Thursday, August 28, 2014

Combat Stress with Healthy Choices

As I've told you guys, the past few weeks have been a nightmare of working late and through the weekend.  I haven't had time for much meal planning, so I have been keeping it simple.  I have also been going out to eat a lot.  In the past, I would have reached for the heaviest, saltiest thing to keep me going, but I have realized that feeling full and unhappy only ads to my stress.  So, in this crazy time crunch, I have been trying to reach for healthy foods.

We are all working on a big project at work together, so I've been lunching with everyone to keep informed and feel connected.  This particular Izzy's meal was a wonderful cup of tea, a cup of black bean soup and a slug salad, topped with black beans, avocado and jalapeno.  A meal like this will keep me going all day.

I love that Tropical Smoothie is right next door and carries Beyond Meat.  This Thai Chicken (vegan) salad is a great lunch.

We eat at Izzy's multiple times a week, as evident by the frequency of them in my recent posts.  I am lucky to have such fresh options so close and a boss that loves to eat there.  This is a great cup of tea and the Greek salad with my usual toppings.

It is good to not be too hard on yourself, though.  Sometimes, it's good to indulge.  We hit up Senor Tequila for this great lunch.

I got a guac salad and corn tortillas.  It was flavorful and just what I needed.

I have made time to throw some meals together too, which I eat quickly at my desk between drawings.  This salad was a great combination of spinach, daiya cheese, chickpeas, carrots and pumpkin seeds.  I dressed it with just a little olive oil and called it breakfast!  (Breakfast salads are awesome.)

I have been working at night a lot, but luckily, I get to work from home.  It's very easy to roast some veggies in the oven and come back in 30 minutes and have dinner.  As long as I have a green, a starch and a protein, I can make it work.

Sometimes, but not often, we get dinner takeout.  When we do, I often suggest Big Orange.  Josh can get a burger, and I can get a huge salad, like this Big Orange House Salad.  I sub the cheese for avocado, and they hooked it up!

So, that's my picture dump of meals lately.  Through stress, lack of sleep and too much caffeine, it's good to keep yourself fueled with a healthy amount of veggies!


  1. Girl, I hear ya! This first week in my new position has been STRESSFUL! We've been eating out for dinner a lot more than usual and I've been trying to maintain some boundaries and not just go crazy with it. hahah! I'm jealous of your closeness to Izzy's for lunch!

    1. hang in there! I'm sure you will rock your new position. Work has been so utterly frantic that I have neglected all other areas of my life. I know it will break soon, though.

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