Day 6: Make a List of Everything You Ate for Lunch Last Week

The Cooking Cure Spring 2014

Day 6: Monday, March 10
Assignment: Make a list of what you ate for lunch last week
The Cooking Cure: See all the assignments so far here.

Welcome to the second week of the Cooking Cure! How was your weekend? Are you feeling prepped and primed for making all your breakfasts this week? Ready to add another layer to your Cooking Cure?

This week, we're putting our lunch routine under the microscope. We'll be setting new goals and — yes, oh, yes! — finding fresh inspiration for lunches that we look forward to eating. But first, let's start again with something simple: making a list.

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Today's Assignment (Estimated Time: 10 Minutes)

  1. Get Out a Pen and Paper: Just like last week, you're going to want to write this down. Not only will we be building from this list and referring back to it for the rest of the week, but we want you to have a record of what we did so you can refer back to it once the Cure is over.
  2. Make a List of Last Week's Lunches: Close your eyes and think back on all the lunches you ate last week. If you can, think back even further — more data never hurts. Write down all your meals: the ones you brought from home, the ones you got from the food truck, the ones you ate out with co-workers. Include any snacks or drinks you ate alongside.
  3. That's It! And with that, you're done for the day! Don't worry about analyzing or changing any habits right now; we'll get to all that tomorrow. For now, give yourself a gold star (or a glass of wine, whichever you prefer), finish any last-minute prep for tomorrow's breakfast, and have yourself a wonderful evening.

Extra Credit!

  • As you have probably already guessed, we'll be repeating this exercise next Monday when we focus on dinners. To make things easier on yourself, keep a diary of all your dinners this week for handy reference.

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