Reflections on my lunch break
Wednesday, July 04, 2012
Happy Independence Day!
I am sure you've already read about reading the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence today, and remembering why we celebrate the 4th of July (hint: it's not to sear meat and singe eyebrows, although I've yet to meet a soldier who doesn't like barbecue) so I will skip to my ponderances.
Today I'm studying for tomorrow's exam. Lots of RNA polymerases, centromeres, telomeres, transcription factors, and stuff like that. I broke for lunch and wanted to note something.
I've been wondering exactly how much vegetables I eat. A cup seems huge to those of us who periodically check our eyeballed measurements out of curiosity (or necessity, if you're a calorie-counter. Benefit to cave eating=no measuring unless you want to). I thought, well, since people complain about getting in their vegetable servings on the boards (you eat them), and since we SHOULD get a minimum 3 cups per day of leafy greens (next to our 3 cups of cruciferous/sulfurous vegetables and 3 cups of colored vegetables and fruits, per the TED talk I posted a bit ago), I thought I'd measure for a bit to see how much I actually consume.
I took my spring mix (best salad green mix EVAR) and lightly packed it into my dry measuring cup. I put it in my bowl and did this twice more.
I realized that, unless you count side salads I've been served elsewhere and the iceberg lettuce of my youth (iceberg lettuce is more like filler), I have NEVER eaten a salad with much less than 3 cups of greens, and if I did, it was only by a leaf or two.
I topped it with about 2/3 cup grape tomatoes, leftover chicken sausage, and a nice dressing I made out of mayo thinned with lemon juice and EVOO.
My other reflection was this: you know your mayo is homemade without vegetable or canola oil when crying over a spilled spoonful doesn't seem silly.
My third reflection is that according to my spell checker, "ponderances" is not a word. I think it should be, so I'm not changing it.