There is so much sh*t in this fridge and nothing to eat.
I started with that comment (made by my husband as he opens the fridge and stares vaguely into it) to give you an indication of what I am dealing with here. As you know I am on somewhat of a journey towards finding a healthier way of eating and living. What haven’t mentioned is that not everyone in my house is on that same journey.
I’m writing this post not to vent, but to encourage others that you don’t actually have to have everyone on board when changing your eating. It helps, but it isn’t necessary. I’m also testing whether my darling husband is reading my posts. He he..
I often question myself and how dedicated I am to my cause, or if I’m doing enough etc. One thing that sometimes hampers my efforts is my other half, who although he is supportive of my passions, doesn’t necessarily share them. Cries of “no more soup”…”can’t we have normal pasta” and “just make me normal Anzac biscuits” indicate the underlying theme that 100% healthy 100% of the time is not going to happen around here.
To help anyone else in this boat, I put together a light-hearted list of how to not freak out about this:
- Accept that it’s ok to eat a “crappy” meal every now and again. It won’t kill you and it’s probably still healthier than what a lot of other people eat. It will provide less stress about cooking anyway.
- Sneak veggies into meals and grind nuts into biscuits or cakes etc. It doesn’t just work for kids you know.
- Make healthy snacks available – like one of my yummy slices or a healthy cake. Then it provides an easy “go-to” option so people don’t snack on other things (like POTATO CHIPS).
- Don’t try and force your healthy ideas onto the non-receptive partner. Asking them if they want a green smoothie and explaining there is actually no nutritional value in eating Weetbix every day is not conducive to a happy home.
- Don’t take offence when you make those “normal” Anzac’s, but use some healthier substitutes (enter quinoa) and are met with “please just make the normal ones”. Just make the normal ones sometimes (I admit sometimes isn’t very often here)…it won’t kill anyone.
And remember, asking someone “oh what did you think of…” with a sly smile on your face is a dead giveaway there was something hidden in that meal. At least wait until it’s all gone before commenting.
I hope I have given you some perspective on trying to eat well – if you want to make a change you can. Be happy with mostly eating well – life is too short to be super stressed about food.
Do you and your family eat the same food (and like it!)?
And a note to husband…if you make it here…thank you for trying to be more involved in this eating healthy caper…I know giving up your daily Weetbix is the equivalent of cutting off your left arm x