Day-12 Virgin Diet: Another (almost) all restaurant day

Since my schedule kind of sucks in terms of making time to cook, I’ve been relying heavily on eating out this week.  Today is no exception.  Tomorrow and Saturday won’t be either.  I’ve learned my lesson from the past and just plan ahead a bit to get around the problems.  In so doing I’ve nailed down the whole restaurant experience, at least where I can find at least one item I can eat, or at least modify, from the entree section.

The day started with the usual shake.  With the exception of the noise of the blender in the morning it’s actually a pretty convenient way to start the day.  That would have held me way past lunch, but with lunch time arriving and people going out to eat it was the time to go.  As on Monday I got the Tuna Tataki salad from Cheesecake Factory.  Yes, I love eating fish especially when it is raw (or seared) ahi tuna or sushi.  Ironically while I was still not hungry when I ate lunch, by the time 2 pm rolled around I was actually craving some food.  Luckily I brought along a bunch of baby carrots and the homemade garlic hummus.  The hummus is so potent that I won’t eat it around other people. That’s not because I don’t want to share, but because I don’t want people to start passing out around me from the vapors.

I was again pretty hungry when dinner came around.  Fortunately I was able to get a good fixing on at Famous Dave’s with a half rack of Memphis Style ribs and a baked potato.  I guess like everything else eaten out this baked potato was ridiculously large.  It was easily the size of two baked potatoes.  I wonder how close to Fukushima they were grown.  I was still pretty hungry after that so I ate a square of the almond butter fudge.  That didn’t do it so then I had a big handful of grapes.  Not hungry anymore right?  Well I certainly wasn’t starving, but I felt like I wanted to eat more so a big bowl of frozen berries and mango was the next on the list.  That sort of did the trick, but what my brain was really wanting was (in no particular order): oreo cheesecake ice cream, Stacey’s Pita Chips, a piece of baguette or a chocolate covered peanut butter balls.  Since that wasn’t going to be feasible, but all of that sounds like my body saying it wants some carbs, my stand-ins seemed to at least dull the sharpness of the urges.

It was a pretty hectic day so my mood and energy levels were pretty solid.  I did start getting mid-afternoon crash symptoms, but without having any caffeine or refined sugar that may again be due to me not getting a full 7-8 hours of sleep the night before.