First of all, the good news. I AM STARTING TO GET OVER THE SICKNESS!
Which is great because I am really getting bored of sitting on the couch. The positive thing about being sick and stuck indoors with minimal movement, lots of time to catch up on reading. Not only did I take some time to dig into my Bible and meditate over some devotionals, I explored a bit further on this website.
I don't get enough veggies and struggle with how to get more veggies. In an attempt to get some brain storming done I clicked the button for the website to throw out a "meal plan" for my upcoming week. I printed it out along with the grocery list and then sat down with my handy dandy highlighter and went to town.
Asparagus immediately got removed.
Yet an awesome idea came about. Fresh cut veggies with hummus. I love hummus, although typically speaking I dip chips, pita bread, and other various carbs into it. However, I can get down with some broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, and bell peppers dipped into the hummus.
Celery with some of the Smuckers Natural Peanut Butter. Yea buddy.
Cucumbers and tomato in my spinach salad, absolutely!
Suddenly I was coming up with all these fantastic ideas to up my veggie intake on a daily basis. Off the grocery store I went with highlighted list in hand.
Anyone other than me notice how EXPENSIVE FRESH VEGGIES ARE!?!?!?!?!?!
I can buy budget meals for lunch and dinner for a WEEK and spend $42 to feed a family of THREE FOR SEVEN DAYS, minus breakfast.
Not when you're eating veggies. GOOD GRIEF. No wonder it's so easy to NOT eat healthy. Some of us still need to be able to pay the power bill to keep those cucumbers chilled dude.
Well, I bought the fresh veggies anyway. With something just slightly less than a death threat to the fam about not eating everything all in sight on day 1. We are rationing this stuff out. The whole family is getting a lesson on "adequate portion" sizes. Sheesh.
Just for the record, I have to ask if eating healthy is really healthy. I mean, I can't be the only person that's nearly had a heart attack at the check out line with the register finally stopped scanning the produce and the final dollar amount appeared.
Oh well. Moving on.
I also took this nifty questionnaire on the website where it determined that I am a "Fast Fueler". (For those who haven't yet I would highly recommend taking "The Sparkpeople Diet Personality Profiler").
I read the description, and yes siree they got me pegged. However they also gave some good tips on how I can make the changes I need to make. One was to "batch-cook" food on Sunday for the rest of the week. I'll be honest, a lot of times the reason I don't eat veggies (other than the heart stopping gut wrenching cost) is that I am always running behind, multi tasking, and grabbing a lean hot pocket. (Was proud of myself that at least I started buying the lean ones.)
I also had a reality check. All those EXPENSIVE veggies that I just poured my hard earned money into will GO BAD if I don't actually PREPARE them. For the grab-it-and-go woman, that's a sad reality.
This means tomorrow afternoon, the veggies and I have a date. They are going to be chopped, measured, weighed, and put into nice little proper serving containers so that way I can grab and go before work this week and NOT have to wuss out on the hot pocket. Veggies and hummus and whatever else I'm deciding to take. Get it all done tomorrow and I know the hubs and I will appreciate it over the course of the week.
That's my plan. Who knows, maybe between the fruit and veggies I can get this sickness out of the house and keep it out. Yee haw.