The Incredible Shrinking Lunch!

April 23, 2008

“Eat what you crave” doesn’t apply if you don’t know what you’re craving!


I was so indecisive at lunch today! My lunch got bigger and bigger, and then smaller and smaller. I feel a little guilty about wasting the food, so next time I’m going to have to plan better.

I thought I wanted a sandwich, so I got one: two slices of Sara Lee 100% Wheat Bread (I really like this bread!) with 2 slices of turkey, lettuce, grilled portabella mushrooms from the grill, pickels, mustard, 2 carrots and a HUGE pickle spear.


I cut the sandwich in half and at the end of the first half I decided it really wasn’t that appealing. I think the mushrooms were cooked with onions or something. So I only ate one half. But I ate all of the pickle!

After I chose my sandwich, I saw they had put out fresh grilled tofu and asparagus – two of my favorites! I asked for a taste of the tofu to put on my salad since I already had turkey, but of course they gave me a lot. I took a few bites of the tofu, but it also had a gross onion flavor and was rather bland otherwise, so I didn’t really eat it. I had 2 of the asparagus spears but they were drenched in oil.


I also assembled a salad. If there’s one thing Winthrop does well, it’s raw veggies 😉 I love salads and ate every bite :)

The base is zucchini, squash, romaine, spinach, broccoli, carrots, bean sprouts, snow peas, banana peppers, bell peppers,1 tbsp olives, 1/4 cup pineapple and 1/2 a tbsp sunflower seeds. Plus honey mustard. I know the honey mustard was probably one of those horrible high cal kinds, but it’s the only kind I like and I have to have some soft toppings (hummus, cottage cheese) to skip dressing algoether. I only had about a rounded tsp of the dressing though.


So when I was finished, I’d had a big veggie salad, half a sandwich, a pickle and a little bit of tofu. I needed something more – so I went up for some iced milk with a tbsp of really yummy Cascadian Farm granola and a blob of strawberry yogurt. It was the best part of lunch!! And I got in my dairy :) I factor the iced milk to be about the same nutritionally as gelato – around 100 kcal per half cup. This was about 1/4-1/3 a cup.


Chem exam went well! Chem lab skills exam went as well as it could have 👿 I think I pulled of an A in lab, but hard to tell. Depends how he grades it!

I’m home for an hour to get stuff done and then I’m headed Uptown. See you guys for a recap of LuLu!

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1 Kelly T April 23, 2008 at 3:01 pm

Ahhhh its finally happened. A meal that easily could have been my own.
I stand in front of the fridge and just grab things that sounds good/might sound good/arent rotten and put them on a big plate and much away. I need a lot of variety to feel satisfied. and i dont know why, but it makes it more enjoyable.


2 Nick April 23, 2008 at 3:15 pm

Loads of veggies! I love having all sorts of different components to a meal, not just one big plate of the same thing. You just have your veggies in three different forms!

The Peanut Butter Boy


3 LT April 23, 2008 at 3:43 pm

I just noticed your Latte Lovers Oatmeal…YUM! I almost always add a few spoonfuls of coffee to my oatmeal..even Pumpkin Oats! It adds a lot of depth of flavor…not a specific coffee-taste though….


4 Ally April 23, 2008 at 3:48 pm

I really love seeing these lunch posts! It makes me excited that I am going to survive in college!

Tofu looks good, sorry it had an onion taste!


5 hk April 23, 2008 at 4:06 pm

haha i know what you mean, that happens to me sometime in school cafeterias…it’s just hard to decide what’s good enough to eat. Glad the iced milk was a hit, it looks yummy with some yogurt and crunchy granola! Enjoy dinner :)


6 lauren April 23, 2008 at 4:07 pm

what is frozen milk?? is it the same as frozen yogurt/soft serve??


7 Kat's Veggie Life April 23, 2008 at 4:37 pm

The new love of my life – I really have to share this with everyone. If it destroys my wallet it must destroy yours too.

Unsweetened passion iced tea from Starbucks. Cost $2.06CDN – but it makes me super happy and totally hit the spot this afternoon when I needed a boost. I swear I never want coffee again – but I think I will have to buy the tea and steap and ice it myself because this WILL break the bank at some point. I might be addicted.



8 mags April 23, 2008 at 4:41 pm

kath, when you eat lunches like this, do you still try to count calories?


9 Katie April 23, 2008 at 4:46 pm

Hahahaha! MAN that’s an exam week meal if I’ve ever seen one! lol!


10 Lindsay April 23, 2008 at 4:46 pm

Kat: I get that ALL the time…it’s (one) of my favorites.
Ally: be warned…all colleges dorm food is NOT that good. My salad bar at school was never stocked, when it was everything tasted bad. Fried food was at EVERY meal!
but then, i did go to school in kentucky :)


11 kristin point April 23, 2008 at 5:05 pm

I got to umass amherst and the food is awesome!

Awesome local salad bar and lots of vegetarian and vegan options. The post the cals for everything online also.


12 Sidi April 23, 2008 at 5:12 pm

Congrats on your chem exam. As for your lunch choice, I wish I had that choice in my cafeteria at work.


13 Korin April 23, 2008 at 5:20 pm


Hi. I drink the same tea… just go buy a box from SB for less than $5.00. You can have one whenever you like and you don’t have to pay $2 for hot water and one tea bag.


14 Cassie April 23, 2008 at 5:26 pm

Wow that is a great lunch! You would never think that came from a dining hall. My campus never had options like that.. we had chicken fingers on the menu everynight!


15 Leena April 23, 2008 at 5:42 pm


On average during the weekday, how long do you spend eating breakfast?

And weekends?


16 Susan April 23, 2008 at 5:54 pm

Compared to my school’s cafeteria that is a good salad bar! Mine has all mixed salads : pasta, etc

Any bread freezing tips. I froze some english muffins in the freezer after placing them in their plastic package and then a freezer bag and they still got icy. Do you wrap your bread first in some other item?

Also, have you ever tried applegate chicken sausage? If so, how do they compare to Amy Lu’s?


17 Katers April 23, 2008 at 6:09 pm

Kath – did you ever get to a point where you felt you couldn’t lose weight anymore – like that your body is just going to stay at this certain weight despite all your best efforts? This thought occurred to me this afternoon while I was preparing to go to the gym. I looked at myself and I feel strong, and I can see muscle definition and I have more energy. But my body isn’t as small as I want. And it dawned on me – what if this is just the size I’m supposed to be? That even with my exercising and healthy eating (which I’ve grown to love) I’ll just become a fitter version of this? Kind of depressing. What do you think? I know I haven’t been perfect with my lifestyle – there’s definitely room for improvement – so I don’t know for certain that this is the case with me, but it’s intriguing to think about.


18 holly April 23, 2008 at 6:21 pm

how can you tell the difference between being obsessed with food/exercise/calories, etc. and not? i have been wondering this for quite some time now.


19 Jessie April 23, 2008 at 6:22 pm

Hey everyone, i am looking for some wrap ideas, im sick of the turkey cheese ones i take to work every day, any original “recipes”?


20 VeggieGirl April 23, 2008 at 7:08 pm

Your lunch looks hearty and delectable!!! Nice choices for your meal components!! :0)

Have fun at Lulu!!!


21 Romina April 23, 2008 at 7:57 pm

I hate it when that happens. =(


22 Kath April 24, 2008 at 5:31 am

mags ,
Yes, I try to estimate what I’m having – and try to balance my food groups as well.

Leena ,
I’d say breakfast takes me 10 minutes to make and 15 to eat? The peanut-butter-on-a-spoon always slows me down and I do eat faster when I have breakfasts other than PB oatmeal. About the same on the weekends. If I make pancakes or baked oatmeal, it obviously takes longer.

Susan ,
I don’t wrap my bread, but like i said, I’m really not a good person to ask about freezing tips – I haven’t mastered freezing things and usually find the quality decreases from freezer burn and in general. I need tips!

I think I’ve had Applegate sausages (aren’t they the more common ones?) and I thought the AmyLu was way better. A little smaller but better flavor.

Katers ,
I do think I could lose a bit more fat, but I think it would take a LOT of effort. I think there becomes a point when you’re generally happy with your body – and you’ll know it when it happens – and while you could lose more, you just don’t need to to be happy so why put all the effort into it? If you’re healthy and happy, the only motivator to keep losing would be physical appearance and if you’re happy at your weight you’ll probably realize that’s less important. Sounds like you’re at that point!

holly ,
I think when you no longer enjoy the pleasure of eating with your senses or as a social event that it can be a sign you may be headed into dangerous waters and would want to seek some help/advice.

I did a search at RecipeZaar and found tons of wrap recipes – see if any of those are appealing. Finding a new sauce/cheese/pesto is a great way to spruce up easy favorites.



23 holly April 24, 2008 at 11:49 am

thanx Kath!!!


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