Living in a small mountain town that doesn’t even have an intersection light in the entire place has been quite interesting. On the one hand its been lovely not having to commute for hours at a time through out Los Angeles County (where I use to live), but it does mean that when I do need to go back into Long Beach (which is in Los Angeles County) I’m looking at a two hour commute one way on a good day.
Typically, when I leave the mountain its for a mad 2 or 3 day run where I massage 3-5 clients, visit with friends and my family. Its an intense run that has me in the car more often then not, and leaves me without a kitchen to really make anything to eat. This has been such a challenge for me. Preparing for such a trip has required so much mental planning for me that somehow I always leave out the food planning.
Rather then pack up a cooler of food that I can eat while driving, or on a stop over at someone’s home, I simply don’t. Or haven’t, I should say. This was such a bad move for me, because in a life where I have been able to completely steer clear of fast food, I invariably find myself starving while driving from one massage client to another and reluctantly driving to some fast food place to grab something greasy, badly cooked and of course… containing some amount of gluten, no matter how hard I try to pick something appropriate.
Many months ago, in a conversation with my friend, Nita, where we were supporting each other in acts of power that enhances our self care, I made a commitment to be mindful of my food planning when traveling. Really it was laziness on my part and a form of self neglect. I mean, out of all the things that need to be planned for when I leave the mountain, my nourishment should be first on the list, no?
So plan I did. And although my first couple of trips didn’t come with serious gourmet sustenance, it did provide me with a surprising sense of ease, trust and stillness. So odd isn’t it? I had some very easy snacks with me, and this completely erased for me the experience of desperate panic when my blood sugar level crashed, or the internal beratement that comes after eating some fast food meal that would cause the usual symptoms of having been glutinized began to set in.
Anyway, this is a way to long introduction to Almonds. A powerhouse food to say the least, and a new friend in my arsenal of self care.
“They restore, tone, and nurture. They support the digestive tract and the nervous system. The more recent discovery of almond’s phytonutrient phytosterol also attests to its anticancer activity and its ability to lower cholesterol. Almonds contain about 18 percent protein, several B vitamins, calcium, iron, potassium, and phosphorus. And they are one of the richest sources of alpha-tocopherol vitamin E.”
~The New Whole Foods Encyclopedia: A Comprehensive Resource for Healthy Eating (Compass)
I love knowing about the foods I eat, and my intention is to continue highlighting foods that I eat as time passes. I think that knowing what it is that we are putting into our bodies and why is critical to mindful eating. Its why I love this book so much. Every time I come home with something delicious, I look it up in the The New Whole Foods Encyclopedia. I’ll share more about it as time passes as well.
But for now I leave you with the almond. I carry a zip lock baggie of them in my purse everywhere I go. Like a little first aid kit, just in case I find myself hungry and with no good options to choose. I find that having almonds around to snack on, takes the edge off, and gives me time and space to make better choice on what to eat in terms of a full meal. And of course… they’re yummy!
Fleur-Ange Lamothe says
Enjoyed reading this. Didn’t know it helped the digestive system nor the nervous system! Thanks for the info.
We have a jar on the counter so it is there visually.
What about dried apricots?!
Elena Rego says
Such a gorgeous name!
Well, apricots fresh are great for the lungs and colon and are used for a dry throat dry coughs bronchitis asthma, emphysema ad dry constipation.
When eaten in excess however, it can weaken the body, or depress teh central nervous system or respiratory functions. And apricots should be eaten in moderation while pregnant. I would imagine that the dry fruit would have the same effects although I would be conscious of the fruit you eat. If you buy the apricot already dehydrated, steer clear of fruit that is loaded with chemical preservatives and added sugar. I would also say that when the fruit is dry there is a tendency to eat more then you normally would as the volume is condensed and feels like less. Thats all I can offer you really.
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I like the idea of carrying almonds for a nutritious food item while on the road. Since I travel by public transportation, bus or plane, I found almonds work well to satisfy immediate hunger.
To take almonds a step further, try soaking them, followed by grinding them through a twin cam juicer, to make an almond paste. The paste is perfect on your version of dehydrated crackers. One can feel a great sense of heightened awareness and an excellent sense of well-being by eating specially prepared road foods.
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