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Why can't they eat like me?

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

If I only had to cook for myself, life would be so much easier. But the fact is, there are other people living in my home besides me that depend on me for their daily meals, especially dinner.

Most of the time I try to incorporate healthy foods because of course I don't want my children to end up where I once was, but sometimes they request certain dishes that don't always fit into my daily plan. I have learned over the years to modify certain recipes, but there are still a few favorites that just aren't the same if you do that.

I used to say that I would not cook different dinners. They would have to eat what I was eating. Unfortunately this doesn't always work. My son needs to eat larger quantities of food because he is an athlete and burns a ton of calories. My daughter has a few food allergies and there are just some things my husband really doesn't like.

It's taken me a long time to give myself permission to fix myself something different from what my family wants for dinner. I finally realized that they don't care that I'm eating something else, just as long as we are eating together. I know what I need to do to be successful with weight loss or weight maintenance and sometimes that might mean a little extra work, but in the long run it is so worth it.

I will continue to modify recipes when I can and introduce healthier choices as often as possible. But on those ocassions when they really want that homemade macaroni and cheese(and I'm talking, the real stuff), I know it's okay to fix myself something else that will keep me on track.
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