My sister let me borrow this bad boy, as I am lacking in the lite cookbook department. It is currently sitting on my kitchen table, watching me whenever I enter the kitchen or prepare a meal. Maybe I’m secretly hoping that it will have an affect on me, even before I begin cooking its lower-fat options. Maybe it will motivate me to grab for the carrot sticks when I need something to munch on or to sip on a tall glass of water rather than reaching for a Dt. Coke. (Which is currently not allowed in my kitchen as it is too great of a temptation for me, and I can resist it only if it’s not within reach).
But despite the influence this cookbook will have on my eating styles, I really think that the biggest step I can take right now to a healthier eating lifestyle will be to bring my husband on board. He likes his junkfood. Let’s be honest, we all do to some degree. And although I’m the one who creates the grocery list each week, he does the grocery shopping. He walks up and down the aisles, filled to the brim with munchies, icecream, and processed lunch options. And usually, some of those items somehow fall into his shopping cart, roll into a grocery bag, and then end up on our kitchen table. Oh, how the Cooking Light cookbook shakes its head in shame when it sees the bag of Doritos.
For the most part, I can resist the not-so-healthy choices, despite the fact that they’re in my kitchen. But because they’re there and they’re easy to grab, I’m guilty of incorporating them into my husband’s lunches when I prepare them for him. My thought is that he’d enjoy that bag of Doritos much more than a bag of carrot sticks. I mean, seriously, is it even manly for a guy to carry around a bag of carrot sticks?
YES! It is and it’s so much healthier. My guy is in his twenties, so he feels healthy and strong no matter what he eats. But what we eat will catch up to us as we get older, and our lifestyle now really does affect our quality of life later. And I’m not helping him by giving him all that junkfood for his lunches. Even I’m guilty of grabbing a bit of this and a bunch of that for my lunches, because of time constraints. But really, if I could get us to eat healthier lunch options — just like we’ve been doing for dinner — than we’d be eating pretty, crazy healthy.
Soooo, today’s grocery list is a bit different. I put wheat spaghetti on the list rather than white. (Oh how my husband will shudder when he reaches that part). I added extra veggies, so that I can incorporate the raw, crunchy ruffage into our lunches. There’s fruit, yogurt, and wheat crackers for snack items.
Hmmm, this could be an interesting week.