Monday, February 25, 2008

What the World Eats

If a picture is worth a thousand words, than the Time photo-essay What the World Eats Part I speaks volumes.

To view the pictures from around the world: What the World Eats Part I

Months ago, when Diet Blog featured this subject, I took a picture of our weekly food but then didn't have an opportunity to post it here. So, today - here's what an average week of food looks like for us:


  1. Anonymous3:13 PM

    Mmmm...we all want to come to dinner :-). Looks to be the best of the bunch, though I was tempted by the large leg o' lamb in one of the other photos (tempered by the huge sack o' rice).

  2. Anonymous7:44 PM

    Ok, Regina, so where is the caption that details what all of this stuff is? ;-) I can make out a lot of the produce, but most of the stuff in jars, cans, and boxes I can't quite make out...

  3. Anonymous8:11 PM

    I'll never cease to be amazed by the way that American junk food has made its way into diets worldwide. Most of that stuff doesn't even taste good!

  4. Anonymous8:54 PM

    There's your answer to anyone who says low carb is all bacon-wrapped cheese and no veggies.


  5. so where is the caption that details what all of this stuff is? ;-) I can make out a lot of the produce, but most of the stuff in jars, cans, and boxes I can't quite make out...

    Cans: pumpkin, chickpeas, sliced waterchestnuts, diced tomatoes

    Jars: chopped garlic, marie's dressings, capers, Newman's dressing, balsamic, olive oil, sesame oil, walnut oil, organic soy sauce, basil infused oil, mustard

    Bags: Nuts

    Box: Quinoa, organic chicken broth, dark chocolate

  6. Anonymous9:03 AM

    Oh, I wish I could get together with all my low-carb online acquaintances and COOK! I hardly know any low-carb people in person, at least not any who admit to it. Maybe they are all like me, and don't really talk about it because they don't want to get hassled.

    Your photo looks a lot like mine would look. I don't use bottled salad dressings (I can't stand canola oil, and most of the other oils they use are high in omega-6 - even the higher end ones never seem to use real olive oil). Depending on the season, I might have more frozen berries than fresh ones. Also, my husband is more of a "moderate-carb" guy, so there would be a few unexpected things, like frozen entrees for his lunch (the least processed he can find). I'd rather he ate fresh food for lunch, but I'm not gonna nag him.

    Oh, and wine. We go through about 2-3 bottles a week (which is about 1 small to medium glass each per day, in case that makes us sound like lushes).

    Other canned things we use: artichoke hearts, coconut milk, bamboo shoots, hearts of palm, salmon, occasional tuna, sardines.

    I occasionally use prepared chicken broth, but honestly, now that I've learned to make my own in my slow cooker, the commercial stuff tastes like it's made by dragging a chicken through lukewarm water. If I run out of homemade, I'm just as likely to use plain water!

    About once every two years I mail order a gallon of virgin coconut oil.

    You'll often find dried unsweetened coconut in our grocery bag, too.

  7. Anonymous12:48 PM

    hey, where's all the bacon and brie? cuz, you know, that's what Atkins is, right, all bacon and brie? and pork rinds...

    seriously tho, where's the meat? maybe the pic is too small, but I don't see much beef, fish, pork, etc. in there...

  8. seriously tho, where's the meat? maybe the pic is too small, but I don't see much beef, fish, pork, etc. in there...

    Front and center: boneless lamb; cod filets; salmon filets; whole chicken; ground beef; steaks; and bacon (under the salmon filets)....there's also local-made goat cheese (two types), raw cheddar and I think somewhere in there was a hunk of swiss too.

  9. Anonymous9:52 PM

    Looks pretty yummy to me.

    I saw that article a long time ago (or one just like it maybe). I was actually shocked at how much utter junk food was in the house of basically anybody from a culture that wasn't nearly bush.

    If you deduct the occasional crap I eat outside the home (and am working to cure myself of), my table wouldn't have much variety on it.

    Hamburger (mostly), chicken breasts (2nd most common), pork loin, pork cutlets, pepperoni, breakfast sausage, bacon (not much of the last 3). Colby-jack block, mozarella block, jack slices, crumbled blue cheese, shredded and powdered parmesan. Cream cheese, butter, sour cream, cream. Tons of eggs. Frozen peas, frozen broccoli. Garlic, onions, scallions, fresh peppers, broccoli, tomatoes, mushrooms. Peanut and Olive oils. Almond meal, coconut meal, flax seed meal. Canned pumpkin, Rotel tomato/ peppers, black olives, diced green chilis, enchilada sauce. Jar'd Pace salsa, 4-cheese alfredo sauce, spaghetti sauce, and from the deli, cold-pesto. Lots of parsley, oregano, basil, garlic powder, onion powder, sea salt, cracked black pepper. That's basically the list I shop off. Once in awhile I will get something like zucchini or cauli or asparagus or tomatillo for a certain dish (want to learn to like more of them). Once in a rare while I'll get frozen wild blueberries or fresh strawberries. And it should have several containers of whey protein powder in there somewhere I suppose, and orange fish oil since I try to ingest those when I can and they're in the kitchen with the food. But that's it. I guess I'm pretty boring because I don't really eat anything off that list! When I do it's usually outside the home.

    I see people eating stuff like fish, crab, duck, lamb, etc. but I just don't like any of that stuff at all. Wish I did, I bet it would open up my eating options!

    I was actually hoping you would have a simplified 5-step plan to suggest Regina (see my blog) or I might be stuck going paleo LOL.