Seraffa, first of all, happy to hear you like your new job...
Secondly, even happier to hear you're
trying to march in place for 20 minutes as your exercise. And thirdly, I'm not someone who wakes
up very hungry either. I cannot eat a typical big type A breakfast and have resorted to making chia
seed pudding and save my bigger meal for lunch. THis seems to be the only breakfast that feels
right in the morning...and even then, most mornings I don't want any food until about 10 am...lunch
around 2 pm and dinner at 6 or 6:30.
I'm thinking the overnight "detoxing" might not be totally over when you wake up...as this is the way
it feels for me....I need a shower, stretching, some water or green tea before I feel like eating...and
even then, I've never been hungry in the morning. Only person in my family who wakes up hungry
is my husband who obviously has a totally different type of constitution and metabolism than me.
I would suggest if you can have chia seeds to try this very filling but super easy to digest "pudding".
It's simple, easy to keep for a few days in the refrigerator and have it ready to go without thinking
about breakfast at all. I just mix in a blender or Vitamix 2 cups of any compliant liquid (almond
milk is what I prefer, but it could be rice milk, real milk, soy milk, anything compliant for you).
I then add 4 soaked dates...but it could just as well be a peach, anything really...a banana,
frozen berries, fresh berries....just trying to use fruit as a sweetener.. Blend till fruit has combined
To the liquid I add 1/2 cup of chia seeds. I also add 2 tsp of carob extract made by DPN (this website) which is a cocoa concentrate mixed with carob and agave.
That's it....pour into a container and refrigerate. You've got a filling, satisfying pudding that is
a perfect breakfast....I sprinkle sunflower seeds on top and add a few berries, but it could just
as well be anything else....almonds, walnuts, flax seeds, etc.
I don't feel hungry until 4 hours later...and it gives me a humongous amount of energy starting
my day this way. I don't seem to do well with grains in the morning, nor do I feel I digest heavy
proteins either. The omega fatty acids in chia wakes up my brain....enlivens my muscles and
makes me feel alert.
As for exercise before bed....Probably best before dinner....or maybe something light like walking
after dinner. I think by the end of the day you want to "wind down" not "rev up"...but probably
best to experiment and see what feels right for you.
And to make dinner simple....try to have a few things cooked in advance so you're assembling
and making your plate from ready-to-heat ingredients.
Some examples. I make a batch of brown rice....enough for 3-4 days and refrigerate. I also
bake a bunch of different veggies....ie, roast them. It could be anything from cauliflower (drizzled
with EVOO and maybe Italian spices, on a baking sheet -- 400 degrees for 35 minutes). Cooled.
Or a big bunch of mushrooms, thrown into a pan with EVOO and sea salt....just baked until soft
and they develop enough liquid to pour onto something like my rice....You can bake a bunch of
chicken pieces, boneless or with bone....or whatever protein you're allowed to eat...When my
protein is done, I cook it, remove from bone, or cut up or whatever it takes to portion into meals,
then freeze what I don't think I'll use up quickly and now I've got things that can be combined
Now I have to be creative with how to combine these ingredients. Sometimes I take some raw
items like onion, garlic, celery, bell peppers and just quickly stir fry them in a pan...add some
of my cold rice and keep mixing...then add some of my cold cooked veggies just to heat...and
dump in some chopped up protein...
I do this with tofu cubes which have been baked in tamari....with beans that I've cooked in advance
and throw them in cold with my stir fried veggies.
Everything is similar but at the same time different. My process is more of assembly than starting
to cook from scratch every night. I change up my grain sources....amaranth, quinoa, brown rice,
corn, potatoes, whatever I'm focusing on as my beneficials. Even root veggies....beets, carrots,
parsnips which I also bake with EVOO. It creates easy dinner....not many pots and pans to wash...
not many moments of "what am I going to make for dinner". I some days prep grains and other
days prep veggies and protein...but something is always ready to assemble.
Plan ahead....I think you might feel yourself getting more into a routine this way....It makes it easy
to go food shopping and much easier to work from pantry items if you keep staples on hand that
are easy to combine.
Being prepared and organized with your meals is likely to give you a sense of having things under control at home. You can always clean in your spare time and catch up with what you're too busy to do before or after work on weekends.
I wish you luck in settling into your new routine. Sounds like you're doing SO much better than
you were many weeks ago.