Lunch: Baked potato stuffed with steamed collard greens, jalapeño and black beans and a salad (Mixed greens, broccoli, jalapeños, edamame, chickpeas, hemp seeds, sunflower seeds and some vinegar sprinkled on top)
Dinner: Baked stuffed acorn squash (stuffed with red quinoa, sautéed apple and sweet onion and walnuts with cinnamon, nutmeg and pepper)
"The In-betweeners": A slightly larger handful of almonds today, and a fresh made juice (Oranges, apples, kale, spinach and a beet), I also had some fresh ground almond butter with celery which is not pictured here.
As the weather gets colder and the girl issues more intense, the cleanse gets harder. Actually, let me be more specific....lunch gets harder. My sister and I both agree that lunch time at work is the only hard part of the day. Work can be bland enough, lunch should be the spice in your day. Instead, my lunch has been pretty much the same and the colors are just so bland and sad.
I can't wait to never have a salad again. Ok, I'm lying. But I DO NOT want this salad tomorrow. With students not back on campus yet, the options are slim to none for me. Today's lunch time was hard because my very favorite thing ever, tortellini salad, was on the salad bar today. It has only been on the line once since I've been working there and it was there today, taunting me. I had to resist (obviously). Another challenge was that the baked potato was a white starchy potato. Not a fan of those unless I can load it up. There was homemade hummus on the line that I would have loved to smother my bland potato with....but I checked the recipe and there was oil in it. Again, I had to do what I had to do (just for this week!). I was also offered some foreign dark chocolate from some exotic place known for their dark chocolate....I mean it was put right in my face. I said no. So proud.
It's amazing how much I love and appreciate food (is that weird?). I am growing an even deeper appreciation for food and some serious compassion for those who don't have food options, much food or any food at all. Cooking, eating, smelling and even seeing food is wonderful. Though I'm not starving by any means I feel like I can feel a bit more for those who are not as fortunate as myself. I feel blessed. I am VERY fortunate.