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Guest Post: A Day in the Life of Kelly

by Meghann on July 4, 2009

Hi to all of Meghann’s readers!

This is her sister, Kelly. I wanted to show in this guest post that it is possible to eat healthy meals even if you are out doing field work in a canoe and have limited options from someone else’s pantry. This summer I was hired to do some museum work at Canaveral National Seashore. One of the highlights of my summer job is that I have been able to get into the field with archaeologists I used to work with. Today I was able to head out into the Seashore’s Mosquito lagoon and launch out in a canoe to look for archaeological sites on spoil islands. Since I knew I was going to be doing a couple hours of rowing I ate something substantial that would keep me full. I put 3 small pancakes in the toaster that I froze after making extra a few days ago. I topped the pancakes with vanilla non-fat yogurt and a mix of plum, apple and blueberries (thrown in the microwave for one minute to heat up). DSCN2286.JPG All of the hard rowing had my stomach growling at around 10:00. I broke out my mid-morning snack, a kashi strawberry cereal bar. DSCN2307.JPG It was a beautiful morning when we launched the canoes but we knew there was a 70% chance of rain. After paddling against the current all morning dark clouds started rolling in fast and the wind and rain picked up. We pulled over to the closest island which has a campsite directly on top of an archaeological site. The island offered us some protection from the wind so we decided to eat lunch. Earlier in the day one of my former coworkers offered to take us out to a local restaurant on him. I politely declined and said that I was looking forward to my packed lunch. I brought with me a pb and carrot sw on whole wheat bread and the leftover fruit from my breakfast. My coworker looked at my sw like it was a joke and laughed at what I was looking forward to. He said I was eating diet food. This is not the first time I have been told that I am on a diet simply because I am eating healthier meals. It turns out he is on a diet too! The Standard American Diet (SAD). A big bag of fritos, canned tuna with mayo and a small can of syrupy fruit. I’ll take my “diet” food over that lunch any day. DSCN2294.JPG

1 Kaolee July 4, 2009 at 2:52 pm

Pancakes look awesome!

2 VeggieGirl July 4, 2009 at 2:57 pm

Can’t go wrong with the PB-Carrot combination!

3 Kelly (sister) July 4, 2009 at 3:19 pm

Only part of my post is up guys! 🙁 You missed my tasty veggie chili for dinner. I’m excited to say that I’ve started my own blog. Check it out at . 🙂

4 Danielle C. July 4, 2009 at 3:30 pm

Your lunch DEFINITELY sounds tastier to me, I don’t know why so many people think ‘healthy’ food can’t taste good. They are the ones missing out…

5 Tay July 4, 2009 at 3:41 pm

Wow your lunch looks delicious! I hate when people assume you’re on a diet, or eat ONLY healthy foods and nothing else just b/c you like to eat healthier. I still enjoy my treats!

6 Courtney July 4, 2009 at 3:56 pm

Kelly! I am so happy you blogged for your sister while she’s off cruisin’ the tropical shores …. *sniffle.* Really, way to stick up for CLEAN eating and real food! 😀

Hope to hear more from ya, have a good weekend!

7 biz319 July 4, 2009 at 5:31 pm

Great post Kelly! I never thought of putting carrots on a sammie before!

8 emily July 4, 2009 at 5:48 pm

Great guest post kelly! And happy July 4th to both of you!

9 Matt July 4, 2009 at 5:59 pm

Great guest post!

10 Kiki July 4, 2009 at 6:34 pm

Such a standard guy response huh?! I get told at work pretty much daily that I eat ‘rabbit food’! I’ll take that over a lunch of greasy noodles with crisps and a coke any day!
ps. Good to have u around Kelly! x

11 Meg July 5, 2009 at 9:09 am

What a fun post! Love the lunch!

12 Nicole July 5, 2009 at 9:49 am

Hi Kelly
I have to deal with people giving me a hard time constantly about how I eat and my food choices, etc. All.The.Time. It’s very frustrating because you’re clearly trying to make the right choices that make you feel good and they have to make a point to ruin that. Good for you for sticking to your guns. And I’m sorry your post got cut short. I’ll check out your new one too. Have a great day 🙂

13 Kimberly July 5, 2009 at 10:38 am


I have to say that I have never had carrots & PB together, but it looks so good! Much better than your co-workers SAD diet lunch. 🙂 Good for you for not getting discouraged.

I am the same way. I would much rather bring my food and eat healthy then feel crappy from eating unhealthy foods.


14 Danielle July 5, 2009 at 12:02 pm

Yum you eat very well Kelly 🙂 thanks for sharing! It’s so SAD how much most people fuel themselves…

15 Sarah July 5, 2009 at 11:54 pm

Thanks for writing a guest post!
I’ve not tried a carrot-PB combo yet, but that sure looks yummy!

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