It’s been about three weeks since I made my statements about my diet and well-being. Since then, we’ve had loads of delicious home cooked, colorful, and nutritious meals.
Then, Mardi Gras happened, and everything went to hell.
In case you weren’t aware, Mardi Gras makes living in New Orleans incredibly difficult. It’s weeks and weeks of parades, revelry, and celebration. It’s awesome and it’s incredibly inconvenient. It’s the busiest time of year for bars, especially in the French Quarter, where I’ve been bartending. For the better part of two weeks, I spent every waking moment either at work, or trying to get to and from work – my normal routes all hit giant floats of masked monsters throwing beads and trinkets to the drunken masses.
After multiple 50-70 hour work weeks, I had lost about seven pounds and several nights sleep, and lived off of whatever I could scavenge. There were days at a stretch that I didn’t have time to eat, and I think I got a better workout behind my bar than I ever did in any gym. My cabinets are empty and we lived off of take out and whatever was easy and fast. Somewhere in the last few weeks there were sandwiches, jambalaya, red beans and rice, meaty pizzas, and one praline ice cream sunday topped with smoked bacon and caramel that I am totally unapologetic about. There was even a street cart hot dog on one occasion, which I’m not proud of.
Like I said, everything went to hell.
Now that the festivities are over, I can resume normal life again and restock my vegetable drawer. At least I never had time to binge on all that junk!
Skirt Steak with Roasted Asparagus, Spinach, & Guacamole :: Red & Green Peppers sauteeing in Coconut Oil with Onions :: Lean Beef Patty with Sauteed Spinach & Avocado
Raw Baby Spinach, Strawberry, Almond & Turkey Breast Salad :: Sauteed Spinach & Onions with Broiled Chicken Breast :: Snack Plate!
[I really like spinach]
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