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Boredom eating…and redemption

Posted May 28 2011 4:20pm

Hello friends! Are you enjoying your Saturday? It’s the first really, truly nice day we’ve had here since March! You know that means I was up at 8 a.m. for a morning run.

I had mapped out a nice 5.5 mile route for myself, but I’ve been all about listening to my body lately, and by the time I got back to my apartment, my body was saying, done already? So I ran right past my apartment for another 1.5 miles, looping around the block and finishing about 7 miles. What a wonderful start to the day.

Today needed to go well, because yesterday didn’t go so great. My roommates are out of town at a wedding for the weekend, so I am home alone. I made myself a pretty lunch of egg salad sandwich on a teff flour tortilla and low & slow sweet potatoes .

If you have never made sweet potatoes this way, you must try it.

They are crispy on the outside and so soft on the inside. Absolutely wonderful.

One of the things I love about my favorite healthy living blogger s is that they aren’t afraid to talk about not only the good things in their lives, but also their struggles and weaknesses. So I’m going to follow their lead and talk about one of my weaknesses. I’m a boredom eater. Especially when I’m alone. When I’m bored, I find just about any excuse to make my way to the kitchen and nibble on something small here, and another bite of this there. Then before I know it I’m full of junk and feeling terrible about myself.

It started yesterday with a recipe I found for some rice krispy chocolate chip cookies. I had some puffed rice cereal to use up, so I went for it.

They might look good, but I’m telling you, they weren’t very good. The cereal just got all soft and soggy and made the texture really strange.

These didn’t satisfy my sweet tooth, so I used my nearly empty SFS butter jar to whip up some overnight oats for later in the evening. Every time I’ve tried overnight oats so far, I’ve been highly underwhelmed. I don’t know what I did differently this time, but these were outstanding and definitely didn’t make it overnight — or more than two hours.

Then I continued to snack…all afternoon. By dinner time I was feeling down on myself and restless, so I decided to take a trip to the nearest mall (it’s 45 minutes away, FYI) for some retail therapy. Old Navy always tempts me with their e-mails, and the one that arrived in my inbox announcing an ”additional 50% off all clearance items” definitely caught my attention!

Whenever I go shopping, I usually leave with something I don’t need. This time, I left with a few things I didn’t need and one thing I didn’t even want.

Yep. That would be my first ever speeding ticket. The sneaky cop caught me in a place where the speed limit had just changed from 65 to 55 and I apparently was a little late with the slowing down. I wanted to try out the fake tears, but I was too angry. But, I guess after driving for 9 years, I was overdue for a ticket.

But in good news, I found some good stuff at Old Navy, including a $6 pink sundress I slipped on after my run this morning.

I drank my hot water + lemon out of the adorable lion mug my little sis (in my sorority; sadly I have no real sisters) got me in college.

 For breakfast, I brought back the good old buckwheat bake!

(I added some peppermint extract + cocoa powder to my bake. Served with fresh strawberries + banana.)

I made a new rule that whenever I buy new clothes, like I did last night, I have to get rid of some. So, keeping with my rule, I delivered some goodies to Goodwill while I was out and about this morning.

Then I hit up the farmers market . There aren’y many things I’ll miss about this city, but one thing I’ll miss for sure is the farmers market. Country folks sure know how to do a farmers market the right way. However, as I learned today, my new city has more than 20 farmers markets during the spring and summer! (More on this later).

At the market, I picked up some jalapeno salsa for my dad, who’s coming to town this evening on his motorcycle.

The guy at Mex-City Salsa is so awesome. He stands there with tongs and a bag of homemade tortilla chips and an entire spread of salsas with spoons in them. I usually spend at least 10 minutes at his booth tasting them all. I bought some peach last time I went to the market, and it’s almost gone already. Next time I’m going for the mango! This jalapeno kind was a little spicy for my taste but I think my dad will love it. I also bought some cute little falafels from one of the hot-food vendors.

I did so much snacking at the market (I also bought some dates and ate a million of them) that I wasn’t super hungry when lunch rolled around. So I just made myself a salad. Lots of bloggers have names for their salads (I’ve heard buckets, beasts, etc.), so I decided I wanted an original name for my salads. I’m going to start calling them LFE bowls — little of freakin’ everything.

(Baby greens — grown and picked by my roommate, carrots, celery, mushrooms, gala apple, raisins, sunflower seeds and light balsamic dressing)

Served with a big mug of ice water + lemon and buckwheat-millet bread + peach salsa.

My daddy-o will be here soon, so I’m going to forget about all the homework I have to do and go enjoy the day.

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