I had been slowly making changes over the past couple of months, but had been so gradual that it was almost unnoticable. About 2 weeks ago, something snapped- in truth, probably in very large part as a direct result of some blog reading I’ve done lately. I have completely overhauled my eating habits for the better this past couple of weeks, and I have really been feeling the effects of those changes the past few days. I have had morning duty this week, so I have been at work an hour earlier every day this week, but have also had all of the same responsibilities after school- leadership team, parent conferences, a meeting with the superintendent, etc. I have also had work due for my masters classes, not to mention missing sleeping in any this weekend, since I had to be in class from 8-5 both days. In short, I should be worn down to a nub. But I’m not. I’m a little bit stressed- I have a to-do list that’s a mile long, but I have energy! And another very pleasant side effect- NO sugar cravings!

I don’t know whether to attribute it to one specific thing or the overall change, but here’s the rundown. Every day has been pretty similar, and today is the first time I’ve deviated much.



I tried out a new peanut butter today… I’m not a fan. I tasted it last night on a cracker, just to see how it was, and it’s great on there, but in my smoothies, I guess I need the sugar to balance out the kale. Anyway, I couldn’t finish my smoothie this morning- there was just too much of it. I drank most of it though.

  • 3 small kale leaves
  • a large handful of spinach leaves
  • a medium banana
  • 1 cup almond breeze
  • 1 spoonful of peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp flax seed

Lunch was a little bit different today. I’ve been sandwich crazy lately- I’ve really craved them, for some reason. Last night at the store, I had bought everything to make some burritos tonight, so I decided to have a wrap for lunch, along with some baby carrots and hummus.

picture-118Some of the ingredients… The meatless chicken was frozen (whoops- I forgot to take it out last night) so I had to defrost it in the microwave. This is what I did while I waited.

  • tortilla
  • 1 tbsp of hummus
  • spinach
  • tomato slice
  • 2 meatless chicken slices

picture-119In its little tupperware container. Yay for going green!!

And here is my lunch just before it went into the walmart bag. It wouldn’t fit in my lunchbox today.


The banana was an after school snack. The larabar was for my drive home.

I’ve started getting some comments on my lunches lately, particularly since our school lunches are less than ideal. Today’s school lunch (which I would love to have taken a picture of) was cheesy bean burritos OR a breaded chicken sandwich, seasoned rice, buttery baby carrots, oily green beans, 1/2 an orange or apple, and salad. I feel the need to mention how buttery/oily the foods were because otherwise, the choices sound much better than they truly were.

Dinner tonight was 2 tasty soft taco/burrito wrap things. I’m not really sure what to call them. They’re taco ingredients in a burrito form. It was so tasty and I was so hungry that I just inhaled it, so there is no picture. Basically, I used a touch of beans, seasoned morningstar crumbles, tortilla, lettuce, and tomato.

I also realized this afternoon that I have not had much dairy at all this week. Last night, I was getting hungry, but it was too late to eat much, so I had a small bowl of cereal, but I think that was the first milk I’ve had in a couple of weeks, and to the best of my recollection, I’ve not had any cheese either. I’ve not missed them, but at the same time, I didn’t even realize that I was cutting them out. It was totally unintentional.

Lastly, I have requested a change of grade level at work for next year. I absolutely love my second graders, and I’m on a really good team, but I have been wanting a change for a while. I miss deeper content, and I have thought about going back to get certified for middle grades math and science, but I’ve decided to ask for a 5th grade position next year. As much as I love my 2nd graders, I am ready for something else. There are no guarantees about whether I’ll get it or not, but I would really love to.