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What I Ate Wednesday #148: How the Light Gets In

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Good morning! How’s your week going? My inner clock is a bit confused from working Friday through Monday, so today is sort of like my Sunday this week. Whatever works, right?

This actual past Sunday was gorgeous in New York. Waiting for the bus in the morning felt almost like spring. While scrolling through my Instagram feed, I noticed a post from Foodtrainers featuring a quote from one of my favorite Leonard Cohen songs: “There is a crack, a crack in everything/That’s how the light gets in.”

That line has been in my head since then. It’s the kind of thing that, when you sit and think about it, takes on more meaning and depth. The way I respond to it certainly has changed and evolved since I first started listening to L. Cohen when I was 18, but in other ways, some things remain the same.

Anyway, light has been on my mind a lot in general, mostly because I’m getting a lot more of it in my day to day life. I mean that in the most literal sense of the word. After spending almost nine months in a windowless office, I’m still not over the novelty of sunlight as I eat breakfast at my desk. Today’s What I Ate Wednesday post will feature Sunday’s well-lit meals and snacks. I definitely notice I need to eat more snacks to get me through work days, especially at this new place, where I feel like on my feet in a way I haven’t been since I was a dietetic intern. I can’t lie, though—I kind of love it. As always, many thanks to the lovely Jenn of Peas & Crayons for hosting the weekly link party—take a little trip over there to see more WIAW from other bloggers!

  • Breakfast: Overnight oats made with Greek yogurt, 1 tbsp flax, 2 tbsp oats, cinnamon, and berries—simple and satisfying
  • Lunch: Big salad with roasted veggies, black beans, and half an avocado
  • Snacks: Green apple, Trader Joe’s teriyaki turkey jerky
  • Dinner Part One/After-Work Snack: Sprouted grain toast spread with nonfat ricotta and topped with roasted eggplant and a sliced hard-boiled egg
  • Super Bowl Party Snacks: I was pretty full from my snack/mini-dinner, so I munched on some carrots and hummus
  • Dinner Part Two: Red lentil chili (again—I have lots in my freezer) when I got home from the party and realized I was hungry. Working hours that are different from other people’s “normal” means weird meal times occasionally, but as long as it all works out in the end, no harm no foul.
  • Chocolate Fix: I had a square of this before calling it a night. This chocolate is basically my wildest PMS dreams come true.

Actually, I think my wildest PMS dream of late is a recent one about trying to froth coconut water, mostly to see if it worked. Long story. Paging Dr. Freud.

Do you have natural light in your workplace? What’s your wildest PMS dream? Any good Super Bowl eats? 

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Happy Lunar New Year and some announcements

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Today marks the Lunar New Year, also known as Chinese New Year. It’s the year of the wood horse. Got your lucky red underwear? As a New Yorker, I can’t help shaking my head at the madness of the Superbowl festivities in Times Square and the New Year festivities in Chinatown, but then again I’m working all weekend, so it doesn’t make much difference to me. Mostly, I just like the symbolism.

Though I didn’t plan it this way, it feels appropriate to me that it’s a new moon/new year the week I say goodbye to one clinical job and hello to another. If you’ve been with me a while, you know I’m a bit kooky like that. IMG_4813

My coworkers actually managed to surprise me with a cake on Tuesday. I got a good laugh about the leaf on top because at first glance I thought it was feather. Unless it is a feather? Hard to tell because I was out sick the day we did the botany of chocolate in science class. Anyway, my manager would have no way of knowing about the odd feather motif that came to be when I was working at this place, so it was one of those funny little moments that reminds me of why I don’t believe in coincidences.

Long story short: It feels like a really good time for change and for new endeavors.

As I hinted at a few weeks ago, I am expanding my time available for private clients. You can see more about specific nutrition services I offer on my Nutritional Counseling page.

I also have an event coming up in February in New Jersey where I’ll be speaking about Nutrition for Healthy skin. Email me at KeepingItRealFood(at)gmail(dot)com for more details if you’re interested in attending!

Lastly, I have a fun project I’m working on with a nonprofit organization where I have been interviewing musicians about life and healthy living on the road. If you or an artist you know would like to be included, please get in touch with me!

Do you believe in coincidences? Do you know your Chinese astrology sign? I’m an ox. Go figure. 

What I Ate Wednesday # 147

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So, this isn’t just any What I Ate Wednesday, but it’s also my last day at my old job. The past few weeks of training at the new one on weekends and days off has been nothing short of exhausting, but in the grand scheme of things, totally worth it to me. For this week’s post, I thought I’d share a day of weekend work meals. As always, many thanks to the lovely Jenn of Peas & Crayons for hosting the weekly link party—take a little trip over there to see more WIAW from other bloggers!

I realized as I was posting that these are quite similar to last week’s WIAW eats. Whenever I’m starting something new (work wise), I tend to go on autopilot, working with what I know travels well and things I know will keep me satisfied for the right amount of time. What can I say—I thrive off routine, especially when I’m getting acquainted with a new setting.

  • Breakfast: Greek yogurt with flax & cinnamon, a banana
  • Lunch:A giant salad; hummus on the side for dipping
  • Snacks: an unpictured hard-boiled egg before an early morning gym visit; carrot chips; a green apple; avocado toast when I got home from work; unpictured cottage cheese with cereal before bed (was so tired I forgot to take a picture)
  • Dinner: Red lentil chili (this incarnation had pumpkin instead of squash, and a little bourbon cooked in for a kick); an unpictured bottle of ginger kombucha and square of dark chocolate

Do you ever put your meals on autopilot? 

Prepared

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I’ve often wondered what it’s like to “be one thing.” For example, I’m mystified by the idea of being in a family where everyone is the same nationality.

Another big one: what it is like to have worked at the same company for many years? Dietitians, at least early on, tend to jump around a lot between jobs. In the past year alone, I’ve had three different name tags.

Though every job has its own atmosphere, there are some things about clinical nutrition jobs that are the same. There are also things about me that change and do not change with each one. One constant, however, is that I always need to have a notebook, formulary card, and hand sanitizer in my left lab coat pocket. Pens, keys, and calculator go in the right pocket. I also absolutely cannot handle a workday without blotting papers.

blotting papersAfter 6 months or sharing a windowless annex office with me, one of my coworkers must have picked up on this. Since she’s on vacation next week, we said goodbye last Thursday afternoon, even though my official last day is this Wednesday. I think her going-away gift was one of the most thoughtful I’ve ever received:

It’s the little things that help me feel prepared. I know that on stressful days (every job, no matter how awesome, has them), these Japanese blotting papers and tiny blue bottle of hand sanitizer will make me smile and chill out a bit.

Hope you have a wonderful week ahead of you. Can you believe we’re winding down to the end of January? Great time for a new moon! February is almost here, what the f***? I’m kind of, well, more than okay with that though. Who else is ready for a new leg of the journey?

What’s the most thoughtful gift you’ve ever received? 

 

 

What I Ate Wednesday #146

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Mid-week already? Well then. Happy What I Ate Wednesday. As always, many thanks to the lovely Jenn of Peas & Crayons for hosting the weekly link party—hop on over there to see more WIAW from other bloggers!

I started my new clinical job on Monday, even though I’m technically not done at the other place until the 29th. I’m just doing a few training days in between. It sounded manageable when I agreed to the set-up, but I’m sure in a month, I’ll be able to call  this two-week period of crazy what it is and laugh at myself for biting off more than any sane person would think to take on.

Monday morning had a 7:30 start time. Normally, I like to work out first thing in the morning, but for the sake of my immune system, which was calling out for more sleep, I slept in until 5:30 (gasp) and planned to try out a new-to-me Barre 3 DVD in the afternoon. Though I’ve done the 4:45 wake-up call (my burn unit rotation—good times), Sunday’s scratchy throat/runny nose/headache combo suggested that was probably not the best idea. Glad I listened.

Anyway, here is what I ate on Monday to get me through the madness. Having a nice lunch to look forward to was a huge load of stress off my back—trying to procure a good meal on a first day at any new job is awful. I  was relieved to see that a few of the other RDs also packed their lunches so I didn’t feel like the weird kid. Not that this has ever stopped me from doing things before.

  • Breakfast: Zucchini bread oatmeal with PB—what else? Later, I had some coffee at a Starbucks because I was running early.
  • Lunch: A salad with baby spinach, lentils, brown rice, roasted eggplant and peppers, and caramelized onions; hummus with goat cheese on the side instead of dressing
  • Snacks: Carrot chips during a morning break; yogurt with flax and blueberries when I got home
  • Dinner: Black bean chicken chili and avocado toast
  • Snack: Sliced banana with nonfat ricotta‚yes, again. I’m on a jag.

Do you pack lunch on your first day at a new job or school? What time of day do you like to work out? 

New Stuff

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So I’m sure you’ve noticed that things have been looking a little different around here. A blog redesign was a long time coming—thank you so much for the kind words about the new look and feel. I was super-nervous about taking the leap and seeking out a designer who knows what they’re doing, but sometimes when the signs point to “yes,” you have to get out of your own way and just go with it.

Something else that’s been almost impossible to keep quiet about on the blog is that I’m starting a new job! Though I’ve only been at the facility where I’ve worked as a clinical dietitian for only eight months, I was offered an opportunity to work somewhere that has been on my professional wish list a long time. My new schedule will also leave more room in my week for blogging, freelancing, and what I love most: working with clients one-on-one. For those outside the NYC area, I also do sessions via Skype, gchat, and phone if you’re interested in working together. On top of all that, I have some fun workshops, conferences, and events coming up in the next few months that I can’t wait to tell you about.  Read the rest of this entry »

When Bad Lighting Happens to Good Food

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IMG_4608I don’t know about you, but I am so happy it’s Friday. I was starting to get really sick of eating lunch while working on nutrition notes at my desk. I think I have taken my 30-minute lunch break exactly twice in the eight months I’ve worked at this particular job. At least the food has been good. I was reminded of an old favorite I need to make again soon: tortellini soup.

Luckily, this weekend involves social plans for edible things like drinks, brunch, a birthday dinner for my mom, and even a cookie exchange. Who ever thought I would learn to not take the concept of eating while not having to type for granted?

What are you looking forward to this weekend?