Learning from my in-laws
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
I am so lucky. I have great in-laws! My father-in-law and his wife came to visit us for five days this month. They live in Canada so we don't see them often. (They just left this morning to go home.)
They were here for five days. During that time, we ate out at International Buffet, Arby's, Red Lobster, and Summer Kitchen Cafe. I weighed myself after they left--I lost 1/2 a pound!! My in-laws eat very differently from us. They are both slim and active. I really watched what and when they ate. First, they eat a hearty breakfast of cereal, fruit, milk and coffee. They do NOT eat lunch. Instead, they snack on fruit and veggies all afternoon. Occassionally, they have a small granola bar. Then they eat a dinner with a lean protein, lots of veggies, a salad for more veggies, and a small serving of carbohydrates. I ate similiar meals to theirs while they were here. During the afternoon we walked! We visited Fontenelle Forest on day, the zoo another day, and a museum on the last day. We also spent a day walking around several stores so they could buy gifts for family members in Canada.
I don't think I could eat this way during the school year, but it gave me some insights on how to tweak my meals. I definately need more fruits and veggies. More walking too. (Too bad the heat index in around 115 all this week.) Looking back, I realize that I have lost weight every time we spend a week with them. I think I will need to get some recipes from my mother-in-law.
I'm never too old to learn. I have a great family!