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So, That's Where My Kitchen Is!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Mmmmmm fast food. It's convenient, it's cheap, the kids love it, you can eat it in the car (dangerous as that may be), the commercials are constantly telling us we NEED it, and you don't have to do the dishes afterward. It's perfect for the family on the go! Right?
Kind of like cigarettes, we know fast food is bad for us. Yet, again like cigarettes, it's a multi billion dollar a year industry.
It's actually pretty sickening how many ads we are subjected to daily that tell us to eat fast food, fatty desserts, gluttonous portions, etc. When's the last time you saw a commercial for broccoli? And then society has the nerve to make us feel bad for being overweight. Anyhow...
I'm completely guilty of being a part of the flock. On an average day, I'd have Del Taco for breakfast, Carl's Jr. for lunch, Wendy's for dinner and I'd always stop at Starbuck's or Peet's for my iced venti caramel macchiato (sp?).
On one of these average days, I'd consume anywhere from 4,000 to 5,000 calories.
And worse yet... I fed my kids the same way.
I know how miserable I am, being overweight and unhealthy. And for their entire lives, I've been teaching my kids how they too can lead an unhealthy life like mine.
Now, I'm not going to beat myself up. What's done is done. The only thing I can do now is to start reversing the damage. Where to start?
My husband and I started our "new way of life" a little over a week ago. We've been grocery shopping a few times to stock up on healthy foods. I'll admit, it's not cheap to eat healthy. But my refrigerator has never looked more impressive.
We bought containers for pre-made meal portions and left overs.
And we began cooking and preparing real food in our kitchen on a daily basis for the first time in yeeeeears.
Last night, I made BBQ'ed chicken breast and asparagus stir-fry with couscous. It was fabulous! It must have taken me a total of a half hour to make it.
As I began cooking however, my teenaged daughter walked into the kitchen and threw a Lean Cuisine in the microwave. I thought she'd be happy to be eating a real meal for a change, but she didn't want to wait for dinner to be ready.
A four minute wait for food as opposed to a thirty minute wait. I didn't really think that all of our bad habits would change over night, but it made me realize how addicted we are to convenience. This will take some getting used to.
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    I just read a study that shows television promotes poor nutrition and eating habits. In just 4 hours on Saturday morning your child will view over 200 advertisements for junk food. I found that really interesting, in a bad way. Definitely makes me re-think things.
    3450 days ago
    this is so true, glad to see that your changing the way you eat, for to many people convience is hard to give up. I have discovered that I love cooking healthy meals, it makes me feel good,plus when I do something that help's my family eat better i know their lives will be alittle better too. I notice my son makes comments now on some of what he eats,like these portions are kinda big, or i would rather eat at home than out. I never thought I would run but it seems like a natural progression to fitness. all the luck to ya
    3461 days ago
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    emoticon on starting to cook at home. It is going to take time to make the change so don't give up. If your kids are so use to fast convenient meals maybe you could try to make your own healthy TV dinners. That way if your kids can't wait for you to finish a meal they will still be eating healthy when they help themselves to a healthy meal. As time goes, if they get hungry and can't wait set out a fruit and veggie tray for them to eat and try to make them understand that this is how it works. If they really are hungry they will eat what you set out for them and the freezer is off limits as well as the phone for deliveries.

    Good luck.

    "I can do it, I will do it, I will never give up!!"
    3462 days ago
    Whoohoo to you for having the courage to change!!! It is not easy and I struggle with it every day. But I have found that I enjoy cooking and even more now that I have a small garden. Nothing beats having fresh herbs at your whim when cooking!

    Good luck with your goal to do a marathon! I have been extremely heavy all of my life. A few years ago I got into walking and doing a number of 5Ks, then a half marathons, and I am now training to do my first full walking marathon on November 14th for Run the River. You can do it!
    3462 days ago
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