I’m throwing out my vision of what I figure my blog should actually be. One of my biggest obstacles to writing regularly has been I don’t know what I should actually be talking about. My interests are varied and the things I like the most seem to have a lot of “competition” in the blog world. But so be it: I plan on discussing food/cooking (of the vegan/vegetarian variety), fitness (from the perspective of an unathletic but always determined woman), transit/libraries/other awesome community resources, and women’s issues of multiple varieties.
I don’t expect you to like all my content or agree with all my opinions, but I welcome you as long as you can keep it civil. My blog title may actually change from my name to something clever…as soon as I think of something clever.
So it begins:
Some time ago, when the Pepsi and Mt Dew throwback drinks came out, I read an article about the merits of consuming cane sugar vs processed (fake) sugars like high fructose corn syrup. What the writer concluded was that any kind of sugar in large amounts was bad and the only time you should consume it was when it was it came with fiber, like in an apple – then threw in the comment “Talk about a throwback.”
I’ve done my best to embrace these ideas in the past few weeks by taking fruit (usually an orange or banana) to my “building the dream” job (how I’ll refer to my job that I work to pay the bills while I’m trying to find a way to get paid for what I like to do). It’s cheap and while I may not be craving the taste, fruit does a great job of giving me my sugar fix and not making me lethargic. While this should be a no-brainer, I previously snacked on “healthy” chips and sugary drinks because that’s what was available to me at the job. Planning ahead by just throwing a piece of fruit in my bag has alleviated several tummy aches.
Planning Dinner: Redux
Our house was in a good grove of planning dinner and sticking to what we planned for several weeks. But then…we got tired. Or rather, we got tired of the idea of cooking meals with a lot of prep. Or one or the other of us was just tired after a full day and we easily talked ourselves in to just grabbing something out or from the freezer section at Trader Joe’s. I feel confident the solution has three parts:
1) Finding New Meals – to get us excited
2) Prepping More Ahead of Time – use time when we have energy
3) Audit our Success – hold ourselves accountable to our budget/plan on a regular basis
Lists and calendars will have to start becoming a part of our food world (again, something we’ve always tried but couldn’t hang with). I’m “Ughing” inside my head as I write this, but discipline is always hard until it becomes habit.
So what’s worked the best in meal planning for you guys? I see this question regularly on food/health blogs but because I always see different types of feedback, I’m compelled to ask again.