Wednesday, July 9, 2014

WIAW: It's Really Hot Where I Am

Where I am, it's really hot. Like, 100 degrees plus hot. 

I'm down in Southern California for a special health training, more of which I hope to share on this blog in the future. During this training, my fellow trainees and I are eating fairly clean, and drinking tons of water to stay hydrated in the desert-like heat. 

And with the heat, my appetite changes. As in, I am not as hungry all the time. Because really, when it comes down to it, I'm just, 

But here's the thing. I've got to make this hot-thing work with me, right? Right. So, I'm eating snacks and meals that sound good to me, and I'm waking up early to exercise, before it hits 85 degrees. And that's how I'm making it work so I can feel energized throughout the day, and have the brain power to learn lots of cool things. 

So, here is this week's What I Ate Wednesday, the really hot edition.

I woke up around 7am as the light shined in from my room window. Laying in bed in silence is a foreign concept to this city girl who is used to hearing sirens 24/7. As I was getting ready for the day, I sipped on some green tea and ate a few plump dried plums I picked up at Whole Foods. I'll spare you the picture of this, since I've shared one in the other WIAW posts. 

For my first breakfast, around 8am, I ate two fried eggs. These runny eggs were cooked in a little salted butter and topped with ground pepper; simple is best sometimes. I wasn't too hungry, so this lighter breakfast was fairly satisfying.

For my second breakfast, around 9:00am, I had a small green-berry smoothie. This rounded out my morning meals nicely, since the smoothie provided some good, complex carbohydrates, as well as a lot of greens. 

Mixed berries, Vega One, 1 scoop Mega-greens powder, coconut oil, almond milk

We were in training, on and off our feet, for the good part of the morning. Around 1pm, we took a break for lunch, and sat outside in the San Diego sunshine, which was not nearly as hot as where our home base was. I put together this extremely fancy Mediterranean plate - I wanted a lighter lunch, with lots of different flavors. This was absolutely perfect! Mary's Gone Crackers (gluten-free, jalapeƱo flavor - they are spicy and I like it!), pepper roasted turkey breast roll-ups, 1/2 avocado, and leftover cucumber salad with lots of citrus flavors. So summery.

Now, the rest of the afternoon was very busy, and while I chugged lots of water, I didn't manage to have a snack until 7pm during our drive home. Although I love the taste of a few of the Larabars that are out there, from a nutritional standpoint, they're kind of an empty snack - not a very decent amount of protein, and higher sugar levels, though the sugars are coming from dates, which, I'm obsessed with. However, when I'm traveling or packing meals ahead of time, they're a far better option than a lot of other things. And, during this drive home, I really needed something to munch on and hold me over until dinner. 

Oh, dinner. Dinner was a result of me throwing something together in about 5 minutes and it really working to my advantage. We had cooked a big bunch of lentils with carrots, onions, and sweet potatoes in the crockpot. My stomach was feeling a bit upset, and I really wanted a soothing soup, so I made a quick curry. I dumped a can of coconut milk in a saucepan, added 2 heaping tablespoons of red curry, 1 tablespoon of garlic, and...get ready...some honey-roasted almond butter. Just go with it. Trust me, it worked. I poured this flavorful curry all over the lentils mix, added a cut-up chicken sausage, and it absolutely hit the spot. 

Because sometimes, when it's 80 degrees out at 9pm, you just want spicy, hot red curry. Right? Totally makes sense. 

Learning can be exhausting. And I was indeed exhausted after dinner. I took a big glass of water up to bed and enjoyed a few squares of dark mint chocolate, and called it a night.

Looking back at my eats for the day, I could have used some more veggies perhaps, as well as a solid snack around 4pm or so. However, as I lay in bed typing this, I'm really just grateful to be cooled down and have my belly nourished.  

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