Today is my sixth blog birthday!  Thanks for reading about my life and my lunch all these years.  I’m so grateful that you come back here and continue to share your thoughts and experiences with me through your comments and emails. I’ve met quite a few of you over the years and definitely consider you friends…even those I haven’t met.

And now back to your regularly scheduled banter…

Something very detrimental to my peace of mind has happened. I have discovered HGTV. Whenever The Fella’s not around I binge on House Hunters, Property Virgins, and Love It or List It…and that show with the really cute brothers who remake houses.

There are places in this country where you can buy a really big house for $170,000. Maybe you live in one of them. In New York City you can’t buy a studio apartment in a really bad part of town for $170,000. Two bedroom apartments in the far reaches of the outer boroughs go for $500K—that’s craziness!  I’m not hurting financially, but I don’t have a half mill lying around.

I can’t imagine not living in New York, and yet I’m totally imagining not living in New York.

Where do you live? Do you love it there? Can I come visit? Do you know someone who wants to sell me a house?

Other than my serious jones for property, I’m finally, maybe, starting to feel like there’s a light at the end of the tunnel that is my insane schedule.  As was my main February goal, and a throwback to my goals when I first started blogging six years ago, I have been focused on eating for energy.  I won’t lie, my menu plan has been a bit boring (basically all the pictures I’m about to show you represent my diet for the last couple of weeks), but really effective. I may be coming to terms with the fact that there is a time and a place for dietary adventures, and then there’s a time to eat what’s going to keep you functioning.

The key strategy has been eating lots of small meals/snacks, 200-300 calories each. If you’ve been reading for a while you’ll know that I am not a snacker. I like big meals, three times a day. The problem with my preferred style of eating is that my blood sugar is pretty much always out of whack.  When I’m hungry I’m tired, and right after I eat an enormous meal I’m tired. Lots of little meals really seems to keep it all in check. I’ve also focused my energy on strategically balancing my carbs and protein, so I never feel like I’m in need of any vital macro nutrients.

It’s worked so far. I’ve definitely felt an increase in my energy level and ability to concentrate later in the day.

Breakfast

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1 egg with 2 egg whites (the choline in egg yolks is super important for brain function, so I’ve been trying to include at least one yolk a day, while adding extra protein thanks to the egg whites), whole wheat toast, hot sauce, and orange
Almond milk latte

Snack 1

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Hands-free eating!
Apples are ideal fruits to eat while dieting or focusing on balanced blood sugar, because a) they have more dextrose than fructose, dextrose is a more complex carbohydrate than fructose, meaning it digests slower, and b)are high in fiber, which also slows down the rate of digestion, keeping your blood sugar level. See, there’s a method to my fruit eating madness.

Lunch

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Whole wheat bread, cottage cheese & tomato

Snack 2

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Greek yogurt (mango & guanabana)…with a side of notes (my desk is currently covered in them)

Dinner

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Cauliflower soup
Veggie burger with an egg
Baked baby zucchini with Cajun panko seasoning