Welcome to What I Ate (for) Wednesday! Yesterday was a bit of a scramble since it was the last of a two day course that I presented on Advanced Word Editing, so there’s little to recommend my morning meals with regard to charm, but I did make up for it with sushi at least. Anyhow, onward ho!
Breakfast/05h30: 1/2 papaya filled with microwaved soy milk + 1/2 cup all bran until mushy, 1/4 cup soy milk + 1 TBSP chia seeds + 2 tsp psyllium husk and some Cherry Vanilla flavouring. YUM YUM YUM, except not, because I was so stuffed from late night snacking the evening before that I felt mightily ill and munching down was a bit of a struggle, even though I knew I had to in order to keep my blood sugar levels up and happy. Man-thing’s advice about cutting out late night munchies does have its merits because it means that the food doesn’t really digest if I go to bed immediately, and then I sit with sadness the next day. I’m trying to break habits that are counterproductive to the health of my body (and mind!) and this is a biggie that I struggle with most. The closest approximation I can think of is that late-night snacking is much like a pacifier to a baby; comforting and snooze-inducing, which is pretty important if you have raging insomnia as I do! Second breakfast/08h00: An attempt to eat my rice crackers failed because of a dash to get everything ready for the researchers, but I tried! I got as far as a bite before I had to put it away 😦 I was feeling a bit better by this stage so there was much sadness at impending hunger. Luckily since this was day two I wasn’t such a red-faced mess as on day one. I haven’t lectured or presented a class in more than a year and a half, I think, and one quickly forgets how your body can go into deer-in-the-headlights mode if you have 20 people staring intently at you, even if you know the work. Still, I love the topic and would gladly present this every week – it’s such a dorkish thing but it really helped in making my ebook (the little carrots by the page numbers, section breaks? All waves of nerdish glee at that!Teatime/10h30: My brain was slowly collapsing at this point, so the coffee and apple helped to pump up my sugar levels. Even the most fun topics can be draining after two hours!Lunch/12h30: finally finished the 2 brown rice crackers with 1 tsp PB, coffee and some fizzy water to quench my scratchy throat from babbling/lecturing non-stop. Managed to join the gals for lunch since we ended at a decent hours and talked shop (or had differing opinions on Outlander and other such visual shiny trinkets). It turns out I’m a bit of a sadist and should have been more upset by certain events than sat squealing in glee, so I may have to reevaluate my mental state :p Even if my fare was pathetic sometimes it’s good to have company and get brain or soul food, not just edible food!
Second lunch/13h30: When I got home after food shopping (dangerous to do it alone, I spend so much money!) I steamed up 1 cup or so of pumpkin and spinach. Yum. Followed by coffee, 2 TBSP protein powder + hot water and 1 small frozen banana for pudding!Someone was pretending to be a vegan as well! (Also, look how big she is now! <3)
Afternoon snack/15h30: 2 TBSP protein powder + hot water mix with cinnamon and some slurps from the mixture for my super awesome zebra cake from an upcoming ebook (yes, I’m inspired, can you tell?). Oh, and I was testing to see whether a persimmon was still ripe…and then I ate the whole thing. o.0 How does that happen? “Oh, I must taste this batter…and again…no but really, I could have misjudged how amazing it is – once more for science…munch munch munch“.Dinner/18h00: cucumber maki and a salad. We decided to go out, since we had hoped to have my fabulous MIL with us, but that fell through but I could tell Man-thing was twitchy to get out the house, and I must say my mood greatly improved, as he predicted. It’s good sometimes to get out and just relax in a dark corner of a restaurant and be fed for a change. Unfortunately, because we weren’t at home you have to contend with this absolutely horrible photo since Man-thing uses flash on his phone and I don’t know how to work it to turn it off! 😦Post-dinner/20h00: hot choc + a sheet of nori + some chilled water, since I’m now spoilt and forget to drink enough, even though last week this time I was gasping for a mere half glass. Silly brain! Also, there was a carrot but no will to photograph it :p
Ultimate verdict: not nearly enough veggies/green stuff today! Tomorrow I plan to spoil myself with veggies galore. I actually had a tupperware full of steamed zucchini ready for the taking, so I’m perplexed that it didn’t feature eventually, but I’m just glad to be eating, even if it’s 90% carbs! It’s going to be carboloading for the upcoming few weeks it seems since, as you saw above, the theme of my upcoming ebook is root vegetables (I love themes!). I figured that I’m not always too creative with them and this is a chance to make use of ingredients that are in any case the cheapest in the store (which is important right now if I look at my bank balance). If you have any ideas, send me an email! 😉