Before I write my post, I have to express my sadness at the horrors that the people of Japan are facing. My prayers go out to them. No other words would be adequate…
Okay, my post about student nutrition. Every day I dutifully educate and counsel patients on diet and exercise to reduce weight, cholesterol levels and blood sugar. I feel like such a hypocrite.
When the long clinical day is over, and I flop down on the sofa, the last thing I feel like doing is planning and cooking a nutritious meal, or riding my bicycle. I still have to spend at least an hour or so inputting the patient encounters into my log on the computer, respond to the weekly case study and look up and review some of the things I saw that day. By the time that is done, the brain and body are catatonic. My husband is not in any better shape. While he was unemployed for quite a long while, he was an angel, taking over the cooking and shopping. Now that he has a job, he is exhausted when he gets home. The job he has is very physical, and being in his late 50’s, it is tough on him.
Bottom line, at dinner time, we look at each other blankly, wishing that a cook would miraculously appear to feed us. So, in general this is the nursing student dinner hit parade:
- Pizza: the guy at the local pizza shop recognizes Randy’s voice now and can take our order before we even say what we want. It is always the same, thinking up new and exciting pizza combinations is beyond our mental capacities. I suspect our house is programmed into the delivery guy’s GPS as a favorite.
- Chinese food: again, the guy recognizes us, and also knows our order by heart
- Omelet: It takes exactly 7.5 minutes to make an omelet with cheese and toast
- Grilled cheese and soup: This takes about 13 minutes, so we need to be more ambitious for this one.
- Healthy Choice or Kashi box dinners: These come in when we are feeling guilty about too much crap food and the clothes aren’t fitting so well. One or two nights of this has us back on the phone ordering pizza.
- Fast food: I can say we are proud of ourselves in that we almost never eat fast food, partly because it is so disgustingly bad for us and partly because we have to drive pretty far to get it.
- Publix hoagie: If I have even a tiny bit of energy on the way home, I will sometimes stop and pick up a large Italian hoagie which we share.
- Rotisserie chicken and macaroni and cheese: otherwise known as death by cholesterol and salt. Now this is not the boxed macaroni and cheese, that is WAY too much trouble, I mean the dish of nice, creamy frozen mac that you heat up in the oven. We can make this combo last a couple of days. If we are really ambitious, there will be a salad with this.
Here is hoping that we survive the nutritional deficits until I graduate. Then, I will have the time and energy to enjoy cooking again. My cookbooks and cooking magazines will get dusted off, and the kitchen will smell of baking and spices again. I will have to see if I can locate my bicycle under all the stuff in the garage.