Meal Prepping For Real This Time

Alright, so here is me trying to meal prep. Every sunday I am going to try and evaluate how I ate the previous week.

For this week, I am pretty aware that these aren’t the most healthiest of meals, but the fact that I am even trying to do this instead of fast food everyday is good. I think baby steps are totally acceptable and help people like me stick to their goals.

I recently bought the Fit Girls Guides and really love the way they are laid out and their inspiration. In it, they also talk about giving yourself a break. A lot of the time people say oh no, I messed up so now I need to start over and since I messed up today, I might as well mess up for the rest of the day.

This is bad thinking and leads to unhappiness and no results.

Monday

Breakfast – Hard boiled eggs, coffee

Lunch – Salad 1: Tomatoes, chicken, chickpeas, cucumbers, ranch, water

Dinner – Frito Salad: Fritos, refried beans, cheese, sour cream, lettuce, salsa, water

Tuesday

Breakfast – Hard boiled eggs, coffee

Lunch – Salad 1, water

Dinner – Frito Salad, water

Wednesday

Breakfast – Hard boiled eggs, coffee

Lunch – Mashed potatoes, peas, chicken

Dinner – Spaghetti and meat sauce

Thursday

Breakfast – Hard boiled eggs, coffee

Lunch – Mashed potatoes, peas, chicken

Dinner – Spaghetti and meat sauce

Friday – Sunday

I’m in the field. Sad because ew, MREs but good because MREs and thus no need to meal prep?

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How I felt when working out:

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The Fight Against Fast Food

I went to college at Fordham University in the Bronx. To people who don’t know much about New York, the first thing that happens when I mention this fact is that they say I must be tough since I’m from the BX.

Unbeknownst to them though, Fordham is one of the most preppiest and upper middle class schools in America and even though it’s situated in the Bronx, there’s a fence that keeps anyone out who doesn’t have an ID.

Fordham kids might be tough in their own way but most of us are also very privileged.

It would be unfair to say we didn’t care about issues affecting the Bronx. Over half of my classes and activities centered on volunteering and ending suffering. I never could say I understood the suffering though no matter how hard I tried to.

One such issue that I thought about a lot was the concept of ‘the food desert’. This meant that the accessibility to people in the Bronx to fresh produce and healthy foods were slim to none. It was a concept I could vaguely wrap my head around. Outside of Arthur Ave and Little Italy, it was easy to see that the only options were bodegas unless you wanted to ride the subway system for over 30 mins. That’s not that big of a deal in the car but being someone who enjoyed trekking all the way to Manhattan (an hour subway commute one way) I understood why toting bags back and forth wasn’t ideal.

Especially after working.

It’s funny because I know I’m still very privileged if not more so. I’m living on an officer salary without any dependents and I have little debt (thanks to the Army).

Yet, I eat fast food about four times a week and while I don’t know if I’m officially living in a ‘food desert’ I’m starting to understand how working and giving limited options can affect a person.

If I don’t shop on the weekends, I won’t be shopping that week. I get out of work and the grocery stores are closed. I could go to Walmart but at 7PM after working all day and really hungry, that drive into town isn’t ideal.

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On my way home I pass a McDonald’s, Hardee’s, Burger King, Taco Bell, and something called Diego’s Burrito Bar.

I only live eight minutes away from work.

It’s crazy too because I was showing habits of lazily just buying food instead of preparing it in college but underneath my dorm was a restaurant called Cosi which sold things like tomato mozzarella and basil sandwiches and since it was in my dorm, only college students ate there. It was my go to.

Now that my go to is Taco Bell, I’m starting to get really nervous about my eating habits not because of weight gain or anything like that, but just performing physically and staying healthy.

Dallas, Texas

I like eating and I like using holidays as an excuse to eat a cornucopia of it.

For this long weekend I found myself in Dallas and instead of doing a lot of touristy sightseeing, I was actually just eating and drinking for 89 percent of my time.

According to one Uber driver, Dallas is the fastest growing city with the most restaurants per capita.

Coming from New York I really feel like he’s probably wrong but NYC has also taught me cabbies know things I never will so I won’t question it.

Dallas did remind me of New York though because it did have a slightly borough feel because each part of town had its own personality.

We stayed in Downtown at the Crowne Plaza on Elm St. which I guess is their NY Financial District because of all the government buildings and then businesses that cater to those who eat and work that life.  Some places of note we ate at were The Spaghetti Warehouse, Cindi’s NY Deli and  Gator’s Dallas.

The Spaghetti Warehouse is a chain but we went during happy hour and got two meals, four drinks, and dessert for under 50 bucks. What more can you ask for!?

Cindi’s NY Deli was a place where I got lox and latkes which was so filling. At Gator’s, we didn’t eat anything… Just had a giant cup of Gatorade and what seemed to be vodka? They had fun shots too like a lemon drop and a duck fart which tasted more like Bailey’s then ponds.

After visiting the museum that was made out of the book depository where Oswald shot JFK… We went to the Iron Cactus. Their queso dip was actually really weird but they made up for it in Tequila flights and awesome margaritas. This place was hip and looked over a cute courtyard.

Iron Cactus is also walking distance to Fluellen Cupcakes so for dessert we had a peanut butter cupcake, German chocolate cupcake, and cookies and cream. All of them were delicious and very Instagram worthy but for some reason I only got this picture:image

By far my favorite place to eat was PS 214 which was located in Uptown aka Dallas’ Manhattan? PS 214 was featured in Thrillist which is how I heard about it. Apparently, it is a chain that started in California but everything was designed to look like school supplies and they had food like Mac and cheese with potato chips and the most delicious burger in the world. The most noteworthy thing was their ‘almost bottomless mimosas’ which were two carafes of mimosas per person for 10 dollars.

I think I’m still recovering.

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That ketchup is actually siracha and ketchup :).

For Valentine’s Day we ended up going to a place called Zen Sushi. I let John pick so I was kinda nervous but they had a prix fixe menu for the occasion that ended up being a lot of fun. It was 179 for two people and included six courses and a bottle of wine! It honesty was a little weird but all very delicious.. They started with a thick curry soup followed by a deconstructed duck dumpling. I felt like Gordon Ramsey criticizing the third course which were oysters with flavored ice on it because it was supposed to be bite sized but it was too much so I just got a brain freeze. Everything was so creative though and thought out that I really enjoyed myself and it made me feel like Kim Kardashian on V Day which is a good thing.

No champagne on my butt don’t worry.