I'm gonna have to make it quick tonight--it's past my bedtime already since I was out socializing tonight instead of blogging (!). Please forgive me.
I am disappointed in the photo below because it most certainly does not convey all the heavy, awkward weight that one endures when doing a major shop at the farmer's market. Granted, some of the haul is missing from the picture, but still.
My delicious goodies include kale, lettuce, red pepper, corn, cherry tomatoes and zucchini.
Perhaps my load was extra-heavy today because I picked up a generous amount of fruit in addition to the veggies, which I haven't really done at the Greenmarket until now. However, as the post title suggests, this week's experiment is raw breakfast, or rather, eating just fruit until lunch.
I am adding this morningtime Radventure to last week's experiment, which was raw lunch, during which time I enjoyed perhaps the best salads I've ever had, thanks to the Greenmarket goodies. Day 1 of this week's experiment went quite well!
I returned from my weekend in CT late-ish yesterday, so I had no fresh produce for a juice this morning. I bit the bullet and bought one on my way the office after my spin through the farmer's market.
A creature of habit, I went back to Blood Tonic #40 at the Jus stand: spinach, beet, carrot and ginger. Perfect.
I confess that I was nervous about the idea of having nothing but fruit to eat until lunch, being the lover of Kashi Go Lean + yogurt that I am. Convinced that I'd spend the whole morning ravenous, I definitely bought way more fruit than I needed. Not only that, but I ate more than I needed because I couldn't get out of my own head (It's just fruit! You'll be hungry again in 10 minutes! You'd better have another plum just in case!). It's hard to really let go and let your body ask for what it wants, especially when you're used to a well-rehearsed eating routine by which you can predict down to the minute when you'll be ready for lunch.
Still, I was up for the challenge and came to the office well-prepared. The juice held me for about two hours, after which I assembled a small army of Greenmarket fruits at my side:
Two kinds of plum, a nectarine and a non-market banana (Thank you, Mr. 3-for-$1 Fruit Stand Man). I was full before I ate the purple plum, but like I said, I couldn't convince myself that I might actually be done before finishing what was in front of me, so I ate it anyway.
The most interesting thing I noticed after enjoying my first fruit-only-AM wasn't the fact that I was just as satisfied as I am following a cereal + yogurt breakfast (which I was, but without the heavy feeling that follows). It was the effect it had on my mood.
I came to work this morning stressed out about a number of things, my mind wandering hither and thither, wondering how I was going to solve this, that or the other thing. Meanwhile, I'm eating my choice of (really) fresh fruit, all kinds of juices running down my hands, thinking about how tasty it was and why haven't I bought local fruit more often? etc. Long story short: By the time I'd finished my meal/series-of-fruit, I'd gathered my wits about me and had a legitimate feeling of being able to handle both my own challenges as well as the office tasks at hand.
Coincidence? I think not. Compared to this experience, I should rename my favorite cereal "Kashi Go Mean."
I'll be paying attention to whether or not my subsequent fruit-til-lunch experiences play out similarly, but for the moment I'm very pleased (and not because I just ate a piece of fruit; nay--'twas chocolate just now).
In other news, I had this bit of glory for a snack this afternoon:
That would be the new Peanut Butter & Jelly Lara Bar. I hereby give it a glowing review. Unlike the new German Chocolate Cake flavor, it does not "take a lot of imagination" for this bar to live up to its name! It tasted eerily close to its spread + bread cousin, and having grown up a PB&J enthusiast, I can give this new bar two experienced thumbs up...or at least one thumb plus its mangled pair. Snag it if you can find it! I found the new Lara flavors at Whole Foods.
And that's all I got! Time to crank the A/C and frolic off to Dreamland.