Yesterday was kind of a blur. I had plans for a long-awaited phone date with a dear friend, followed by making a garlic-shrimp pasta recipe from Eating Well Magazine for lunch, some work on The Mikado, and perhaps a trip to the gym to find out whether my knee will tolerate the elliptical machine.
Instead, my mom showed up and wanted to take us shopping for an extremely early Christmas present. So, my phone date was cut short, and off we went. I was so lethargic and quiet that both my husband and mother kept asking me what was wrong, and I kept telling them I was really tired. I thought perhaps I needed to eat, since sometimes having extremely low energy is the only way I know I'm hungry.
We had a coupon for pizza from a new place, Promise Pizza, which is supposed to be all organic. You can get whole wheat crusts in a variety of thicknesses, several different sauces, and they have vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. Sounds great, right? We ordered a Nature's Choice veggie pizza on whole wheat thin crust, with the olive oil garlic basil sauce ("Is it pesto?" I asked. "Uhhh..." said the girl taking my order). As great as it sounds, it actually wasn't very impressive. For a pizza with both garlic and basil in it, it was remarkably lacking in flavor; in fact, if I hadn't been told those two ingredients were included I wouldn't have known. It was on the greasy side. And the veggie toppings were extremely skimpy. For a $17 pizza, I expect to see veggies piled high. I'll stick to Papa Murphy's. They have a pesto sauce now, a much better option than the creamy white garlic goop that's standard on their veggie pizza, and they really pile on the veggies. Plus, they make it while you watch so you can direct how much cheese you do (or don't) want.
Of course, the best thing is to make your own at home. I like to make my own whole wheat pizza crust, but in a pinch, I'll buy it. I got one at Whole Foods the other day called Rustic Crust. They weren't my favorite, but they were handy. I top mine with a can of organic Muir Glen Fire-Roasted Tomatoes in lieu of sauce; or some of my light homemade pesto (basil, garlic, walnuts, and just a teensy bit of olive oil; the rest is water); and then pile on the veggies. I also love to use Upton's Naturals Italian Sausage-Style Seitan. And I can control the amount of cheese --- low-fat part-skim mozzarella, or Daiya vegan cheese (which tastes great but is much lower calorie).
After the pizza adventure, I was simply exhausted. I thought it was from all the driving I've been doing the past couple of days, so I conked out on the bed, thinking I'd have a little nap, wake up refreshed, and actually get something accomplished with my day. Alas, this was not to be, for it seems I was due a visit from the Dread Migraine.
I spent pretty much the next twelve hours lying on my bed of pain, or else calling Ralph on the big white phone (think about it). I took a five hour nap, woke up at 10 p.m. and felt well enough to eat something, which shortly thereafter necessitated another call to Ralph, and then collapsed back into bed and slept until 8 a.m., which is pretty much unheard of for me. This morning the bulk of the pain is gone, but I get some "day after" pain and am pretty sluggish. Ugh!
So, plans for productivity dashed, and I will probably take it kind of easy today, too. I'll do some desk work. The only bonus to yesterday was that I wasn't able to keep anything down! And I'll have to make another attempt at the garlic-shrimp pasta recipe, which of course I shall report on. But for now, it's time to make some non-fat Greek yogurt.