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A Quarantine Food Diary

Updated on May 20, 2020
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Verity is a Physics with Teaching Bsc (Hons) graduate. In her spare time, she likes to cook and play video games.

A Quarantine Food Diary - how I eat in lockdown
A Quarantine Food Diary - how I eat in lockdown

Introduction

Since lockdown started and I was told to start working from home, I have been keeping a daily food diary. I log my breakfast, lunch and dinner, but not any snacks I have (I generally don't snack during the day anyway, I only tend to have a snack before bed).

I thought this would be interesting to share, as people in different places and with different lifestyles have wildly varying diets. I love home-cooking and I enjoy making bulk meals, I am also someone who is fine eating the same thing multiple days in a row. Feel free to take inspiration from my food choices, or offer advice on what kind of recipes you have been using during the lockdown.

I will note, I am experimenting with intermittent fasting, as such I quite often skip breakfast. On day 51, I got a recumbent bike that I could use at home, which I now work out on regularly, doing about 21km each time. I started to log my daily calories on day 51 also. Since then my daily caloric deficit is between 200-300 calories. I will not be posting my daily calories for each day, as I believe that there are more important things than calorie counting, especially during times like this. This diary is not a model diet and I am not recommending it as a method of either losing, gaining or maintaining weight. I am sharing purely as a matter of interest, and to give others an insight as to how others have coped.

Day 1

  • Breakfast - Skipped
  • Lunch - Chicken and mushroom noodles
  • Dinner - I snacked rather than eating a sit-down meal, I had instant mashed potato and Pringles

On this day I did a grocery shop. I do not drive so I am limited as to what I can carry back from the supermarket. I usually get my groceries delivered but due to lockdown delivery slots were unavailable, so I needed to walk to and from the shops on my own. I spent £42.27.

Day 2

  • Breakfast - Skipped
  • Lunch - Sweet chilli chicken noodles
  • Dinner - Cottage pie with sweet potato mash

Day 3

  • Breakfast - Thai green curry noodles
  • Lunch - Protein bar and ginger nut biscuits
  • Dinner - Home-made slow cooker butter chicken, with mushrooms, green beans and egg noodles

Day 4

  • Breakfast - Skipped
  • Lunch - Curried noodles
  • Dinner - Home-made slow cooker butter chicken, with mushrooms, green beans and egg noodles

Day 5

  • Breakfast - Skipped
  • Lunch - Chicago Town microwaved pepperoni pizza
  • Dinner - Home-made slow cooker butter chicken with mushrooms, green beans and a slice of white bread

Day 5 - Dinner - Home-made slow cooker butter chicken with mushrooms and green beans
Day 5 - Dinner - Home-made slow cooker butter chicken with mushrooms and green beans

Day 6

  • Breakfast - Skipped
  • Lunch - Chicago Town microwaved pepperoni pizza
  • Dinner - Home-made macaroni and cheese

Day 7

  • Breakfast - Skipped
  • Lunch - English muffins with butter, marmite and a cup of tea
  • Dinner - Home-made macaroni and cheese

Day 8

  • Breakfast - Skipped
  • Lunch - Cheese and broccoli pasta
  • Dinner - Sweet chilli chicken pizza. I had dessert this day, Vienetta ice cream with chocolate baileys

Day 9

  • Breakfast - Skipped
  • Lunch - Cheese and broccoli pasta
  • Dinner - Home-made sloppy joes

Day 10

  • Breakfast - Skipped
  • Lunch - Salted crackers and a cup of tea
  • Dinner - Home-made sloppy joes

Day 11

  • Breakfast - A glass of pineapple juice and a packet of cheese and onion flavoured crisps
  • Lunch - Skipped
  • Dinner - Cheesy beans on toast

Day 12

  • Breakfast - Skipped
  • Lunch - Cheesy mushroom pasta
  • Dinner - Frozen chicken pizza

Day 13

  • Breakfast - Skipped
  • Lunch - Cheesy mashed potatoes
  • Dinner - Cereal and milk, and a protein bar

Day 14

  • Breakfast - Skipped
  • Lunch - Curried noodles
  • Dinner - Home-made sloppy joes

On this day I did another grocery shop. My last grocery shop lasted 2 weeks, which means I spent £3.02 per day on food. I aimed to do the same again here with this shop. This time I spent £30.24. Once again I was limited to what I could carry home.

Day 15

  • Breakfast - Skipped
  • Lunch - Sweet chilli noodles
  • Dinner - Homemade chicken and vegetable pie, with root veg chips

Day 15 - Dinner - Homemade chicken and vegetable pie, with root veg chips
Day 15 - Dinner - Homemade chicken and vegetable pie, with root veg chips

Day 16

  • Breakfast - Skipped
  • Lunch - Homemade baked potato with cheese
  • Dinner - Homemade chicken and vegetable pie, with root veg chips

Day 17

  • Breakfast - Skipped
  • Lunch - Protein bar and a cup of tea
  • Dinner - Homemade chicken and vegetable pie, with root veg chips

Day 18

  • Breakfast - Skipped
  • Lunch - Protein bar and a cup of tea
  • Dinner - Frozen sweet chilli chicken pizza

Day 19

  • Breakfast - Skipped
  • Lunch - Skipped
  • Dinner - Frozen deep dish pepperoni pizza

Day 20

  • Breakfast - Skipped
  • Lunch - Chicken noodles
  • Dinner - Chicago Town microwaved pepperoni pizza

Day 21

  • Breakfast - Skipped
  • Lunch - Chicken noodles
  • Dinner - Chicago Town microwaved pepperoni pizza

Day 22

  • Breakfast - Skipped
  • Lunch - Cheesy pasta
  • Dinner - Takeaway - Chicken tikka hoagie

Day 23

  • Breakfast - Skipped
  • Lunch - Leftover takeaway, chicken tikka hoagie
  • Dinner - Plum tomato soup with creme fraiche and white bread

Day 24

  • Breakfast - Skipped
  • Lunch - Homemade smoothie: kale, spinach, mango, pineapple juice and coconut milk
  • Dinner - Homemade corned beef and potato pie (recipe here) with baked beans

Day 24 - Lunch - Homemade smoothie: kale, spinach, mango, pineapple juice and coconut milk
Day 24 - Lunch - Homemade smoothie: kale, spinach, mango, pineapple juice and coconut milk

Day 25

  • Breakfast - Skipped
  • Lunch - Homemade smoothie: kale, spinach, mango, pineapple juice and coconut milk
  • Dinner - Homemade corned beef and potato pie with bakes beans

Day 26

  • Breakfast - Skipped
  • Lunch - Skipped
  • Dinner - Homemade corned beef and potato pie with peas and gravy

Day 26 - Dinner - Homemade corned beef and potato pie with peas and gravy
Day 26 - Dinner - Homemade corned beef and potato pie with peas and gravy

Day 27

  • Breakfast - Skipped
  • Lunch - Salted crackers
  • Dinner - Homemade macaroni and cheese

Day 28

  • Breakfast - Skipped
  • Lunch - Skipped
  • Dinner - Homemade macaroni and cheese

Day 29

  • Breakfast - Skipped
  • Lunch - Salted crackers
  • Dinner - Homemade macaroni and cheese

Day 30

  • Breakfast - Skipped
  • Lunch - Skipped
  • Dinner - Takeaway - Cheeseburger and chips

On this day I got a takeaway as a treat for submitting a research project that I was supposed to be presenting, but could not due to lockdown.

Day 30 - Dinner - Takeaway - Cheeseburger and chips
Day 30 - Dinner - Takeaway - Cheeseburger and chips

Day 31

  • Breakfast - Skipped
  • Lunch - Skipped
  • Dinner - Homemade chicken korma and chips

On this day I went shopping again. My previous shop lasted me 17 days, which means I spent £1.78 on food per day, much less than the previous shop. However, I used much much more from my cupboards. I knew that this grocery shop was going to be big but I wouldn't be able to carry it all home on my own, so I split the shop over 2 days. Part 1 of my shop cost £22.71.

Day 32

  • Breakfast - Skipped
  • Lunch - Chicken noodled
  • Dinner - Homemade chicken korma and chips

Day 33

  • Breakfast - Skipped
  • Lunch - Chicken noodles
  • Dinner - Homemade chicken korma and chips

Day 34

  • Breakfast - Skipped
  • Lunch - Soba noodled with veggies
  • Dinner - Homemade chicken korma and chips

Day 34 - Dinner -  Homemade chicken korma and chips
Day 34 - Dinner - Homemade chicken korma and chips

Day 35

  • Breakfast - Skipped
  • Lunch - Skipped
  • Dinner - Homemade baked potato with cheese and beans

Day 36

  • Breakfast - Skipped
  • Lunch - Skipped
  • Dinner - Homemade baked potato with bean and cheese

On this day I did part 2 of the shop mentioned previously, this time I spent £28.01. This brings the combined total to £50.72, but it allowed me to stock up the cupboards too which I had not done for almost 2 months.

Day 37

  • Breakfast - Skipped
  • Lunch - Skipped
  • Dinner - Mushroom and cheese omelette with chips and spaghetti hoops

Day 38

  • Breakfast - Skipped
  • Lunch - Protein bar
  • Dinner - Homemade bolognese with homemade garlic bread

Day 39

  • Breakfast - Protein bar
  • Lunch - Chicken noodles
  • Dinner - Chip buttie

Day 40

  • Breakfast - Skipped
  • Lunch - Chicken noodles
  • Dinner - Homemade bolognese with homemade garlic bread

Day 41

  • Breakfast - Skipped
  • Lunch - Chicken noodles
  • Dinner - Homemade bolognese with homemade garlic bread

Day 42

  • Breakfast - Curried noodles
  • Lunch - Skipped
  • Dinner - Homemade bolognese with homemade garlic bread

Day 43

  • Breakfast - Skipped
  • Lunch - BBQ noodles
  • Dinner - Homemade bolognese with homemade garlic bread

Day 44

  • Breakfast - Skipped
  • Lunch - Curried noodles
  • Dinner - Takeaway - Papa John's pizza. Half 'The Works', half 'Garden Party'. With garlic pizza bread, cheesy jalapeno bites, and cinnamon scrolls for dessert.

On this day I ordered a takeaway as a celebration for getting my dream job.

Day 44 - Dinner - Takeaway - Papa Johns pizza. Half 'The Works', half 'Garden Party'. With garlic pizza bread, cheesy jalapeno bites, and cinnamon scrolls for dessert.
Day 44 - Dinner - Takeaway - Papa Johns pizza. Half 'The Works', half 'Garden Party'. With garlic pizza bread, cheesy jalapeno bites, and cinnamon scrolls for dessert.

Day 45

  • Breakfast - Skipped
  • Lunch - Left-over takeaway pizza
  • Dinner - Left-over takeaway pizza

Day 46

  • Breakfast - Skipped
  • Lunch - Chicken noodles and salted crackers
  • Dinner - Shepherds pie with cheesy mash and buttered white bread

On this day I did another shop. My last shops lasted me ~11 days, meaning that I spent £4.61 per day on food. On this shop, I spent £38.23.

Day 47

  • Breakfast - Skipped
  • Lunch - Teriyaki noodles
  • Dinner - Chicago Town microwaved pepperoni pizza

Day 48

  • Breakfast - Skipped
  • Lunch - Chicken noodles
  • Dinner - Homemade baked potato with beans and spaghetti hoops

Day 49

  • Breakfast - Skipped
  • Lunch - Bacon noodles
  • Dinner - Homemade chicken and vegetable pie with cheesy mashed potato

Day 50

  • Breakfast - Skipped
  • Lunch - Instant mashed potatoes
  • Dinner - Homemade chicken and vegetable pie

Day 50 - Dinner - Homemade chicken and vegetable pie
Day 50 - Dinner - Homemade chicken and vegetable pie

Day 51

  • Breakfast - Skipped
  • Lunch - Marmite on toast with a cup of tea
  • Dinner - Homemade chicken and vegetable pie

Day 52

  • Breakfast - Skipped
  • Lunch - Skipped
  • Dinner - Homemade chicken and vegetable pie with baked beans

Day 53

  • Breakfast - Skipped
  • Lunch - Marmite on toast with a cup of tea
  • Dinner - Heinz tomato soup with bread

Day 54

  • Breakfast - Skipped
  • Lunch - Marmite on toast with a cup of tea
  • Dinner - Homemade slow cooker chicken tikka masala

Day 55

  • Breakfast - Skipped
  • Lunch - Fruit and protein shake
  • Dinner - Homemade slow cooker chicken tikka masala

Day 56

  • Breakfast - A slice of dry white toast
  • Lunch - Homemade turkey salad wrap
  • Dinner - Homemade slow cooker chicken tikka masala

Day 57

  • Breakfast - Skipped
  • Lunch - Homemade turkey salad wrap with a protein shake (using unsweetened almond milk)
  • Dinner - Homemade slow cooker chicken tikka masala

Thanks for Reading

Thank you for reading my food diary. As you can see I have some good habits and some bad habits, but I love my food! I will keep this diary updated, so feel free to comment below with your thoughts and recommendations.

Once again this is not a recommendation of a diet to follow for weight gain, loss or maintenance, it's simply what I have been eating. I hope that this can give you all some ideas on how to keep your own diet varied and healthy.

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