“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 a smaller meal every 3 or 4 hours .. just like I would during the day .. making sure to include protein at each meal.
Boredom? A separate animal unto itself ..
What sounds good during the day doesn’t always at night. I find it’s often an urge for something light .. that can be eaten at my desk
Of course .. the smoothie
This is one of my favorites .. homemade nut milk .. fruit .. spinach (or kale) .. chia seeds (or ground flax seeds) .. protein powder .. and a few teaspoons of a green powder (such as spiralina, barley grass, or a blend)
If green powders are unfamiliar .. I’d encourage you to give them a try. They’re nutrient dense .. alkalizing .. and cleansing to our bodies. There are many on the market to choose from .. with blends containing chlorella .. spiraling .. blue green algae .. and other ingredients.
Some people love them while others find they don’t tolerate them well .. but for those who have a hard time getting green veggies into their daily diet .. these green powders can be very helpful.
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 .. root cause analysis complete
Fingers & toes crossed .. Here’s to holding steady .. and green smoothies that helped us power through.
~ Adapted from ohsheglows .. here
- 1 cup nut milk
- 1 ripe banana, frozen
- 2 large handfuls organic spinach
- 1 Tbsp chia seeds OR ground flax
- 1 Tbsp peanut butter (** or nut butter of your choice)
- 2-4 ice cubes
- dash of cinnamon
- 1 scoop protein powder of choice (** optional)
- 2 tsp green powder (** optional)
- Add the milk to your blender, along with the nut butter. Pulse a couple of times.
- Add the chia or flax and pulse a few more times
- Add spinach, banana, and protein powder, and ice cubes
- Blend until smooth
- (** Note .. if you like your smoothies thicker .. more like a shake .. add more ice to reach your desired consistency)
% 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