I recently returned from a 6-day trip to Rochester, Minnesota to attend a conference. The Mastocytosis Society put on a most impressive event, inviting mast cell specialists from all over the world to teach other physicians and patients the newest info about mast cell diseases. As a patient with mast cell disease and an RN, I was thrilled to attend. So I let all of my perishable food run out before I left, only to return to very little in the house to eat the night of my return. My first thought was, “I don’t know what to eat.”
You would think as someone who teaches others every day how to mindfully eat that I would have been better prepared. But the truth is that I spent so much energy on what nutritious snacks I could pack for the plane and to have in my hotel room in case the food was not something I could tolerate, that I did not think ahead to my return.
Luckily, I only had to deal with that Sunday evening, having arrived at the Albany airport around 6 pm. First thing Monday morning, I was able to go to the grocery store and stock up on some yummy, nutritious foods. I am very lucky to live within 5-15 minutes of every major grocery store: Hannaford, Price Chopper, Shop Rite, Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods, not to mention my local favorites, Honest Weight Food Co-op and Niskayuna Co-op.
Our immediate environment (the food we keep on hand) absolutely determines our success with either nourishing our body with the food it needs to feel fabulous or stuffing it with whatever happens to be the easiest and quickest. It is so easy to order take-out or eat processed foods rather than take the time to make real, whole foods. But then you ultimately pay for it by feeling less than stellar.
The one really positive thing I did remember to do was make a big batch of homemade minestrone soup. I had 3 containers I could thaw. As you can see from this photo, I’m down to one container. This is our tiny freezer in our temporary apartment, as our house is being built. I can still cram in a lot of frozen veggies and fruits. Now, I don’ have to worry about what to eat.