Saturday, March 23, 2013
I was just reading an article about frozen dinners written by the nutritionist, Becky Hand. She says that frozen meals are okay as long as we take care to chose those that are within certain criteria (for fat, sodium, etc.). And then I was reading the comments below. And I was shocked by the hate and animosity in those comments. I understand the purists think that frozen foods are not the healthiest choicest available. And I don't disagree. I admire and respect those who can cook at home and make every meal from scratch using only organic and whole foods. I want to live that lifestyle too. I believe in it and trust me, I would do it if I could. But that is the thing -not all of us have the ability to manage that. I get up in the morning at 4:30 a.m. and I get home from work at 5:00 p.m. at the earliest, and often much later (yesterday it was 6:30 and it isn't unusual for it to be much later). I get home and somehow have to fit in eight hours of sleep, social time with friends, an hour or so of exercise, working on my crafts and hobbies (of which I have many). And in that time I must also plan meals, go to the store, cook and clean the house. I have a rough time of it and often find myself skimping on sleep. So it really upsets me when I read the comments from these folks. I appreciated reading this article because it gave me some guidelines on what to look for in frozen foods. I don't resort to them often, but in a pinch, they make my life easier. It isn't just that these people are saying, "Oh, these foods aren't good for us so I don't buy them." These people are real haters and are just plain mean and ugly about it! And this isn't the first time that I have read these sorts of comments on articles or blogs here on SparkPeople. Recently I read a forum post about dining out and it was the same sort of thing. These folks were just SLAMMING the person on this forum for eating out. The thing was, she was traveling for work and staying in hotels so she was not in a position to cook at all!
Today is Saturday and I cooked our lunch. I did use a recipe (some people don't use recipes because the food isn't good for us) and I tailored it to our needs. For example, it called for processed cheese slices. We don't use processed cheese here, and I don't buy slices of cheese, processed or not. So I used real cheddar - just grated it up and the food was delicious!
I am trying to do the best that I can in my situation. I am constantly trying to make improvements and do a better job nutritionally. I respect the choices that others make for food. If someone wants to eat only frozen meals, that is their choice - perhaps they are single and don't want to cook whole meals, or perhaps they are in a time crunch - for whatever reason, that is their choice. And on the other hand, I wish that I could be more like the clean food or whole food folks. In any case, SparkPeople is supposed to be a place where we support each other and help each other in our individual journeys, and that is what I intend to do.