Two a Healthy Life

One couple on a mission to become healthy

The First Day


He Said:

Today went pretty well, there was a period around 2pm where I was hungry but didn’t want to eat my afternoon snack yet and was thinking about the fact that I wanted a French dip.  Well, not really the whole sandwich, just the bun.  It stuck in my head, and I had to get up and have a glass of water to get my mind off of it.

In trying to eat healthier I, like many I’m sure, feel like I have tried every trick in the book and taken every suggestion people and experts have to offer.  With that said,  I have finally decided that I need to do what works for me and leave the advice that just doesn’t fit.

With this in mind, I eat five meals a day when not on my free day.  Here the term meal may not be what you are thinking, for example one of my meals is a banana, so these are not what an average person would consider a meal, but it helps me not feel hungry most of the time.

Another suggestion that I have taken to heart is drinking, at least, four 8 oz. glasses of water a day.  This helps to fill my stomach, and I find on days where I do not drink this much I am hungry and dehydrated.  I start the morning (after my shower) with drinking two cups of water (no I do not measure out two cups of water with a measuring cup, if you have a regular pub glass, that holds almost exactly two cups) as this helps to get me started for the day.

Another aspect of this is that if you don’t think you can drink that much water, because lets face it, water is a boring drink.  You’ll be happy to know that it counts as drinking water if you drink tea or coffee (though coffee will act as a dehydrator).  The only thing you should watch for is not consuming too much caffeine, I sip on tea almost all day long, but I drink mostly green or herbal teas that contain almost no caffeine.

Food list for today:

Breakfast: Skyr (Icelandic yogurt and something I will blog about later) (100 cal.)

Mid-morning snack: Banana (120 cal.)

Lunch: Lentil Soup (1g fat, 250 cal.)

Mid-afternoon snack: Apple (100 cal.)

Dinner: Lentil Soup (1g fat, 250 cal.) I got home late so I didn’t make dinner and just ate some soup I made for lunch this week.

Total calories for today 820, though it would have been closer to 1000 if I had made the dinner I planned on making.

Getting psyched for tomorrow!


She Said:

Nathaniel and I were discussing how oftentimes people handing out diet suggestions say you should eliminate beer or soda from your diet as an easy way of cutting calories.

The problem with this suggestion (for me and maybe you) is that I don’t drink enough of these things for them to contribute significantly to my weight. To be realistic the beverage that contributes the most calories to my usual diet is milk.

As a child I drank a lot of milk (I’ve always loved it) and my parents didn’t see the point in limiting something that is considered healthy. I once drank a half-gallon of milk in one sitting (although to be fair this was without parental supervision).

Today it was important that I acknowledged to Nathaniel and myself that I really have to pay attention to how much Milk I am pouring into my glass.

I’ve consumed around 1,000 calories today and to be perfectly honest I was still hungry after I finished my dinner of sautéed veggies and white rice. I like to cook meals with big flavors to help keep myself from feeling gypped.

Luckily as a result of being a foodie I have an arsenal of spices. However today I went cheap for my flavor booster and topped the stir-fry with sriracha.

You may have to save some of these recipes for a ‘free day’ but a few of them are diet friendly!

Today’s food intake:

1 cup yogurt (Suggi’s)
2 cups of coffee (no sugar but a splash of milk)
2 cutie’s (small citrus fruit)
1 cup lentil soup (homemade)
1 cup diet juice (ocean spray)
Sautéed veggies over white rice
4 oz. milk / 1 cherry cordial (see’s)
tea (no milk or sugar)


Author: Alex Washburn

I am a photo editor living in California.

3 thoughts on “The First Day

  1. Alex! I just started reading your blog (so I’m at the beginning and making my way through the rest of the posts). This is a great lifestyle change that you and Nathaniel are embarking on. Quick note – you should eat brown rice instead of white! There’s very little nutritional value in white rice. Brown rice, on the other hand, is a whole grain and includes bran (which is removed from white rice) and thereby contains more fiber.

    • Hey thanks Alison! Do you have any experience with Quinoa? I think I am going to experiment with that next week…

      • I don’t have a ton of experience making quinoa, but I really like eating it! It’s healthy and should be pretty easy to make. Much better substitute for white rice. : )

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