I woke up to gloomy skies in Pittsburgh this morning. To be fair, we have had some sunshine this summer but it is just never enough, at least for me!
I shuffled through my morning routine. Somewhere along the way, I had two slices of Ezekiel sprouted grain bread, toasted. Ezekiel bread gets its name from the bible verse where the ingredients for this bread (roughly wheat, barley, beans, lentils, millet, and spelt) are mentioned. Anywho, many, religious or not, like this bread because of its low calorie count, lack of flour, and high protein content.
On one, I slathered organic peanut butter and pomegranate jam. On the other, I had a smear of almond butter and some banana. I also had half a nectarine. The bread isn’t bad toasted – not sure I would want to make a big sandwich out of it (give me ciabatta!) but for toast, I like it.
After breakfast, I continued shuffling, all the way to the bus stop. I zipped down the East Busway and started another day..
Around 10AM, I had a handful of dried banana chips (bought at Stan’s Produce, Penn Ave, over the weekend – dangerously addictive – must also prepackage into smaller baggies for portion control). I also had 4 juicy strawberries.
Lunch consisted of leftovers from last night. I had lots of veggie odds and ends from the weekend and so I roasted up some butternut squash, zucchini, sweet potato, and onion. I threw the roasted veggies over 90 second whole grain rice and added some shredded rotisserie chicken. Yum! I still don’t crave veggies ‘straight up’ but I adore them with a bit of a carb or protein. The amount I made last night was perfect for a dinner and a lunch.
After lunch, I had a serving of TJs dark chocolate covered raisins. Still working on that massive container..
I also managed to get myself into a food conversation at lunch. A few people I work with are on ‘diets’. These diets consist of eating a set amount of 100 calorie packs for lunch. This frightens me. One particular ‘dieter’ is a friend and I jokingly have tried to push him in the direction of more whole foods, etc.
Anyways, while eating with this friend today, the lunch conversation kept circling around my dislike of the 100 calorie pack diet and my ‘hippie-ness’, which I suppose is related to liking vegetables and turning down lunch time visits to McDonalds or the local Chinese joint. Oh dear. I really don’t take myself too seriously (nor am I by any means worthy of advocating any type of uber healthy lifestyle), so I am overly bothered by any of this. I also don’t want to overstep any boundaries, so I keep my rebuttals in check. However, I am secretly hoping one of these ‘dieters’ thinks about picking up an apple or something after our lunchtime chats.
How do you deal with someone you feel is being unhealthy? I try to ‘live and let live’ but sometimes I can’t help myself.
Whew. Around 4 this afternoon, hunger crept up on me a bit and so I had a Larabar. It was the Chocolate Coconut Chew variety and it was kind of bleh. It borderline tasted rancid or something. Of course I still ate it but I won’t be purchasing that flavor again.
I finally arrived home from work around 6:15PM. I downed a bowl of Kashi 7 grain puffed rice cereal with organic skim milk and forced myself to the gym.
I did 3 miles on the ‘mill and called it a night. I know I will be able to run the Run Around the Square 5K straight off ‘mill workouts but I should probably integrate more outdoor running into my routine in order to be better prepared. Motivation for this is low at the moment though. Maybe its the crappy weather.
After the gym, it was back home for a quickie dinner – pasta and jarred spaghetti sauce (The Boy would be horrified! Sauce from a jar!). This was such a staple dinner for me in college and I haven’t had it in forever. I actually wasn’t super hungry and only ate a small portion alongside a mini caprese salad and some shredded rotisserie chicken. The majority of the pasta was packed up for Wednesday’s lunch.
I love packing leftovers for lunch. If what I am making is something that will make a good next-day meal, I always make at least two portions and have plastic containers ready to go to pack up the leftovers. Pack up those leftovers before you start picking at them!
I spent the rest of the night on the phone catching up with a friend. I munched a handful of dried banana chips as we chatted.
Tomorrow I plan to see Food Inc. Stay tuned for a review.