My mother was a good cook, but never changed a recipe. Instead of just following a recipe, don't be afraid to make it your own. I often change recipes to suit my tastes or make them healthier. The resut is some great recipes that are good for me. It is OK to play with your food!
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My child has to be coerced to eat--there are certain foods she enjoys eating herself, but she runs off & plays between bites. I stretch out my meals so I'm taking bites when she is. I eat less & feel more full. My portions are bigger than hers, but my bites are, too. Plus, I've learned the value of making finger foods fun, healthy, & kid-friendly at the same time. I want her to eat healthy, & it's impossible for me to cook healthy for her but not for me, because she wants whatever I have!
Interactive food is more fun, and you pay more attention when eating it. Take 12 whole strawberries, 1 Tbsp lowfat cream cheese. Slice one strawberry, spread a little cream cheese, savor, repeat! Find other ways to interact with your food while you eat it!
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