Yeah, I’m still pissed off. But I am not gonna rant about it anymore. What can we do to solve this situation? I have already said I can’t change US farm policy, and I have already said I am glad we live in a free society and don’t want to interfere with the freedom to choose that we all enjoy. And you sure as hell wont find me protesting carrying a sign outside McDonalds or 7-11 or anywhere else.
So really the only thing left to do is either bitch about it,or change the way that you and your family eat.
Just how do you change the way you eat? Well, you are not going to go from a Dorito eating Mountain Dew swilling junk food addict overnight or in one step.
We are gonna start today with Step I, adding in some real food. Steps II, III, and IV will follow.
Most people concentrate on what they need to stop eating, a sort of “dieting” philosophy whether they need to lost weight or not. Stop eating Doritos, cut down on the Coke, etc. I think this is doing it wrong.
The problem with dieting is that you are almost guaranteed to fail. Statistically, there is a very small success rate, especially when it comes to keeping the weight off. It is hard to make a new behavior permanent when the whole notion of what you are doing is centered around depriving yourself of something.
A better way to go about changing your diet is to concentrate on adding food. Good food, and let the good push out the bad. It won’t happen overnight, but it will happen.
A good way to start is with breakfast, snacks, and a salad before dinner. If you are used to eating Captain Crunch or pop tarts for breakfast, don’t start by denying yourself. Sure, you can still have a pop tart. But first, eat 2 eggs and an orange. The if you still want that pop tart, well, eat it. But hopefully you will be full, and maybe only eat one, instead of 2. Or instead of 4.
And be creative with those eggs. I like mine with sun dried tomatoes, baby spinach, and a bit of asagio cheese. I used to buy those bags of frozen vegetables with various shades of bell peppers and onions and cook those in the eggs, and maybe some salsa on top. Use your imagination, but eat those eggs and maybe that orange BEFORE you eat the pop tart.
Snacks are pretty easy. Are you used to eating a couple of snacks during the day? Maybe Doritos or a candy bar out of the vending machine at work? I know Doritos are hard to give up, but pack something like an apple and a couple of ounces of beef jerky when you go to work. Do not eat that bag of Doritos from the vending machine till AFTER your apple and jerky are gone. I guarantee you, you won’t want the Doritos as bad, and you won’t put your money in the vending machine as often. But if you do get the Doritos here and there, don’t beat yourself up about it. Baby steps. Just be sure you eat your healthy snacks every day before you think about the vending machine.
I have found that lunch and dinner are the hardest part for people just starting to try to eat in a healthy manner, so we won’t attack them in this, our first step along the road. But one thing you can do is to add a salad before dinner. This is helpful in two ways. For one thing, you are adding some healthy vegetables to your diet. And, you are decreasing your appetite for the crap you might be eating afterwards.
A nice way to do salad easily is to make a big bowl of all your leafy greens over the weekend, enough to last all week. Personally, I like about 1/4 Kale, 1/4 baby spinach, and the rest romaine lettuce. Sometimes I will shave some carrots into this because I know they are good for me, but honestly I dont like carrots all that much so often I wont. But, I always slice up 2-3 red onions into it, I like onions in a salad.
This takes me about 15 minutes, and it is the majority of your salad preparation for the week.
Now, each day you just start your dinner by taking some of these greens out of this big bowl, and into a little bowl for you to eat that day. You put your dressing, some black pepper, maybe a bit of cheese and if you share my fascination with sun dried tomatoes some of those on it, and you eat it. BEFORE you eat your dinner.
One word about dressing. You want something olive oil based. I think about the best that you can buy in most stores is Newmans own olive oil and vinegar, but I make my own. I use about 3/4 olive oil, about 1/4 of a mixture of red wine vinegar and lemon juice. I add a little bit of sea salt, a lot of black pepper, and some parmesean cheese and thats it. It’s a great dressing, its cheap and easy to make, and its much cheaper than buying dressing from the grocery store.
Well there it is. Don’t try to deprive yourself just yet. Just add in some good nutritious food. Start to develop a taste for it, and let it crowd out some of the bad.
Step II is the grocery store.