Friday, March 6, 2009
One thing I’ve discovered during the course of this project is that I’m pretty good at figuring out what my body needs and fairly quickly arriving at a level of equilibrium. However, the balance is precarious—any disruption in schedule or increase in physical activity or altered work load really knocks things off.
A few times I’ve eaten a meal much later than usual (Saturday and Sunday of the first week, then again Wednesday and Thursday of last week), and then this week had an extra few miles of walking on both Monday and Tuesday. A day or two after all of those things, I really felt like I needed more food. (And on all occasions, Jiffy mix came to my rescue.)
Also it’s become abundantly clear to me that one of the big reasons I don’t eat three meals a day (aside from my work schedule, which just works better with two meals) is because it’s very difficult for me to come up with even two unique things I want to eat in the same day. And usually I shop a couple times a week and make a few specific things and then work off the freezer and pantry for the rest, so I only have to think of maybe three meals a week to actually fix; the rest are staples that I can put together without much thinking, based on what I feel like at the time. Also I can eat whatever I want in whatever weird combination seems good to me and I don’t have to think at all about how the picture will come out and whether or not it will look like a good, healthy meal to people who’ve never met me before.
So this project, where I have to actually come up with two different things to eat every day, that I can get with a dollar, and that I would be willing to take pictures of and write about for all the world to see, has taken significantly more psychic energy than I had anticipated. I don’t think I really thought that through before undertaking this.
So bascially what I’m saying is thank god for steel-cut oats. I think I could eat those every day for the rest of the year and be perfectly happy.
As you can see from the picture, in addition to the steel-cut oats, I got chicken and a carrot today, but I didn’t actually cook them because I had two meetings that took up most of the day and am dog-sitting for a friend and lacked the energy to return to my house and clean up my kitchen and cook the chicken leg.
So for one meal, I had a beautiful bowl of steel-cut oats and for the other, I had some pasta with the remaining tomato sauce along with the remaining spinach .
I wasn’t going to take a picture of the pasta because I’ve already taken a picture of pasta with tomato sauce and spinach, but after eating a little bit of it I decided it looked pretty good, and tasted pretty good too (I think the spinach helped) and maybe it deserved its own picture.