Busy Day

Overall, I’ve been doing a good job of avoiding the “avoids.” I have some nut bars that I keep in my purse that are mostly compliant, but not 100%. They do contain sugar, honey, sunflower seeds, and cashews, along with almonds, chocolate, and other things that are fine for me. Somehow they’re more satisfying than a handful of almonds and raisins. I keep one in my purse at all times, but I only eat a few a month.

Yesterday was a super busy day. Jack had FOUR appointments! I prepared dinner and put it in the fridge before we went out for the first one. Since we no longer have a car, my aunt drove us to that one, and then we had to wait outside in the heat for a few minutes before she arrived to take us home when it was over. We had about an hour until it was time to leave again- barely enough time to grab some food before Mom came home from work. Then I dropped her off at the pool on the way to Jack’s next appointment. Which is when I realized I’d forgotten to put the food in the oven! Fortunately, Hannah was home and awake, and was able to take care of that for me.

When we were done with that doctor, we had about an hour to kill before his next appointment- half a mile away. I ate the nut bar from my purse, but it wasn’t enough. I really should have eaten something more substantial when I was briefly home, or I should have packed a proper lunch. We stopped into a drug store to pick up some snacks. Jack selected soda and potato chips while I looked over the nutrition bar options. They did have nut bars similar to the type I have at home (for more than double the price!), but I just didn’t feel like my body wanted more nut bars. Comparing both ingredients and nutrition facts, I decided that a Luna bar was my best bet. It does contain some avoids: soy protein and some oats, but it also contained a lot more protein and fewer carbs than the nut bars.

Those two bars held me well enough until we were finished with our appointments. I also had a water bottle with me, and I refilled it at the water fountain a few times. The fourth appointment of the day was at the same location as the third, so we didn’t have to leave the building and move the car again. We did, however, need to wait in the waiting room an extra 45 minutes between them. And then we did grocery shopping on the way home, since we don’t often have access to a car and were out of a few things.

It was very nice to come home to a hot dinner waiting for me! Meatballs and pumpkin gravy in one foil pan, basmati rice in another, and vegetables in a third. I’d roasted some onion with salt, red pepper, and olive oil when I was baking the meatballs this morning. Then I added in some frozen peas and carrots and put it in the fridge. All 3 foil pans were in a 200 degree oven for a few hours. When I came home, the food was perfectly hot, and nothing was burned or dried out.

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