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.