Go banana.

Oy.  Today was exhausting, and it was all mental.  And for the first time in a long, long time, exercise actually managed to clear my head instead of inviting new problems.

Yoga wasn’t very nice in that area, however.  I enjoyed the numerous chatarungas and down dogs, but my head-and heart-wasn’t in it.  At one point my yoga teacher mentioned to us that we should clear away any bad thoughts about things or people that were weighing us down and making us feel heavy.  I almost started crying right then and there.  Thankfully I had a great friend-my best friend-who helped me through the practice.

For lunch, as well as two humongous sliced up carrots (I think you all should just take it as a given that I eat a lot of carrots as a snack), I ended up finally having something that I’ve seen on the blogs and thought would either be amazing or totally disgusting.  I toasted two slices of light flax bread and in between I layered one Mozzarella Veggie Slice, spinach, 1/4 block Trader Joe’s tempeh….and concord grape jelly.  

Sounds absolutely gross, right? Well it was delicious! I think what helped is that I dry-toasted the tempeh first to give it a crunch, and it blended very well with the jelly, cheese and spinach.  It is now on my list of favorite sandwiches! Other than turkey and artichoke, of course.

Alongside that sandwich I paired a giant peach, which I sliced.  It was a little underripe, but that just upped the crunch.

A little bit later, some pre-workout fuel in the form of a Chocolate Chip Brownie Larabar.

This did not taste like a chocolate chip brownie.  It was good.  But not a chocolate chip brownie.  I was disappointed, but still ate it because it was nummy and I needed it.

After that, I proceeded to do 40 minutes on the elliptical.  I was thrilled at how the Larabar fueled my workout, but also by how my stress seemed to melt with every push of my legs and pull of my arms.  I felt strong and cleansed afterward, whereas in other workouts back in the throes of my disorder I would be starved and lightheaded.

After a quick shower and prep, I was ready to eat.  Because of the Larabar, I wasn’t exactly in the mood to eat some more meatloaf (although my brother had no problem wolfing down exactly that!).  I preferred something light, but satisfying.  I ended up pulling out a can of Pacific Naturals Red Lentil Curry Soup.  I bulked it up with 1/3 a cup of Morningstar Farms Crumbles.

Served with a side of giant steamed asparagus (seriously, these things were the size of my arm), seasoned and dipped in a combination of hot sauce and ketchup.
Served with a Hearty Wasa Cracker.
I was new to this flavor of soup (although I’m a huge fan of curry) and I was very much enamored of it upon first bite.  It reminded me of their butternut squash soup, however it had much more of a kick to it from the curry.  The coconut in the mix itself lent it a nice flavor note.
For dessert? I told you all about my giant cache of frozen bananas.  There was only one way.
This time, I blended the frozen banana with 1/2 tbsp maple syrup, cinnamon and nutmeg.  I topped it with 1/2 tbsp Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Covered Pomegranate Arils and fat free whipped cream.

I’m delaying bites as I go. It’s just too good.
Tomorrow I have a dentist’s appointment at 9:30 and I’m thinking a SIAB is probably the way to go.  I’ll be taking the day off from a workout (my legs are calling for it!) and will be spending the rest of the day parked on either our deck chairs, or at the pool!

Published by The Curious Ally Cat

I'm a 34 year old adjunct professor and writer in Connecticut. People seem to like me because I am polite and I am rarely late.

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