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The Joy of Labor Intensive Food

Posted: March 11th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

This morning was a quiet one – I read for a little while, got done some errands, and finally sat down to a late breakfast. My theory is better late than never – particularly because if I don’t eat breakfast, when I get to lunch, I’m ravenous, and I’ll crave lunch foods and overeat. It’s a lot harder to overeat oatmeal.


Oatmeal with Chia Seeds, Barney Butter, and a little bit of half and half. And a cup of Gingerbread coffee. I opted for a colorful bowl – it helps wake me up and feel cheerful in the morning.

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Lunch: I like eating my lunch in stages – sometimes a light first stage, and then if I’m still hungry in the afternoon I’ll eat some more later. Today I steamed two artichokes from my farm box. I also made a little vinaigrette dipping sauce, with some Ojai lemonaisse, olive oil, and red wine vinegar.

I love artichokes because they are a labor intensive food to eat – you sit there peeing the leaves one by one, and dip them in the dressing, biting the tiny amounts of meat off, until you get to the middle at least and can eat the heart. Some people don’t have the patience, but I find that they are a very fulfilling food – you can eat them for a long time, and they go away slowly.


I opted for a short afternoon yoga session at home – a free 20 minute video from Yoga Download. The video was fairly easy, but it got me moving and stretching, and I find that I’m much more flexible when I practice even a little bit of yoga everyday.

This afternoon I’ll head out for a walk and then meet up with another IIN student for a study session. It’s a nice feeling to love school again!

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