One thing that I found to be very helpful when transitioning from my old way of eating to making healthier choices is to have the family on board. Making the change is difficult enough but it could be even more difficult with a defiant family. If you don’t have family support, your road will be a little harder but it won’t be impossible. Let’s face it, I’ve got family support and they still make trips to McDonald’s.
Can only Change Myself
I realize that I can only change myself and encourage others. Therefore, if eating Vienna finger cookies after a McDonald meal is what you want to do, I can’t stop you. As for me, I prefer to hold out for something a little more nutritious.
One of the first things I found that I had to do was change my mindset. If I bring my old way of thinking to my new way of eating I will quickly fall back into old habits. I’ve been spending time nourishing my brain by watching documentaries, reading books and researching the web to find enough ammunition to talk myself down during my weak moments.
I do realize that I cannot just flip a switch and change from my old way of eating to the new and improved way of eating. That’s why this blog is about transitioning. Making small changes and making better choices goes a long way.
Learning to Substitute
When I’m faced with a true hankering for one of my all-time favorites, I have two choices: I could either have my all-time favorite or create a healthy substitute. I happen to love eggplant Parmesan. Last night I had a hankering for it so I had it. The only difference this time is that instead of running to BJ’s and buying their precut, pre-fried eggplant; I purchased a whole eggplant from the local market.
I then sliced the eggplant, sprinkled a little salt, pepper and garlic on it and shoved the slices into the oven. Once the eggplant was cooked to my liking, I poured my homemade sauce over it, sliced small shreds of fresh mozzarella cheese (purchased from the dairy farm), and cooked it.
To go with my eggplant Parmesan I fixed spaghetti squash. Spaghetti squash is the simplest and easiest food to cook. Just cut it in half, get rid of the seeds and nuke it in the microwave until it’s soft. Once soft, use a fork to scrape out the spaghetti strands. I seasoned the squash just a bit before I placed the eggplant and sauce over it.
When it was all said and done, I had my eggplant Parmesan and “spaghetti.” I was a happy camper.
It might have taken me about 10 or 15 min. longer to prepare the meal according to my new healthier way of eating, but I was satisfied and pleased with the results. 🙂