I’m trying to somewhat get on a schedule again. Somewhat failing. Mainly because I’m trying to get the house in order, second issue is food. I’m finding that I’m naturally falling into Ayurvedic habits, which I really like, but my summer habits mean I eat less at each sitting and my work/training schedule doesn’t actually mesh very well with an increase in meal/snack times.
Sooooo, what to do?? Well, as soon as I can get the bills under control, I’ve got my ideas to help me with all of this. Summer meals tend to start with granola, yogurt, berries. An hour later, some eggs and coffee. Then lunch. This is where it falls off the planet and the issues occur. I’m usually at work and working, which means….no food. If I’m in Buckhead, I can snag a decent salad and I’m fine (the Biscuit rocks on this).
And this is where I’m looking for ideas. From my travels, I have some good ideas on stuff and plan to incorporate them.
Granola with yogurt and berries (whole foods has a wonderful local brand with acai)
Ementaler cheese (need more options)
Bread (need options since I have a bread maker)
Salad (depends on where I’m eating), preferably with Chicken or Tofu
Need more summer options
Some kind of dessert – strawberries or blackberries
Sausage, ‘french steak’, chicken
need more recipes
My goal is to have 4 or 5 meals, but they need to be spaced so that I have 2 hours before training and a snack after (because I’m going to bed).
Next week, I plan on a no-excuses week of training. I’ve already told my instructor I’ll be there, just need to force myself to go to Judo. If my other boss is back from vacation, I’ll be heading to his school as well. Just need to dive into this, but changing my training schedule to the evening instead of the afternoon is what’s doing it. Might have to shift my schedule a few hours, so I’m “sleeping in”, since my day will technically end by around 9.30-10pm.
Nuts and fruit are always a good on the go meal. If you want something more substntial, what I find really helps is (if you have a place and a few minutes to actually *sit* and eat) make a salad at home and bring it with you.
I have also found that a hummus, cucumber and sprout sandwich (maybe with some sliced tomatoes/avocado) goes a long way in the afternoon, especially when accompanied by (soy) yogurt and/or a banana.
For dinner, you can never go wrong with pasta and steamed vegetables, rice, or some kind of grain. Chicken and tofu are quick and easy, though I would only lightly sautee or roast chicken. Once you start frying stuff, as I am sure you know, bad things happen to diet & digestion.
I have a TON of recipes which I am trying to put together anyhow, so as soon as I get it together, I will be sure to send you some of my favorites; but a good cookbook is “The Yoga Cookbook” http://www.amazon.com/Yoga-Cookbook-Vegetarian-Food-Body/dp/0684856417 and also recipes from ‘Vegetarian Times’ magazine, as well as Yoga Journal. They are quick, easy, tasty and nutritious.