Setting the Table

How do we actually become food snobs? There are a few tools we can use to prepare us. Educating ourselves on healthy eating is one way to ensure a stable foundation. Planning ahead for busy schedules can help us stay on the right path, even when things get hectic. Understanding your personal needs, tastes, and personality can equip you to adjust the program to suit your life. Learning to make friends with the kitchen can boost your confidence and become an exciting part of this chapter of your life. Success boils down to this “If you fail to plan, then you plan to fail.”-Benjamin Franklin.
     With so much information out there on healthy eating, it can become overwhelming to know what to do. Contradicting information, undecided stances, and know-it-alls become complications. I will do my part to try and educate you on what my thoughts are on healthy eating. You will have to decide for yourself, based on the information you receive what is important to you. My facebook page offers a “Daily Bite” of food information that can be used to make decisions yourself. One basic piece of information is eating as natural as possible this helps minimize the amount of chemicals that enter your body. When reading labels 100% whole wheat or whole wheat should be the first ingredient listed for it to be considered truly whole wheat. While choosing good fats and carbs are worthy of applaud, remember you still only need so much in a day. Talk to a dietitian/ nutritionist or visit www.choosemyplate.gov to see what your daily needs might be.  
   Plan ahead for the grocery store. List your favorite foods. Think of healthier options you could replace some ingredients with. It may take a few trial and errors to find what products or exchanges work for you. Use this to make a menu of every meal for the week. Packing lunch is a great way to cut costs and calories. You could make yourself a soup or sandwich to make coworkers jealous! Heck, you can even pack leftovers if your job has a microwave available at lunchtime. Breakfasts should include the bulk of your grains for the day. Accounting for what you need and like will help you succeed. Use the menu to make a grocery list. Divide your list into sections of the store and in the order you may encounter them.This is especially nice when toting children. If you know you are eating out plan accordingly. Eat a light snack before or choose healthy options off the menu. If your plan is indulgence, eat lighter every other meal that day. You can check out the nutritional information on most restaurant websites. Another way to plan ahead is to pre-baggie snack portions. Heck you may even find cutting veggies and fruits helpful. Go a step further and portion them out for recipes and label each one. Some people choose to cook for a week ahead of time and freeze the meals with ingredients separated and labeled. Freezing some leftovers may be a great quick meal in a pinch.
     Once you have your groceries stocked and ready to go, you must confront the kitchen and its gadgets. Read the Confidence in the Kitchen page on my blog for basic tips. You can usually catch local cooking demonstrations to help you learn something new. Many cooking demonstrations are on www.foodnetwork.com and many other sites. I will eventually be posting some of my own. Find the techniques that best suit you and your style. Make the kitchen less scary by involving someone you enjoy. Have a friend over and try a new recipe. Make a date out of it with your significant other. Get in there and conquer your fears. Start with the basics and then move up from there. You can always check out my recipes on here.
    However you plan, make it your own! There is not one plan that is going to suit everyone. We are different people with different lifestyles, hobbies, jobs, preferences, and abilities. We can make a change when we look at what works for us. Be able to be patient and flexible with yourself. This may be a new endeavor for you and these things take trial and error. You, your body, your loved ones, and your future are worth the effort. Plus your tummy and taste buds will thank you!
Have a recipe you would like to see made over? Post your ideas to me! Your feedback keeps me motivated to continue helping others.

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3 thoughts on “Setting the Table

  1. “While choosing good fats and carbs are worthy of applaud, remember you still only need so much in a day.”–the really important message that not every person advising about diet remembers to repeat!

    I notice your last post is about carbs. I have been a very conservative, careful (and I will add, successful) monitor of my, and my family’s, diets for many years, and I do not follow fads. However, I would advise anyone to pick up the book WHEAT BELLY and read it!! I read it because of various observations I’ve made about people reducing wheat, but the clincher was when my father, age 72, ELIMINATED both his long-standing thyroid disorder and his diabetes this year, simply by cutting out wheat after reading the book.

    That book could be a life-saver for a lot of people.

    • Thank you for the suggestion and input. I don’t do fad diets either. They truly don’t work for a happy life and healthy living. I am really happy for your father! May his success continue.

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