I’ve got a house full of hungry kids this summer and I unfortunately cannot go all out healthy on them without a full rebellion. I have one that wants to eat ramen noodles every single day, the other wants to eat pure sugar, and the third would gladly survive on Lunchables every meal. Sadly for them, that’s not going to work for me. Luckily if you put a healthy meal in front of them they will eat it. My husband prefers a greasy, nasty hamburger but will eat well if it’s in front of him too.
I’m working on making better switches for me and compromising with them. At least dinner has to be decent at our house. I’ve tried the whole healthy living thing with them, forcing it on them. And it’s pretty much miserable on all of us. It’s not reality.
I have two stepchildren that do not live with us full time and they are not used to living this way. It’s not fair to completely shock their bodies like that. So I decided to make healthier substitutions. If we have spaghetti, I make it healthier. Instead of hamburger meat, I use lean venison or ground turkey. I add diced onion, bell pepper and tomato to sneak in extra veggies. Instead of regular spaghetti noodles, I substitute whole wheat noodles. It’s not a complete shock for anyone and still delicious food for everyone.
Even though the rest of my crew is eating their own way for other meals doesn’t mean I can’t make better choices. I have had a huge oatmeal craving lately. I decided to give this a try and it isn’t bad at all.
I’m also a huge fan of yogurt! I have a hard time getting in enough protein throughout my day and I am working towards increasing that. My eating has been terrible over the past month or so and I am slowly jumping back on track. I admit that I was really pushing too hard for so long and then I took a very long break to allow myself to heal. I went really extreme with a low fat, low carb, almost no food diet and that was just really extreme. For the past year I have taken the time to focus on what my body really needs and how to fuel it better. I’m still learning.
I love cottage cheese and thought I would try these. They’re okay, but I think it’s a little too sweet for me. I think I’ll just stick to my Mayfield brand without the pineapple. If it was fresh pineapple, it would have been awesome. Live and learn, I suppose.
This week one of my besties did a Throwback Thursday and I played along. Before we knew it many of our ZUMBA divas jumped in. I was so inspired by their transformations and thrilled with their progress. It motivates me to keep reaching for my goals. I’ve been on this journey for such a long time and I have had several set backs. Sometimes my health issues get in the way, sometimes I lose sight of the goal, sometimes I just lose hope, sometimes I just want tacos! So it might just take me a little longer to get there, but I will. I think I’m okay with that. And I’m okay with where I’m at right now.