A Day Off Work
I burned a “Personal” day today. Couldn’t be happier about it.
Truth be told, I should have taken much of the week after the concussion off but I worked. I shouldn’t have. The lack of resting led to some questionable decisions. For the most part they were harmless and I caught myself before they could affect my place of work or anyone working with me. One decision I was properly chastised for by one of my bosses. I was fine driving. Fact is I am better sitting down. I feel almost normal when seated and I know I am focused better.
It is while standing or walking…..
So today I took the day off. I slept later than normal (7:00 am ) and I went to the shop and had some training on a product line the shop carries. Some of it stuck I am sure.
Then I had lunch with Missus and the Older One.
Then I slept.
A deep and restful sleep. Wrapped in the covers, head deep in the pillows, dog at my feet. Sleep in all its glory and pleasure. Restful darkness. Time out for the brain.
I awoke around five PM and then I came down and we prepared dinner.
I feel so much better already.
Giving the brain time to rest.
I needed that.
I will never be a “true” vegetarian, not as long as I am unwilling to give up sushi and lox. I am however getting closer. I had some sushi today at lunch. Otherwise it was all vegetables. Dinner tonight was vegetarian. Not by design really. It just is happening that way. When selecting what we want for diner we are choosing meatless much more often than not.
I haven’t gone this direction because I am indignant over the killing of animals for food. I am not thrilled by that fact but it is not the motivation behind my change in eating habits.
I did this for my health.
I did this to lower my blood pressure, improve my cholesterol and such.
And it has worked.
It continues to work.
Tonight’s dinner is a good example of how we like to eat now.
I saw a recipe on-line for cauliflower coated in a yogurt sauce and roasted. Made that tonight. Delicious. We treated that as our main dish and the side dish was Navratan Korma, a dish of mixed vegetables made in a cashew sauce with pineapple. I didn’t make that. I microwaved it. We buy these dishes at the local Indian Market. I love them. All natural, no colors added, no preservatives and they are delicious. They are also silly inexpensive…
Served with some warmed Naan this all made for a very good dinner.
No, I don’t miss meat in my meals.
I do miss the taste. I have to say that. But I don’t want to eat it and I don’t feel any temptation to eat it.
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 heads cauliflower
1½ cups plain Greek yogurt
1 lime, zested and juiced
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon cumin
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon curry powder
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
- Preheat the oven to 400° and lightly grease a small baking sheet with vegetable oil. Set aside.
- Trim the base of the cauliflower to remove any green leaves and the woody stem.
- In a medium bowl, combine the yogurt with the lime zest and juice, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, curry powder, salt and pepper.
- Dunk the cauliflower into the bowl and use a brush or your hands to smear the marinade evenly over its surface. (Excess marinade can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to three days and used with meat, fish or other veggies.)
- Place the cauliflower on the prepared baking sheet and roast until the surface is dry and lightly browned, 30 to 40 minutes. The marinade will make a crust on the surface of the cauliflower.
- Let the cauliflower cool for 10 minutes before cutting it into wedges and serving alongside a big Green Salad
Growing concerned about my Annual Birthday Ride
Since I started the Journey of mine I have made it my practice to ride at least 10 miles on or close to my early March birthday.
My birthday is about 14 days from now and the long-term forecast does not hold much hope for warming. Snow is forecast for this weekend. The weekend after is forecast (at this early date) to remain cold and wet. The weekend after my birthday….
Maybe I can rent a fat bike at the shop…..
I feel tired. My head is still hurting. I feel better than I did yesterday. Yesterday was better than the day before.
I really had minimized head concussions. Never could understand why a ball player would miss most of a season from a concussion.
I understand now.
Mine is not that bad. Well, I am not trying to do sports at a pro level and I am afraid to even think about riding outside even if the weather was not a factor.
So I will go to sleep early tonight. Get some rest. Sleep a good deep sleep.
Do yourself a favor.
When the Doctor tells you to rest, REST.