It’s been 3 weeks since I started the new job, and although I really am loving it, as it appeals to my inner hippy-child, with the natural plant extracts and their traditional use, increasing their mass appeal and looking into the science and tasting new formulations and…anyway I digress.
One of my colleagues today kindly explained that most people gain a whole 10KG in their first year here…..
Should that make me grateful that I only (for now) have a contract for 5 months ?
But I can easily see how. A lethal combination of geographical isolation in an industrial estate, constant supply of cakes/biscuits/sweets because of birthday/holiday/leftovers/cus
tomer visit/sales rep visit (delete as appropriate) and long working hours makes for hours spent at desk or at central table for lunch (surrounded by sugary goodness) and little to no energy for exercise in the evening. Add to that tiny bathrooms and glass partitions for the (shared) offices and it becomes a real challenge to sneak in exercise.
For the past few days temptation has reached yet another dimension as the air filled with confectionery-like aromas of caramel and boiled sweets. We have application facilities on site, and the wind has been blowing sweet delicious air through our windows. Ah, if only I was a savoury addict !
Thanksgiving has come and gone, un-noticed, and I am slowly finding my Sparky feet again with protein-rich lunches and fresh fruit alongside with the copious amounts of water and herbal tea I drink daily. We have a fridge and a microwave: I know I CAN make this work. I just need to reach deep and find my inner planner, my inner reasonable, my inner Jiminy Cricket that will balance accidental cheesecake with a health bowl of raw veg. but my tastebuds are crying out for fresh and crunchy and juicy, so at least they are (for now) on my side.
I have a new love and it did surprise me to find a fruit I had not tried before, but there it was, on the shelves, and having seen one of my co-workers heartily bite into one, I bought a pack and took it home.
Crunchy, fruity and sweet, reminiscent somewhat of pear and peach, and best of all full of beta-caroten and fibre and minerals goodness I give you….
The Sharon fruit, khaki, persimmon. (pics to come)
It is in season now, so pimp your fruit basket!
You can even eat the skin, so it is faff-free and produces very little waste (no pips either, just the leafy bit at the top!)
Which reminds me…we are all out at home…time to go shopping!