Sunday, February 22, 2009

A Week in the Food Diary of ... A NY Corporate Attorney

Week 3: A Week in the Food Diary of... a New York City Corporate Attorney

For our third week of "A Week in the Food Diary of...", a look into my friend's life as a junior NY Corporate Attorney...

I am a corporate attorney without time to cook for myself and frequently eat all of my meals at the office. If I am not careful, it's easy to order hamburgers and french fries every night on the corporate tab (which I am prone to do when stuck here late and irritated). I try to get fresh fruit every week and bring it as a snack rather than raiding the vending machines. I try to drink tons of water throughout the day. I try to stay dedicated to the Weight Watchers way of eating (low fat, lots of fiber). I am also trying to fit into a dress for a family affair next month.

Breakfast: Large Dunkin Donut coffee with skim milk and 2 Splenda. Deep Chocolate Vitamuffin (

Hydration: one 0.5 liter bottle of water

Lunch: Subway!! 6 inch wheat with turkey, lettuce, tomato, cukes, banana peppers, extra pickles, spicy mustard. Large diet coke. A bag of WOW potato chips.

Hydration: one 0.5 liter bottle of water. Brrr... my office is FREEZING. I also make some tea (Bigelow Vanilla Chai) with skim milk and 2 splenda.

More Hydration: TWO 0.5 liter bottles of water. A can of fresca.

Snack: At 4pm, I get hungry, and have an apple, fiber one, and fiber one caramel. plus another fresca and one 0.5 liter of water.

Dinner: LOTS of edamame; brown rice; steamed veggies with dumpling sauce. Another water bottle and another chai.

Snack: Medium Pinkberry with mango, kiwi, and raspberry

Wednesday's Commentary: I am environmentally conscious and refill the same water bottle--not constantly purchasing these 0.5 liter bottles... Also, a little embarrassed about how much I drink! Did not realize the quantity until I had to write it down :)

Addendum: It is 1:33am and this BigLaw associate is still burning the midnight oil. Don't worry, NYC has 24-hour bodega delivery. To the rescue: 1 swiss miss hot cocoa, 1 frozen yogurt milkshake, and banana chips.

Stuck at the office til 4:30am last night ... so still full from the 2am milkshake.

Breakfast: Get to work at 10:30. Stop for a LARGE dunkin donuts coffee with skim/2 splenda.

Lunch: Fage 2% greek yogurt with Strawberry; fresh raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries. I heart Fage because it has TONS of protein and relatively low cal. I often make little Fage sundaes (fage, berries, honey, a crunchy cereal like Cinnamon Toast Crunch or Kashi, and Fat Free ReadyWhip)

Snack 1: banana chips and green tea

Snack 2: fresh blueberries, bottle of diet Dr. Pepper, some Werthers candies

Snack 3: 100 calorie pack of Cheese Nips

Dinner: kofte kebab (turkish ground meat patties) with rice

Snack: handful of peanut M&Ms

Stuck at work again ... this time til 11:30pm...


Breakfast: large dunkin coffee, deep chocolate vitamuffin

Lunch: chopped salad with spinach, tomato, kalamata olives, blue cheese, hearts of palm, white beans, beets, cucumbers. Lemon juice and balsamic vinagrette.

Snack: apple and green tea

Dinner: egg white omelette with swiss cheese, and corn vitamuffin.

After dinner: My friend had a private wine tasting at her apartment for her birthday. I had some spinach and artichoke dip in a bread bowl, olives, berries, M&Ms, and of course, some vino.

Late night snack: Tasti D Lite chocolate flying saucer


Sleep in til noon (yay Saturday!), wake up to an email from my supervisor (boo weekend work).

Breakfast (or is it lunch if it's 1pm): Banana nut vitatop, fresh strawberries (in desperate need of coffee, but too tired to get dressed to go outside for it)

Lunch: gotta heart NYC delivery. Egg white omelette with feta, spinach, olives. multi-grain toast w/ butter. LARGE coffee.

Snack: fruit salad

Dinner: McCann's Brown Sugar oatmeal with sliced banana and blueberries.

Snack: tootsie pop, frozen grapes, blueberries


Breakfast: banana

Lunch: egg white omelette with feta, mushroom, spinach. Large iced hazelnut coffee

Snack: mango, blueberries and strawberries; instant Swiss Miss hot cocoa

Dinner: wok sauteed tofu and veggie platter. mashed sweet potatoes


At the office on President's Day (and EVERY single day of this purported 3 day wknd!)

Breakfast: LARGE Dunkin' coffee

Lunch: Chop't 10 Vegetable salad (lettuce, grilled asparagus, green peas, hearts of palm, carrots, broccolli, beets, mushrooms, cukes, grape tomatoes, corn)

Snack: Deep chocolate vitatop muffin, peach

Dinner: went to Maya and ordered the guacamole/chips; side of plantains; pechuga abodada (adobo marinated grilled chicken breast, huitlacoche dumplings, warm pico de gallo, cilantro pesto).

Breakfast: Banana, large dunkin coffee (I need to stop spending money there!)

Lunch: Chopped salad with spinach, swiss cheese, white beans, beets, grape tomatoes

Snack: Chocolate peanut butter Vitatop muffin, green tea

Dinner: Sweet potato with veggie chili

Snacks: mango, melon, and mixed berries

Still clocking the hours at 2am...

Final Commentary: Our all-nighter pulling corporate junior attorney is hoping to return to some sense of normalcy after putting in several (very) hectic weeks. Her final comment: "ha-- you picked THE perfect week to find me. I'm the stereotypical junior associate!"

1 comment:

The Duo Dishes said...

VERY impressed with your ability to eat well with all of that work/stress! It's amazing. We'd be eating bagels and Grey's Papaya hot dogs all day if we could. :)