Monday, January 28, 2013

There must be one thing you can do right. [Monday's Challenge]

 I’ve been having this conversation with myself lately. I invite you to listen in.

Me: This healthy eating stuff is just too complicated.
There is no way to do it 100% right all the time. It’s just not possible.
I might as well just eat what I crave and stop worrying about it.

The other me: What do you crave?

Junk food.

Did you know that eating junk food is likely to make you crave more junk food?

Uh, yes, I know that very well. I’ve been living it.

And also, to put it mildly, that’s not so good for your body?

Yes. You’ve told me this, and you’ve given me plenty of guilt about it, you goody-goody you. But it’s just too complicated! I have no idea where to start!

Well, let’s start where we are. It’s almost dinner time.

Ok…

Can you think of ONE healthy dinner that you could have today?

One. Um… Yes.

Ok then. Start there.

One thing at a time.
This is so important for us to remember as we try to make healthy changes. So often I find myself getting overwhelmed, and I want to give up, to crawl into bed and pull a large Pizza Hut pizza over my head, and pretend this conversation never happened.

I could do that.
Or, I could ditch the perfectionism, and simplify.
familiar food is good food

I have 104 new recipes I’d like to try on Pinterest, but I'm not making any of them today. Trying new things takes planning, and energy, and brain cells, and all that while taking the risk that your entire family will hate it. I just can’t do that every day.

And really, I don’t have to.

A friend said to me, “This shouldn’t really be that hard. You’d think we could come up with 14 meals, just 14 meals, that are reasonably healthy, that our family already likes. If we can find fourteen, then we have accounted for two weeks of meals, and we can rotate through those.” And then of course, we can try new things as we go, when we are able.

Genius! I thought.
So I spent a few more days eating junk food, and then finally, I sat down and made my list.

What’s healthy?
In this house, I am trying to move us away from processed foods and toward real foods. So, for me, healthy doesn't necessarily mean low calorie, but rather, natural, simple, or whole. Your health needs may be different, but that’s where we’re starting.

And guess what? I came up with fourteen. Not fourteen perfect meals, but fourteen meals I can work with. Fourteen familiar meals that can be tweaked, gradually, as we go along. (Not ruined, dear husband, do not worry! I’ll just be adding whole wheat flour, brown rice, homemade chicken stock, fruits and veggies, etc)
 
Your challenge this week
Think of something that is good for your family, that you know they already like.
How many of these things can you come up with?
Write them all down.

You might be surprised at the choices you already have, before you even try to do anything new.

Remember, that little voice in your head, telling you that you might as well give up if you can’t do this perfectly 100 % of the time- that voice is not the boss of you. You do not have to scour the internet for something every time you eat. Start with what you know, and like, and maybe even have in your cupboard already.

Start with this list: Meals I can make that are good for us.
And then we’ll go from there.


Do you feel like giving up when you have too many choices?
What’s on your familiar, reasonably healthy list?


(My list is in the comments)

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6 comments:

  1. Burgers (and veggies)
    Spaghetti with WW pasta
    waffles (made at home)
    salmon
    pizza (WW)
    veg beef soup
    biscuits and gravy
    hot turkey sandwiches
    chicken / turkey dumplings (need to learn to make soup at home!)
    roast beef
    venison stew
    swiss steak
    chili or white chili
    egg casserole

    I need to add more white meat to this list, but baby steps! :)

    (I make our bread at home so all bread products are whole wheat!)

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  2. I love this...you've simplified something I agonize over. Thank you!! I'll be right back...after I eat a few days more of junk food. Can so relate!

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  4. It's funny because all the diet fads some common rules, whatever their differences are. No white sugar, white flour, preservatives, and eat lots of veggies. Especially the last one. "Shop the edges of the grocery store."

    I have to have like a 2 month menu plan of rotating recipes, though. My husband, if I introduce something new, will temper his enthusiasm with "but don't make it again in a week or anything." If I make something a lot, there's a guarantee he'll grow to dislike it. (Except for pizza, hot wings, and pastitso.)

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    1. I have to agree with the 2 month menu plan...my husband is exactly the same way! There are some things I can only make about once a year if I want him to eat it. :-)

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  5. I love this thought process! I too can often think in the box of all or nothing...not good in the area of nutrition. I have a few dishes at our home that I rotate as well, but we vary it with the seasons and grocery specials.

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