I hate downer posts as much as the next blogger, but sometimes they just need to happen to get things off my chest. Things are going so perfectly in some aspects…I get to hear from D at least once a day (typically), the team is preparing for our State Championship game this weekend, and the more I learn about Health & Nutrition through my school work, the more I love it. Things at home are a different story. I am 22-years old. I like to come and go as I please, be able to sit down for a meal when I get home from practice, cook and bake when I feel like it, and have my own agenda in general. Understandably so, my family also wants to be able to do those things, and since it is THEIR home, obviously they should be able to. More often than not, this causes conflict if they get home and I’m in the kitchen. I truly do my best to stay out of their way, but sometimes it’s inevitable that we will need to be in the kitchen at the same time. I get very stressed out, because I can hear the sighs and eye-rolling as I’m preparing my food. They just don’t understand why I refuse to make things easy on myself and eat like a “normal” person. Lately, I feel as though everything I touch, say and do is a mistake. I get so stressed out, while they stand there waiting me to finish up what I’m doing and get out of their way, that I usually end up rushing, spilling something, or just doing a crappy clean up job resulting in tears streaming down my cheeks and a night kept to myself reading in my bedroom. I just need some elbow room…you know, just to be me? I’ve been looking at apartments for awhile now, and I’m thinking it’s soon time. I just want to finish up my Associates Degree and get my car paid off first, so I have some payments out of the way.
Okay, therapy over – food time.
(Oatcake: 1/3 C. old fashioned oats, 1/2 mashed banana, sugar-free vanilla Torani, cinnamon, 1 egg white, pinch baking powder all mixed together and microwaved for two minutes; Banana peanut flour paste: 1/4 C. peanut flour, other 1/2 mashed banana, pinch of salt, sugar-free vanilla Torani, and water to thin)
I know that it takes more time and effort to create a lot of my meals, but I think it’s a lot of fun. Blogging about it is even MORE fun. This is one of the few things that I do purely for my enjoyment, and I’m sorry, but I’m not willing to give that up.
Lunch was a beastly taco salad! Meatless and all.
(Chopped lettuce, diced tomatoes, cucumbers, yellow pepper, and onion with Quorn meatless crumbles mixed with Pace salsa and topped off with low-fat Cabot Greek yogurt and more salsa)
Throughout the day, I usually sip on numerous bottles of water. I contribute to a water fund that provides a Crystal Springs water cooler in our office. It’s only like $1/day and I DEFINITELY get my money’s worth. I probably fill up at least 3 times.
I always snack at my desk, since I know I want to have enough energy to get me through a two hour basketball practice with 1/2 hour of strength training/cardio beforehand. Vitatops are great because I can just throw them in my bag! They’re only 100 calories and provide a protein/fiber punch along with lots of vitamins & minerals and are low in fat…not to mention they’re one of my favorite versions of chocolate.
Right before practice, I try to get some natural sugar in me so that I’m amped up and energetic. Cherries are a great source of natural sugar and provide Vitamin C and fiber…also considered a SUPER FOOD for your joints! Not to mention…it’s National Cherry Month! Why not celebrate? 🙂
3 hrs, 4 min; 968 calories; avg. HR 111
I went straight from practice to my Nutrition class, where I was presenting a healthy dish that I created to share with the class. Each of us was in one of three groups: Lipids (fats), Proteins, or Carbohydrates. When I think of complex carbs, I think of grains immediately, so when I saw this recipe on J’s page, I knew I wanted to make it, adapted of course.
It tasted GREAT! Thanks, J! Your recipe was a hit.
There were several other recipes that people brought, and at the end of the semester, we’re going to compile them into a cookbook! Pretty cool, huh?! I’ll be sure to share some of my faves with you!
Here was my plate, aka dinner:
(L-R: Broccoli Pesto and Fusilli Pasta, Maple Pumpkin Oat Muffins, Whole Wheat Garden Pizza, Mediterranean Couscous Salad, and in the middle is a Banana Blueberry Smoothie)
Since everything was just a sampling (not an actual serving, or even half for that matter), and I had just burned off about 920 calories, I also had an EAS chocolate protein shake and some celery sticks which I packed in my bag.
I didn’t get home until 10:30 PM from class, so I crashed pretty much immediately. Of course, my stuff was strewn across my room. I was exhausted and in no shape to reorganize. Sorry, family.