17 Meals to Cook without Going to the Grocery Store

Sometimes I feel like the laziest or most anxious person in the world but sometimes the thought of going grocery shopping seems like a huge undertaking. (In my defense, I don’t have a car and we’re currently under a monsoon watch.) Ditto going out to eat as a single person. And I’m really not a delivery kind of girl (never got into the habit). So what’s a girl to do but make meals with what she already has in the apartment she never wants to leave?
Thankfully, years of cooking and being single (and being too tired to go to the grocery store) has led me to be quite crafty with my meals. I once went a month without going to the grocery store and actually came out in the negative for grocery spending (I returned some spices I was never going to use). So long as I have eggs, rice and soy sauce, I’m pretty happy. Thankfully it doesn’t have to come to that very often.
Below are meals I can prepare for myself currently with ingredients in my pantry and fridge/freezer with the ingredients listed next to them. I will admit though that I will very soon run out of eggs and coconut milk/milk and greek yogurt, and without those options, the pickings will be much scarcer!

The Phrase that Stops my Emotional Spending in its Tracks

Maybe you can relate. I can typically see through the marketing hoopla of most beauty products. But when I have a pimple, or when I feel badly about my appearance, money is no object. I would be tempted to buy anything.
I was recently contemplating buying a $500 beauty gadget that zaps electric pulses into your skin and allegedly kills bacteria, sculpts your face and encourages the buildup of beneficial collagen. Or so it says.
All because I had a pimple.

Typically I have very good skin. I may get little clogged pores regularly but I only get pimples a few times a year. So when I do get a pimple, it’s all I can think about. And I always scour the internet for quick fix solutions, peering into photo after photo of flawless-looking models trying to discern their secrets.

 But typically before I fall into a vat of self-loathing, I try to tell myself this one phrase that brings me back to earth. It’s a phrase that keeps me from emptying my checking account every time I get a blemish.
Who told you you were naked?
 Let me explain.

Would you reduce your own pay for “equality?”

According to actress, Emma Stone:
In my career so far, I’ve needed my male co-stars to take a pay cut so that I may have parity with them. And that’s something they do for me because they feel it’s what’s right and fair. That’s something that’s also not discussed, necessarily—that our getting equal pay is going to require people to selflessly say, ‘That’s what’s fair.’ If my male co-star, who has a higher quote than me but believes we are equal, takes a pay cut so that I can match him, that changes my quote in the future and changes my life.
Let’s stipulate first that this is, of course, only happening because everyone is getting paid such gobs of money that the exact amounts may not make a difference. If a man did this at a working-joe level, I think we would all think that man was stupid. 
But even at these levels where money seems more decorative than purposeful, I have to wonder if this makes any sense as a path toward equality. Ok, first, what is equality? The Equal Pay Act of 1963 was meant to abolish wage disparity based on sex. I think this should be considered a phrase: “wage disparity based on sex.” It’s not that people can’t be paid differently – but that people shouldn’t be paid differently because of their different sexes.
 
So first off, I guess the question is, was there a wage inequality problem here and secondly, does this method solve it. 

What I’ve Learned from Eating One Meal a Day

what i've learned from eating one meal a day

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I’ve tried Gen. McChrystal’s one-meal-a-day diet for two weeks. For me, it hasn’t been that difficult a transition. I had already started an intermittent fasting regimen a month or so earlier. I have learned a lot about my eating habits from this little experiment – that, spoiler alert- I think I will continue.

1. I am not in tune with my hunger or my body.

So many diets come up with newfangled ways to keep you from being hungry. This diet also kept me from being hungry – by not giving me any food.
I’ve never counted calories. According to my age, weight, gender and height, I should eat about 1,500 calories a day. Looking at 1,500 calories a day meal plans, this is way more food than I ever eat even on a normal 3-meal a day meal plan.
I would typically eat (when I was trying to be a good paleo dieter) a small chia pudding for breakfast, and then a salad for lunch and then meat and veggies for dinner. No snacking, no dessert. If I were to guess, I’d say I probably ate 1,200 calories a day. And I would exercise for an hour a day as well. And I did not lose weight. And then other reports say that 1,500 is way too low, even for sedentary females.
When I read about this diet, I had read that one could just get all daily calories from 1 meal instead of 3. As one would expect, you eat a lot more in 3 meals than 1. And at least for me, I eat less when I’m hungry than when I’m bored.
So when I got around to dinner having eaten nothing at all, I was surprised to find that I wasn’t starving. In fact, I was not hungry at all. I definitely ate far fewer calories than I had previously and with no hunger pangs. It should come as no surprise that I lost weight on this diet. But my energy was consistent throughout the day. Without my body working on digesting all day, I had consistent energy and no cravings.
It got me to thinking that maybe I wasn’t eating three meals a day because I needed it but because it was a habit. I never asked myself if I was hungry. I just ate at my scheduled times. My lack of hunger pangs was a huge red flag that I was eating too much and that had led to weight gain.

2. You may need supplements

Because I wasn’t eating meals, but well, I got thirsty, I would drink a lot of tea and water. Super healthy right? Well a few days in, I started to get very slightly lightheaded but I could tell it wasn’t for being hungry. I think it may have been that
 I needed to supplement with potassium, magnesium and calcium, which were low with the decrease in calories. Once I added some lemon water and sea salt to my water, it seemed to help my lightheadedness.

3. Counterintuitively, eating less makes me less hungry.

After a long day of denying myself food, I was delighted to treat myself to dinner. The totality of the diet was skipping breakfast and lunch – I didn’t give myself any restrictions for dinner. But when I sat myself down for my final meal, I wasn’t salivating. I wasn’t even hungry.
I had read that competitive eaters always eat before their competitions. It helps to stretch out their stomachs. I think my 3 meals a day regimen was stretching out my stomach as well so I would seem hungry consistently throughout the day. I had previously thought that I had needed to eat because I had felt hungry. But maybe I had just stretched out my stomach so much that I needed to eat to feed this larger stomach rather than the needs of my body.

4. People can get freaked out about this diet. 

There’s a joke about how you know if someone is a vegan (Answer: they will tell you). With this diet, it’s a bit hard to hide it. Someone will invite you to lunch, it’s very difficult to go out for drinks on an empty stomach or you’ll be quite impatient at dinner time.
But everyone I told about it was extremely intrigued. Most of the comments were that I didn’t need to diet and not to lose too much weight. Some worried that I wasn’t eating enough. Don’t worry – if I start to diminish to nothing, I will certainly eat before I perish!

5. I spent a lot of time thinking about food.

If you think theoretically about cutting out breakfast and lunch, it seems like at most it would save you 40 minutes a day with our rushed eating schedules. In reality, it seemed like I had so much extra time per day. It’s not just the time spent eating these meals (est. 15 minutes/day), but the time anticipating eating (10 minutes), figuring out what to eat (20 minutes), shopping for food (20 minutes) preparing the food (20 minutes) and cleaning up after (5 minutes). I could work through lunch (because honestly, what else was I going to do?).
Overall, I am saving time, money and food, while losing weight and reducing cravings. I’m more aware of what my body needs and wants. I think it’s a great diet for me and I’ll see how long I can maintain it.
What about you? Would you try a one meal a day diet?