I had been listless all day, pottering around the flat rather than completing any task of substance.
I snacked through various items:
500ml banana ice cream
lots of dried apricots
30g brazil nuts
I didn’t touch the substantial kohlrabi/cauliflower/sweet potato salad in the fridge.
And then it was time to leave for my meeting at 7.30pm in Holborn. I left with a 300ml smoothie (sweet potato, clementine, apple) in my bag and a grumble in my stomach.
I was at the bus stop and I contemplated going back on myself to buy a nakd bar or two from the Budgens but I determined that I didn’t have the time. ‘There’s a big Sainsbury’s in Holborn I can get one there,’ I thought to myself.
Now here’s the problem with unfamiliar stores and hunger: you don’t know where anything is and you are more susceptible to all sorts of marketing ploys. I checked the counter queue – that’s where Tesco have theirs. Not there and then I weighed up the pros and cons of walking around an unfamiliar store to look for them.
I turned to leave but I was getting distracted by the smell of garlic chicken wafting over from the deli counter.
I walked over. I stood squarely before the counter and I inhaled deeply. I inhaled again and I inhaled again. It was enough to evoke a chain of memories. I was smiling, I remembered all the chicken dinners, all the bags I’d grabbed on go over the years. I perused the bags of cooked chicken. I was examining them with a critical eye, narrowing down my selection. I picked one up, 1/2 a chicken for £3 and then I sensed someone watching me. The woman behind the deli counter was staring at me. The spell was broken. My reverie shifted. The craving subsided.
I turned around and quickly walked out.
Things I ate later that day
250ml freshly squeezed orange juice
300ml sweet potato, Clementine, apple smoothie
X2 cashew nakd bars
Opening balance £20.84
Closing balance £10.39