The Dark and the Delicious

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Happy friday!  It’s been a pretty hectic week over here, with moving in and starting classes (already!) and all.  I’m taking a film and culture course from now until March, which is way different from my usual math and science courses.   I’m guess I’m going to have to get used to reading and writing papers again.  Why do I do this to myself? No idea.

To go along with my crazy hectic week, I have been crazy hungry the past few days.  (which means most of what I eat does NOT get photographed)  I know I haven’t eaten enough, especially on my travel days.  There were a couple of days where I ate maybe two small meals.  I wasn’t intentionally restricting, but the combination of jet lag + no time, did not lend itself well to eating real meals.  I went a little snack-crazy yesterday, but I’m definitely back on track today.  I’m trying not to dwell on it – convincing myself that I needed it!

Anyway, here are some eats & sights from the past  few days.

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Microwave sweet potato + salad and beans in a cup.  No cookware, minimal dishes, minimal grocery shopping.  Still tasty!

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Mini meal / lunch.  Not really sure what to label it!  Carrots and celery, rye rounds (?) with hummus and bean salsa, yogurt on the side.  They are really big on digestives here – high fiber breads and crackers, and cultured dairy especially.  It’s fantastic! I don’t even know what this bread is really called, but it’s really flavorful, made with whole grains, and high fiber!

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The entrance to my housing complex.  This is the snowiest it has been thus far, and it kind of makes me sad.  I was hoping to get a real winter when I moved here!

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A very sad shot of the “courtyard”.  It’s dark, per usual.  I swear we do get some sunlight!

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Snack.  Sweet potato + yogurt, almonds, square of dark chocolate.  That chocolate bar is gone, and I’m thinking it’s time to cut back the sugar again.  I’ve eaten way too many free treats – cookies, cakes, etc. from all the orientation events!

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I have to get used to an electric stove.  Not fun.  To cook most things, you need two burners set at different heats.  And even then, the lowest heat is too high for a simmer.  Boo.  But I still managed a delicious meal!

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Quinoa and veggies over a bed of spinach.  Simple, tasty, filling.

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Did you know that Stockholm is made up of fourteen islands?! Yup, pretty cool.  There’s the Baltic Sea!

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When it gets warm, I’m totally going to this amusement park, called Gröna Lund.

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My gym!  I went to a BodyPump class today for the first time! My gym at home and at school in NY does not have any Les Mills classes, so I’ve been dying to try them.  Verdict: fantastic.  But it was really going to a fitness class taught all in Swedish.  Luckily, the class was packed with tons of awesome people, and years of dance and fitness classes have taught me to be good at following choreography.  I just wish I could understand the little things (like body and hand positions) that she was calling out.  Still, the instructor was really impressed that I could follow along!  Will definitely be back.

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Upside to an electric stove – an electric oven!  Gas ovens drive me insane.  I can enjoy my roasted veggies and squash (yes, that’s mustard on the side), with ease :-)  But unfortunately I don’t think I’ll be doing much baking.  Too much exploring to do!

Stove & oven – gas or electric?

How do you compensate for days of not eating enough?

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2 thoughts on “The Dark and the Delicious

  1. Rach @ Lessons by Rach

    It sounds like you are adjusting so easily! When I studied abroad in Spain, I had a much harder time getting used to the food and the schedule there. It probably would have helped if I had been living in a dorm instead of a crazy host family’s house. But keep it up! I am sure you will have an amazing time!

    Gas v. Electric: always GAS! They get hotter faster, and you can control the heat of the stove so much easier.

    Days of under eating? I try and be extra-intuitive the next day and really listen to my hunger cues because I know that the day before messed them up. It’s been a tricky road, but I feel like that is the best way to get your body back on schedule!

    Have a great time in Stockholm!
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