Friday, January 15, 2010
For the last 1.5 weeks we have had my in-laws staying at my house. Boy it has been a challenge! First we had my brother in-law and then my father-in-law stay with us. It has been very busy and very challenging! My husband comes from a SAD "meat and potato" style of family, much like my own. The only problem is they have some common sense about eating vegetables however are very confused about how to eat the healthy way. For instance, eating broccoli is good to eat but when you drown it in butter and salt - what's the point in my opinion. It also saddens me that my father-in-law has bad health due to the bad eating habits that he has chosen for the last 60 or so years. He has had a heart attack and has a defibrillator keeping his heart going. The doctors have been telling him for about 20 years that he needs to eat healthy and stay away from things that the American Heart Association has said to be dangerous for people in his condition. Or for that fact, any human being.
As many of you know, I was vegetarian for about 15 years (started at a very young age) and then I was raw vegan. Since getting married almost five years ago, I have started to allow some meat into our kitchen however we keep it at a healthy minimum and stay away from animal byproducts that are potentially dangerous to the heart. Heart disease does run in the family, so it worries me about my husband running down the same lines as his entire family. So, this week I allowed some more meat - every night to be exact - into our household. It was very strange and a learning experience. Since I really don't cook meat, I had to learn with the best of them on how to do so. I learned that cooking meat is not only bad for the body but also it is dangerous too! I was frying bacon in a pan on the stove and actually got burnt by some splattering fat that turned to liquid oil. It was not my happiest memory of the week. So, not I am applying neosporin to my sore, burnt and blistered wrist and hoping for a better weekend!
Last night I was truly saddened because our guest wanted to go to a "Japanese" hibachi restaurant. I was never a fan of the places since they are really not Japanese style cooking. I thought though that I could find something like ochazuke or something to eat. Unfortunately Daishin does not carry anything healthy. I chose Grilled Tuna which came with rice, salad with ginger dressing, and miso. Unfortunately the tuna was grilled with garlic butter (I've never seen that at a Japanese place!!!) and couldn't tell him to not put it in until after he had done it. Who ever heard of that at a Japanese place? Then the salad came and I was thrilled but sad to find out that it was drowned in ginger dressing that was made in house and I think consisted of mayonnaise - which again is very strange for Japanese meals. The miso was okay but it was watered down. Haha I sound like a whiner but... I guess I have no excuse - I'm just whining. After living there and cooking Japanese all the time, I have higher thoughts of the food and was turned down by the poor quality and cooking skills. Lesson learned - do not go to this Daishin for dinner again until/if they clean up their cooking skills.
Now with the in-laws all gone we can finally get back to eating healthy meals and feeling better! I have been trying to be very good on my diet plan - patting myself on the back, but it is time to get the household back in order. There are chocolate chip cookies, meat, white potatoes and so much more that I wish to send backing. Does anyone else know what I am talking about? It's nice to have family but it's nice to get things back in order and have the kitchen into a healthy state.