As a yogi and a distance runner, I know that the food I eat is fuel for my body, and that I can’t expect to get good things out of my body if I don’t put good foods into it.

But, as a Bad Yogi and a freelance, work-from-home writer who has 24/7 access to my pantry that somehow keeps getting stocked with cookies and popcorn, even the most well-intentioned meal plans sometimes fall by the wayside in favor of cravings in the moment.

I love reading posts about the best foods to eat for running endurance or a balanced body, and meal-planning blogs and articles are a beautiful sight to this Type A planner’s eyes. I mean, I don’t do any of the things advised in those posts, but I like to read them. So I decided to see what it would be like to track my eating habits and see what a real day-in-the-life food post would be like for a Bad Yogi…

I was up at about 8:15 a.m. on this day, and the first matter of business was getting my coffee perking. I should also note that I drink an obscene amount of water throughout the day, probably about 100 ounces or so, if not more. So remember, that is totally healthy and completely negates any unhealthy snacks I eat during the course of a day. Right?

8:30 a.m. – First cup of coffee

9:15 a.m. – Second cup of coffee

10:40 a.m. – Egg and cheese on toast. (Not pictured on toast: enough butter to make Paula Deen blush.)


1:55 p.m. – Homemade turkey meatball soup. I was lucky I had made a pot of soup the night before. Batch cooking is the only way I eat real meals some days, because I’m usually more of a grazer than a stop-what-I’m-doing-and-cook type.

2:00 p.m. – Another bowl of soup, because I don’t have self control. But there are vegetables in the soup, so that’s like double servings of veggies and I’m very health-conscious.


3:30 p.m. – 3 oatmeal cookies (while sitting at my desk pretending not to be distracted by the entire box of cookies just 5 feet away).

4:45 p.m. – Pineapple slices. Maybe I ate 4, maybe I ate 40. Who can remember?

5:30 p.m. — A pickle. I was heading out for an evening yoga class and realized I might be hungry before I had the chance to get home and eat again, but it was too close to class to have a real meal. So a pickle would suffice.


8:00 p.m. – A fruit strip. It’s like Fruit By the Foot for grown-ups, and I keep a couple in my purse at all times. Because sometimes you leave yoga class at 7:45 and have to immediately answer the growls that have been coming out of your stomach since opening meditation. (Turns out a pickle won’t fill you up for long.)

9:30 p.m. – Wine. Because what kind of Bad Yogi food post wouldn’t include a glass of Pinot Noir?

10 p.m. – 2 more oatmeal cookies. What? They go well with red wine.


Over to you: What would your honest day’s food diary look like? (Please, don’t let me be the only one who counts a pickle as a pre-yoga snack…)