All this writing about tacos and past lives this week has me feeling a touch retrospective. That’s why I though that, for this week’s food dairy link-up, I’d take a trip in the way-back machine to 2013, when I was fresh out of grad school and working an exhausting clinical job where my office was so cold, I kept an unironic Snuggie handy so I could stay warm while I wrote my notes. 

Here’s what was on the menu one week:

  • Breakfast: (unpictured) roasted fig before the gym; zucchini bread oatmeal w/ coconut PB at my desk
  • Lunch: A kind of weak salad that I tried to save with hummus; an unpictured orange a little while later
  • Snack: Kefir with berries and cereal
  • Dinner: Coriander-crusted yellowfin tuna with stir-fry veggies and rice in a miso-wasabi sauce; a glass of dry rose. Lovely. Josie’s never disappoints. (2017 me: I wish I could remember who I was with!)
  • Snack: Some of Saturday’s banana bread, warmed up and topped with nonfat ricotta

Breakfast usually looked something like this:


sleepily spilling coffee on my breakfast—again


And lunch was often like this:


After-work snacks usually included stuff like yogurt messes or green smoothies.

If I ate dinner at home, soup and toast (and wine!) was often on the menu. I guess I ate a lot of soup.


If I had a date, it could be any number of things (usually whatever my date wanted—I was way too shy to actually, like, voice preferences for anything). Sometimes this turned out really fun, though, and involved things like lobster.


I definitely used to have bigger evening snacks several years ago than I tend to need now, but I’ve chalked that up to age, earlier bedtime, and having more of my calories earlier in the day since that’s when I usually need the energy. One thing I have noticed is that I seem to have totally lost my taste for cereal—I used to crave it all the time.

Though I still eat a lot of the same things, I’ve certainly gotten more ambitious with my own cooking and more comfortable expressing my likes and dislikes. We all have to start somewhere!

Has your eating changed much over the years? 

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