Had to leave early to go to the dentist. Felt nauseated, but mixed Grape-Nuts with Fage Greek yogurt and topped it with berries and banana slices. How good does that look? Time spent eating: 6 minutes.
Coffee while waiting for the train. Just a few sips. Finished it after getting to work.
A kind co-worker who is a big proponent of eating away from one's desk wanted to eat lunch with me to support my mindful eating, so naturally, I forgot to photograph my lunch. So, for the first time in Clean Plate history: a dramatic re-enactment of my lunch, and by "dramatic" I mean "frozen" and with understudies. Playing the role of whole-wheat pita in this evening's performance is white pita. Playing the role of frittata is frozen frittata. Time spent eating: about 22 minutes. Amazing! That's what happens when you eat with other people (two other co-workers joined us, and everyone had made and brought their lunch: hurray!).
I was hungry today--I believe from starting the day so early. My first snack was cottage cheese and pineapple. Time spent eating: 4:33.
Snack No. 2: almonds and a tangelo. Time spent eating: 8 minutes. If you like oranges, I highly recommend eating one extremely slowly. It's an exquisite experience. (Pineapple, too.)
Still hungry, I went for snack No. 3: half a banana. Untimed. Work gets very busy at the end of the day.
Then I emptied my lunch box and polished off these carrots.
Either I hadn't brought enough food or I hadn't brought the right foods, or my day just started too early. I was still hungry. I had to stop at the drugstore on the way home, and I was starving. I knew this was the danger zone. All that candy up at the registers. I eyed some dark chocolate M&Ms but decided I could wait till I got home. Then I walked by Jacques Torres Chocolates on my way to the train (six stores in the entire city and one is around the corner from my office--another is around the corner from my husband's). Yeah, that's what I want , I thought. You can smell that deep, rich, pure chocolate from the street. But I didn't do it. Instead, I took a big inhale. That was a pleasant experience in and of itself.
On the train home, I tried to figure out what to have for dinner--what I'd missed during the day. I figured I needed more protein: beans. But it was late, I was tired, I didn't want to cook. Fortunately, I had frozen several servings of Week 1's vegetarian chili, so I popped one in the microwave and had a great meal within minutes. Can I just tell you how much I loved myself for having been prepared? It's topped with shredded cheese, fresh cilantro, and Fage Greek yogurt. Time spent eating: 7:45. OK, I scarfed it. I was starving. But it was extremely satisfying and filling.
And, at last, the chocolate we've all been waiting for. This is one from the boxes my parents sent. It's a raspberry cream from Haven's Candies in Maine . Oh, boy, this was good. Time spent eating: 90 seconds. I can feel that old addiction surging through my veins.
A book I ordered from Amazon arrived today: Easy Beans: Fast and Delicious Bean, Pea, and Lentil Recipes . It looks good. I'm pretty excited about getting more beans into my life.