confessions of a foodaholic

sharing my life through food

is it friday yet?

ever have one of those weeks where you feel like everything is going wrong? it started out innocent enough with a great clinical day on monday, but it quickly took a nosedive when we had our second exam on tuesday….yeah….our whole class save for like 4 people failed it. WHAT!?? yeah…i walked out of the classroom and went straight to cafe to get myself a croissant, toasted, with extra butter please.

which leads me to the core of who i am….hi my name is taryn and i’m an emotional eater. i eat when i’m bored, i eat when i’m happy, i eat to celebrate, i eat to mourn, and i eat when i’m stressed and upset. am i hungry? usually no. do i know this isn’t healthy behavior? yeah sure. do i care? at the moment i’m eating….not really! now, i know i’m not the only one out there that does this. shoot….you can’t be in nursing school without the occasional binge. but if i’m ever to truly get control over my health, i have to break this cycle. besides, how can i ever educate future patients on the importance of nutrition if every time i’m stressed i head straight to food?!

so…tomorrow is another day to make a change, right? here’s to making healthy choices, and starting fresh….even if you’re starting fresh everyday!


as a recap on what today was like…here we go….(and it ain’t pretty….)

breakfast: started out innocently enough with a fruit smoothie made with OJ, mango, peaches, strawberries, yogurt and spinach (yes it was green, and yes it was delicious) and then a piece of wheat toast with peanut butter

snacks: this is where i get a little out of control….i munched on some ritz with sharp cheddar….and then i had some dark chocolate covered espresso beans…

lunch: i did up some szechuan noodles….wicked delicious….wicked high in sodium, awesome

more snacks: figured i’d go ahead and have some raspberry chobani yogurt, and then why not have some chips and salsa at my work meeting

i sort of balanced it all out with an hour long R.I.P.P.E.D. class at fitclub, but i could feel myself dragging, and i felt like i had sabotaged myself.

my redemption? a healthy herbalife cafe latte shake with soy milk to replenish my muscles



here’s to hoping tomorrow is better!


how do you combat emotional eating? i’ll take all the help i can get!

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finally at the hospital!!!

and by that i mean that we FINALLY got to have clinical after three weeks of snow and holidays!! it was great to finally put that blue uniform on, gather up the stethoscope and head on out to manchester memorial hospital. my patient today was real interesting…she had a history of schizophrenia, and due to long term psych med use had tarvid dyskinesia. now i know you’re thinking tarvawho? basically, her long term med use is causing her to have constant facial ticks, lip puckering, head shaking, and feet/hand contractions. let me tell you, it was a very interesting situation walking into this morning going on very little sleep and no coffee! however, in the end, it was great. my patient was really nice, and after she ate all of her lunch (which is rare for a)hospital food and b) an elderly person) i congratulated her and she pat me on the back. gotta love that positive reinforcemet! ๐Ÿ˜‰

so…onto the eats for today! i apologize, i have no pictures….my mind was not in the place to remember to take out my phone and snap photos (plus….it was 4:45am…..cut me some slack!) for breakfast i loaded up with some toast and peanut butter, and a bangin’ fruit smoothie with two handfuls of spinach blended in (gotta get those veggies in there somehow!)

lunch was a shmorgasborg of goodies i was craving….good ol fashioned pb&j, string cheese, dark chocolate covered almonds, a fiber one chocolate chip “cookie” and chobani yogurt. now….i know it may seem a lot….but figure in the fact that we ate lunch around 11:30….that’s almost 6 hours without eating…and if you know me, you know that after 2 hours i’m ready to eat my own shoe i’m so hungry!!

now i’m getting ready to head on out to a meeting where i’m helping out with some choreo for teens working on a flash mob to encourage recovery, rising up, and empowering people despite their status (i.e. psychological, mental, sexual, racial etc…) preeeeeeeeeeetty awesome if you ask me! i knew there was a reason i spent so much time and money on a dance degree ๐Ÿ˜‰

so with coffee in hand, i’m out!

question of the day!

what are some of your go-to goodies to have for lunch?

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chocolate should go on everything….period

this was my thought process as i was getting my breakfast ready the other day. i had been productive during the blizzard (yay for being snowed in for 2 days!!) and made baked oatmeal a la Anneย and i have to say, my house smelled AMAZING!! it was all brown sugar and banana-y (cause that’s a word) up in here and it made me oh so excited to eat breakfast the next day. now….i’m not gonna lie, i’m not a huge oatmeal fan. i know it’s good for you, and i know it’ll bring down my cholesterol a whole bunch of points and blah blah blah, but i just can’t get excited about it. by the time i make it taste good, it defeats the purpose of eating a healthy breakfast in the first place. but the idea of baked oatmeal…hm….perhaps it’ll be like oatmeal disguised as a really tasty muffin? we shall see

so off i go to work with my baked oatmeal muffins (i baked them in a muffin tan…portability for the win!) all ready to toast them and eat them as i work..when the thought hit me….I SHOULD PUT SOME CHOCOLATE ON THESE BABIES!! and so i slathered on the nutella (or whatever whole foods wants to call it….”chocolate hazlenut spread” or whatever) and BAM!!! healthy chocolately goodness in my face. done. it was awesome.


thus proving my thoughts that chocolate should go on everything because it makes everything better. try to argue that!

to continue my awesome day of “food from other blogs that make my tummy happy” i decided to whip up something good for dessert. (mind you….this was HOURS after my chocolate muffin consumption….just so we’re clear)

i had an apple leftover from earlier in the day, and wanted something sweet but not “i’m going to make your butt not fit into your clothes” sweet. so what did i do? BOOM! Coconut cinnamon apples a la Tina!! so yeah….wicked easy….smells heavenly…and with a scoop of purely decadent mint chocolate “ice cream” on top was just what i needed!!

here’s a picture


yeah…looks good right? IT WAS!!

so yeah…that concludes my day of awesome eats. there was other stuff in between, but not as tasty as those i’ve mentioned

Question of the day!!

What is the tastiest piece of food you’ve ever put chocolate on??

for me…i’d have to say that dipping a piece of pound cake into chocolate fondue at the melting pot in providence was just about the closest to heaven that i’ve ever been!

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good morning!!

happy pre-snowpocalyptopia!! just sitting here enjoying my mint chocolate chip herbalife shake (seriously….tastes like a mint chocolate chip milkshake!!) before i get ready for crazy day #129394930 of my life!! tomorrow we’re predicted to get hammered with snow, so i’m contemplating going grocery shopping after zumba tonight….gotta stock up! of course….the weathermen could be wrong (like they are about 98% of the time) and we’ll end up with flurries…either way, no harm in being prepared!!

with that, i leave you with this comic i saw yesterday…for anyone who knows me, this is EXACTLY how i’d be as a vet!!


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where in the world is…

sing it! CARMEN SANDIEGO!! sorry….had to! i was trying to think of a clever title, and that’s what i came up with! but seriously, where in the world have i been?! i haven’t posted in MONTHS because nursing school has taken over my life!! so many changes have happened since i last posted, so let’s share shall we?

first off, i have a new job! not by choice, but hey, it’s there all the same. i now work for a third party administrator to maintain DOT compliance for trucking companies around the country and Canada….try saying that 3 times fast. i don’t even know completely what i do, but i do know it involves a lot of data entry, so yay for using my typing skillz (98 wpm WHAT WHAT!) yeah…..

secondly, i’ve picked up another class at fit club! all of us fabulous instructors got certified in this awesome program called R.I.P.P.E.D. It stands for resistance, interval, power, plyo, endurance and diet. each section has it’s own music, some have weights while other sections don’t. it’s such a great class because you’re never bored!! once you think you’re at your breaking point with one section, it’s over and you’re onto the next section which is something completely different. the music is great, and it’s a guaranteed sweat fest!


thirdly, i’m in my third semester of nursing school. hard to believe i’m almost half way through already!! it seems like just yesterday i was getting everything together to apply to the program. nursing school is a whole new level of stress that i honestly never knew existed, but the payoff is going to be amazing. i absolutely love the friends i’ve made along the way, and i’m constantly reassured that i made the right choice in going back to school.



so yeah….between all of these changes, i’m rarely home, which makes for a stressed and tired taryn at times. i’m going to try to get back to blogging since i’ve missed it so much! since i’m trying to focus a lot on health, let’s just say that it’s time to reassess my health and get it back on track.

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