So real life happened but I’m still at the start of my big journey. It really helped being able to be in our kitchen together (tiny as it is) preparing our food for the week. My husband had an extra day off after Christmas and it really helped to be able to take the time. In fact, another good perk of this break was getting to experience my first solo grocery shopping mission (let me emphasize the solo part) It was the first time in forever that I could thoughtfully examine my list and make sure I was getting all of the nutritious items for our first week of success. I even had available brain space to remember other smaller items I forget every time. Without fail. I also had time to smile an unfrazzled smile at the cashier which was a nice perk.
Moving on to today, we cooked together and prepped together and ate at the exact same times. It worked! The kids had their own meals but we sat with them still and enjoyed the type of quality bonding you get to do at meal time with a 5, 2 and a 11.9999 month old. I’m sure you all are familiar with the “sit on your butt” and the “don’t stick your fork up your nose type stuff.” My personal favorite line is “eat your food!” Ah yes, it doesn’t get much better than this.
If I sound especially sarcastic it is for two reasons. One, that’s who I am. Two, this day has had its kid challenges. Our 11.9999 month old has decided it would be fun to cut 3 teeth (two being molars) at the same time. Yup, you guessed it…bye,bye sleep and any chance of a quiet moment during the day. Don’t get me wrong I am so head over heels in love with our kids I might as well look into having my mini van customized so I can legally drive upside down. But my big point of this kiddo rant is that it seems as soon as I’m getting focused on what I need to do for myself our little wardens whip me back into reality. I will proudly say though I met my food goals today! Yes I am ending my 5 meal day with a delicious grilled chicken salad. At 6:30pm.
Don’t worry the ledge part is coming.
So with this meal prep and lifestyle change I also have to go back to my gluten free ways. Due to the fact that I have non celiac gluten sensitivity and two autoimmune issues (PCOS and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis) jacking up my hormones. (Ps- I hate the word disease) I was once gluten free for over a year but then when the kids came it fell by the wayside. Within this last year even though the gluten free market has blossomed and I can find just about anything I love or need, I have decided to stay away from as much processed stuff as possible. Gluten free bread is great but unfortunately it is higher in sugar. That brings us to the time tested mantra, everything in moderation.
After Christmas I rid my pantry of everything non GF that I eat, love, crave (sweets fall under that umbrella). However, the simple act of not having, said sweets (for example) in the house may not be enough as I experienced today. While watching Chronicles of Narnia (of all things) I experienced a tremendous craving for all the sweet things. The Turkish delight scene got me. I don’t even know what they are but they looked sweet, coated in powdered sugar and delicious. My sweet tooth has proven to be my kryptonite. Maybe it’s because I was deprived as a kid…maybe it’s because I’m an adult now and can choose how much ice cream I cram into my face. The mystery remains unsolved…but I do know I have to have some extra support until these sweet cravings go away. Luckily my husband doesn’t share in my sweet tooth agony. THAT HELPS!
Speaking of helping, writing helps. It keeps me focused and brings clarity to the situation. So instead of leaping off into a vat of the best ice cream I could ever imagine I will instead make some sweet and spicy tea and crawl under the covers.
Sleep tight, and don’t let your sweet tooth bite!
*I am not a health or fitness professional at all. Any products or methods I use are not endorsed and I cannot speak of how they will work for anyone else. I’m just a normal person who is also a wife and mother of three kiddos with the shared life goal of many who wish to get fit and healthy. (Ps-also not an English major so if my style of writing proves displeasing…..then I bestow upon you one thousand apologies.*