The word frenemy pretty much sums up my relationship with food. I like it, but the really good stuff isn;t good for you. It's fun to eat, but tryng to get a meal on the table during the week is hard. For most of my childhood, food was an object of contention. My mother suffered from an eating disorder and went into treatment when I was 11 or so. Even when she returned, her need to control all of the food in the house was strong. We were never allowed to eat anything without asking first. We could not have friends over and eat a bag of chips in the cupboard without making sure it was ok. So, food and meals were a source of stress.
When I met M, I was introduced to a group of people that loved to cook. I am so grateful to to them because they helped give the confidence to try to cook and they gave me lessons in the positive side of meals. Cooking and eating were reasons to experiment with different dishes, drink wine and have fun with friends. I view food and eating much differently now, and you can tell by my waistline!
After L was born I went on Weight Watchers with great success. I am now on the same plan and am about 10 to 15 pounds away from my goal weight. The challenge I face is how to cook for my self and my family while staying healthy and without sucking the fun out of the whole experience. In order to save money and time we plan our meals on a weekly basis. Like Gina, we have a set number of meals that I have found to be easy and good to eat. One easy way I have found to make everything a little healthier is cutting out the white flour carbs. Rice is always brown, pasta is always whole wheat and rolls are always wheat, as well. I also have a vegetable (non-corn) side dish with every meal. As an example, here is what we've had the past few weeks:
Veggie burgers/baked fries/salad
baked talapia/brown rice/veggies
Pizza (store bought, thin crust) - Mondays are pizza nights
Soup (sometimes homemade, sometimes from a can)
Stir fry veggies with sausage
Meal-in-a-bag (not that great as a healthy dish)
Whole Wheat Pasta with sauce and salad
Pierogis and veggies
Turkey Burgers/baked fries/salad
I am looking for some new dishes to put in the rotation that are WW friendly and quick for weekday meals. I am also looking for healthy snacks to take to work and an eating schedule that will keep my blood sugar from doing crazy things and keep me away from the sweets & salties!