Sunday, January 17, 2016

Food Journals

I realize that this may not be the least bit interesting to people, but I will be starting to post a daily photo food journal. For the last week I have been simply taking shots of what I have eaten as I have wanted to log meals (as I mentioned on Day 7 of the Whole30). I find it soooo much easier than writing it down. It's even easier than using an app such as "See how you eat" or MyFitnessPal. You just take a photo before you eat. Done. Review at the end of the day or when you are tempted to have a treat you know you shouldn't.

The idea here is twofold...One: hold myself accountable for what I am eating. So often we forget just how much we ate, when we ate, or all those little "bites" in between. I am going to log it all. This isn't meant to be a shaming exercise for myself. It's just data.

Two: Notice any trends with regards to certain foods causing digestive issues. Since all the 'data' is there, it will be easier than relying on memory!

I personally find it very interesting to see what people eat. I have even thought of becoming a cashier at a food store for the express purpose of seeing what people buy and eat. Again, it's not meant for shaming purposes but more so because I have always been interested in food and people. In fact, my most favourite class during my entire time in University was a Food Culture class. It was awesome. We explored things such as the cultural traditions of breaking bread and sharing meals; food across popular cultures; food in the context of political and social activism, and the "cookbook" as a cultural artifact. Any course which has one of Anthony Bourdain's books as required reading is right up my alley. One of the best books I ended up reading as a result of that class was called "The Rituals of Dinner: The Origins, Evolution, Eccentricities and Meaning of Table Manners" by Margaret Visser. It talked about the dynamic relationships between host and guest; rituals of eating within different cultures and socio-economic classes and even discusses cannibalism. Very interesting. But I digress....

My whole point here is that I love learning about foods and how and why people eat. Back in the day I used to follow bloggers who basically just blogged about what they ate at every meal. I don't think people really do this much anymore, it seems like it's more about recipes....but to some people this was quite interesting - myself obviously included. But if this isn't an interest you share, I will apologize up front for all the photos of food consumed by yours truly you are going to see over the next little while. In doing this, I would also like to share with you some of the great places you can buy special foods, meals, or meal 'additions' in Calgary to make quick meals.

As an example, tonight we are had a curry from Shef's Fiery Kitchen (Calgary Farmers Market) with a few additions. It was their Kuku Paka (chicken in mild coconut curry) but I also sautéed some vegetables that came in a package from the Cherry Pit (Calgary Farmers Market) before hand and threw them in as are no veggies in this curry. I also had frozen a couple packages of coconut rice from new years eve when we ordered from Chili Club Thai House. So it was a mix of a few things, but very quick to put together, very healthy and also very delicious. (This meal was not dairy free -- the curry had yogurt in it. I wanted to try something less spicy).

NOTE: The best thing about Shef's Fiery Kitchen is the fact that she uses locally sourced, antibiotic and hormone free chicken and beef in all her dishes. Furthermore, most of them are gluten free and many dairy free.

Anyway, keep following if this is something that sounds interesting to you. If you guys have any quick, healthy and easy meals to add to the mix, please let me know!

I will likely post food journals the following day to make sure to include any snacking in the evening...


Syl said...

I'm like you I like to see what other people eat because it gives me ideas :-)

Michele said...

I'd be afraid to share what I eat sometimes, hahaha! Way to go :)

Stacy Lavoie said...

Hahaha! I AM afraid!

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