“You didn’t set your alarm for the middle of the night again .. did you?”
Not that it ever would have happened ..
Beep .. beep .. beep
“I’m up for on-call this weekend .. no big deal .. with the end-of-the-month freeze there shouldn’t be any changes happening”
Slowly making my way to the office .. the glow of the nightlight for a guide .. I began to dial .. engage brain .. lots of voices on the line (oh-oh) .. engage brain some more
Beep .. beep .. beep
“Settle in girlfriend .. we’re gonna be here a while”
The world of IT .. after 15 years of strange hours .. on-call rotations .. my best work happening after 10 pm .. it’s such a part of who I am .. complaining about it would seem rather strange
It’s never been the work that I’ve found to be difficult .. a creature of the night by nature .. instead it’s my eating (of course, my eating). Finding a sweet spot .. when the hours are long & often high stress .. THAT has certainly been a work in progress
In the past .. as physical hunger set in .. I’d simply go without .. “It’s the middle of the night .. you had a great dinner .. breakfast will be here in a few hours .. you’ll be fine”
I’d fight boredom .. restlessness .. lack of willpower .. cravings .. and mindless eating “Isn’t there some ice cream in the freezer? Nope .. what else do we have to snack on?”
Like most shifts in thinking .. mine has came slowly .. tentatively figuring out what works .. and doesn’t work for me. As I’ve learned more about blood sugar stabilization and how our bodies react .. I’ve simply made a decision to eat at the 3 – 4 hour mark when my body naturally is hungry .. just like I would during the day .. always making sure it was balanced (protein/carb/fat ratios) .. and 250-300 calories.
Boredom? A separate animal unto itself ..
What sounded good during the day simply didn’t as much during the night .. finding the urge for something light .. to keep on my desk .. that could be eaten slowly .. somehow making it feel like an event
Of course .. the smoothie
I’d pinned a number of variations on the theme of green .. though had yet to branch out. That is .. until Kala brought hers to April’s swap. She describes it better than I ever could ..
“This green smoothie packs fiber and vitamins without any added sugar. The banana takes the leading role for adding sweetness and as the primary flavor (it really does cover the taste of the veggies!) Rather than using super sugary juice, green or white tea is used as the liquid”
Green or white tea as the liquid?
Nearly 48 hours had passed since that fateful beep .. a weekend that could only be described as a black swan event .. The weariness in the voices of the software & network engineers couldn’t be masked .. write-ups were finished .. managers updated .. root cause analysis complete
Fingers & toes crossed .. Here’s to holding steady
As I peered into the freezer I realized my green smoothies were now a pleasant memory. Little did Kala know .. but they’d helped carry me through (with the additions of protein powder & double-shots of green tea)
An hour or so later .. my co-worker’s Available light turned from yellow to green
“Happy Sunday .. looks like you had a heck of a weekend .. Ready to pass the baton?”
One could say that .. my friend .. one could say that indeed
- 1 cup Green tea
- ½ cup Kale, raw
- ½ cup Spinach (raw)
- 1 Banana
- 10 Green grapes
- (** optional from Ali .. a scoop of protein powder)
- Brew your favorite green or white tea (** I personally like the Vanilla White Apricot by Tazo for this smoothie) and chill it thoroughly.
- If you like your smoothies super thick .. more like a shake .. you could also make ice cubes with the tea .. blending ½ cup of ice cubes with ½ cup of cold tea
- Add all of the ingredients to the blender, starting with the liquid to lubricate the blades.
- Add the leafy greens and then the fruit (** adding the fruit last helps push everything down toward the blades)
- Blend thoroughly until smooth
- Serve over ice, if desired.
% Protein: 13
% Carbs: 80
% Fat: 4
(Nutritional Data figured without protein powder or yogurt)
** Note from Kala: If you would like this smoothie as a breakfast instead of a snack .. Kala recommends adding 6 oz of greek yogurt. Though unsweetened is certainly an option .. I really enjoy the brightness that lemon yogurt brings to this .. even with the added sugar