I went to a barbecue last night for one of my friend’s 21st birthdays. It was great celebrating with him and catching up with friends I haven’t seen in a while, and I had a really fun night.
However, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a bit nervous beforehand about the food situation. Lately I’ve been eating less and less meat, and have seriously started considering vegetarianism (or at least pescetarianism). And obviously meat is a big part of a bbq!
I decided before I left the house that I wouldn’t eat any meat. I’m not a big fan of sausages or burgers anyway, and I didn’t want to have to eat them just because that’s what everyone else would be eating. So I had a bite to eat before I left the house (an apple, a pear, a couple of oatcakes and a handful of nuts – we didn’t leave the house til about half 8 so I was starving!) and when I got there I headed straight to the salad table, where I found enough to choose from.
I’d been worried that people would comment on my food choices, and a couple of people did ask “Aren’t you having any meat?” I think if I was an actually vegetarian it would be easy to provide a justified answer, but since everyone knows I’m not I didn’t really know what to say. I tried to explain I wasn’t in the mood to eat meat, but I still felt a bit awkward. And kind of rude too, like I should have been eating the food that was provided.
It’s not the first time this has happened, either. Whenever I’m with friends and order healthy dishes in restaurants, or ask for salads with the dressing on the side for example, I get comments about being “too healthy”. Surely there’s so such thing as being too healthy? I eat loads of food, I just prefer to eat good whole foods that make me feel good about myself. But some people don’t seem to get that.
Sorry for the rant, it would just be good to hear other people’s thoughts on this. Do people ever make comments on what you eat? Do you ever feel anxious when you’re in situations where you can’t control what you eat?
Yesterday’s lunch was the same as the day before – couscous with peppers and cucumber. I also consumed some dried fruit and some veggie sticks over the course of the day. My afternoon snack was another one of these Innocent Smoothies.
This was the first time I’ve ever had lime in a smoothie and I really liked it. It tasted a lot lighter and more refreshing than the ones with banana in, and I loved the green colour (I’ve totally been converted to green smoothies!)
On to today…I was really craving a banana smoothie for breakfast this morning, and luckily we had a few huge, ripe bananas just waiting to be used up. I put one banana in a blender with natural fat-free yoghurt and a tiny bit of semi-skimmed milk. The result? A delicious, creamy drink. This was so thick and tasted very similar to a banana milkshake. It was so good, I ended up making one for my mum as well!
As good as the smoothie was though, I knew it wouldn’t hold me through the morning. It took me all of about two seconds to decide what to have as the second part of my breakfast – PB oatmeal! It was basically a recreation of Thursday’s oatmeal, minus the banana (I decided one banana for breakfast was probably enough). This was the star ingredient:
This was in the package Megan sent me from America. How I’ve lived 22 years of my life without this stuff I don’t know. I only opened it a week ago and it’s already half gone – I really need to start rationing it! I added some hazelnuts, currents, almonds and pumpkin seeds into the cooked oats as well.
I think it’s a good job I eat breakfast at work during the weeks, otherwise there’s a good chance I would eat this every single day.
I hope everyone has a nice weekend planned. I’m off to London today to look at possible locations for flats – so exciting! Then I’m out tonight for another friend’s birthday. I have a feeling numerous cocktails may be consumed…(I was the designated driver last night so I figure I’m allowed a few tonight!)