Hurricane Sandy: Eating My Way Through The Storm

November 1, 2012 · 2 comments


Hello, I’m here, I’m here! All is fine in NYC…I’m safe and showered, and at this point you really can’t ask for more than that. Before I get into power outages, fallen trees and flooded buildings, let’s start from the beginning shall we?

Friday afternoon I got wind of Sandy’s expected arrival, but didn’t start to worry about it until Sunday night. Therefore, I did my Trader Joe’s food shop on Saturday as usual, and did not stock up on canned goods and bags of…anything. I did however, buy a loaf of bread, a jar of almond butter and a huge bunch of bananas. Luke joked that I would actually be happy if we were forced to eat AB-banana sandwiches for several days on end, and I have to say, he’s not exactly wrong about that. He, on the other hand, ran out at the 11th hour and bought sugary cereal, chips and dip, cookies and ice cream…all the things we typically keep OUT of the apartment!

almond butter strawberry smoothie

When I woke up on Monday and got notice that my office was closed, I did a little I-get-to-work-from-home-in-yoga-pants dance and contemplated breakfast. And then I started feeling a little too excited about all the sweets and snacks we had in the kitchen. But that’s when I slowed down my thoughts and decided right then and there that I was not going to let Sandy derail my healthy eating efforts. I did, however, decide that it would be more than OK to sprinkle in a few extra treats throughout the day. For instance, instead of making a spinach-packed smoothie, I made this almond butter-strawberry smoothie and added a handful of Honey-Os on top! (Until this point, I can’t remember the last time I ate cereal. It used to be my very favorite food, but it is now on my off-limits list, and honestly, I hardly miss it.) **In the blender went: ICE + a big spoonful of almond butter + a double-frozen banana + 1 cup of cut-up frozen strawberries + small spoonful of chia seeds.

trader joe's salmon burgers

In an attempt to eat more protein at lunch, I bought these salmon burgers per Sarah Fit’s suggestion.

salmon burger sandwich

Luke got an open-faced salmon burger sandwich with melted parmesan cheese + arugula.

salmon salad

And I made myself this pretty salad. I added a little extra pepper + salt + McCormick’s Cuban seasoning to the patties, which added a nice kick. We also had tortilla chips + salsa on the side. I think I’m going to add these salmon burgers to my staple foods list—they were tasty!

After lunch I tackled some work, and then we took a little tea + cookies break to watch an episode of Homeland. I had two and enjoyed every single crumb! A lot of times when I eat something indulgent, I decide in advance how much I will have (ie. two cookies), and it makes it so much easier to stop! Try it.

corn black bean salsa

It was 7pm before I knew it, and I still had not done the plank workout I planned for the day. I procrastinated longer with a few chips + corn salsa and then changed into my workout clothes. Just as I was halfway through the side plank leg raises, the lights flickered and then…darkness. Guys, I kid you not, the very first thing I did was inch my way to the bathroom to find my bottle of dry shampoo. For some reason unbeknownst to me, I was more concerned about our neighbors possibly seeing me with oily hair (it was not cute) than I was about the power being out!

ben and jerry's ice cream

The SECOND thing I did was bust open the pint of Ben & Jerry’s we had in the freezer. I couldn’t let it melt…not on my watch! When I plopped down in a chair and started digging in, Luke looked at me like I needed to be sent to the nut house. Maybe I did. But he was not about to miss this storm on my account. He lit a few candles for me, put on his superhero cape and charged down the chairs to check things out and see how he could lend a helping hand. (The man has the insatiable curiosity of a seven year-old!) I carried on with texting Liza and eating ice cream, leaving just a few bites at the bottom. I finally went downstairs to talk to neighbors (with only a semi-greasy head of hair) and look out the front door of our building. Honestly, I found it to be depressing…not cool or neato. Our beautiful tree-lined street was totally flooded and nasty garbage and bed mattresses were floating right on down it.

Needless to say, I felt gross and guilty about my ice cream binge when I made my way back upstairs and everything sunk in. But, I just have to chalk it up to another learning lesson. I have come SO FAR with conquering my emotional eating habits, but apparently I was in no way prepared to manage them during this moment. I even took a couple bites of Luke’s cold leftover pizza later in the night. (I was bored!)  This, my friends, is why I always make good choices when it feels easy.

fallen tree on 7th street avenue c new york

The next morning I woke up to this. So sad! I have to say though, the cleanup crew did a super-speedy job with getting is cleared away.

healthy chinese food

That evening we walked 90 minutes uptown for a hot shower at Liza’s apartment and dinner. It’s so crazy how my neighborhood is completely shut down, but her’s is functioning almost as if nothing happened! Luke was in the mood for Chinese, so I got this steamed chicken and veggie bowl and ate just half of the brown rice in an effort to bounce back from the previous night’s eating binder. I’m staying at Liza’s again tonight, and then I’m just going to deal with things back at home the best I can. Several gyms have opened their doors for free to anyone who wants to workout and have a hot shower, so that’s an option I’m considering. Buses are running as well as select subway lines, but I’ve been walking to and from work to get in exercise until things get back on track.

Tell me: What are your thoughts on Hurricane Sandy—has it affected you or anyone you know? And I’m curious: What snacks would you buy to get you through a storm?? (Can you believe I didn’t have a sip of alcohol?!)

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mallomar107 November 4, 2012 at 2:26 pm

Hey! I love your blog. I just found it a few weeks ago. I have struggled with emotional/binge eating and know how horribly difficult it is to get out of the vicious cycle. Once you’re out, though, it’s all about forward momentum! I love how honest your are in your posts. It’s also nice reading a blog in this ‘genre’ of blogs where someone can actually write well! Glad you and your boyfriend are okay after the storm.


Wannabe Health Nut November 4, 2012 at 4:28 pm

 Hey there-What a nice compliment–THANK YOU! Glad you can relate to my posts. If there’s ever a topic you’d like me to cover, let me know!


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