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Insomnia Musings

I’m writing this at 6am and I can’t sleep.  Who am I?! I hardly ever wake up until the last minute before I need to. I was up at 5 and couldn’t turn my brain off. All I’ve been thinking about is my upcoming trip to Toronto. Me. Going on a business trip. Still in denial. (Though, I’m posting this after the trip, all feelings still apply).

[[Toronto is pretty awesome – next time I may even explore, ha!]]

Things have been pretty good lately.  Work owns my life (good thing I really like my job and I like to think I’m good at it), and I’m not very good at making time for other things.  Things they don’t tell you about real world adult life – that sh*t is mentally exhausting!  I thought once I started working I would still have all the energy to keep up with hobbies and such, but alas, no dice.

It took me about 6 months to get back into working out – I kept saying I was going to join a gym back in January, but could never decide on one I liked that was worth the price.  Eventually, signs a new yoga studio popped up near me around March ish, and was offering crazy discounts for early members. So I joined! Granted it took about 4 months after I joined for the studio to finally open, but hey, it’s open now, and I couldn’t be happier with it.

[[prospect park, because it’s gorgeous. and my favorite place to run]]

I found a running group through meetup.com, and honestly, I probably wouldn’t do much running without them.  Self motivated after a long work day or work week is harder than you’d think.  Plus, I’ve met some really cool people in the process, and signed up for some fun races with the group.  Oh and I bought a bike. Though I mainly use it for grocery shopping (hey, you do what you can when you don’t have/want a car).

What’s this blog supposed to be about again? Oh right. FOOD. Even though I stopped blogging, I  most definitely didn’t quit my eating habits.  I just maybe eat a lot of the same things all the time. Because really, I most certainly don’t have time to make something new and creative every day.

[[skirt steak tacos with cilantro radish salsa, one of my few creative ventures]]

Maybe once a month or so I’ll try a more intricate recipe, but I usually get by on roasted, steamed, or raw veggies, rice or some kind of potatoes for carbs, and some meats and other proteins – nothing fancy.

And with lots of ketchup.  Seriously I have no idea when the ketchup obsession happened, but it’s real, folks.  Apparently I’m 5 years old, but ketchup makes almost everything better.  Who knows, maybe I’m making up for lost time since I can’t remember caring much about ketchup when I was actually a kid.

So yeah. Long story short, I have no idea where this blog is going. I guess we’ll find that out?

When Life Happens

Oh hey there. Remember me?  I used to write this little blog and post pictures of food and things.  So what happened?

A whole lot of stuff.  In one word, life.  

For a while now (maybe the past year or so?), blogging has felt a bit forced.  I kept at it, because it gave me something to do.  I was unemployed, and not doing much except job searching, the occasional workout, maybe a lunch with friends, and making and eating a lot of food.  So in a way I felt I had to keep blogging.  Makes sense, right? Yeah, not so much.

Anyway, I eventually I gave in, and gave up the blogging for a while.  I needed to let life run its course and figure some things out.

First off, I GOT A JOB.

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That’s right, I have joined the ranks of corporate america, working a 9 to 5 (kind of. it’s NYC, nobody actually works 9-5) job that I am very happy in.  It’s still kind of surreal actually, after so many hard months of (soul) searching.

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And my parents sent me a very fitting ‘congrats on the new job’ gift.  Chocolate covered fruit beats flowers any day ;-).

Needless to say, this is the first time in my life that I am occupied for 9+ hours a day.  This new routine has definitely taken some getting used to.  And to make things even crazier on myself, I moved. Two weeks after starting my job.

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I didn’t move far (from a sublet in the Bronx to my own place in BK), but I spent most of my free time during the first few weeks of my new job looking for apartments.  Looking for places to live in NYC is so ridiculously stressful! And I’m glad it’s over.

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I broke another plate in the process. This makes three in the past year!  Plates don’t like me much.

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And I finally have my own home!  Words cannot describe how happy this makes me.  I have moved so many times in the past four years (going to college halfway across the country from home, moving dorms every year, studying abroad, senior year apartment lease ending, etc).  i don’t think I’ve been in the same place for more than 9 months at a time.  So that fact that I signed a lease on an apartment – in a neighborhood I love – is a huge deal. So happy.

Shortly after, thanksgiving happened. I went home to Chicago for the week, had a lovely time, and didn’t take any pictures.

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Well, except one of the adorable Callie-dog.  I couldn’t resist.

Before I knew it, it was December!  Which was especially weird because Hanukkah had already started (the first day was thanksgiving day) and it wasn’t even real winter yet.  While I wasn’t the best this year about lighting the candles, I certainly did my fair share of celebrating – at latke fest!

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I had originally planned to do a full writeup of this festival (in short – it was amazing.) but days passed, it was long past Hanukkah, and a late writeup seemed a little out of place.

I had quite a few blog posts planned in December, actually, but after a long day of work all I wanted was dinner, cozy clothes, and a few TV shows.  Not a ton of exciting meals, and no desire to blog, write, or do anything productive.

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I tried to fit in some light movement, mostly yoga and the occasional run.  But even that fell by the wayside – lounging and doing nothing sounded far more appealing.  I found myself mentally spent after work.

Even so, I still managed to spend some time in the kitchen!

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(super soup to help me get over a cold, roasted veggies, baked chicken, and some treats)

Good food is definitely a priority for me, so even when I am busy or tired, I make time to cook.  It’s a stress reliever for me, and I genuinely enjoy cooking and eating healthy foods.  Even on the days when I don’t take the time to cook or make a lunch for work, I always seek out the salads.  Thank goodness the area near my offices has so many choices for fresh salads and other healthy lunches!

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I’m going to get more into a routine of making lunches, mostly to save a bit of money.  That and I like to cook my own food – keeps things interesting.

So there you have it.  Life lately has not been terribly interesting, but blogging was put on the back burner for a bit while I let things play out.  Writing about my foodie adventures makes me happy, and will motivate me to get back into the healthy routine that I love (read – bring some exercise back into my life).  And I like to ramble.

Writers – have you ever taken an extended break?

Those of you working full time in the corporate world – any life advice for this newbie?

The Great Meat Debate

Those of you who have known me for the past few years (or have been reading the blog since I started) my have noticed something different around here:

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Meat.

A little back story – I was never fully vegetarian or vegan.  However, for the past 3 or so years, I’ve eaten primarily a vegetarian, and dairy-free diet.

Actually, I take that back – mostly pescetarian and dairy free.

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I love my seafood, so even through all my “i’m gonna be super healthy and cut out all meat and dairy from my diet” days, I always kept eating fish (and eggs, although I cut those out for a while too).

Also, I would eat some meat when other people made it for me, and when I knew the source.  Organic if possible, please.  But these occasions only happened a few times per year – well, until now.

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So what gives? In short, my body wanted it.

Over the past few years, I’ve gone through lots of ups and down in weight, highs and lows, and over the past few months, I’ve noticed a pattern.  After a few days, exclusively vegetarian meals failed to keep me satisfied.  Even a new recipe or larger portion of vegetarian protein wouldn’t do the trick.

Without fail, I would go back for more food, and eat so many veggies, beans, and legumes, so much fiber that I would end the day hugely bloated, uncomfortable, and still unsatisfied.  Full, but still in need.

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So I gave in.

I bought meat to cook for myself (as much as I hate handling it raw!).  Yes, I splurged for organic or grass-fed as much as I can.  After all I’ve learned about the food industry, if I have the choice of organic or conventional (even labeled all-natural), I’m going organic.  No nasty chemicals in my food if I can avoid it.

To be honest, I’m still not entirely okay with eating meat.  I’ll spare you the details of what goes on in my head, but I’m learning to be okay with the fact that I’m eating right for my body.

How do I know this?  The other day, I was thinking back to how I used to eat before I started thinking too much about food, and I remembered that there was a period of time when I wanted steak for dinner multiple days in a row.  And I would eat it too.  I was a major meat lover, and probably at my smallest.  So yes, things have changed, bodies change over the years, but I’ve been feeling pretty good lately.

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I’m sleeping better, I’m staying full for longer, have more energy (for every day and for workouts), and am less bloated.

I would say I still eat about 75% vegetarian, and almost completely dairy free (my stomach doesn’t like dairy).  But I’ve now added some chicken, turkey, and occasionally, beef into my meals a few days a week.

So there you have it.  It’s still and internal ethical issue for me, but I’m trying this out for a while, in the hopes that my body responds well.

Do you eat meat?  Do the ethics or environmental impacts of it bother you?

Were you ever vegetarian and found yourself craving animal protein? 

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