SavRaw Organic CSA–so far so good. . .

This was our first weekly fruit and veggie box with SavRaw CSA.  We got the second one this week.  I am very happy so far, we are even thinking about increasing to the “Family Size” this is the “Full Size” which is the smallest option.  SavRaw says that all of their produce is Organic, which is excellent.  That means no chemicals, no GMOs, and the profits to to “local sustainable agriculture projects” in the Los Angeles area (not sure what that really means).  IN any case the produce has been wonderful thus far and its just under the amount we need for the week.  SavRaw also sends an email with recipes that use the items in the CSA that week.  Check out SavRaw (formerly CSA California):


6 weeks @ 1200 cals

Week 6, Day 1/Day 36

8AM early rise, but quickly out of the house without breakfast or coffee…off to a rough start.

9:30AM stopped into Coffee Bean for a medium black coffee and a banana 110 cals

11AM ravenously hungry, had to stop into Whole Foods to grab something.  I got about a half cup of food from the salad bar including curried tofu–have no idea how many calories but it felt like about 300 cals.

1:30PM Lunch Date in Santa Monica/Brentwood at Greens Up! the salads here are HUGE–I got the SPA salad and I could only eat about half of it–I think I had about 350 calories, mostly spinach.

3pm Snack–I had four rice cakes, I just couldnt stop eating them @ 140 cals and a Trader Joe’s Orange Creamsicle @ 60 cals for a 200 calorie snack.

6pm I decided to skip the gym today, for dinner I made a Trader Joe’s Reduced Guilt meal–Baked Ziti with mozzarella cheese it was really good @ 320 cals

Today’s total: 1280 cals

Basic French Lentils

A few weeks ago I made an odd impulse purchase–French lentils from the bulk section at the Santa Monica Coop–sometimes I get a bit overzealous in the bulk section so I had these around for a few weeks and didnt know what to do with them.  Since I am looking for more nutrient dense foods to eat while on this 1200 calorie diet I thought I would whip this into something that tastes good but doesnt have too many calories.


1 cup french lentils

1 small onion

Handful of baby carrots, slivered

4 cloves garlic

2 tbsp Olive oil





Heat oil in a large saucepan or dutch oven.  I used my Le Creuset dutch oven for this. Chop up the onion, sliver the carrots, and mince the garlic add to the hot oil.  Add a pinch of salt, pinch of rosemary, dill and oregano.  Let this sauté for about 10 minutes uncovered.

Add the rinsed off lentils and saute for another minute.  Then add either 2 3/4 cups of water and a cup of chicken stock or if you’re going veggie use veggie stock or just add 3 and 3/4 cups water.  Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer over low heat.  I had to leave it simmering for about an hour before the lentils were the right consistency for me, soft but still keeping their form.  

This recipe makes about four cups when cooked.  A one cup serving should have about 147 calories and its packed with protein.  This is great as a side dish, a main feature or as part of a salad.  Serve warm or cold. It’s also good with a dollop of sour cream or a sprinkle of soft cheese on top.

6 weeks @ 1200 cals

Week 2, Day 5/Day 12

After eating all that bread and cheese last night I was not hungry at all this morning.  So all I had in the morning was coffee with a splash of milk for 10 cals. I really need to get a handle on this loading up all my calories in the evenings thing and then not being hungry by day.  I also need to seriously figure out how to only eat 1200 calories and also eat generally healthy food with actual nutrients. . .not just fat/alcohol/air.

11:30 AM Snack–1 cup of the french lentil dish with a sprinkle of cheese– 120 calories.

1:30 Lunch–I made a huge salad with 2 cups of butterhead lettuce (14 cals), 10 cherry heirloom tomatoes (about 40 cals), 5 carrots (50 cals), 1/4 cup of tuna (80), 1 persian cucumber (18), 1 tbsp of sun dried tomatoes (40), and 1 tbsp of ranch dressing(70) –I regretted the sundried tomatoes and ranch dressing, the flavors were off.  The salad total was 312 cals, but I couldnt eat it all probably because of the sun dried tomato/ranch flavor, so I only ate like half so about 156 cals. . .I think.

Then I had a Reduced Guilt Brownie for 120 cals and then an hour later I had another one. . .120 more cals.

For dinner I made a serving of Whole Wheat pasta with some sauce that I concocted out of heirloom tomatoes, mushrooms, capers, and olive tapenade.  It was really yummy.  Half a serving of pasta @ 210 calories, plus 10 for the tomatoes, 10 for the mushrooms, 15 for the capers and 25 for the tapenade makes this a 270 calorie dinner, yay!

Post dinner and post gym, it was off to Silverlake for another evening of birthday party fun.  First stop Barbarella,  where I had some delicious fruity beer that I cant remember the name of but based on a quick review of this handy list I am going to estimate 170 calories for this fruity goodness. After one beer we moved on to Little Temple bar/club where I had two Blue Moons (170 each) and a Gin and Tonic (170) while alternating between dancing in the Latin music room and the hip hop room.  I like this place–It was really fun!  So the nights booze total comes to 680 calories, which is a lot for the day especially because I know I am going to drink a lot while camping.  Maybe I should take this person’s advice on how to cut out some drinking calories from my life. Hey. . .at least I resisted those bacon wrapped hot dogs that they were selling outside the club, right? Today’s total = 1476 calories.

6 weeks @ 1200 cals

Week 2, Day 3/Day 10

I had my breakfast/morning coffee at It’s a Grind in Westwood, I was going to go to Profetta, which I love love love but they recently covered up all of their electrical outlets and my computer battery is becoming weaker and weaker, so I decided to forgo good coffee for productive potential.  I had a Kellogg’s Fiber Plus bar and I realized that I forgot to bring my snacks with me today, luckily It’s A Grind is right next to Trader Joe’s so I can pop over and pick up whatever I need over there. So the bar plus the coffee is 160 total for breakfast.

I also realized that I need to start eating more earlier in the day and stop eating about 1/3 of my daily calories after 8pm.  Its hard though because I think I get scared so I stop eating so that I can make sure I can still eat something at night.  Now that I have been doing this for 10 days though, I think I am starting to figure some things out–by the end I will have an ideal minute by minute schedule laid out for myself.  But even though I realize what I should be doing I doubt I will actually just be able to implement it.

I had lunch with a friend in Westwood. . .we elected to eat at Whole Foods, which I know is a really strange place to meet someone for lunch but its actually a relatively cheap option in the area and its good food, which is super rare.  I had about 2 cups of lettuce, spinach and kale –which gets one of the highest scores on the ANDI scale–with one hard boiled egg, one heart of palm, about 1/4 cup cabbage, a sprinkling of carrot shavings and a few onion slices.  So thats like 20 calories for the greens, 70 for the egg, 10 for the hearts of palm, and 6 for the cabbage and say 5 for the carrot and onion, plus I had about a tbsp of the balsamic dressing which is about 50 cals, so in total the salad was about 160 calories.

Then came the dreaded department “welcome back” reception where one of my lovely cohort members divulged that she has been following this blog 😉 These things are terrible for the calorie counter, its so hard to know what you are eating!  I had a slice of bread with some duck pate on it–and American duck pate is sooooooo much better than Cuban pork liver pate–which I later found out is on this dieter website of French foods to AVOID because it has 260 calories for 2 OZ!!!!! Who knew!?  I also have no idea what an oz is when I think in terms of “reasonable-amount-to-spread” quantities, so I will say I had 1/4 oz for 32 calories plus the bread for 50 cals.  Then a friend took a glass of prosecco before remember that she cant drink right now, so I took it for her @ 50 cals, and I had 5 strawberries and a hand full of grapes for 65 cals.  So the afternoon’s total was 198 calories which doesnt sound so bad except that I did not feel full at all.  An hour later I went back to Whole Foods for more snacks–a Whole Foods brand organic lemon yogurt @ 140 cals and two sheets of seaweed @ 10 each.  Adding another 160 to my afternoon, it seems to be my magic number today.

On the way home I was awestruck by a sudden rain shower and this baby:

Well I didnt see it from that angle, in fact I think that my view of it was even better than this, but you get the idea.  THe more important point is that the rain and subsequent rainbow inspired me to skip the gym, which is lovely.

Dinner was Trader Joe’s pre marinated Mahi Mahi, corn, and the french lentil dish from  the other day for an even 400 calorie dinner followed by a glass of white wine @ 150 cals making the day’s total 1228 calories.

6 weeks @ 1200 calories

Week 1, Day 5

9AM Coffee with a splash of milk 10 cals

Trader Joe’s Soy and Flax Clusters with Skim Milk 280 cals

12Pm SNACK Banana 105 cals

1:30PM Lunch–I think that this was the yummiest meal I have had all week–Trader Joe’s Mango, Quinoa, and Chicken Salad–OMG soooooo good, and the best part is that  its A LOT of food and its super low-cal  @240 cals with the dressing!

I also sort of cheated and got a Diet Cherry Pepsi when I was out running errands (buying this month’s mags with foodie pieces in them: Unte, Ms. and Harpers) 0 cals but still cheating

3:30 Snack–Wasa Light Rye Crispbread 30 cals

I started feeling tired/crabby/lightheaded around 4:30 so I had a Trader Joe’s Chicken and Cheese Tamale 130 cals.

Tonight we are joining neighborhood friends for a special Sukkot Shabat dinner, its a potluck and we are brining Kosher wine, not sure what else will be there and I wont really be able to know for sure how many calories are in the dishes, but I will estimate the dinner total anyway… I’m going to say, between the food, the wine, and the challah that it was 1500 calories alone.

Making today’s total 2, 295 a total and utter bust.

6 weeks @ 1200 calories

Week 1, Day 4

9AM: Breakfast–cup of coffee with splash of milk 10 cals

two fried eggs— 180cals

11AM: Snack–Banana 105 cals

12PM feeling kind of light headed and having trouble focusing on my work, maybe that means I havent had enough carbs yet today?  I decided to eat lunch in two parts and started with the rest of the Organic Tomato Bisque soup that I ate yesterday as well= 13o Cals.

1:30PM–ate a salad that I created myself with 2 cups of lettuce, 1/4 cup corn, 1/4 cup tuna, 1/4 bean sprouts, 5 grape tomatoes, no dressing=112 cals

the salad was good, not super duper delicious but good. . .but when I was eating it the strangest thing happened–every time a swallowed a bite I got chills and shivers all over my body.  This might be due to the fact that I dont really like tomatoes or tuna (although both have been slowly growing on me in recent years) but it was such a strange bodily reaction to the salad.  Thoughts??

SNACK:  I went to Peet’s and had a pot of Oolong tea with a splash of nonfat milk–10cals

One piece of WASA Light Rye Crispbread–I love this stuff, but usually I eat the whole wheat ones which have 45 cals each, these light ones have 30 each but they are thinner so that stinks. I also decided to put apple slices on it to add something.   100cals

Dinner:  @ 6pm I had Half of the half of a leftover Calzone from Tuesday–so 1/4 calzone. . .which would be 205 cals

Then I went to the gym for an hour and came back and ate the other half of the calzone for another 205 cals

and I finished the evening off with a Trader Joe’s French Village Chocolate Nonfat Yogurt @ 150 cals for a GRAND TOTAL of 1207 cals