I remember when I started taking baby steps along my path to healthier eating
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I didn't have a clue how to do it and felt 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 and was 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 twenty 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 and work and generally do smart-people things, and I can't get this down?
Please .. 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 every day, 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, and ate from the list of choices I'd compiled. 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 and 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. Twenty minutes later, dinner was served.
She can be taught
- 3 cans tuna
- ¼ cup Greek yogurt
- 2 tsp dried basil
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- 4 Tbsp finely chopped red onions
- a handful of cherry tomatoes, halved
- cheese slices any kind is great
- whole-wheat or multigrain bread slices or English muffins (gluten-free if you’re avoiding gluten)
- salt and pepper, to taste
- Combine all of the ingredients and spread on one half of the bread
- Add cheese to the top
- Place under the broiler for a few minutes until the cheese is melty