Tuesday, September 21, 2010

I feel like a stuffed moose - its time for broccoli

I feel like an old stuffed moose - inert, trapped, even apathetic, yet on the outside I appear content with my lot. 
I used to jump out of bed in the morning, but over the last few weeks I have struggled even if I have gone to bed at 10pm and slept the whole night through.  Not at all normal for me at all, but it kind of crept up on me in the most unexpected way. 
I had decided that it must be down to my age and my level of fitness.  Previously I have found that burning energy creates energy and running 25km a week allowed me to keep up with the fast pace of life as a full time working mother.  So I started running again, but to no avail.  Energy levels are lower than ever. 
Diet is the other variable, the difficult one to change.  The habit of a lifetime which seems virtually immovable when ti comes to change.  I have been reducing my sugar intake, my caffeine intake, snacking on raw carrots and hummus and eating broccoli, cabbage and nuts when I can, and I am glad to say it has made a huge difference.  I sort of fell into a bad habit of not really eating during the day and eating a lot in the evenings which I think also led to the un-restful sleep. 

So its the new, more balanced me - I am eating lunch a lot so its all mung beans and broccoli, for a few days anyway.

I had this for lunch and it was really really good.  Broccoli, feta and olive salad.  On the plate in 6 minutes and full of goodness.

Boil broccoli for 4 minutes, drain and run under cold water.  Pat dry.
Place in a plate and crumble over some feta cheese and some brine-cured Spanish Manzanilla olives.  Drizzle with a dash of lemon juice, a little extra virgin olive oil and some pepper.

Delicious and full of iron.  You can make this the night before and take it into work or you can sit down like I did, alfresco in the sunshine and enjoy being unemployed!

Tune in for some more healthy energy-boosting lunches tomorrow (I hope, its one day at a time here).

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