I was an exceptional eater in Seattle. I’d start my days with oatmeal. I’d throw in a handful of frozen blueberries and a teaspoon of honey and a teaspoon of ground flaxseed. Sometimes a shake of cinnamon would get thrown in as well. I often grabbed lunch out from PCC Natural Markets in Fremont. They had a great hot food bar, and I could eat something healthy-ish for $5-7. I brought fruit and yogurt to work for snacks. Sometimes – OK often – I’d get something sweet as well, like a chocolate chip cookie. Or I’d have hot chocolate from the machine in the afternoon. Basically, I need something chocolate every day.

If I didn’t have plans with a friend, I’d usually make dinner at home. Again, something decently healthy. A salad or vegetable was generally included.

I have not been so good in New York. A friend invited me to Trader Joe’s today. I eagerly accepted. I couldn’t go as crazy as I would in Seattle, where I could ferry multiple bags of groceries and a few bottles of wine home in my Civic. Nope, everything would have to be bussed back from 74th and Broadway, then carried up six flights of stairs. That means two bags.

I had no idea what to get. I admitted to Quyn that I’ve turned on the stove maybe twice since I got to New York – and both times I made a grilled cheese sandwich. Isn’t that horrible? I haven’t even opened the oven. Quyn and I made a pact to try to eat a little better and not eat out all the time. We both have boxes of cereal stashed in our desk drawers. And Trader Joe’s New York charges the same $2.99 for a box of raisin bran as Trader Joe’s in Seattle. A far cry from the $8 box of cereal I bought the other day. Hey, for that savings, I could almost take a cab home from the UWS. It’s also cheaper than spending $1.50 per day on a bagel from my bagel guy. I mean, I’m not totally going to avoid him, but I can make an effort to eat cereal at work instead of stopping at the cart on days I don’t leave enough time for oatmeal, which is about every day.

I can also make turkey sandwiches with yummy spreads and sprouts for my lunches along with fruit and yogurt. For dinner, I could cook at home a couple times a week at least. Today I just made some ravioli I picked up at Trader Joe’s. That’s not so hard, and it’s a whole lot cheaper than buying something prepared from the Amish market. I’m not going to give up sushi, pizza, Chipotle and going out with friends, of course, but I can take baby steps.

Oatmeal-honey-blueberries is sounding really good right now.

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