My Food Diary for the Week

cleaning things up before our trip

So last week, I mentioned I was cleaning things up MAJORLY before our holiday in Australia & Fiji – and I documented everything in my own food diary for the blog!

The idea to do this was not only to hold myself accountable, but to show what I bought at the grocery store and how I applied it to last all week. I also did not drink any alcohol at all until the weekend.

Pretty much, everything I bought and made was for one. My boyfriend has heavy international travel all month until we leave, so that made things a little bit easier.

For whatever reason, everyone says that one is the hardest to cook for, but 1-2 is my sweet spot. Probably because that is all I am used to? Despite working with events for work, I like to keep things small and very intimate at home. I may coordinate huge events for work, but I am not one to host a dinner party. It just isn’t my cup of tea.

{ sweet + spicy sweet potatoes // champagne at shannons }

smoky + spicy sweet potatoes

I kept things plant heavy, full of lean proteins, and low on gluten. I also made a point to not have any coffee past 12:00 PM. Any caffeine after 12:00 PM was from tea. After I got home from work, there was absolutely no caffeine. My teas were either herbal or roobios.

Finally, I brought back my old habit of having a shot of aloe juice before bed, as well as magnesium. To make it easier & as we know, I like easy, I make a nightly drink that I like to call Night-Aloe {get it?? – like night owl 😉 } with a shot of aloe vera juice, a teaspoon of magnesium, and water, with a squeeze of fresh lemon. The Magnesium can come unflavoured or in a variety of flavours, but I like the Raspberry-Lemon flavour. More on this here.

{ best eggs ever with greek yogurt and ghee // champagne at shannon's }

starting the day right with the best eggs ever

At the end of the day, you will see everything is very simple. I also listen to my body, and eat a pretty fat-rich diet. That is just what works for me. I am also one who can easily have the same thing over, and over {hence all the spaghetti squash!}, so that makes it easy to keep things cost effective, and simple.

All meals were drank with 8 oz’s of water, minimum, and not noted. Anything else other than water is noted.

I hope this is helpful, and if anyone has any questions, please feel free to e-mail me or leave it in the comments.

My Grocery List

 – Ground Turkey – 1 Pound
– Chicken Breast Tenders – 1 Pound
– Spaghetti Squash – 2 Squashes { I only used one so I am using the other this week! }
A Dozen Eggs
– Greens { I got 2 boxes – this is my favourite brand in Super Greens }
– Onions
– Carrots
–  Celery
–  Sweet Potatoes { I got two, but only used one – using the other this week }
–  Canned Diced Tomatoes
–  Green Bell Pepper
– Garlic
– Avocado
– French Green Lentils
– Sprouted Quinoa
–  Greek Yogurt { I use full-fat }
– Chicken Broth – Low Sodium & Organic
– Lemons
– Ghee { this is a one time purchase, and will last me months }
– Hot Sauce
– Avocado Salsa { love Casa Sanchez Foods! }
– Corn Tortillas
– Parmesan Cheese

{ spaghetti squash with turkey ragu // champagne at shannons }

Spaghetti Squash + Turkey Ragu

My Exercise and Food Diary

{ Sunday Prep }

› Spaghetti Squash : cooked, combed with fork & put Squash strands in a tupperware for the week. One squash lasted me all week.
› Chicken : Spa chicken! I poached the chicken I used and shredded it in a tupperware container.
› Quinoa : Cooked quinoa in the same liquid left over from the spa chicken. Also added the appropriate amount of water left needed (I needed about an extra half cup or two)
› Turkey Ragu : sauteed ground turkey with peppers, onions, garlic, olive oil, tomatoes, basil, oregano, & chili flakes & put in a container

{ Monday }

› Breakfast: The best eggs ever { aka eggs scrambled with ghee & greek yogurt ICYMI }, hot sauce, wrapped in a tortilla, served with spinach and avocado salsa.
Commute: David’s Tea – The Buzz  {ginger, green tea, matcha green tea, yerba maté, quince, apple, lemon peel, orange peel, licorice root, lemongrass, guarana powder, white ginseng, lemon oil }
› Coffee: None today
› Lunch: Green Salad! Greens mixed with quinoa, sliced green pepper, diced onion, diced celery, diced avocado, spa chicken, and a dressing made with lemon + coconut oil + salt & pepper
› Post LunchTWG – Alexandria Tea { green tea with rare mint & Mediterranean cornflowers }
› Dinner: Cacio e Pepe Spaghetti Squash { spaghetti squash mixed with olive oil, Parmesan – melted – and topped with grey salt & pepper & lemon } mixed with raw spinach & spa chicken.
› Dessert: David’s Tea – Caramel Creme Roobios { roobios tea with caramel pieces }
› Before Bed:
Night-Aloe { one shot of aloe vera juice + 1 teaspoon of magnesium + squeeze of lemon + cold water }

{ Tuesday }

› Breakfast: The best eggs ever scrambled with cheddar, served with raw spinach, hot sauce, & lava salt
› Commute: David’s Tea – The Buzz { ginger, green tea, matcha green tea, yerba maté, quince, apple, lemon peel, orange peel, licorice root, lemongrass, guarana powder, white ginseng, lemon oil }
› Coffee: Collagen Coffee w/ coconut oil, maca, raw cacao, & true cinnamon
› Lunch: Green Salad! Greens mixed with quinoa, sliced green pepper, diced onion, diced avocado, spa chicken, and a dressing made with lemon + coconut oil + salt & pepper
› Post Lunch: TWG – Alexandria Tea { green tea with rare mint & Mediterranean cornflowers }
› Dinner: Lentil Soup {Ground turkey sauteed with diced carrots, celery, onions & garlic with chicken broth, water, French green lentils, quinoa & spices }
› Dessert: David’s Tea – Caramel Creme Roobios { roobios tea with caramel pieces }
› Before Bed:
Night-Aloe

{ Wednesday }

› Breakfast: The best eggs ever , hot sauce, wrapped in a tortilla, served with spinach and avocado salsa
› Commute: David’s Tea – The Buzz
› Coffee: Collagen Coffee w/ coconut oilmacaraw cacao, & true cinnamon
› Lunch: Spaghetti Squash with Turkey Ragu topped with Parmesan, chili flakes, and a squeeze of lemon.
› Post Lunch: TWG – Alexandria Tea
› Dinner: Lentil Soup { same from Tuesday }
› Dessert: David’s Tea – Mother’s Little Helper { peppermint, lemongrass, hibiscus, rosehips, chamomile, valerian root, cornflowers }
› Before Bed:
Night-Aloe

{ creme caramel roobios tea for dessert cravings // champagne at shannon's }
Creme Caramel Roobios to keep dessert cravings in check

{ Thursday }

› Breakfast: The best eggs ever scrambled with cheddar, served with raw spinach, hot sauce, & lava salt
› Commute: David’s Tea – The Buzz
› Coffee: Collagen Coffee w/ coconut oilmacaraw cacao, & true cinnamon
› Lunch: Spaghetti Squash with Turkey Ragu topped with Parmesan, chili flakes, and a squeeze of lemon.
› Post Lunch: TWG – Alexandria Tea
› Dinner: Smoky spicy sweet potatoes, spinach, spa chicken
› Dessert: David’s Tea – Caramel Creme Roobios { roobios tea with caramel pieces }
› Before Bed:
 Night-Aloe

{ Friday }

› Breakfast: The best eggs ever, hot sauce, wrapped in a tortilla, served with spinach and avocado salsa
› Commute: David’s Tea – The Buzz
› Snack: Fruit Salad { raspberries + pineapple + grapes + honeydew + canteloupe }
› Coffee: Collagen Coffee w/ coconut oilmacaraw cacao, & true cinnamon
› Lunch: Lentil Soup { same from Tuesday }
› Post Lunch: TWG – Alexandria Tea
› Dinner: Spicy Tuna tarare { ahi tuna w/ red chili ponzu, avocado & taro chips } at The Tipsy Pig
› Dessert: Sparkling Rose at dinner & vodka with fresh squeezed grapefruit juice { aka greyhounds }

{ cacio e pepe spaghetti squash // champagne at shannon's }

cacio e pepe spaghetti squash

As you can see, a lot of it was all interrelated, and I tried really hard to make things last all week.

Anyone else have some easy recipes? Stay tuned because I will be sharing my FAVOURITE recipe from the above on Friday! I love it so much, I am seriously making it everyday this weekend. It is super healthy {yet indulgent!}, full of flavour, and inexpensive to make! All good things!

I hope my food diary was either inspiring or helpful, and let me know some other things I should add to it! Any favourite teas?? LMK!

Shannon

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19 Comments

  1. 12.8.15
    Katie said:

    Wow, this is so detailed. I got a ton of new meal ideas from here. Those sweet potatoes look incredible!

    http://www.theaisleofstyle.com/

    • 12.8.15
      Shannon said:

      Thank you, Katie! I SO am glad it was helpful – Amazing how versatile spaghetti squash can be. The hardest part is cutting the thing! And those sweet potatoes were SERIOUSLY incredible. {spoiler alert!} I will be posting the recipe to them on Friday, so be sure to check back! SO easy, delicious, and super inexpensive to make! xx SS

  2. 12.8.15

    What a great post – and inspiration to keep it clean and tight before the holidays! Your aloe – Night Aloe – drink sounds amazing and I will be trying it soon.

    Lastly, the salt rock lamp you recommended has been making me happy all month – a real mood-booster during these dark nights!

    XO,

    Catherine

    • 12.8.15
      Shannon said:

      Thank you so much! It also helps keep me on track noting all of these. Def give the Aloe a try – I like to mix the magnesium with it, and I find the flavours with it {and the lemon!} go really well together.

      I am SO glad you love that lamp! I seriously swear by it, and I am sure your pups are loving it – my cat LOVES mine, amazing how such a simple thing can bring so many good vibes – especially when it gets dark here by 4:00 PM these days! xx SS

  3. 12.8.15

    Hi Shannon! I’ve seen more and more people taking magnesium, and I don’t know much about it — so you’ve gotten me intrigued. As far as your shopping/cooking/eating — you’ve done a great job. I eat very similar meals from week-to-week, and I find that makes shopping and prep a lot easier. Good work, lady! 🙂 Oh and I am TOTALLY going to try Greek yogurt in my eggs. Awesome idea!

    • 12.8.15
      Shannon said:

      Hi Ashley! Thank you so much for stopping by. I’ll do a full blown post on Magnesium, but it is fantastic. Pretty much, it helps me with my anxiety & stress levels, which reflects in my sleep. It is fantastic for the nervous system! My boyfriend even stole my magnesium and has been taking it before bed every night too (I had to buy a new one!!) because he now swears by it! Thanks so much for the love!

      The Greek Yogurt in your eggs are a serious game changer – I can’t have them any other way! If you make them, let me know how it goes! xx SS

    • 12.10.15
      Elisse said:

      Ashley, I read your blog too! You guys do eat pretty similar. I love these kinds of posts to see what people are eating in an average day. Shannon – I am getting all the ingredients for the aloe drink now!

      • 12.10.15
        Shannon said:

        Let me know how you like the drink, Elisse! I KNOW you will love it! I love these posts too – they are so helpful for me and give some inspiration – especially for work lunches 😉 xx SS

  4. 12.9.15
    Vanessa said:

    Thank you!! This has given me so many great lunch ideas for work!

    x V

    sheernoir.com

    • 12.9.15
      Shannon said:

      Vanessa, you are so welcome! I am so glad it was helpful. What’s so great is that it makes it sooo easy for work – It’s all practically prepped for you that you can easily put things in a container and go! Let me know what you end up making – I am ALWAYS looking for office lunch inspo! xx SS

  5. 12.10.15

    I need to keep a food diary! This is such a good reminder of that. I have been slacking lately, to keep myself in check with eating well. I’ve sort of just been eating whatever is near, ha. So this was a great reminder. I loved the bit about protein and leafy greens! Always a good motto.

    xo
    Krista

    • 12.10.15
      Shannon said:

      Oh, I TOTALLY feel you! It really helped keep me accountable, but also helped with planning out my meals (and weirdly fun to do)! I’d make the squash and I could plot out when I wanted to have it for the week ahead. It helped a LOT especially for lunch at the office – where I do the same exact thing eating whatever is near! Thanks for reading, Krista – I LOVE your blog! xx SS