Friday, August 08, 2014
I was reading another member spark page, and she captioned a picture "the exercise that works is the one you do!" I thought, man, there is so much truth to that in many ways. I have had unhealthy eating habits my whole life. I ate my first salad at 16 and almost threw up in my mouth. It was so unfamiliar. Since then, I have learned about several fruits and veggies I like, but it still takes more effort for me to eat a healthy breakfast or lunch than it does to guzzle a soda in place of a meal.
My success this week has centered on limited choices. I'm only eating things I like a lot, and keeping each meal below 400 calories to leave room for snacks. Every day I wake up and make my iced mocha, then follow it up with eggs and toast, yogurt with fruit, or oatmeal. For lunch it has mainly been ham sandwich, tuna sandwich, or sweet potato and topping with a side of fruit. None of it is time consuming to prepare, and it is easy to keep those ingredients on hand. I also know that these combinations tend to keep me filled up and full steam until I start cooking dinner around 5pm.
When it comes to healthy dinners, I am completely motivated to pass on healthier habits to my children and my husband is a health nut. I have ten years of experience cooking healthy whole dinners. It is funny/sad that in that time I never took the opportunity to bother to prepare healthier meals for one - the ones I eat myself, and usually alone.
I have some apprehension about the upcoming week-long beach vacation. Every time I have overshot my calories by a longshot these past two weeks it has been at a restaurant. I find looking at a menu and trying to suss out the healthy items is overwhelming and time consuming. Add in the fidgeting of three small children and that anxious feeling of holding things up, it just is mentally draining and sometimes I just toss in the towel and say "Whatever, I'll have the chicken strips and fries". Since we'll be meeting my parents there, I won't be preparing all of the in-house meals myself.
And yet, isn't a life filled with family and adventure ideal? If I am going to make permanent changes, then part of those changes will have to include learning how to make better choices when I am not in control of where we eat/what options are available. I want to practice listening to my body and using its subtle clues to know when to stop eating, and what to eat in the first place. Thinking about this opportunity as an experiment makes it easier.