cahliah Posted February 6, 2017 Share Posted February 6, 2017 (Please don't mind my long-windedness... Or if I suck at forum etiquette or conversations in general. I wasn't going to do this, but I really need somewhere to write out what I'm thinking/feeling, and keep track of how I'm doing.) I'm not a diet person. Every time I've dieted, I've gained more weight than I lost - in fact, that's the only time I've really gained weight since I was a teenager - directly after dieting! So, when my mom (who lives with me) told me that her doctor told her that she needs to lose weight before she can have knee replacement surgery (they won't even consider it until she loses weight!) I silently groaned, but listened. I expected the advice to be like the last doctor who told me to diet - specifically the South Beach Diet - and when she brought up Whole30, I was, of course, skeptical. But, here's the thing. We make really poor choices when it comes to food. I've been trying to change that recently, but she's old and set in her ways (her words, I swear!) and doesn't like to take the time to check labels, or to try new things, or even to cook from scratch. I'm a much more adventurous eater, and over the course of the past few years, have learned that I have definite reactions to some foods, and that processed stuff makes me feel horrible. In fact, it was only a few weeks ago that I was telling her that I'd rather cook from scratch from now on, because I feel a lot better when I do so. (Which was, of course, met with eye rolling - she's used to me having these crazy, inconvenient ideas about health. Which she usually repeats back to me when my cousin or someone at work says the same thing. I'm used to it.) In this house, a typical meal is a box of Kraft mac & cheese, and hot dogs, or frozen chicken. Sometimes a can of green beans. My 13-year-old daughter is a carboholic - she'd be perfectly happy eating pasta - and nothing but pasta - every day, for every meal, for the rest of her life. My mom, on the other hand, is really into hot dogs - which have to be grilled - no boiled dogs for her. Unless they're from the Costco food court. On the other hand, I'm a pizza fiend. Give me a good crust, a nice tomato sauce, some stringy cheese, and nummy toppings (mushrooms and roasted red peppers are my favorite, especially if I can get thinly sliced steak with it) and I'm a happy camper... I swear, it's been less than 3 hours, and I'm already having a hard time not camping out in the kitchen and baking a loaf of bread. Anyways, my goal is to learn to eat healthier, and make better decisions - and also get my mom eating healthier without always complaining about how much it costs, or how much time it takes, or how I insist on reading labels on everything (I have sensitivities to low- and no-calorie sweeteners, so I have to read labels - and those lists of ingredients can be frightening!!!) Her goal, of course, is to lose weight - but I'm hoping to convince her that there's more to it than that. So, I've spent the past 2 weeks plotting and planning, and trying to convince my mom that this is not a diet, and we will not be eating nothing but grilled chicken and steamed veggies. I've made up a menu for the next week, printed up a grocery list, we went shopping yesterday morning, and I spent a few hours making up stuff for lunches and the like. We have homemade (dairy-free, unsweetened) ranch & french dressings for salads, scotch eggs (minus the breadcrumbs) with homemade breakfast sausage, taco meat with a homemade spice mix, and a breakfast casserole to help us stick to our plan this week. Our meal plans aren't "out there" enough that my mother or daughter will balk at them, and they're actually looking to a few of the ideas. So far, considering the fact that we're only a few hours into this, I think we're doing great! I had my first meal at midnight tonight (I work 3rd shift - from home) - I made an ill-advised "taco salad" with a prepackaged salad mix, taco meat, guacamole, salsa, a bit of ranch dressing, and an egg because I didn't think the taco meat was enough protein. With a little fresh pineapple on the side... The pineapple was ok, but the salad was too many flavors trying to blend together. Blech. I followed it with some apple slices and cashew butter because I needed something more - and didn't enjoy that, either. It's going to take a while, I think, for me to figure out how to feed myself on these in-between meals where I'm eating on my own instead of preparing a meal for everyone. Leftovers will definitely help, but there will probably be some meals like tonight where I just want to shove a whole loaf of bread in my mouth and call it good. My mom's first meal (she also works 3rd shift) consisted of 3 hard boiled eggs, a handful of walnuts and cashews, and a mix of apples, grapes, and pineapple - and I think she bought a single, packaged pickle at work (she asked me if it was compliant, at least). I'm going to have to talk with her about how to fill her plate, but we'll get it worked out. So, the plans for the week are as follows (though they may need to be amended): Breakfasts/Lunches: Breakfast casserole (already cooked and in the fridge for easy access) Shakshuka (only I will eat this, so it may not happen this week) Chicken sausage & pepper hash (little more work, but if I'm feeling adventurous...) Scotch eggs (already cooked!) Taco salad (taco meat and salad dressing are prepped!) Chicken salad Tuna salad Hot dogs (for my mom - bought some compliant, organic hot dogs) Chicken sausages (for me - maybe served with some onions and peppers) Dinners: Monday - Chicken fajita bowls with fried bananas Tuesday - Soutzoukakia (Greek meatballs in a tomato sauce) over mashed potatoes, with green beans Wednesday - Fish with roasted potatoes and carrots, and homemade coleslaw (my mom and daughter are both excited about the fish!) Thursday - Shepherd's pie and sauteed balsamic mushrooms Friday - Burgers w/guacamole, baked onion rings, and salad Saturday - BBQ Wings, veggie sticks, and coleslaw Sunday - Potato soup, pork belly, and salad This week is going to be a bit heavy on the potatoes, salad, and coleslaw, but it's a tester week - let my mom (and daughter, to some extent) get used to the idea of eating like this, and then start introducing new vegetables next week (I'm going to try for brussels sprouts and spaghetti squash - and maybe even some cooked greens!) I'm also hoping to cook up some plantains this week - if they ever get them back in stock at the grocery store! ...also, starting this while in the middle of a cold really sucks! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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