Well! It’s been a long time since I decided not to run through my day in terms of food, exercise, and everything in between. Now, I’m sharing everything from kitchen mishaps to my poor driving skills to the best-tasting balls around.
Still, since I did the what-I-ate thing daily for three-and-a-half years, it’s a hard habit to break! 99% of the photos on my computer are of food, not people (although the February Photo A Day project is inspiring me to shoot other things). I’m always curious about what my friends and family ate throughout the day; their meal ideas so often inspire my own. I thought it might be fun to bring the old format back every so often, just to keep things fresh.
As I’ve mentioned, the temperature in New York City apartments isn’t something you can count on. Many older buildings, in particular, don’t have central heating, and more often than not the super and landlord controls the heat. And more often than not, it is freezing when I get out of bed in the morning! Hot breakfast to the rescue.
- 1/3 cup rolled oats
- 2/3 cup water
- 1/3 cup flax milk
- 1 t chia seeds
- dried goji berries
- pinch sea salt
- warmed organic frozen mixed berries
- Plain Jane Nuts About Granola
- sunflower butter
After catching up on e-mails and getting my morning chores out of the way (what is it about mornings that makes them fly by so much faster than the rest of the day?), I did a quick 20 minute yoga podcast (you can find my list of free favorites here) before making lunch.
I’ve been obsessed with quesadillas lately. Depending on what I’ve got lying around, they’re pretty simple and usually just have two ingredients. My current favorite is black bean dip (Good Neighbor’s version, which I found at Whole Foods, is blended with chickpeas and jalapeño for a spicy, protein-packed kick) and Daiya cheese. Initially, I wasn’t a fan of this rice-based cheese, which I bought during the whole allergy debacle. However, there’s something about the combination of the bean dip and the crispy tortilla that has me craving it every day at lunch time.
Black bean + “cheddar” quesadilla, arugula + pepper salad, gnarly carrots
After lunch, a trip to the orthopedist to see what in tarnation has been going on with my foot.
For a little over a month I’ve had strange pain in both of my feet: it feels like both the ball of my feet and all of my toes are bruised. My right foot hurts the most, and I have a hard time both curling and flexing my toes. When I press on it, the pain seems to be concentrated around the second metatarsal on both the top and bottom of the foot. The feeling was similar to the dull ache I experienced when I had a stress fracture in my femur a few years ago, so I was worried that might be what it was.
There’s also a lot of tenderness when I press along my inner arch, which is probably my recurring plantar fasciitis flaring up.
So I met with the orthopedist, who took X-rays of both of my feet, looking specifically for stress fractures. Usually when stress fractures have had a while to develop, as mine would have, the X-ray displays a highlighted area where the bone has started to heal itself. Nothing showed up.
Soooo, now I’m waiting for my insurance company to approve an MRI, which, as a more sensitive test, would be able to scan for other things. It’s possible I do just have a bit of bruising along the bone; it’s also possible I’ve pinched a nerve between my second and third metatarsals. I’m not in constant pain; it’s more like a slow acceleration when I walk (which I do a lot, and think probably caused the problem) or during yoga. I’ll keep ya posted.
My visit to the doctor worked up quite an appetite, so when I got home I made myself a hearty snack of mango Chobani, chocolate fudge cake, and peanut butter. (Speaking of Chobani, check back on Monday for a chance to win your own!)
Just as the sun set, Anna and I met at the Orley Shabahang Gallery for the opening of an exhibit by Steven Colucci, a professional mime and painter. The gallery is also a showcase for Oriental rugs, which were stacked and rolled all around the space. It was a cool juxtaposition of sparkly paint and dyed wool.
A glass of Tuscan red and a bite of a mac ‘n cheese ball (eh) while we brosed:
Viewing art makes me hungry! Thankfully I’d prepped most of my dinner (sliced the sprouts, cooked the ‘cous) so it took almost no time at all to sit down to dinner. I made Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Dried Cherries and Israeli Couscous, substituting tempeh bacon and currants. I also halved the recipe and ate the whole thing as a main, rather than a side. Dee-lish!
After dinner, I snuggled up with a little more wine and The Four-Faced Liar, a quirky romantic dramedy that I streamed on Netflix. I’ve been all about the romantic movies lately… I just saw Restless (very good!) and When Harry Met Sally (for the 4395 time). And, for whatever reason, I am ridiculously excited to see The Vow when it opens.
What kind of movies are you into right now?
What have you got going on this weekend? I’m going upstate, and am suuuuuper excited about it. It’ll be good to get out of the city! It’s also supposed to be 4˚…