Let’s face it, this Vegetarian Adventure is not easy. Living in the US means there are lots of quick, unhealthy choices everywhere you go, even in your own freezer. So how do you stay on the Eating Well Wagon? . . . Great cookbooks, planning meals, shopping for fresh ingredients, and COOKING.
Case in point, last night my husband was out-of-town, the rest of the family was tired from a busy week. I had planned to fix veggie fajitas and realized too late that the last shopping trip was disorganized and did not include pinto beans. So, it’s pouring rain and my 9-month granddaughter is sleeping. It’s not a good time to run to the store for just one item. I made a healthy green salad, however, threw chicken nuggets into the oven, thinking that I wouldn’t eat them. Just for the rest of the family, right? Wrong, when I am tired and hungry, I’m weak. I actually ate chicken nuggets, blech, I don’t even like them and they are definitely not part of the Adventure.
Staying on the wagon begins with great cookbooks. See the book recommendations here. Dr. Dean Ornish is one of my favorite authors along with Laurel’s Kitchen. A great way to try out a cook book before you buy it is to check it out of the library. You have three weeks to try the recipes.
Planning meals and shopping your plan not only keeps you eating healthy but also saves gas, time and money. Keep healthy choices on hand and have a list available for whenever you run out of something. Buying food for a family means stocking choices that aren’t necessarily part of your own eating plan, hence the chicken nuggets. However, if you make sure your own choices are in the freezer it’s easier to make food for everyone.
Then, cook your plan. Prepare what you can in the morning, for example, put the beans on to cook, or place ingredients in a slow cooker. Or you can prepare some of the ingredients the night before and refrigerate them. It’s so helpful to have dinner partially ready in the evening when you are tired. Following these guidelines helps me to continue to eat in a healthy way, staying on the Eating Well Wagon.
Do you have tips for staying on the Wagon? Please leave your comments!