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Food Survey (part 2)

I did another one.

Best board game snack? Chex mix Muddy Buddies


roasted or boiled hot dogs? No. Hot dogs are icky!


corn on or off the cob? creamed corn (off)


Meatloaf or roast beef? Meatloaf (but without “tomato puke” on it)


oatmeal with water or milk? MILK!


best sandwich when you’re super hungry? Nutella on white


Snack that is easy to overeat? dried fruit


rather eat three healthier cookies or one unhealthy cookie? all 4!


favorite topping for veggies? Ranch salad dressing


favorite fruit to cook with? pineapple


best raw veggie? Bell pepper ‘sticks’ (yellow/orange for sweet, green if I’m more in a tart mood)


best dip for raw veggies? Ranch salad dressing


who would you invite for a dinner party if you could invite anyone? Nobody, I’m extremely introvert ;p


favorite appetizer to eat off a toothpick? olives (green or black)


soup with crackers or bread? Bread


croutons or nuts in your salad? hulled sunflower seeds


cake with ice cream or whipped cream? both!


top a baked potato with… bacon bits, shredded cheddar cheese, ranch salad dressing, more cheese!


top a bowl of healthy whole grain cereal with… milk


fries with ketchup or cheese? fry sauce (it’s a Utah thing)


favorite lazy Sunday morning breakfast? Nothing…if I’m up early enough on Sunday to have breakfast, it’s not very lazy! 😉 (okay, okay, french toast and fruit preserves)


best romantic dinner? Finger foods! Seriously, feed each other little bits of stuff…ain’t that romantic?


craziest sandwich you’ve made or eaten? I put ranch salad dressing instead of mayo, which apparently is crazy *shrug*


weirdest ice cream topping? bacon (Burger King does this…wtfrak???)


if elves existed what would you feed them? Well, if they’re pansies like Lilywell Greenleaf, probably something vegan. If they’re dark elves/Drow, probably some steak cooked medium rare..if cooked at all 😉


how do you like your marshmallows when you cook them over a campfire: flaming, lightly brown, burnt or slightly warmed? golden brown and crispy on the inside, mushy/gooey on the inside


salted peanuts or candied peanuts? chocolate covered


if you could travel anywhere for dinner, where would it be? I love to eat campfire dinners, so “the forest” I guess


best way to use syrup besides putting it on pancakes or waffles? *shrug?*


if you could eat sweets all day what would you have for breakfast, lunch and dinner? Anything with caramel and chocolate (except for Burger King’s bacon sundae…that’s just wrong!)


eating in the car: hot or not? not…too cramped to really enjoy food (and too complicated if you’re also trying to drive!)


pickles with a sandwich: hot or not? depends on the sandwich…lunch meat yes, peanut butter and jam NO


strawberry pie: hot or not? hot…with graham cracker crust and lots of whipped cream


hot sauce: hot or not? well that should be obvious 😉 (but no, I don’t like it)


spinach: hot or not? HOT! It’s even good cold 😉


sushi: hot or not? hot  YUMMY!!!


shrimp: hot or not? hot (and it’s good cold too)


favorite thing to eat with….


a fork: pie & cake


a spoon: pudding


a stick: marshmallows


your fingers: cherries


cinnamon bun or donut? donut


coated with icing or covered in a glaze? icing


favorite flavor Popsicle? grape


best hard candy? mint or butterscotch


what foods do you play with before you eat them? jelly beans (though it’s more like sorting, not playing)


do you like keeping your foods separated or mixing things up? depends on the foods…


picky eater or adventurous eater? I will try anything once – after that, picky depends on if I liked it or not!


best dried fruit? mango & papaya


most energizing snack? I haven’t the foggiest idea… (with my clunky ticker, I’m never energized!)

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Food survey

The dieting community I’m a member of had a food survey posted. So I decided to take it, just for fun.

1. How do you like your eggs? scrambled with lots of shredded cheddar cheese melted in with them

2. How do you take your coffee/tea? 1 drop with 8+ oz of milk

3. Favorite breakfast food? Fresh/warm croisoint with all natural fruit preserves (none of that junk with high fructose corn syrup and dyes)

4. Peanut butter, Almond butter, or Nutella? If PB,Smooth or crunchy? Nutella

5. What kind of dressing on your salad? Depends on my mood…usually buttermilk ranch or bleu cheese

6. Pepsi, Coke, or Sprite? Sprite. Root beer is my favorite soda-pop

7. You’re pressed for time, what do you make? Carnation Instant Breakfast powder in 10 oz whole milk

8. You’re feeling lazy. What do you order in (must choose something)? Call my sister to see if she has any leftovers in her fridge she wants to bring (too poor to order from a “fast food” place!)

9. You’re in a cooking mood. What do you make? …I’m NEVER in a cooking mood! But if I do, it’s usually slow-cooker stuff that I just dump in and leave for a few hours. Lamb with brown sugar and pinapple sauce is my favorite healthy food, berry cobbler is my favorite dessert.

10. What food reminds you of your childhood? Peanut butter…which is probably why I don’t like it (rough childhood)

11. What food can you remember hating that you now like? Tomatoes (like…not love!)

12. Is there a food that you currently refuse to eat? pickled beets

13. What was your favorite food as a kid? ice cream (and I still like it)

14. Favorite restaurant meal? roast elk with stewed cherries (had it in Wyoming on summer holiday a few years ago…yuuum! Worth the $40/plate price!)

15. Favorite junk food? Only one??? caramel filled chocolate stuff (Rolos, Mily Way, Caramelo, etc.)

16. Food creation that you love and others think is weird? Ranch salad dressing on meat

17. Favorite dessert? Just about anything if it has caramel in/on it, or caramel based

18. Food when you’re sick? ramen noodles and 100% mixed fruit juice

19. Food for celebrating/special occasions? seafood (lobster, preferably)

20. Frozen/Canned/Pre-made meal? The Bertoli bag stuff is pretty good.

21. Food you’re most confident preparing for guests? A glass of water.

22. Food you eat most often? (ex. I eat X every single day–which is more than you eat any other food) MILK!!!! Okay it’s not a food, but I -do- have it every day…several times a day. In fact, I think I am literally addicted, thanks to the casomorphin in it :p

23. Fruit you’re most likely to eat on a daily basis? Bananas, but that’s cuz they’re cheap. If I could afford it, cherries, mangos, mulberries

24. Veggie you’re most likely to eat on a daily basis? (notice i didn’t say “favorite”) None. If I could afford it, spinach, asparagus, brussel sprouts – produce is expensive!

25. Favorite packaged snack food? Flipz (chocolate covered pretzels). Or again, caramel stuff.

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Daily Meal Plan

I recently joined an online community for dieting. In the group of weight gain, it’s always being asked about what a good meal plan should consist of. Basically foods that you like to eat, and WILL eat (a lot of the members are recovering (or trying/want to) from an eating disorder like anorexia), as long as your daily caloric intake is no less than 2,500 and 3,000+ is optimal. I do not have an eating disorder, but it’s hard for me to gain/keep weight because of my deformed/weak/failing heart.

Many members want to be healthy, but find it hard to get so many calories in the typically healthy foods. However, junk foods are usually high in calories but don’t make you feel too full so you have room to eat more in another 2-3 hours. Now, while I can’t say that everybody should do this, I can say that MY doctor allows me to do this (eat lots of junk food, as long as I take a daily multivitamin). As such, here is a disclaimer, not just for legal issues, but for my own peace of mind.

This meal plan has been formulated for ME, with help/suggestions from my cardiologist. All food is REAL food; for instance, the eggs are real chicken laid, not imitation stuff. The milk I drink is from cows, not soy/almond/rice varieties. I understand if people want to be vegetarian/vegan for ethical reasons, and that’s fine. Also, I am not allergic to anything or have any other food restrictions for medical issues. All foods are full fat (milk is the “whole” 3.25%) and NEVER any “lite”, low calorie, low carb, or other typical diet variety.

Again, people should work with their own doctor to make a meal plan based on what that certain individual needs.

For each meal, I choose whatever I want to eat from the list. I have to eat as many items as will equal AT LEAST the number next to the meal title. Example: breakfast could be cheddar omelet and 1 PB toast and apple punch to total 540. Or I could just have 2 PB toast and apple punch for 600. Also, a lot of these foods can be eaten hot or cold as reasonable. My A.M. & P.M. drink is heated to be “hot chocolate” in the winter!

This list is not complete. It’s just what I eat the most often, on a regular basis.

Solid snack foods are listed at the bottom.


BREAKFAST: 500+ calories


170 = cheddar cheese omelet (1 medium egg with 1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese scrambled into it)

180 = Pillsbury Toaster Strudel

240 = PB toast (1 slice white bread, 1 TBS peanut butter, 1 TBS fruit preserves)

250 = toast (1 slice white bread, 1 TBS dairy butter, 1 TBS fruit preserves)

280 = cold cereal, 8 oz milk (cereal is usually Reeses Puffs or S’mores by Kellogs)

??? = solid snack food (like a muffin or a donut)


120 = 8 oz Apple Punch (100% juice, not “cocktail” with corn syrup!) I usually only have juice for breakfast, and save my milk for all other meals. Milk and my berry flavored liquid multivitamin just tastes NASTY together!


A.M. snack: 500+ calories


330 = Carnation Instant Breakfast powder mixed with 10 oz milk (okay so this is technically a drink, but I consider it to be the base of my snack PLUS whatever else)

??? = solid snack food


LUNCH: 500+ calories


220+ = nachos (tortilla chips, 1/3 cup shredded cheese melted with salsa mixed into it for dipping the chips in)

250+ = salad (romaine lettuce, and other stuff for calories including raisins, chopped hard-boiled egg, chopped chicken, sliced olives, halved grapes, chopped apples, etc. & dressing…which is usually buttermilk ranch or bleu cheese)

250+ = chicken pasta salad – hot or cold (1 cup cooked pasta such as macaroni, bowtie, shell, etc., 1 TBS Miracle Whip, cubed chicken, halved green grapes, chunked pineapple)

300 = egg salad sandwich (hard-boiled egg mushed up with 1 TBS Miracle Whip on 2 slices white bread)

340 Honey-butter sandwich (1 TBS peanut butter & 1 TBS honey mixed together, 2 slices white bread)

350 = tuna salad sandwich (2 slices white bread, tuna, 1 TBS Miracle Whip)

350 = turkey & cheese sandwich (2 slices white bread, honey smoked turkey lunch meat, 1 slice cheddar cheese, 1 TBS condiment such as buttermilk ranch salad dressing, honey mustard sauce, Miracle Whip, etc…whatever I’m in the mood for)

440 = PB & J sandwich (2 slices white bread, 2 TBS peanut butter, 1 TBS fruit preserves)

??? = anything from DINNER or SNACK list


100+ = soda pop, any flavor

120 = apple punch (8 oz)

200 = milk (10 oz)


P.M. snack: 500+ calories

330 Carnation Instant Breakfast powder mixed with 10 oz milk

??? solid snack food


DINNER: 500+ calories

??? = anything from LUNCH or SNACK list

350 = beef stew, 1 slice white bread (I always have bread with my stew to dip in the gravy!)

390 = ramen noodles

510 = “Russian ramen” (cook noodles in water and drain. Add seasoning packet to 2 TBS sour cream and mix well, then add to noodles and stir it all together!)

510 = beef burrito, 2 slices cheddar cheese, 1 TBS ranch salad dressing

And of course a drink of milk, punch or soda


BEDTIME SNACK: 300+ calories


220 = Oatmeal(1/2 cup oats, 5 oz milk)

320 = Banana oatmeal (1/2 cup oats, 5 oz milk, 1 banana mushed in)

500 = PB banana oatmeal (1/2 cup oats, 5 oz milk, 1 banana and 2 TBS peanut butter mushed in)


150 = 8 oz milk (I do not have soda or punch for bed, as they are not “snooze foods” with balanced carbs and protein to stimulate serotonin from your brain!)



140 = granola bar (Quaker chewy Dipps, usually)

140 = tropical dried fruit mix (1/4 cup)

190 = Blueberry muffin (Little Debbie brand)

200+ = donut

220-280 = candy bar (Snickers, PayDay and BabyRuth are my favorites)

350+ = ice cream sundae (1 cup ice cream of any flavor, sauce of any flavor such as caramel or chocolate (though I do like Jelly Belly strawberry cheesecake topping sauce!) drizzled, 4 maraschino cherries, and sometimes a scattering of Grape Nuts cereal if I want some crunch…I don’t like to eat real nuts!)

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