I’ve been dreading writing this post all week! I’ve had a really bad week when it comes to my food. I was doing SO well the first two weeks of January thanks to the challenge Jerry and I did. Since my health goal for the year was to eat more vegetables, I suggested that Jerry do the same. He’s not a fan of vegetables, but I told him that maybe if he keeps trying them, he’ll eventually like them. I think our taste buds change based on our current diet, so maybe if he starts including vegetables here and there, he’ll start really liking them.
The problem is that I feel so bad about making food that I “know” he won’t like. I love mushrooms, but I almost never make anything with mushrooms because Jerry and the kids don’t like them. The same with many other fruits and vegetables. So, he said that if I promise to make recipes that I think he won’t like (recipes that include vegetables that I like but rarely make), then he’ll eat them and *try* to like them.
I review Dr.’s Daily Dozen checklist. Greger to try to work these elements into my daily diet, and one of them is leafy greens. I never eat leafy greens. of all vegetables, they are just not my favorite. They’re listed just above celery, and that’s too bad.
Instead of trying to get creative on a daily basis, I decided to just eat a small salad (he recommends at least two cups of leafy greens a day) before dinner. I don’t make anything fancy–just mesclun mix and homemade dressing (I got the recipe from the How Not To Die cookbook).
I was surprised to find that I really enjoy eating the salad before dinner! Salad for a meal is a bummer (an unpopular opinion, I know) but having it before dinner was a game changer for me. I actually really like the taste of it and the extra bulk makes it easier to eat less food overall. I stay fuller a lot longer, too, so it’s a lot easier not to snack at night.
Anyway, apart from the salad, we have eaten a lot of other vegetables. Unfortunately, in the last week, Jerry and I have started snacking a lot (again). Fewer vegetables. More junk food. It’s not just the food, but our attitudes — in general, we’ve been lazier, more carefree, even indifferent. Not like responsible adults! Hahaha.
So many things shifted at once — from terrible luck over the course of a year and a half, to paying off the house and car, to Noah moving, to Jerry’s new work schedule, to Ellie’s 18th — and our attitudes definitely changed along with it. with this. There have been so many positive changes (like Jerry’s work schedule and the house being paid off) that it seems like we’ve both been able to take a deep breath and relax after a year and a half. We were constantly waiting for the next thing to go wrong. Obviously we can’t stop bad things from happening, but we enjoyed this break 😉
My weight, however, does not. I’m not actually going to post a weigh-in today. I wasn’t planning on skipping it, but I forgot to actually weigh myself this morning. Since I’ve been dreading it anyway, I’ll give myself a week to try and get it back under control before weighing. Jerry and I both mentioned feeling crappy (physically) after eating so poorly week after week of eating healthier than ever. So we’re back today — continuing the challenge to eat more vegetables. And acting like mature, responsible parents rather than carefree teenagers! Hahaha.