I guess I couldn't have chosen a better time to start talking about my personal health and fitness regimen. What with the news of Paula Dean's diabetes. You shouldn't be surprised considering the unhealthy recipes she touts on TV. Glazed donuts instead of hamburger buns, are you kidding me. I love Tony Bourdain's tweet regarding her now hawking a diabetes medication. "Thinking of getting into the leg-breaking business, so I can profitably sell crutches later."
There was a story in the Sunday New York Times on how we don't see what these celebrity chefs do when they aren't concocting delicious but hardly healthy dishes. They have personal trainers and they certainly don't devour that whole plate of food they prepared. And they eat much healthier when not on camera including lots of green vegetables and lean chicken or turkey.
Which brings me to the continuation of my daily eating routine. A few weeks ago I wrote about breakfast, My Morning Fitness And Health Routine Continued, A Bowl Of Oatmeal. I pointed out that I eat the same thing nearly every morning. Call me boring but I eat the same thing for lunch most days as well.
My meal at lunch is easy to prepare and it's all about green vegetables, said to be the healthiest. Set a small frying pan on the stove and crank up the heat to about mid level. Pour a tablespoon or two of extra virgin olive oil into the pan. Now throw in the florets from one stalk of broccoli.
Here's where I add a little variety. One week I may toss in some sliced carrots, another some fresh green beans. Then, depending on my mood, I sprinkle some diffrent spices and seasonings over it. These may include oregano, thyme, cumin, garlic powder, coriander, cayenne pepper or a dash of tabasco sauce. There's plenty of others that, in the right combination, do add some variety to the meal.
Once the vegetables are slightly softened which usually takes about five minutes, tossing them every minute or two, I tear up some lean organic turkey and throw that in. I'll then continue tossing and frying.
Next I grab a handful of baby spinach and lay it over the top. From there I stir the mixture until the spinach leaves have wilted. Finally, I lay a slice or two of lean deli cheese, usually swiss, on top and remove it from the stove. The cheese begins to melt and lunch is served.
To wash it down I will either have a bottle of water or a glass of unsweetened ice tea. As I'd said previously, I used to drink orange juice but have cut that out of my diet.
If I'm on the road I'll usually just bring along an apple, a carrot and maybe a small tin of tuna in water. And if I get a bit hungry in mid afternoon a hand full of raw, unsalted almonds is very good and very healthy.