Hello my friends. Sorry I have been away for so long. Thank you for all of your well wishes, everything went smoothly with my Dad’s procedure. I am still “eating in the real world”, and will be for awhile, so I hope that you are enjoying the different foods and that they give you ideas for your own clean meals.
This morning it snowed and I decided that I wanted to go for a run around 11am or so. I had my Mom take a picture of me:
I absolutely love the jacket, hat and gloves. My husband had purchased those items for Christmas 2 years ago. GREAT for cold weather running with a long sleeve sweat-wicking tee and running pants. 😀
Let’s discuss yesterday’s meals at the hospital. It was a looooong day. We were there at 5:30am, and did not get home until 7:30pm. There was no way I was going to eat before I left the house. After checking Dad in I snacked on this:
Edible, but not my thing. Let’s say that this was the second try. Three strikes and you’re out! (Plus, I bought 3 bars, LOL). The flavor is bland, and the bar itself is greasy. Ack.
An hour later I went in search of coffee while Dad was being tended to. I got a non-fat latte and sprinkled cinnamon on top.
A couple hours later we were in a private room with a TV and a phone. I received the care package I sent myself from home and packed my homemade trail mix! I brought it to the hospital and had a good, clean, snack:
A couple of hours later we were still watching TV and I decided to try to find the cafeteria. This hospital is like a small city, and after getting on the red elevators, following numerous signs and sniffing the air, I finally found it. Out with the years of heat lamps and soggy burgers. In with any kind of food you could possibly imagine, and cooked to order! I couldn’t make up my mind, so I got a salad (surprise, surprise!):
Fresh, crisp and loaded with veggies. I was looking for protein, too. The protein on the salad bar was either something in mayonnaise (like crab/egg salads) or a mystery meat. I opted for red beans instead, and red wine vinegar acted as my dressing. It was very filling! I was full for hours. That is a ton of salad, though! I snacked on some more homemade trail mix again, a couple of hours later. (This puts us at 3:30pm or so, we’re still waiting for the procedure to take place).
Just as a side note, the procedure happened at 4pm and went well. The rest of the time was taken with trying to get checked-out and seeing the doctor and such. At 7pm we were successfully discharged! YAY!!
On the way home I called Mom and had her call in an order to a local Greek restaurant where I got yet another salad, but this time with gyro meat and a tahini yogurt dressing (YUMMY!!):
Fresh veggies, feta cheese, gyro meat. Fantastic! A great end to a successful day at the hospital. 😀
This morning Dad had requested homemade blueberry pancakes with real maple syrup. I was all over that, since I wanted to increase my carbs this morning because of a possible run this morning:
Dad’s weren’t burned, LOL. I couldn’t taste it, though. I never said I could cook very well. That is one behemoth pancake. 🙂
After cleaning up I went for the run, I ran 4.01 miles. It was my first outside run in over a year, and it felt fantastic. I actually don’t mine running in the cold, you don’t dehydrate as fast, so I didn’t even need to take any water with me. When I got home, I was making lunch for us and straightening up some more. I was also making a huge fruit salad and cut up all the fruit myself which is never fun or without cutting into a finger:
This was not the only container. I made up 2! Before the run, I made my homemade shredded beef in the crockpot so it would be ready to go for dinner:
And ate another bar instead of a traditional lunch:
Done with the bars. My recommendation? Don’t buy them! There is nothing good about the texture or taste, and they are all greasy feeling. :p
Dinner was wonderful. I love crockpots. So useful. The following was my dinner:
and another picture:
So on the plate was the beef, whole grain rice, broiled carrots.
Some after dinner coffee made the eats complete for the day:
Have a great night! 😀