A Week at the Dietz Table
I always want to know what Real Food people eat. I mean, do they ever eat out? Go through a drive-thru? Have dinner and drinks with friends? Go on non-healthy dates???
In answer to those questions, I’m opening our dining room curtains and letting you peek into a week of real-life meals for our family!
A few things you should know before I share:
- Our peeps eat the same stuff we do. There are no special, separate meals made just for them.
- The Hubs comes home for lunch four out of five days each week. Because of this, our lunches are usually leftovers, but often separately prepared meals. He has a short work day on Friday, so he chooses to work through the lunch hour.
- The Hubs doesn’t eat breakfast. I wish it weren’t so, but he’s a grown-up and I don’t get to decide these things for him.
- We follow a Paleo/Primal-ish lifestyle and eat some, but not many, legumes and grains like rice or organic corn. We still eat out, but we try to stick closely to our lifestyle even then. Those foods are definitely the exception, not the rule.
- We all eat strictly gluten-free all the time. At restaurants. At friends’ houses. At home.
- We were roughly following a strict Paleo menu for this week, as we were considering eliminating dairy. Then we decided we couldn’t live without dairy…and you’ll see how the menu progresses later in the week. I CAN’T live without cheese, and neither can The Hubs, so we’re well matched. 😉
- I have a slight addiction to roasted, salted pistachios. They are my go-to snack.
Beginning Monday, November 17, 2014, I started keeping a food log — not knowing that I’d be posting it for all the world to see less than a month later. I promise I’m not fluffing this up for y’all. It’s totally real.
Monday, November 17
- Breakfast: two scrambled eggs
- Lunch: spaghetti squash bolognese
- Snack: pistachios
- Dinner: butternut squash noodles w/ vegan cheese sauce and chicken, roasted broccoli
Tuesday, November 18
- Breakfast: 2 fried eggs, 2 turkey sausages, homemade applesauce
- Lunch: chicken and veggie bites, mashed sweet potatoes topped w/ whipped coconut cream
- Snack: pistachios
- Dinner: lemon and rosemary roasted whole chicken, roasted potatoes, parsnips, and carrots
Wednesday, November 19
- Breakfast: scrambled eggs, 1 turkey sausage, homemade applesauce
- Lunch: chicken and veggie bites, leftover roasted veggies, broccoli/carrot/onion blended soup
- Snack: pistachios (See, I told you it was an issue.)
- Dinner: bun-less grass-fed burgers topped w/onions deep-fried in tallow, bacon, green chiles, and a side of mashed parsnips
Thursday, November 20
- Breakfast: Teeccino blended w/ beef gelatin, coconut oil, and vanilla stevia (I call this “Bulletproof Teeccino”.)
- Lunch: Chipotle bowl with black beans, white rice, chicken, sour cream, cheese, and hot salsa
- Dinner: leftover butternut squash noodles w/ vegan cheese sauce and chicken, leftover mashed parsnips
Friday, November 21 (I went Christmas shopping with a friend, so The Hubs and the peeps were home together for the evening. I think they ate grain-free pizza?)
- Breakfast: 2 fried eggs, 2 turkey sausages
- Super late lunch: green chile tamale, charro beans, rice, chips, and salsa at a yummy restaurant
- Snack: Starbucks caramel brulee latte
- Dinner: pistachios
Saturday, November 22
- Breakfast: Bulletproof Teeccino
- Lunch: broccoli/carrot/onion blended soup topped w/ leftover roasted chicken
- Dinner: grilled chicken breast, quinoa w/ cranberries and pecans
Sunday, November 23
- Breakfast: 3 scrambled eggs
- Lunch: Applegate hot dogs, baked sweet potatoes, Bubbie’s pickles
- Snack: handful of cashews and pecans
- Dinner: veggie-filled meatballs, cauli-tatoes, roasted Brussels sprouts
I think I answered those questions: Yes, we eat out. Just not much. No, we don’t do drive-thrus. Ew. I did have lunch with a friend, but no drinks this week. Yes, we go on dates, just not this particular week.
What did I learn from this food diary thing?
- We eat well. Sometimes I’m hard on myself because I don’t think we’re eating enough veggies or getting enough fermented foods, but then I look at weeks like this, and I can pat myself on the back. I’m doing a pretty good job!
- My kids eat their veggies. I can’t ever complain that I’ve got picky eaters.
- I post a lot of food photos on Instagram. You can follow me @lindseydietz!
- With a few tweaks, I could make this food diary into a menu and follow it again. Bonus!