Hi guys! I am in great spirits tonight after a really good day!
I started off not feeling too well- kind of dizzy and out of it. I couldn’t bring myself to eat breakfast so I just brought an apple from home and picked up a whole wheat bagel on the way to work.
I ate half of the bagel, but couldn’t eat any more- was feeling kind of queasy. I took off most of the cream cheese.
Around 11, I had an apple.
Around lunchtime, I still wasn’t feeling well so I picked up some chicken soup.
With some oyster crackers- love these things!
Pour ’em in… get nice and mushy.
I also had a Ginger ale- great for the tummy!
I ate outside. We have a little backyard at our office and I felt sooo much better after spending some time in the sun!
This afternoon, I was able to speak with the director of Vestibular Therapy at NY Eye and Ear. It was so nice to be able to speak with him about what I am going through and to get his advice on what I can do to feel better as fast as possible. Speaking to him was a total wake-up call because he said that, in his opinion, my inner ear is being affected primarily by my stress level. He told me that, even though I am young, I will have this weakness in my inner ear for the rest of my life. Stress can make any physical weakness come out- and it is my job to make sure that I handle stress differently- I need to develop better mechanisms for handling it… and I need to let things go and relax.
He also recommended that I take 30 minutes at least every day to relax and just have “me time”- and I need to better manage negative/ stressful thoughts that arise throughout the day. It was actually really empowering to talk to him because I realized that I CAN CHANGE the way that I go through the world and react to stress and can MAKE MYSELF BETTER. I cannot avoid stress in my life, especially if I am going to law school, but I can do a better job of handling it when it comes my way! I also asked my boss if, just for this week, I can work 9-5 instead of mornings and nights. I just think my body needs a more calm schedule this week while I’m getting healthy. They were totally cool and supportive- so that made me happy!
After speaking to him, I focused all day on staying relaxed and letting stressful thoughts pass. I immediately was in better spirits! When I got home, Loren and I even went to the gym together! I did 35 minutes on the elliptical and 10 minutes of strengthening. YAY!! Before the gym, I had an apple with PB.
Another thing I decided I need more of in my life? Wine! I know this sounds counter-intuitive but drinking one glass of red wine doesn’t make me feel more dizzy- it makes me feel better. My whole body and my mind relax and I just feel better! I might be the first food/ health blogger to say: “I vow to drink more glasses of wine during the week to make me healthier!”
I picked up this great bottle of $12 wine that was recommended by the guy at the store. It is a German wine, which he described as “Robust and round.”
I made the most amazing dinner tonight, if I do say so myself! And I did it completely without a recipe (that’s how I cook)!
I first sliced 2 squashes, a zucchini, and 4 small sweet potatoes into really thin slices. These veggies were from the farmer’s market, so I was excited to try them! I put it all in a bowl, topped the mixture with tons of pepper, some salt, EVOO, and lots of delicious feta (also from a dairy farm at the Farmer’s Market).
I then put the mixture in the pan and poured a lot (maybe 2 cups) of almond milk on top.
I also cooked up some AWESOME salmon. I bought 2 filets of Wild Alaskan Salmon and topped them with lemon, pepper, salt, and some of Stephanie’s out-of-this-world Rhubarb Chutney. Wrapped it all up in some tin foil.
I put the veggies and the salmon in the oven at the same time. The oven was preheated at 400 degrees. The salmon needed about 25 minutes and the veggies needed about 50. I covered the veggies with foil and removed the foil for the last 15 minutes.
The veggies came out looking beautiful!
The almond milk kept the vegetables nice and soft, while the feta and black pepper gave them great flavor.
The salmon also came out perfectly!
The acid of the Rhubarb Chutney was such a great contrast to the fatty flavors of the salmon.
This was one of my favorite meals of all time!
I’m just happily digesting, sipping the rest of my wine, and enjoying some quality time with Loren. I’m going to put in a little law school work time tonight, but I’m not going overboard!
Have a great night, all!