I've been working full time lately which is why I haven't been online so much. It's a strange world, working fulltime. I'm not sure it really suits me, but I'm adjusting rather well, and it's good to see how the other half live. And I certainly could do with the cash!
Spending so many years at home (either because of sickness or working from home) means lunch has become our main meal of the day. I don't feel satisfied if I just have a sandwich or something cold or leftovers. I need a round, fresh meal to get me through my working day.Of course this takes a bit of effort.
Our favourite lunches use only one pot to cook. For example we cook rice and vegetables together with ghee and spices, then mix in almonds or ricotta at the end. Vegetables in coconut milk is another favourite, which we eat with bean thread noodles, which just require a soak in boiling water. Or soup, whatever vegies we have in the house boiled with spices and pureed.
I'm keeping up strong routines, I wake up at 6am every day, wash and dress and meditate for an hour from 6.30 to 7.30. Then it's time to cook breakfast and lunch. I always have porridge with milk and black sesame for breakfast, but we have something different for lunch each day, with my husband and I taking turns to cook. A relaxed breakfast to catch up and express our thanks and wishes from 8 till 8.30, and then I walk to work to start at 9am.
It requires some effort at the other end of the day. Every night I soak oats and wash and chop vegetables for the next days lunch. On Sundays we do some of our weekly sadhana's, like grinding seeds, roasting almonds, baking biscuits or making ghee.
This routine keeps me sane and healthy and grounded in a more hectic schedule. Rather than feeling tied down, I feel like these habits mean I get a lot done without really having to think about it.