So, last Wednesday, I was talking about a self-care Saturday I spent catching up on the simple human things like meal prep. This past Saturday was basically the opposite of that. I covered another shift at the hospital so got up at 5 to work out and get ready in time to make my 7:15 clock-in time. As a freaky morning person, this actually isn’t the hard part. The challenge for me tends to be shifting gears between clinical work and my writing, coaching, and consulting work, so that juggling act is really where the burnout comes from. And the commute. It’s not as bad as some of my colleagues, but a commute is a commute and it still wipes you out sometimes. Can anyone relate?
I usually eat my desk when I’m there so I can use my break to take a walk or run errands. This past weekend I did something I should do more often: I went and got a manicure and took advantage of a special where you got a mani and a 15-minute massage for $26. It had been waking up on the wrong side of the bed all week, but when I walked out of there, I felt like a functional human again. I have a tendency to underestimate the value of stuff like that. It’s not about how your nails look; it’s about how you feel after taking a little time-out for yourself.
Anyway, here’s what I ate to fuel myself last Saturday.
Pre-workout snack: about a half-cup of leftover roasted sweet potato (cooked in coconut oil-my favorite way to make it)
Desk Breakfast: Turkey & veggie hash inspired by a client’s delicious-looking breakfast posts. I’m so glad I finally tried this. Because I knew I’d need extra staying power, I added a packet of guacamole. The Trader Joe’s squeeze packs are so handy and keep well in the freezer. You just let them thaw overnight in the fridge and you’re good to go.
Lunch: A salad comprised of odds & ends from the fridge: Greens, zoodles, cucumber, cherry tomato, sautéed summer squash, turkey bacon, and hard-boiled eggs ; A few hours later I had some blackberries (not pictured).
Snack: Plain Siggi’s yogurt with cinnamon, a drizzle of honey, and a tablespoon of this ancient grains superseed blend from Trader Joe’s
Dinner: Leftovers from the previous evening’s dinner. Recipe coming soon!
Before bed, I had some more blackberries with a brie-mini from Trader Joe’s. Just, you know, working on my night cheese. Then I read in bed for a while (my sister and I are in a Harry Potter book club of 2) and then happily passed out with my Kindle on my face. Total rockstar Saturday night.
Do you ever spring for the special at your salon? Night cheese: into it?
**This post may contain affiliate links.
Hungry for more?
Subscribe to get the latest nutrition information, self-care strategies, and healthy living tips delivered right to your inbox.