Many Markets

‘Ello eaters!

The weekend is drawing to a close. Did yours have a theme?

Lazy? Jam-packed? Traveling? Productive?

The theme of mine was undoubtedly markets. So many markets. (By “so many,” I mean two.)

I have no clue why there are lions all over the Lock Market.

It all started on Saturday when a couple ladies and I headed off to the Camden Lock Market to accomplish some goals.

Of course, the first goal was food.

The market has a ton of food stands of varying cuisines and degrees of authenticity. I let my cravings lead me straight to what was possibly the least authentic booth.

What made this so unauthentic?

I don't spy a Hispanic.

None of these people were Hispanic.

And this was by far the least authentic fajita I’ve ever had. But it was spicy and cumin-y and juicy, so I went with it.

Once we had all eaten, we ventured into the heart of the market.

I was a ‘Baby on a mission and after getting mildly lost only a couple of times I found what I was looking for.

After making my purchase, we headed off to accomplish the second goal on our list. But first, a brief pit stop for donuts.

When we were eating lunch we saw a booth selling freshly fried and topped donuts. It’s not often that you find fresh donuts, and for 6 for £2.50 you definitely can’t say no.

I think I love you, donut man.

Six donuts dipped in chocolate and topped with sprinkles and nuts were in our hands before we knew it. And believe me when I tell you, I don’t think I’ve ever tasted a better donut. Ever.

Mmmmmmmmdonuts!

No really. Ever.

And then it was off to accomplish goal number two: get Cate’s nose pierced.

Doesn't she look terrified?

I don’t have an after picture, but it looks really good. And unlike back at school, not many people here have their noses pierced so it’s actually cool.

The next market came on Sunday. And of course, it was the Marylebone market.

The market felt less hopping than usual, with less vendors and patrons, but I still saw some pretty produce.

Those are the biggest Brussels stalks I've ever seen.

And some delicious food, which I never think to buy.

Free range, organic, local sausage and onion sandwich. 'Nuff said.

Oh, and then there was this car that I saw on the way home.

At first glance, does anyone else think this looks like the Nazi car from "Rat Race"?

Per usual, I ended up with a wonderful, and wonderfully cheap, haul.

Loot:

Sorry for the bad lighting. It was extra sunny in my kitchen today.

Organic apples, dino kale, organic Brussels sprouts, seedy spelt bread, organic leeks, and organic red onions.

I also picked up a little treat for later.

A bite of this most delicious and fudgy brownie powered me through D5W4 of the Body Rock challenge.

Yes eaters, I finished the challenge! I’ll post a full write up tomorrow (I think), but until then I’ll leave you with this.

Your turn eaters:

What was the theme of your weekend?

Do you have any piercings/tattoos?

G’night eaters!

Bad Blood Sugar

Hiya eaters!

I’m going to skip the chitchat today because I want to get down to real talk.

Today’s real talk topic: blood sugar

If you follow my twit twats, then you may have read about some recent blood sugar issues I’ve been having. And considering I like FBB to be a place of mutual learning and whatnot, I decided it was worth a blog post.

So here’s the gist of it: For the last handful of years I’ve had issues on and off with my blood sugar getting too low. It happens at random times, but when it does I generally go from feeling fine to all of a sudden feeling really hot and sweaty and like I’m either going to pass out or throw up.

Obviously, this is less than ideal.

It is even more less than ideal because recently I’ve been having this problem after a workout. Add on top of that the fact that it takes about 15 minutes of walking, standing, riding the Tube, walking, and stairs for me to get home from the gym and this becomes far worse than less than ideal.

Twice in the last week I’ve almost passed out on the way home from the gym. And I can’t for the life of me figure out what’s causing the drastic drop in my blood sugar.

The first time this week that I crashed was after a morning workout. It was an average day of BodyRocking, for which I had fueled with ~1 c Greek yogurt with an orange, sunflower seeds, and vanilla bean paste mixed in, with some pb toast on the side.

That meal was a pretty equal balance of protein, fat, and carbs. And I ate it about an hour before I worked out.

The second time I had fueled for another average BodyRock workout with an apple, pb, a slice of seedy bread, and a couple of pieces of baked tofu.

Once again, I was pretty good about balancing carbs, fat, and protein.

So why the crash?

No effing idea!

Obviously, I took to Google and searched my little heart out. Here’s what I’ve learned:

Low blood sugar generally is anything below 70mg/dL.

Hypoglycemia (the technical term for chronic low blood sugar) is rarely found outside of people without diabetes, but when it is it’s believed to be mostly genetic. (Thanks Papa!)

A blood sugar crash can usually be reversed within ten minutes of eating something with ~15g sugar.

Hypoglycemia has similar symptoms and dangers as diabetes.

Fun times, right?

Wrong.

I’m still unsure as to what exactly is causing my crashes. And I absolutely HATE the idea of having to eat a sugary snack after a workout. That kind of defeats the whole calorie burn.

So now I guess I’m on another journey of trial and error. I’m not excited about it, but it’s better than running to a corner store to grab a candy bar after a workout, so I’ll do it.

What about you, eaters:

Do you ever have issues with your blood sugar, either too high or too low?

Do you have any tips on how to maintain it? Really, I’ll all ears!

G’night eaters!

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