Please Don't Be Discouraged by My Breakfast

Outrageous experiments in sensible eating.
Jan. 3 2011 2:08 PM

Please Don't Be Discouraged by My Breakfast

It's only lunchtime on Day 1 and I've already learned important lessons. I got up at 6 a.m. yet still managed to be late, and I haven't had time to food shop. What's the old adage? If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail. So I had to scrape together breakfast from what was in the house. Here's what I ate:

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Ellen Tarlin is a former Slate copy chief and writer of the "Clean Plate" blog. Her essays have appeared in the Boston Globe, the Boston PhoenixBrooklyn Bridge, Bark, and  the RISK storytelling podcast. Follow her on Twitter.

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It's pomegranate seeds, Tazo Zen green tea, and leftover cold congealed McCann's steel-cut oatmeal. Coffee 's got a tiny bit of nutrition, but I decided to switch to tea this week because it ostensibly contains more phytochemicals . Yeah, cold congealed oatmeal is gross, but I actually eat it that way rather frequently. I had to do the shovel-in, since I was late. It occurred to me later that I should have added milk.

I didn't measure. I eyeballed it at about 1-1½ cups of oatmeal, maybe ½ cup of pomegranate seeds and a gigantic cup of tea and that was my second. Also, I ate at my dressing table while straightening my hair, because I was already running late. I threw together a few things for lunch in my L.L. Bean lunch box : Brazil nuts, to get the protein I missed at breakfast, a whole-wheat challah roll, a tangerine that is probably past its prime, and grapes. I arrived at the doctor's 20 minutes late. (And she is one of the few New York doctors who actually runs on time, so I felt bad.)

Here's my sad little lunch box:

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I did OK in terms of nutrients with this breakfast, but my morning certainly could have gone a lot smoother. At noon I was hungry, but I'm supposed to photograph everything I eat for the blog, and I was too busy. (I'm thinking photographing everything you eat might be the secret to weight loss.) Finally I had ¼ cup of Brazil nuts, which can look large or small depending on how you photograph it:

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It's after 2 p.m. and I haven't eaten lunch yet. I'm hungry, but I need to figure out how what I've eaten fits in with MyPyramid. Then: cleaning out the fridge, cleaning the kitchen, getting new food in there. But first, I need to plan what to make for dinner.

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