A slow rewiring of the brain
Friday, March 29, 2013
This is my first time posting a blog - ever!!
But I needed to just get this ah-ha moment out, written somewhere I wouldn't forget.
Being Irish and Italian, dinner wasn’t dinner without potatoes - unless we were having pasta! It didn’t matter how they were cooked - baked, boiled, French fried, diced, sliced – it was all good, as long as they were there on the table. Then there was pasta and garlic bread, sometimes rice with sauce, lasagna, and gnocchi. Amazing and delicious food!
What I didn’t know was, I had PCOS and all those yummy foods that I LOVED weren’t exactly helping me out and it’s taken a long time to realize that not all carbs are created equal.
So, the other night I was cooking chicken for dinner and reached for the potatoes only to realize there weren’t any potatoes! Say it wasn’t so!! What was I going to do??
Then I stopped and told that part of my brain to calm the heck down – we didn’t need potatoes. I looked in the fridge and found everything I needed. I made a salad with homemade Italian dressing, added cucumbers, onion, little avocado, hardboiled egg whites and chopped almonds. Cooked up some broccoli with sautéed garlic and viola!! Dinner was done – and no one noticed that there weren’t potatoes or bread or pasta.
Last night, was one of those nights where everything needed to be done at once. So I made the family sandwiches on Alvarado Street bread (me - no bread) and instead of chips (like we normally would have had) everyone munched on baby carrots with a tablespoon of ranch dressing (well, still working on the husband!). Again, kids didn’t even notice anything was missing and it was way more satisfying!!
It struck me that I didn’t need the “normal” side dishes I was used to. Maybe I had taken a step forward in creating a new normal for me and my family – and it felt good.