Here I will list what I might eat on a typical day when I am at school, traveling, at home, or in any number of other situations.
A Typical Day in Kedougou (a city in Senegal where I am living):
Breakfast (8am): hashbrowns with lentils and a cup of chai
Snack (10am): a fruit or bag of potato chips
Lunch (1pm): home-made spring rolls
Snack (4pm): leftovers
Dinner (8pm): fried sweet potatoes and beans
A Typical Day in Village (in Senegal):
Breakfast (8am): beans (similar to baked beans)
Snack (12pm): leftover beans
Lunch (2pm): rice and vegetables
Snack (7pm): leftover rice
Dinner (9pm): lechiri with leaf sauce. Lechiri is a traditional millet couscous made in Senegal that is gluten-free because, unlike couscous as we know it, this is made from only millet, corn, and sorghum. Because these are pounded fresh in village, there is no risk of contamination with wheat, barley, or oats (since we do not grow these grains).
A Typical Day at Williams:
Breakfast (8am): 1 or 2 apples and a cup of tea.
Snack (10am): energy bar (if in class), mochi (the kind you buy at a natural foods store, not the real Chinese/Japanese food) with nut butter, or almond butter and jelly sandwich.
Lunch (12ish): take out buffet from local Indian Food restaurant. Lunch costs 6.25 to take out, and they let me bring my own container to reduce waste. Also, I eat here so much they make sure to provide vegan options for me:)
Snack (4pm): fruit – apples, pears, oranges. more tea.
Dinner (6pm): 1. large salad from dinng hall salad bar or 2. chana masala from spice root or 3. leftover home made diner – usually daahl or chickpea curry because this can be made in large amounts and eaten for several days.
Snack (8pm): nut butter on rice cakes. more tea.
A Typical Winter Day:
Breakfast: buckwheat breakfast or gf oatmeal with a cup of tea.
Snack: nuts, preferably roasted chestnuts:)
Lunch: leftover dinner with lots of lettuce or spinach.
Snack: something light and sugary: chocolate, ice cream, yogurt, green drink, etc.
Dinner: something warm and hearty: chili, daahl, rice and beans, lentil soup, pasta, etc.
Dessert: sweet bread with more tea.
A Typical Day on the Plane:
I recently traveled to Taipei, so I had a 25 hour journey to pack for. Here’s what I did: I bought two rubbermaid collabsable plastic containers so that I could pack a lot of food and collaps it down after I ate it to save space. I ended up packing the following in my carry-on:
Lunch: 1 container full of shepard’s pie.
Dinner: 1 container full of pasta carbanar.
Snacks: 2 apples, 8 high fiber muffins, one energy bar. Also, I packed two emergen-C packets for hydration;)
A Typical Day in Taipei
Eating in Taipei was easier than anticipated. I think the hardest thing was that some of my food was probably fried in soybean oil, and it was near impossible for me to control for cross contamination. However, it turns out I wasn’t sensitive enough to notice. Also, on the upside, Taiwan is rice based so it is very easy to find gluten free foods.
Breakfast: three hash browns and a cup of hot tea at the brkfst place around the corner from shida (campus).
Snack: rice ball wrapped in nori bought at the local hi life. (this might have contained some soy, I couldn’t figure it out).
Lunch: steamed veggies with brown rice and lentils bought at the local vegetarian restaurant.
Snack: some nuts that I brought from home, or fruit bought on the street.
Dinner: Usually with the group, so I ended up eating rice and steamed veggies – usually some type of sweet potato leaf or cabbage type dish.
Dessert: mochi (rice dough surrounding red bean paste, or another filling).