I am going to warn you right now…plan on seeing quite a bit of eating out in the next couple of days. Tomorrow is our anniversary, and we have some date nights planned. This morning started the "festivities." Occasionally our schedules mesh up just right that we are able to get a quick morning breakfast date in after we drop the kids off for school and before work. We have our favorite spots, depending on how much time we have. This morning, we had just enough time for a quick breakfast burrito at one of my favorite Mexican restaurants in town. It helps that it is walking distance from our house. It's not the healthiest option, I will say, but getting to spend a quick moment before a busy day with my hubby is worth it.
Some days are busy, even though my schedule is not full of clients. I am never NOT busy. There is always some little task on my to do list, either for home or work. I try to keep them somewhat separate, only doing business work at the office, and vice versa…doesn't really happen though. For those of you who don't know, I've been working on a book. That's right, I am writing a book! Kind of daunting. It started out as a series of handouts I was making for clients on nutrition during certain times of a women's cycle and treating various menstrual diseases with nutrition alone. Let's just say, it's become a work in progress, as my handouts have turn into a mini novel. I still give clients the individualized information, but would like to one day have a book to hand out that is self-treatment style. My goal as a practitioner, is to give my clients the skills and education they need to take care of themselves. As much as I love my job, I do not like seeing clients for the same condition for years. It makes me sad. I want clients to get better, I want them to know how to take control of there own health.
Well, I got a little deep in thought while working on this book, and working with clients, that I completely skipped lunch. I did bring some leftovers with me, but honestly, after my big breakfast burrito, I was not hungry.
Ahhhh! I am home alone cooking dinner…ALONE! Wow! I don't know what to do with myself. I'm sure many of you find yourself in similar situations. Spouse takes the kids and you are home alone, and you really don't know what to do. What do you do with this special hour or so alone?
I took the dog for walk! I needed to pick up a couple of things from the grocery story (a mile or so away) and so we strapped on our backpacks (Rosco has one) and walked to the store. We made a bigger loop through an adjacent neighborhood. Even with the cold wind, it was nice to walk by myself and the dog. I always loved the Scandinavian saying, "There is no bad weather, just bad clothing."
Have I told you yet how much I love making big batches of easy to freeze meal helpers….like my homemade marinara I made last week?
These are a big help on weeknights, when time is crunched. You can easily pull it out and let it defrost during the day. Warming it up in the evenings takes just a couple minutes. I made spinach fettucini as the pasta. To go with it, a nice roasted beet salad. Beets are a favorite vegetable at our home. I pretty much make them one way…Roasted! My kids will eat their weight in roasted beets. They will actually have competitions to see who can eat the most (really it's to see who can make their pee the reddest. Whatever it takes to make them love veggies, right?)
Beets are a great vegetable. Especially when you're pregnant, or trying to conceive.
They are a great source of Folate, Manganese, Potassium, Vitamin C, Iron, Vitamin B6 and Magnesium. The Beet Greens are also super nutritious, more than kale. I am not a huge fan of cooked beet greens, but if you have not tried them, do. Everyone has a different palate, and you may find your new favorite superfood.
Another note on Beets: I am a lazy cook. I do not peel my beets! Never have, and have never had a complaint. I wash thoroughly, and scrub, but peeling to me is a waste of time and nutrition.
Up until today, I have been very good about the Halloween Candy…yes we still have some. We have a candy jar in the kitchen. It's on the counter and the kids have access to it, but you know what…they don't even look at it most of the time. They know our candy rules, and we don't make a huge deal out of it. It's my opinion, that the more forbidding you make something with children, they more they want it, they more likely they are to obsess about it. This works in our household. My kids see it, know it's there, and know that they can have some if certain conditions are met. They know it as a special treat, not an every day something. They appreciate when they get some, but it's not a big deal….ANYWAYS…up until today, I have been very good about NOT eating the candy in the candy jar. Today I caved. Probably because I skipped lunch and was tired while cooking dinner. But I had an Almond Joy! I think thats actually pretty good. Again, I don't make it a daily habit, and it's okay to savor a special treat. Same rules I apply to my children, I apply to myself.
Now it's time to play a family game of Monopoly Jr.