Iamagemlover, I a kitchen remodel is tough, but at least step 2 for this week, a kitchen makeover, will be easier once the kitchen is finished. All those empty cabinets just waiting to be filled in an organized way with healthy supplies. Almost makes me want to remodel before I makeover. BUT I can't afford that, no matter how much I don't want to give my kitchen a well-deserved makeover. Just thinking about the things back in dark corners which might be dated 2005 makes me shake in my boots!! So I guess I need to face my fears and get moving. Anyone want to attend a kitchen makeover party?
I haven't done shopping yet or meal planning. I hate to plan meals. I usually open the freezer and say what frozen dinner tonight? My kitchen is being remodeled so I probably didn't pick the best time to join.
I'm still not sure if I'm doing this challenge right, so if not, please bear with me.
Week 1 went relatively smoothly. I almost feel like I cheated, because I'm following a diet plan that included the steps of cleaning out and organizing the kitchen, and of making a shopping list and master menu, as part of the program. I've been following the Blood Sugar Solution diet from Dr. Mark Hyman to help me get a handle on my type 2 diabetes. So far, it's working very well, I've lost 25 pounds and my blood sugar is much more stable than it was.
My biggest hurdle always is to get the other family members onboard with eating whatever I'm cooking. So I try to expand my "healthy" menu a little bit to add things I won't personally be eating: like the strawberry ice cream my 84-year-old mother in law feels she MUST have -- at least I substituted a healthier version that's a little lighter on the fat with all natural ingredients; best I can do for her.
I also have to make sure there's something to pack in lunches for two grown sons who are out of college for the summer and working in town. I've gotten them used to hearty whole grains bread, minimally processed lower fat and sodium sandwich meats, fruits for desserts (most of the time!), and occasionally baked natural chips or popcorn for snacks. Water and green tea for drinks.
So, not too much experimentation yet, but I have been looking for spicier recipes for next week!
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