I’ve been craving carbs. Insanely. I think it’s the long weekend–4 straight days of nothing to do but ponder how no one even cares to call me. I actually attempted to have a real conversation with a telemarketer yesterday. So, do you think your job is pathetic? Oh, no, not at all, I find the colorful array of responses quite amusing. That’s cruel.
Okay, fine, it was actually a conversation that occurred within my head because even the telemarketers are too good for me now.
It’s been a mounting problem ever since my birthday. First, I began to count calories again, then there’s the cravings, then there’s the bingeing to sooth the cravings (which all actually happened as a result of the subconscious craving to feel wanted and the fact that I looked really fat in my press badge photo).
Finally, after screaming bloody murder at my cat for scratching me, I decided to take a big black (non-permanent) marker and write “QUALITY OF KCAL, NOT QUANTITY” on my bathroom mirror. It hasn’t really worked too well, but at least I feel like I’ve addressed the problem and identified a flawless solution. Although most psychologists would consider the lack of ability to implement the solution as a debilitating flaw in it.
To them, I have simply to say, “I’m working on it!!!!!”
For example, I made quinoa yesterday. I didn’t actually do anything with the quinoa, just took a big pot and boiled it. This, however, was the first step. Honestly, how hard is it to take a pot and boil something? Of course, today, looking at the giant pot in my fridge, I thought, You cooked it (a lot of it) and it’s probably a good idea to do something with it before it goes bad.
I considered stuffed roasted red peppers or cookies or just mixing it with some splenda and cinnamon, but realized I was still to lazy for the former and the latter would be aggravating the “bingeing on carb” situation I seem to be in. Salad seemed an optimum choice, especially after recently discovering a quickly rotting mango in my fruit drawer. Mango, quinoa, what else? Beans….
"Clinging to summer" salad
Mango, Black Bean and Quinoa Salad
- 1 ripe mango
- Red bell pepper
- Cucumber and/or a touch of shredded lettuce
- Fresh mint and/or coriander
- Black beans
- Dressing (lime juice and ground cumin with a touch of jalapeno or something milder like yogurt mixed with a touch of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger)
→Chop the first 4 ingredients. Add in the quinoa and beans. Mix it up. Prepare desired dressing. Dump the dressing on top and enjoy!