A Week in the Life – How to be Malnourished

My first week of documenting meals was easy. Eating is easy, and writing down what you eat is easy, but choosing the right things to eat is not. I’m straight up embarrassed by some of what you’re about to read. Some of this stuff is not even real food. Please do not judge me too harshly. Regardless, I’m glad I embarked on this endeavour because it’s been very enlightening, pushing me to adopt more mindful eating habits, and forcing me to think twice about eating that eighth chocolate chip cookie. I totally still ate it, but the point is this assignment made me think about it. Maybe next week I’ll reconsider. Seeing a log of every single food I put in my body also allowed me to confront ideas of nutrition and caloric intake. It really is a wonder that I am still alive and not overweight, especially for someone who leads a largely sedentary life.

So, without further ado, here is the detailed list of every food I’ve eaten in the past week. I’ve included recipes where applicable.

Monday, May 29th

Lunch

  • Maple-glazed tempeh sandwich with Hellman’s vegan mayonnaise, Boston lettuce, whole-wheat kaiser

Snack

  • Handful of almonds

Dinner

  • Thai red cargo rice bowl with blanched red kale, baked sweet potato, and shredded cucumber and carrot topped with green onion and black sesame seeds.
  • Sesame-ginger baked tofu (recipe from Thug Kitchen)
  • Peanut dressing (recipe from Thug Kitchen)

Snack

  • 1/4 pint Ben&Jerry’s PB&Cookies non-dairy frozen dessert

Tuesday, May 30th

Lunch

Snack

  • 6 homemade chocolate chip cookies (my recipe can be found here, minus the spice)
  • Cold-brewed iced chai latte with almond milk

Dinner

  • 1 package Kirkland seasoned seaweed sheets
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Homemade chocolate chip cookies

Wednesday, May 31st

Breakfast

  • Grilled cheese with Daiya cheddar

Snack

  • 6 homemade chocolate chip cookies (my recipe can be found here, minus the spice)
  • PC Organics vanilla almond milk

Dinner

  • New potatoes with burnt spring onion, peas, mint, and preserved lemon (Yotam Ottolenghi recipe)
  • Maple-glazed tempeh crumble with caramelized onions and red kale

Snack

  • 4 homemade chocolate chip cookies (my recipe can be found here, minus the spice)
  • PC Organics vanilla almond milk

Thursday, June 1st

Breakfast

  • 5 homemade chocolate chip cookies (my recipe can be found here, minus the spice)
  • PC Organics vanilla almond milk

Lunch

  • Leftover new potatoes with burnt spring onion and peas (Yotam Ottolenghi recipe)
  • Maple-glazed tempeh crumble with caramelized onions and red kale

Snack

  • Regular bag of movie popcorn with butter (not vegan, I know, but I couldn’t help myself)
  • Coke Zero

Friday, June 2nd

Breakfast

  • 1/2 whole-wheat pita which homemade kalamata olive hummus
  • Starbucks skinny vanilla soy latte

Lunch

  • Watercress and pomelo salad (recipe from Plenty More)

Snack

  • Papaya
  • Honey-kiss melon

Dinner

  • Stir-fried king oyster mushrooms
  • Snow-pea shoots with vegetarian oyster sauce
  • White rice
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Stir-fried king oyster mushrooms with snow-pea shoots

Saturday, June 3rd

Breakfast

  • 4 stone wheat crackers
  • Organic coconut water

Snack

  • 10 ginger chews
  • Organic sweet-potato chia tortilla chips

Dinner

  • Watercress and pomelo salad (recipe from Plenty More)
  • Alphonso mango and curried chickpea salad (recipe from Plenty More)
  • Sweet-potato chia tater tots with honey mustard
  • Rice noodles

Snack

  • Fruit salad
  • Coffee with coconut milk
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Pomelo Salad

Sunday, June 4th

Breakfast

  • Grilled cheese with Daiya cheddar
  • Coffee with almond milk

Snack

  • Papaya
  • Honey-kiss melon
  • 10 ginger chews

Dinner

  • 4 slices mushroom and olive pizza from Pizza Nova with Daiya mozzarella shreds
  • Hot wing sauce

This Week’s Take Away

I ate way too many goddamn chocolate-chip cookies. Man. Not cool. I should also try to drink water instead of coffee or almond milk. I should probably eat three square meals a day.

Next week my goals are to take more pictures of the foods I eat, try to have three proper meals a day, eat less sugar (I just watched That Sugar Film on Netflix), and post more recipes. This week was somewhat of a dry run and may not have provided much insight into what a proper vegan diet should look like. Definitely don’t eat like me. I’m going to try to not eat like me. Hopefully I’ve been somewhat helpful in terms of providing meal ideas. I vow to be more helpful in the future.

 

5 thoughts on “A Week in the Life – How to be Malnourished

  1. kathyama59

    Hi Tania, great to read about your vegan diet adventures. Dannie is going vegan for this month so any recipes you provide will come in handy. Great to see you are writing again 🙂 Any quick suggestions for tomorrow? Dannie is coming over to dinner and I need to get some food for her dinner.

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    • taniatrippingout

      Hey aunt Kath! Indian food is always easy to cook and make vegan. I’m doing chana masala tonight. Check out veganricha.com for recipes. Chili is another great vegan dish. Make it how you usually would, but uses Yves Veggie Ground instead of meat. Can be purchased at any grocery. Or you could always do a classic roasted potatoes and vegetables with some baked tofu. Hope that helps and good luck to Danielle!

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