Britta's Letters from (and sometimes about) Berlin

Wednesday, 11 November 2020

How I outwit myself in Lockdown-times (my resolution no.3)

 
Dear You, 

you wrote that you fear to become a couch potato in these lockdown times, and I can understand that very well. But...

photo by Britta Hügel 


To stay fit you have to eat well. 
I eat each day what Gaylord Hauser called so appropriately "Sunshine Salad". 

I am a big fan of late Mr. Hauser (though "big" might not be the right word 😀) - but also a bit lazy: To cut all these carrots, peppers, courgettes, cucumbers, radishes and "all you can eat"! is Zen, meditative - but also a bit of a nuisance, sometimes. 

"Sometimes" begins around lunchtime. 
So here my lockdown rule number 3

I do that in the morning, right after breakfast - because I know myself pretty well:  around lunchtime a mysterious lethargy sets in - I just don't do it! 
So I have to outwit myself. 

I take the marvellous glas bowl (you see: it has a lid!), cut all the vegetables into pieces, put the lid on, back to the fridge (I know that I will lose some vitamins on that short run - but honestly: who wants to be perfect? And better 2/3 of all those vitamins than none at all!) 
So at lunchtime I only have to pick the salad to pieces, add pumpkin seed and feta cheese, and my homemade salad dressing 


(If you want to try it: 1 Tbsp Balsamico vinegar, 1 Tbsp Maple sirup, 2 Tbsp Olive Oil, a little dollop of Dijon mustard, salt and freshly ground black pepper, and, if you have, some herbs - lovely - it is the maple sirup that does it...)  And always remember: 
"Vinegar like a scrooge, oil like a squanderer"

Add it 
 - 
"et voilà!



Stay healthy, dear friend - and look after yourself! 

Yours Truly, 
Britta   XXX 


6 comments:

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    1. It is, dear Emma, especially the vinaigrette (and of course I add something substantial for lunch :-)

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  2. It is beautiful, dear Britta. Most important of all, to fool ourselves into going on, until this terrible time is over.

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    1. Yes, Joanne - sometimes it is not easy to motivate oneself to carry on. But then there are the many beautiful little things and moments which convince us to do so.

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  3. That looks so healthy Britta and such a good discipline to prepare straight after breakfast. I must try to do the same.

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  4. Thank you - it is not only healthy, Rachel, but also delicious :-) (I am not a great salad-fan in winter - prefer soups - but when I am disciplined (and that I am only in the morning before ten o'clock -- I tested it!!! often!!! )
    I feel better after eating such a lot of vitamins at lunch. I learned from the Flying Dutchman to cook in the evening (in Germany we eat the warm meal - dinner - around 13:00 o'clock, so that was a change in habits for me). XXX

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