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Potato Chips

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Long stressful day in court. Called for 10 am; not heard until 2:30 pm. And not out of there until after 5 pm.

It was very hard work.

High stress weakens will power.

There were potato chips in the vending machine. I did not have any.

Could have ordered a sandwich in the cafeteria. With a side of potato chips. And I caught myself seriously considering this.

But ordered a romaine salad with sliced turkey, carrot, celery, tomato slices, Swiss cheese, dill pickle (and some balsamic vinegar) instead. And a black coffee. No bread. No gooey dessert.

Ordinarily when at the office (or expecting to get to my office after court) I take a salad to work

My salads are way better.

Several large handfuls of mixed baby lettuce or spinach or spinach/chard/kale mix. And a huge range of colourful raw veggies. On any given day: cherry tomatoes, cucumber, baby carrots or shredded carrot; bright yellow or red or orange bell pepper; sugar snap peas; green or yellow beans; radish; Brussels sprouts (purple or green) or cauliflower (white, yellow or purple) or broccoli; raw beet (yellow or red or candy stripe). Plus some lean chicken or shrimp or chick peas or low fat feta for protein. Occasionally some avocado. And a low fat (but not no-fat) dressing: pineapple curry, lemon poppy seed, sun dried tomato oregano . . .

Then for dessert, a mix of fresh or frozen fruits: clementine, pineapple, cherry, kiwi, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, mango, pear. Whatever is in season, a range of colours.

My lunch veggies and fruits are my biggest volume meal of the day; high density nutrition, low calorie. I generally make two salads at a time after supper, then stash them in the fridge at work. I've been doing it for over a decade . . . so I'm a pretty fast salad maker. And I use all the short cuts possible: pre washed salad greens in bins, pre cut carrots, frozen shelled shrimp, frozen mixed berries, frozen mango chunks (they're thawed by lunch time). Tomorrow's salad and fruit are already there because I didn't make it in to the office at all today . . .

Nope, the people at the courthouse cafeteria are lovely and they do make a very nice salad. But it doesn't stack up against my customary creations!

And: at my office I can completely eliminate the potato chip temptation.

But I'm very proud indeed that even on a stressful day, with multiple opportunities . . . I managed to say no to potato chips.
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SLENDERELLA61 12/13/2013 6:16PM

    Way to go! Very impressive!! Your salads sound like masterpieces. Your avoiding the chips at a stressful time is even more impressive. You are a MAINTAINER! You know it matters. You know it is worth it. You know how. You do it!!

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BOSS61 12/13/2013 6:30AM

    You get an "A" for chips avoidance.

Now I'll ask unless I missed it somewhere: what brought YOU to court this week? I was there too, and did not see you.

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BOOKAPHILE 12/12/2013 2:06PM

    I'm proud of you! You're a great example for me.
It's almost lunchtime here, and you've got my mouth watering for a great salad... My plan says leftover homemade beef, barley and veggie soup. I wonder which will win? It's great to have some flexibility!

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PHOENIX1949 12/12/2013 1:11PM

    emoticon I'm impressed. Potato chips have always called out my name.

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DSHONEYC 12/12/2013 12:50PM

    In honor of your fortitude, I will not buy potato chips for my Saturday night soiree...will spare my friends the temptation and myself the inevitable "cleaning" up of the bowl.

I can honestly say that the reason I do not eat "fast food" is because I can make food so much better tasting so it is easy to resist. Would so much rather pack something from home to take for lunch or drive past the burger joint to get home quicker to dine on my leftovers for dinner.

Thanks...and hope today is less stressful and filled with joyous vegetables and lean protein.
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CRYSTALJEM 12/12/2013 10:29AM

    Not sure I would have been as strong. Well done. You'll have to start sharing some specific salad combinations with us. Your selection sounds delicious. Well done

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KALIGIRL 12/12/2013 9:56AM

    emoticon My noon meal is my densest too!

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NANCY- 12/12/2013 8:52AM

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You are a rock! You know what you want and and how to get it. Remaining chip free with such temptation is challenging but you triumphed. You knew what your ultimate desire was and remained true to it.
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KANOE10 12/12/2013 8:32AM

    emoticon You made an excellent choice by choosing that salad over the chips! That was saying yes to staying healthy.

I do the same thing. I make salads at night for the next day. That is a good idea to keep it on hand for late work days. I love to dump tons of veges in also.

What is the pineapple curry that you use? Is that a dressing?

I also feel that my salads are better than the restaurants.

That is too bad that the court system kept you waiting all day to be heard. You did a great job of handling that stress!

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GODZDESIGN95 12/12/2013 7:47AM

    who called me. LOL?

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FROSTIERACES 12/12/2013 7:44AM

    You really do deserve an award to saying no potato chips! One potato chip leads to two... leads to three.. then it opens the door for more! =) Hi!! Btw! emoticon

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PHEBESS 12/12/2013 5:32AM

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You deserve an award for saying NO to the chips!!!!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 12/12/2013 2:14AM

    ya,you 2(vending machine and sandwhich side) potatoe chip 0.this is the blogs i like to here as i often have problems with chips if they are in the house lol.your salad selection for work sound lovely love i have to start being more disaplined myself on my planing well not so much my planning i am good at that it is executing the plan i am not always good at lol.something always seems to get in the way or if i am honest i let something get in the way.thanks for giving me the oppurtunity to have that little insight.keep up the good work you are doing great love.proud of you emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MESEATURTLE 12/12/2013 1:22AM

    Totally know what u mean when u say home made is so much better !!!
I am still learning the art of salad making swiftly !!!

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FIFIFRIZZLE 12/12/2013 1:18AM

    Yes well done, you can be proud of yourself, I think.

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DALID414 12/11/2013 11:51PM

    I served jury duty today. I thought I was going to have a mental breakdown in the cafeteria. I saw the menu posted on the side of the elevator and thought I can't eat any of that! I read it again before entering the cafeteria, then again standing in line... I walked around 3 times, then sat down and drank my water... Waited 15 minutes and got back in line... Not the greatest food choice, but 'good enough' emoticon

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SEAJESS 12/11/2013 11:30PM

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Do you carry gum or a bag of baby carrots or snap peas? I'm realizing more and more that I need to tote healthy snacks with me.
emoticon You win the prize for a healthy day well done!
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ADVENTURESEEKER 12/11/2013 11:14PM

    Way to go!! Clearly a success.

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PEZMOM1 12/11/2013 10:39PM

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COCK-ROBIN 12/11/2013 10:30PM

    Great job! You rock.

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MEADSBAY 12/11/2013 9:54PM

    Good job!
I can whip up a delicious healthy salad in no time flat-
way better than anything I could buy anywhere-
so I know exactly what you mean.
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MEADSBAY 12/11/2013 9:54PM

    Good job!
I can whip up a delicious healthy salad in no time flat-
way better than anything I could buy anywhere-
so I know exactly what you mean.
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_LINDA 12/11/2013 9:34PM

    emoticon That sure is incredible will power!! You are amazing!
So much for the swift justice system!!
Your salads sound delightful!! I sure can't get any of the colorful veggies you describe here :( Best I can do is get Russian Blue potatoes when in season at the Farmer's Market. Guess our market isn't into the exotic crosses!
Keep up the fabulous work!! You are my hero and inspiration for conquering the salty snack monster!!!
I need a pill that makes salty snacks taste sickening ;-P

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KOHINOOR2 12/11/2013 9:16PM

    emoticon Your salads sound fantastic and yummy. emoticon Thank you for sharing.

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SLIMMERJESSE 12/11/2013 8:38PM

    Wow, good for you!

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MISSUSRIVERRAT 12/11/2013 8:08PM

    That is an accomplishment emoticon !!!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/11/2013 7:57PM

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