I remember how it was .. when I started taking baby steps along my path to healthier eating ..
I didn't have a clue how to do it ..
and felt really awkward admitting it out loud.
I felt like everybody belonged to a secret club that I had no idea how to join.
I'd hear them say things like:
“Yeah .. last night I got home from work & was really tired. So I pulled this protein from the fridge, mixed it with these veggies, added a few other tasty things to go along with .. and in less than 20 minutes my family was eating a healthy dinner.”
“I went to the grocery this week .. bought everything we needed .. came home did the prep .. and now I don't have to worry about it all for the rest of the week.”
I'm 40 (ish) .. I'm smart .. I read books & work & generally do smart-people things .. and I can't get this down?
So you know what I did?
I just started ..
I started asking a few people around me .. like my Mother .. like a few of the women I admire at exercise class .. who I know feed their bodies well, and have for many years.
“In your everyday .. what do you eat?”
At first it sounded strange .. and people looked at me a bit like .. “Huh?”
But as I started to build a small database of information .. written with ink in my notebook .. it all became so interesting to me that I quit caring about how the question sounded.
So I did what they did .. ate from the list of choices I'd compiled .. and pretty soon my confidence started to grow. When I went to the grocery I started to have ideas for fridge and pantry staples that I could have on hand for meals when the day begged quick & easy.
Don't get me wrong .. I'm nowhere near utopia as far as this whole thing goes .. But I do believe I'm getting better
And sometimes .. that's about the best you can say.
So tonight .. when the day was busy .. and time to cook was short .. I pulled together tuna melts .. along with a bag of Trader Joe's veggies from the freezer .. 20 minutes later dinner was served.
She can be taught
- 3 4.5 oz cans tuna
- 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
- 2 teaspoons dried basil
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 4 Tbsp finely chopped red onions
- handful of cherry tomatoes halved
- cheese slices any kind you like .. just not too much
- whole wheat or multigrain bread slices ** We like Ezekiel
- salt & pepper a sprinkle or two
- Combine all of the ingredients and spread on one half of the english muffin
- Add cheese to the top
- Place under the broiler for a few minute until the cheese is melty