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If “What I Eat in a Day” Posts Were Honest

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.)

by-breakfast

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.

by-lunch

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.

by-snacks

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.

by-dinner

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…)

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32 Comments

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    Erin Motz

    January 13, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    we might be the same person! this morning i ate 3 forkfulls of pasta while standing in front of the open fridge before running out for a workout, picked up a bagel sandwich on the way home later, drank 2 cups of coffee after that, then took 3 bites of chicken, and now i’m trying to avoid the chocolate sitting next to me while i motivate myself to cook a real dinner! NOSHAME.

    1. Alyssa Ammirato

      Alyssa Ammirato

      January 14, 2016 at 4:29 pm

      A few bites of a few things that could be considered meals all add up to one decent meal, right? It’s all about moderation 😉

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    Renee

    January 14, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    Pickles are like my main snack! I am weirdly obsessed with them. As a cyclist with a ridiculously fast metabolism, I have to eat a lot…
    B: huge ass protein smoothie, toast with almond butter, lingonberry jam, and chia seeds
    Snack: like 8 fig newtons, piece of chocolate
    L: chickpea salad sandwich, pickles, string cheese
    Snack, spiralized veggie pad Thai, more chocolate, pro bar meal replacement
    D: leftover lentil tacos

    1. Alyssa Ammirato

      Alyssa Ammirato

      January 14, 2016 at 4:28 pm

      “Like 8 fig newtons” is a perfectly reasonable snack, if you ask me 😉

  3. Amy

    Amy

    January 14, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    Also a chronic snacker here… I just spend most of my time nibbling on Something all morning or evening till I’m full. I do try to not snack so much in the afternoon, ha!! I blame it on my ridiculously fast metabolism… I *need* to eat every few hours or my stomach will growl.

    1. Alyssa Ammirato

      Alyssa Ammirato

      January 14, 2016 at 4:30 pm

      Totally agree! I need to eat pretty frequently too, and can I help it if pickles and cookies are just the perfect sized snacks?? 🙂

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      Erin Motz

      January 14, 2016 at 4:36 pm

      same here, amy!!!

  4. Amy

    Amy

    January 14, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    My fiance actually has the cookies under lock and key so I get an allowance of cookies everyday.. (about 6?) This forces me to eat the Proper Food I make in advance or he makes in advance for me. I also eat a lot of figs and dates. They are the perfect snack!! ALSO, I often have ‘hungry days’ where I eat twice as much as I used to. I do yoga often and I always never know how much energy I need to compensate for. Hence ‘hungry days’. More people should acknowledge the existence of these days!

    1. Alyssa Ammirato

      Alyssa Ammirato

      January 14, 2016 at 5:10 pm

      YES, hungry days! They always take me by surprise and no matter what, I just can’t stop reaching for more snacks. So glad to hear I’m not the only one 🙂

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        Katarina

        January 28, 2016 at 11:23 am

        O.M. Gosh. I had one of those yesterday. As in “I cannot stop eating”. Feeling so bad about it today, like I was the only yogi on the planet without self control… So thank you guys! <3
        Love from Stockholm, Sweden.

        1. Alyssa Ammirato

          Alyssa Ammirato

          January 28, 2016 at 7:23 pm

          There must have been something in the air yesterday, because I had one too! I was ready for lunch before 11 a.m.!

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            Katarina

            February 3, 2016 at 7:46 am

            ????❤️

    2. Pála Margrét

      Pála Margrét

      January 23, 2016 at 2:08 am

      Ohh yes, the hungry days! When no matter what you eat you are always hungry…

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    Romi

    January 14, 2016 at 4:59 pm

    In the morning (9 am): about 500 ml of herbal mate (*) (in a bowl with a metal straw, like we take it here)
    with 3 slices of a baguette bread.

    Lunch (12.30): half a 12-inch sized pizza.

    Afternoon (5 pm): green tea and 4 seed cookies (not as big as homemade ones).

    Dinner (we eat dinner about 9 pm here): 2 homemade lentil burgers (I make them with carrot and beet purée) and a piece of kabocha squash.

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      Romi

      January 14, 2016 at 5:01 pm

      (*)herbal because it has yerba mate, pennyroyal, lemon verbena, fucus, boldo and fennel leaves. Also rosehip and orange peels.

    2. Alyssa Ammirato

      Alyssa Ammirato

      January 14, 2016 at 5:11 pm

      Your daily diet puts mine to shame. Got any plans for the other half of that lunchtime pizza? 😉

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    Amanda

    January 14, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    I’ll start with a cup of hot water and lemon with a workout either before this or after depending how motivated i feel.
    i’ll bring a banana to work with me in case i get hungry.
    For lunch i’ll eat up leftovers from the night before: anything from pizza, Deja Vu Chicken strips, soup, or a salad.
    In the afternoon i’ll try and pack a snack to avoid eating sour candy. Mostly i’ll snack on whatever i end up bringing to work, cut up veggies if i’m being good, small bag of chips, apple slices covered in cinnamon, candy.
    For dinner, i’ll cook whatever i’m feeling hungry for with the help of my husband to decide. I’m so indecisive when it comes to trying to pick what to cook for dinner.
    or if we are both feeling lazy, i’ll make popcorn in our popcorn machine with coconut oil and pink salt.. maybe some garlic.

    1. Alyssa Ammirato

      Alyssa Ammirato

      January 14, 2016 at 10:38 pm

      You lost me at sour candy. My favorite! I’m better about eating a good, solid meal for breakfast, and for some reason that makes me feel better about not eating a real meal for the rest of the day. Popcorn for dinner happens around here more often than I should admit!

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    Rebecca

    January 14, 2016 at 7:29 pm

    1. Pickles are certainly a fave snack of mine, too!
    2. I love your coffee mug!
    3. I tend to think that if I was good and ate a) oatmeal for breakfast or b) a Lean Cuisine or Smart One for lunch, I can totally eat cheese & crackers and a bowl of ice cream for dinner. Everything in moderation, right?

    1. Alyssa Ammirato

      Alyssa Ammirato

      January 14, 2016 at 10:39 pm

      1. YAS! I will never understand people who don’t like pickles. How do you live!?
      2. Thank you! It was one of my favorite Christmas gifts this year 😉
      3. SAME HERE. Inner monologue goes something like “Well, that was a great, filling, hearty breakfast! I’ll just have a little snack to hold me through the next hour….” and then I repeat that second part for the next 10 hours.

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    Emily Hurm

    January 14, 2016 at 8:49 pm

    I love this! Today, I woke up and had my usual spark and rehydrate drink from Advocare before I got some stretching in. After an hour or so I ate 2 eggs with 2 pieces of cinnamon raisin toast- each with coconut oil, peanut butter, and jelly on them. And about an hour after that I ate way too many peanut M&Ms… yes it was morning but sometimes I just need that fix of chocolate- I don’t care the time of day! Currently I’m snacking on an apple sine I’m at work and I don’t have anything else. My dinners usually consist of a protein, gluten free grain (only because my stomach seems to rebel any time I try to eat it- but that doesn’t stop me some days!), some veggies and then usually something sweet to top it all off with.
    I am a chronic snacker, especially at night. Lately I’ve been craving cheese and crackers in the evening but usually it’s sweet desserts and chocolate.
    Love all the honesty 🙂

    1. Alyssa Ammirato

      Alyssa Ammirato

      January 15, 2016 at 3:39 pm

      Late night snacker here too! It’s bad news, and I really should reign it in… hm, I wonder if actually eating a real meal at dinner time would help with that?? (Let’s pretend it’s not that simple so I can keep eating 10 p.m. cookies without the guilt ;))

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    Alexis

    January 14, 2016 at 11:52 pm

    Oh a kindred spirit! I’m a yogi/runner and a stay-at-home mom and food is always calling my name. (Also more of a grazer than a cook!)

    Breakfast/pre yoga snack- 1 oatmeal cookie, the last few sips of my kids’ smoothie leftovers

    Lunch- Another cookie, kids’ pb and j sandwich crusts, and two slices of mozzarella cheese

    Afternoon snack/nap time- FOUR oatmeal cookies

    Dinner– probably tacos

    Doesn’t help that I baked way too many oatmeal cookies last night.

    1. Alyssa Ammirato

      Alyssa Ammirato

      January 15, 2016 at 3:40 pm

      Hah! I’ll help you get some of those oatmeal cookies off your hands! (I happen to think they’re a highly underrated cookie.)

    2. Stacy Mach

      Stacy Mach

      April 6, 2016 at 9:44 am

      I love that you included kids PB and J sandwich crusts! I recently started cooking for three kids I babysit for and when they don’t eat some things I graze off their plates too! How do I log: 1 sip hot chocolate, 2 broccoli florets, 1/3 manwich…!

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    Heather

    January 15, 2016 at 1:22 am

    All that pickle talk had me majorly craving one lol so I had a post yoga pickle. It was perfect. I love love love this post!! I have what some might call a “healthy living” blog but I try to keep it real. Like one night I had a big ole bowl of nachos and cheese. No superfood there, but sometimes you’ve got to just go for it lol. I could’ve kept it to myself, but I’d rather just be honest… No one is perfect! I am also obsessed with cheese, wine, and carbs so those make appearances quite often too. Glad I’m not alone!!

    Much love,
    Heather

    1. Alyssa Ammirato

      Alyssa Ammirato

      January 15, 2016 at 3:41 pm

      You’re so right—sometimes you just gotta go for it and let your cravings be your guide! And now that you mention it, there’s a serious lack of cheese in that post… looks like I need a trip to the grocery store. Because cheese is life.

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    Rebekah

    January 15, 2016 at 2:45 am

    breakfast: a cup of coffee w/ almond milk creamer. quick cooking oats w/ almond milk, dried cranberries, walnuts, and maple syrup
    lunch: homemade Tuscan white bean soup
    snack: a chocolate truffle and an iced vanilla coffee 😉
    dinner: two almond meal waffles w/ butter and syrup

    1. Alyssa Ammirato

      Alyssa Ammirato

      January 15, 2016 at 3:41 pm

      You, my friend, know how to do an afternoon snack right! 🙂

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    Rianna

    January 15, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    I have literally grabbed a pickle on my way out the door when heading to a dance class! Also, I’m basically living on bananas, oatmeal, and peppermint ice cream right now, but it’s homemade, and that makes it healthy, right?

    1. Alyssa Ammirato

      Alyssa Ammirato

      January 18, 2016 at 9:19 pm

      Yep, I’m pretty sure that’s the rule! Homemade = healthy 😉

  13. Stacy Mach

    Stacy Mach

    April 6, 2016 at 9:47 am

    Loved your comment about Paula Dean and butter. Soul food for a reason! 🙂

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