In the first week of law school, I was told January would be my marathon month. I don't have regular courses; just a major research paper and then a moot next week. "Marathon" is right. I know I just have to push for another week, but stress, lack of sleep and my hip are making it all seem overwhelming.
Recently I've had a few of those days we all get when we're flaring when even eating seems beyond me. I'm sore and nauseated, and the idea of getting up, walking to the kitchen and facing a fridge full of potential ingredients for... something... can seem like too much. I felt significantly better on Monday afternoon, and so I decided to actually learn a lesson from the past few weeks and buy lots of healthy, filling, easy to prepare foods so that I don't just end up nibbling on pretzels.
Here are some of the things I've been eating:
This salmon, with roasted zucchini. It was easy (I skipped the marinating under breadcrumbs part) and very good.
These stuffed peppers. Not so great, I have to say, but maybe it's just me.
This sweet potato and quinoa salad.
And this yummy tuna and white bean salad:
1 can tuna packed in olive oil, drained
1 can (or 1 cup dry) cannellini beans, rinsed and dried
Minced red or white onion
2 tsp capers, chopped fine
Salt and pepper
Blanched green beans, chopped
Splash each of olive oil and red wine vinegar
All you do is mix it all up. This makes about two meal-sized servings.
I also bought lots of yogourt, berries, nuts and raw veggies so that I can eat good things even when I can't face putting a meal together.
Eating well makes me feel better about my ability to live independently. When I feel like I don't have the energy or the capacity to make something good for myself, I sometimes start to panic a bit. This week I'm learning that I can adapt to changes in my illness and still take care of myself.
(Full disclosure: I handed in my paper today after sleeping from 3:30am - 6:30am, so I wasn't exactly functioning at a high level. I gorged on all-you-can-eat sushi and a can of coke for lunch, and then had gin and pub food for dinner with my classmates. Still, I think I did pretty well this week!)