, green beans, carrots, etc. If we're having pasta, it's usually with a salad. I have wine w/dinner, my wife, who can't join me for medical reasons, has milk or water. She has dessert, I don't.

                                                                                We don't snack very often, but generally have some kind of fruit each day. I have a couple of squares of dark chocolate every evening.

                                                                                1. most mornings i have water, coffee and either 2 eggs, fruit, english muffin or cereal bar.
                                                                                  lunch is my big meal and it varies between a big salad with chicken, thai food, chinese lunch special, burrito or a sandwich and chips. if i made a big dinner the night before then leftovers.
                                                                                  afternoon snack, something small like some cheese, an apple, snickers bar, almonds. everonce a month work provides bday cake.
                                                                                  dinner is lighter, fish or chicken and a veggie, or soup and every now and then i will add some rice or pasta and every so often, doctored ramen which i love!
                                                                                  weekends are kinda whatever happens.

                                                                                  1. I have a protein bar and a cup of coffee for breakfast every morning, and have for many years. Breakfast is one meal I don't want to have to think about!

                                                                                    For lunch, I always have fresh fruit and rotate between hummus & pita bread, PB sandwiches, and cheese with crackers.

                                                                                    I plan my dinner menus a month in advance. As a busy mom, it works really well for me. This week we are having spinach lasagna 2x, veggie quesadillas 2x, stir fry veggies & rice, Subway on Thursday (martial arts night), and homemade pizza on Friday.

                                                                                    Snacks vary depending on hunger, lol. Although I keep almonds and grapes around at all times. I find the small pieces are good for the hand-to-mouth craving that sets in when I get anxious.

                                                                                    1. Breakfast: yogurt or oatmeal with pb and soy sauce
                                                                                      Lunch: giant salads (often shredded carrot or beets) + protein of some sort + chocolate
                                                                                      Dinner: veggies, pasta or couscous, beans, and fruit