So I totally dropped the ball on food prep this week. I don't even know why. I had plenty of time on Saturday and Sunday, but instead of getting cooking done for the week, I read, colored in my anatomy coloring book, got lost in facebooklandia, and read books. Yes, BOOKS plural--one audio and one hardcover.
Perfectionist Hannah would have had a lot of mean things to say about these choices, but Current Hannah was like, "Ok, what now?"
It's important to me, Current Hannah, that you know that I'm not perfect. I advocate prepping food for the week on Sundays, because it's a solid strategy that works. And most weeks, I do it. And joyfully at that. But some weeks, I don't. Not because I'm too busy, just because. Because I'm human--we all are--and part of being human is making irrational choices that contradict sensible information. When I make those kind of choices, or rather, when I realize I have already made those kind of choices--because let's be real we don't usually do that consciously but rather unconsciously and then our consciousness catches up to us in mid-motion #HolyRunOnSentenceBatman--I don't beat myself up about it. Instead I say, "OK, what now?"
For example, today I ran into 2 very distinct "Ok what now" moments related to my lack of food prep. This morning, after teaching some super fun kettlebell interval classes (6am and 7am), and putting myself through a quick kettlebell workout (8am), I realized I had no food with me. The protein powder I THOUGHT was in my backpack "for emergencies" was all but used up. There was maybe 1/8 of a serving left. Not enough to keep me full--or even tide me over--during the next few hours of work and errands. I was going to need a meal. I noticed that my friend was headed out of the gym as well, and caught up to her.
"hey, what are you doing right now?"
"do you want to grab breakfast?"
Next thing you know, I am sitting down to a lovely breakfast of poached eggs, grilled tomatoes, breakfast potatoes, and bacon at a local cafe. It wasn't what I had planned for that moment, but it turned out to be the perfect thing. And I got to have an unexpected catch up with a good friend. And it only cost $17 once tax and tip were tallied. Lesigh. #CookingIsCostEffective
Later that afternoon, I hit another hunger stumbling block. My 12:00 appointment ran long, leaving me only 15 mins before my acupunture appointment. I was too hungry to be able to push through, and knew that I wouldn't be able to relax and benefit form the treatment if I was listening to my stomach growl. So I stopped in to Safeway, thinking I could at least grab an apple. As soon as I stepped inside, I was woo'd by the promise of the prepared foods section. (They know what they are doing, those store designers, putting that section as the FIRST THING when you walk in the door.) I scanned for something that to eat that is in line with my nutritional intentions (whole foods, colorful vegetables, protein, no artificial ingredients) and landed on some broccoli salad. It was the kind of salad that looks like it's been made in-house by the deli. Crisp broccoli, raisins, sunflower seeds, you know the drill. I flipped the shiny package over to scan the ingredients and make sure there wasn't any gluten lurking in there, and bingo! No secret bread crumbs or soy sauce in the dressing. But there was: corn syrup, sodium phosphate, sodium nitrate... and I stopped reading at that point and put it back in the cold case. I ended up buying an apple, corn chips, and some fresh quacamole (after a thorough inspection of their respective ingredient lists revealed no weird stuff.)
What a day. All in all, I am grateful for the reminder of how tough it is to find REAL FOOD in grocery stores. Best of all, I am excited to cook and prep some meals for myself so that I don't run into this again. It is so worth it to give that gift to your future self.