This morning, I decided to wake up 30min earlier than I usually do. I’m exhausted, but it really makes a difference when I can give myself the extra time in the morning to slow down, check my emails and prepare my food for the day.
I want to start documenting my food a little bit more on here as I would like to see what I am eating. Believe it or not, taking pictures of meals or food and posting them actually helps me with intuitive eating. When I take the time to prepare and arrange something nicely, it not only lets me slow down to feel my hunger signals, but it makes the meal special.
So lets start this documentation experiment shall we?
To work I brought a segmented grapefruit, banana, lazy girl trail mix (“recipe” coming soon) and some coffee by Emeril.
Im not usually hungry in the morning until I get to work so it took me a while to start eating. I ate my grapefruit and then Caroline gave me one of these babys.
She made cranberry white chocolate scones over the weekend which were very good! I had half in the morning and the other half when it hit noon. I was lucky enough to get two so im freezing the other for a rainy day.
I was hungry when I got home for lunch so I had the NGI special . . . AKA leftovers from yesterdays grain class.
This included a millet burger, quinoa salad and some polenta cakes. I didn’t finish this all so its going back to work with me with the banana I didn’t eat from this morning.
With this too . . .
A juicy pomegranate that was part of the reduced produce bounty on Saturday. You cant beat a perfectly ripe pomegranate for 75 cents!
I was able to get a glug of juice out of it after I cut it
I’m sure ill make a huge mess at work eating it.
I am pretty damn tired so some sleeping in is in order for tomorrow. Just a little bit though. I have way too much to do before school!
Do you go out of your way to make your food look special?
Today I had a great day at school!
Our classes were varied, we had 2 breaks in which I had lunch and tea with friends and we got a lot accomplished.
After having a knife review, we took a quiz. Chris helped me study last night and I did some early studying at Starbucks this AM so I’m pretty sure I did well.
We had a good 40min break after the quiz as everyone finished early. Me and some of the girls went and got tea at a local pastry shop. It was the first time I had Mighty Leaf. I had a mint flavor which was very good.
I especially liked it because with each cup they give you an adorable little pound cake which was moist and had a nice almond flavor.
After that we had a class on quality ingredients. The topic this time was sugar and salt. I learned a lot more about refined sugar especially the fact that there is no physical need for the body to have it! I also have a list of 78 ways sugar can harm your body that I’m going to bring into work.
Yes . . . I realize I have a picture of a pound cake before that paragraph
Next we broke for lunch. One of the girls took us to the limelight market which is in an old church. It’s filled with cute little (expensive) shops that make me wish I had endless amounts of money. We went to a place for sandwiches that looked awesome, but were wicked expensive.
I split the sandwich with Samantha! Shes vegetarian so we got a sandwich that had hummus, cucumber, tomato,feta and a nice bean salad on ciabatta bread. It was very tasty and it got me thinking that about how convenient sandwiches are and how I gotta start making healthy ones like these for myself on my “travel” days.
Then it was right to work on our grains. Now that we know how to cook basic grains, today was all about turning them into recipes. The class made . . .
Polenta cakes – broiled and fried
Millet Croquettes – broiled and fried
Asparagus Risotto – in a pressure cooker
. . . And a stew from Argentina that I can’t remember the name of.
Here’s some of our creations. hi Sam!
I was in charge of the broiled polenta cakes. The cooking was good but the flavoring was bad. The recipe called for white pepper and honestly it had an after taste of like lipstick or something. I wasn’t the only one who agreed about this so I’m not crazy . . . At least about this.
When we were all done, we sat down to a nice dinner with a home made cranberry lemonade type drink.
Like I said . . . Very accomplishing day. At the train station, I was really craving a soda. I waited a while to make sure it was coming from my body as the last thing I wanted to do after the class about sugar was have it in its worst form but it kept nagging me. I think it was my body craving out for energy or hydration.
I decided to go with it and bought myself a REAL coke.
I drank half and it really hit the spot. I’m putting the rest in the fridge but hopefully I wont want it.
I got a busy week coming up. I gotta go into the city 3 times this week all for school so I gotta make sure I rest up!
How did your week turn out overall?