It's time for another entry into my food diary, Foods I Apparently Felt Were Absolutely Necessary To Shove Into My Fat Face Today. But before I get to the list, I must introduce you to the principle that is the foundation of this weekend's entry. Illustrated here:
As you can see, the more stocked my kitchen is, the more food I will eat. It doesn't matter if I've stocked up on groceries for the next month- I will eat 75% of that food in the days following my shopping trip. It doesn't matter if I am full, it doesn't matter if I've already had a snack in the past 15 minutes, I will find myself eating and eating, simply because I've bought myself so much food.
I first discovered this scientific principle when I was a sophomore in college, living in an apartment for the first time, no longer living off of dorm food and in charge of feeding myself. My roommate and I would go to the grocery store and fill our cart with (what we imagined to be) enough food to last us weeks. We'd buy fresh vegetables and frozen foods, healthy trailmix and fattening chips. Stuff to make breakfast! Stuff to make sandwiches! It was all very well intentioned...
And then we'd get home and spend the next 3 hours consistently grazing until every package of food was opened and I'd had a buffet dinner consisting of something like a handful of Honey Nut Cheerios, a Pop Tart, a strawberry yogurt, a bowl of pretzels, a slice of american cheese, half a bag of microwave popcorn, 2 spoonfuls of peanut butter, and some carrot sticks with ranch dressing.
You see, I'm fully aware of what happens when I buy too many groceries all at once. And yet it never stops me from doing so.
On Friday night, I got home from work and realized there was nothing to eat in the whole apartment (I have no clue why this came as a surprise to me). So after Devin and I decided to spend the night at home, watch a movie, and drink the one remaining bottle of wine from last weekend's wine tour, I decided that I would venture out to Trader Joes, my favorite place in the world, to pick up something for dinner.
When I arrived at the store, I first went to grab a little basket to shop with, but then thought better of it and grabbed a cart. This is like the second time I'd ever used a cart at Trader Joes. I was thinking that since I wasn't in a hurry, I'd stock up on food for the next few days, so we'd be able to wake up on Saturday and Sunday mornings and actually have food to eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Dooo deee doo. I'm so clever. (Also, I was starving at that moment and that may have had some impact on my decision making.)
By the time I got home, I had bags and bags of food to unpack. And we started off eating only what seemed necessary. But by the conclusion of the weekend, and with the addition of some leftover craft services food my sister brought from a video shoot she did Saturday, the list of Foods I Apparently Felt Were Absolutely Necessary To Shove Into My Fat Face was pretty darn impressive. So here's the rundown of what what Devin and I (mostly me) ate this weekend, with a little help from my sister and some friends who dropped by.
3 pizzas - 2 frozen, 1 take out
2 1/2 bottles of wine
1/2 bottle rum
6 pack of cider
1 package pad thai noodles
1 bag frozen jumbo shrimp, or roughly 30 shrimp
1 pound block of cheddar cheese
1 wedge of brie
1 package ramen noodles
1 half gallon orange juice
1/2 bottle hot sauce
1 chocolate cake (seriously, who just buys a chocolate cake?)
1 dozen eggs
1 box morningstar farms veggie sausage patties
1 loaf sliced sourdough bread
1 quart of milk
1 baguette (approximately 2 feet long)
6 cheese danish
1 bag tortilla chips
1/2 jar of spaghetti sauce
1/2 box of spaghetti noodles
And this morning, my jeans are sort of cutting off my circulation.