my cup of tea

This morning, I drank tea.

This is a big step for me.  I’ve gone from 2 cups (yes, my favorite blue mug apparently holds 2 solid cups of coffee) to 1/2 cup within a matter of two weeks.  And not a grumpy headache in sight.   

Today I took the final leap.  No coffee.  Just tea.  And for my family’s sake, I hope I don’t get the grumps, but we’ll see. 😉   In the end, it will be well worth it.  My stomach has felt super sensitive lately, and I’d rather not be drinking large amounts of caffeine every. single. morning. 

One thing about caffeine withdrawal is that my appetite skyrockets.  Through the roof.  It’s a random side effect that usually only lasts for a day or so.  A good solid breakfast helps. 

I made my standard banana oat mix, threw in some flaxseed for the extra omega-3’s and fiber, and filled, filled, filled my almond jar to the brim.

One nut jar down.  Three to go. 

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Yesterday was my last day working at the school cafeteria!   

This was the first rotation of my dietetic internship, so leaving the place felt a little bittersweet.  Yes, I’m ready to move on to something new.  Something different.  But I’ll also miss the food service workers, the kids, and even my daily routine which I was just starting to get used to.

There were many fun experiences involved.  Creating health posters.  Offering food tastings.  Giving presentations on food allergies.  Cooking.  Surveying parents and kids.

Perhaps most of all, I’m going to miss all of these lovely ladies.  They all have huge, huge, huge hearts.  Never once did I feel like I was in the way, as they all made sure to make me feel more than welcome.

Next week, a whole new rotation starts!  For two weeks (before Thanksgiving,) I’ll be working in a veteran’s hospital.  My sum of emotions is excitement and nervousness.  Mostly excitement. 😀

Question: Are you a tea or a coffee drinker? 

cold recovery

I don’t know what’s come over me.

Apparently, nobody gave me the memo that you’re supposed to lose your appetite when you’re sick. 

And—apparently—nobody gave me the memo that you’re supposed to crave mostly soup and crackers when you’re not feeling well.

I spent about 10 minutes or so at the Whole Foods’ meat counter on Friday, battling out the question of whether I truly wanted to spend a mini-fortune on ground beef.  Ground, local, 90% lean *grass fed* beef, to be exact.  Was it worth the cost?  Was it worth my returning the local honey jar back to its shelf for another day, another dollar?  Was it worth it?

Short answer: Yes.  Yes, it was.

I’ve come to the conclusion that for the amount of times that I actually purchase and eat red meat, I want to make it count.  I want caramelized onions.  A whole wheat bun (courtesy of Trader Joes.)  And I want the best of the best beef.  Local.  Grass fed.  Delicious. 

(Just remember that grass fed beef tends to be much leaner than it’s grain fed counterpart.  This means (a) reduced heat and cooking time is usually necessary and (b) your beef is going to be much healthier.)

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Unfortunetly, I’m still sick.  But—looking at the sunny side of things—I’d rather be sick now vs. Tuesday when I have to go to a Food Service Directors’ meeting. 

In an attempt to get myself feeling back to normal, I’ve been focusing on:

#1: Tea

#2: Fresh Fruits

Cold, chilly, fruit.  Preferrably of the citrus variety. 😀

Just as a little side note, did you know that Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin?  This means that your body has a limit of what it can hold, and past that certain amount, your body simply flushes it out (think of this like filling up your bathtub to the point where it can’t hold any more…it simply overflows!)  So the next time you’re sick, eat an orange but skip those expensive Vitamin C supplements.)

#3: Baking.

I baked.  Mom baked.  I licked the frosting beaters.

And yes, baking is totally necessary for a full recovery.

Besides, there is a good excuse for having a big sheet of carrot cake in the house right now.  It’s my Pepere’s 78th birthday, and with the entire family having a cookout over his house, carrot cake it had to be!  This recipe is a guarenteed crowd pleaser.  I can’t wait to see how it tastes!

#4: Greens, greens, greens.

There’s nothing like filling up on some fresh produce to make a girl feel like brand new again. 

 Yum!!

I’m not sure if a run is going to happen tomorrow, but you never know.  Sometimes a short little run or a walk can do wonders for clearing up a stuffy, congested head.  😀

Question: Do you normally lose your appetite when you’re sick?