Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Creature of Habit

So I plan out a menu for the household so we all know what we are having for dinner. What about the lunch dilemma? Currently, I don’t have to worry about going out to lunch because well I just don’t have the money for it. So, I’ve become a creature of habit.

I am a big fan of the assemble your lunch in the cafeteria method of preparation. Why? Because you don’t have soggy bread, melted cheese, or the question of can mayo sit unrefrigerated. The other reason why I do it is because I like to get out of the house at a reasonable hour in the morning.

Prior to the week starting I took 7 chicken breasts and I grilled them on the stove top. I cut them in small pieces and placed them in the snack pack size zip-lock bags. I got a big box of spring mix and each morning I take from the box and place it into a sandwich size zip-lock bag. These items along with a large wrap, piece of cheese, & a mini salad dressing packet the size of travel ketchup go together for the chicken wrap of the day. I switch the dressing up from french, to ranch, to Italian, to spicy mustard.

I have a chocolate or butterscotch pudding to finish off my meal and lately it’s paired with fruit punch Gatorade (that is made from the powder at home). I’ve been trying to stay away from soda as much as I can so bringing in juice, milk or Gatorade in my recycled glass bottle from an iced tea purchase allows me to have variety if I want.

I eat 3 meals while I’m at work. I have yogurt in the morning around 10:30. Then lunch around 12:30 or 1, then I have a snack (usually some protein bar) around 3pm. I know it helps to keep my metabolism up, so I’m OK with having a routine or a schedule. I make a lot of tea at work as well. I’m out of my favorites of green tea with mint & tazo Passion, so I’ve switched back to my PG Tips. For the afternoon snack it’s usually the chocolate brownie CLIFbar or the chocolate peanut butter special k protein bar.

One of my old friends often commented on how she couldn’t eat the same thing day in & day out. However, she knew several of her friends had no problem doing so. Me? I am a creature of habit, I’m OK with that. Dinner is often where I splurge, or on the weekends I do fancy a good brunch. Yet, I find that when I am trying to get back into a place where I feel better about my food choices routine is a comfort.

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