I was given an extra work day this week, four hours today (I usually have Wednesday off). I am tired, and will be more tired by Saturday, but it makes up for being sick and missing out most of last week. I work 6 hours tomorrow and on Friday. Glad I have a nice little job, even if it is not in a library. Grateful I still get to work with books. I get to listen prior to publication as a second proofer, to catch any errors or background noises, etc.
Recently at work, I had the opportunity to proof parts of a book called Pandora's Lunchbox (I listened to a couple of the CD's - released through Tantor Audio). www.tantor.com/BookDetai
It explores the multitude of food additives and junk in processed food. Very scary, and really is making me look carefully at what I am eating. Very careful.
The sun is shining (the ac in the car is barely working), I braved just a little window breeze before getting on the highway. Followed work up with a grocery store visit and picked up fresh chicken, produce for supper, yogurt, cereal and a few other needful things. I am being very careful reading labels, and am learning what things I can get, or avoid. I will chat with the allergist's nurse when I go for my allergy shots tomorrow regarding the eggs. I almost broke down and ate some this morning, but decided against it. Since Sunday, my face has finally calmed down and I don't want to jinx it. I have to figure out some breakfast food that has more protein since I am avoiding eggs right now. The typical breakfast type meats just are too salty. I am tiring of my daily oatmeal, and long for a little variety.
This morning, I did my ten minutes of stretching physical therapy exercise (no weights today). I walked at least a mile and a half between work and the grocery store. My breathing/allergies are doing better, so I can do more without going into a coughing fit. I would say it is a good day. My allergies feel pretty mild today, though I woke up hoarse this morning, it didn't last, and I did not have to use my inhaler today. I had to use it yesterday, and then I last used it Saturday.
I have made a decision to not bring chocolate into my house, other than the semi sweet or dark morsels, which I don't pick at very often. Someone gave me a chocolate bar this week. And it was more than one serving, and I ate it, just to get rid of it. Not a good thing. I will not even buy nutella. It is just to yummy. I also have passed on most of the gluten or wheat stuff to my sons from my pantry. My dh is happy as pie to go along with my staying away from it (cooking with wheat), and helps me cook accordingly, playing with the bread machine weekly to try out new bread recipes for me, eating rice pasta and putting up with/enjoying my substitutions. Chocolate does something with boosting my appetite and makes me want to eat more food. The only difference was the 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Baking Chips, but other than what is left from baking for this past weekend's event, I won't buy anymore til I need them for another event to bake for. Those do not make me want to eat everything in sight. I don't need to push the appetite button to make extra in my middle.
Today I had Multigrain Oatmeal (cranberry apple) for breakfast with a cup of coffee. Cup of coffee for morning "snack" at work, and Larabar (peanut butter) for lunch, and some strawberries this afternoon (about 4 big ones). Tonight's supper will be nice chicken breasts, salad, fresh cooked beets and baked potatoes. Strawberries for dessert.
Saturday is opening day fishing season, and my husband plans to go fishing. He is hoping to prepare some nice fresh fish for us for supper that night. I am looking forward to that. Hopefully he will be able to help me get the garden ready to plant soon, as this is my rough time with the trees budding, and I can't be outside much right now.
My brother sent me non-gmo lettuce and kale seed from his garden. I aim to buy local this year, and plan to get out to some of the local farms and see what they have. There is a local turkey farm, and I want to see what options they have as well.
Time to go relax before cooking supper. Enjoy the sunshine (or rain, if that is what you have today.) It's all good.