August 3rd, 2004

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The irony of peak

Oddly, it seems that whenever we have one of these "peak" weeks/months, I get more bored at work than I do otherwise. Not that there isn't work to do (and more of it), but that the anticipation and build-up to the work seems completely out of proportion with the work at hand.

Tonight, for example, we have about 30 jobs in house with due times ranging from ASAP to Thursday at 10:00 a.m. None of the jobs are horribly large, the biggest being only 83 pages. So the work is going along quite smoothly.

If you were to believe the build-up from our management, however, you would expect us to be buried under jobs with tons of pages all due before I get out of here in the morning (8:00 a.m.). We are all expected to be working 10-12 hour shifts this week. I am on a regular schedule of four 10-hour shifts per week and am expected to come in on my usual off day.

And yet, here I sit, un-busy enough to post to LiveJournal. This after spending some time surfing around to the various net.haunts I frequent and killing some time by eating a couple of the bagels our manager brought in.

(Saying all of this, of course, will bring Murphy down on my head the rest of the week, I'm sure. Still, I like that better than just sitting around waiting for stuff to do.)
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How to get all those fruits and vegetables?

Hard on the heels of pegkerr's month without sugar and 90_percent_sure's Battle of the Corporate Sweet Tooth, I'm looking at how I eat. Pretty damn poor, when you get down to it.

OK, so if I go with the USDA food pyramid, I should be getting 3-5 servings of vegetables and 2-4 servings of fruit every day. The question is, how do I fit all that into my routine? (I'm not worried about the bread, pasta, etc.; milk, yogurt, etc. and meat, etc. groups.)

Currently, I subsist mostly on a bowl of Cheerios when I get home from work and two peanut-butter and jelly sandwiches when I wake up. Add in various snacks (mostly candy, cookies, pie, ice cream) and you fill out my day.

Now, I have developed the habit of having a banana after I eat my Cheerios when I remember to buy bananas. I can add a glass of apple juice in here too. So that takes care of my minimum fruit for the day, pretty much.

How to get in those vegetables? A "serving" is about a cup of leafy veggies or half a cup of others. I suppose I should have a look at what that really means; it doesn't sound like much.

If I substitute in two servings of vegetables for one of my sandwiches when I wake up, I'm pretty close. Sneak in another serving as a snack and I've got my minimum.

OK, so here's the plan: Each shopping day, I'll stock up on bananas and apple juice for "breakfast." I'll shoot for fresh veggies when I can find something that suits my fancy but will need to stock up on frozen for quick fixes during the week. So for dinner I get a sandwich (or something) and two servings of veggies. Then instead of cookies or candy, I snack on a veggie thing of some sort. (Carrot sticks are popular and handy.)

One of my difficulties is that Ericka also has issues with vegetables. So if I'm cooking for both of us, I am often not thinking of vegetables, but rather of making something that she's willing/able to eat. Since some of her drugs carry nausea as a side effect, just getting her interested in eating can be difficult sometimes. So once I'm over that hurdle, adding in something else for me to eat often devolves to how easy it is to make a PB&J. Thus, my idea of frozen vegetables. In small or resealable packages, they should be handy enough to microwave for easy addition to my meal planning.

If I keep fairly healthy snacks, like nuts, raisins, other dried fruit, hanging around to munch on, I should be able to cut back on the pie, ice cream, cookie portion of the equation. Get back into the routine of biking to work and I'm on the way to a healthier me! (Hey, maybe I'll have some left-over energy for all those side projects with all this good livin'!)
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