You might look at what I’m eating right now and think that it’s pretty weird stuff.
I admit my tastes have changed. But you don’t have to eat quinoa or black bean burgers or go vegetarian to see some big changes in your weight and especially changes in how you feel.
(Speaking of quinoa: I made quinoa for the first time a couple weeks ago and loved it. Recipe coming soon.)
You don’t have to totally overhaul your (or your family’s) way of eating right away. Start small.
Are you eating at least 5 different fruits and vegetables every day?
Here's how I gradually changed how we eat:
I still made the meals my kids liked, but I tripled the amount of fruits and vegetables at each meal. My kids still got their chicken pasta alfredo, but they got a lot more veggies to choose from. My plate would have a small amount of pasta, but at least half of it was LOADED with veggies. I’d chop up a bunch of cauliflower, carrots, brussel sprouts, broccoli, asparagus, whatever I could find and steam them.
It’s a lot easier to eat a cup each of 3 different veggies than 3 cups of the same vegetable. This is also a good plan for dinner because my picky eaters can always find at least one vegetable that they like in the mix and they’ll eat at least that one. You could also add a bowl of cut fruit or just add half an apple to their plates.
Here's what I ate in a typical day when I thought I was eating healthy. And then in Blue, a change I'd make now to make it healthier.
Breakfast-Before: 2 shredded wheat biscuits, toast, juice CHANGE: replace 1 shredded wheat w/ a banana. Make sure your juice is 100% juice.
Lunch- Before: BLT and 1/3 cup broccoli CHANGE: Replace BLT w/Meltshroom sandwich (see healthy recipes page) and eat 2 cups steamed mixed broccoli, cauliflower and carrots. Add a bunch of red grapes
Snack- Before: coke, 1 bag lite microwave popcorn and a few M&M’s. CHANGE: replace w/ some air popped popcorn and add a bowl of fresh berries topped w/ 1/3 cup vanilla yogurt and sprinkled w/ grapenuts. No coke!
Dinner- Before: 1 ½ cups Taco Casserole w/ sour cream ½ cup corn, milk CHANGE: only do ½ cup taco casserole skip the sour cream, add 1/2 cup Cowboy Caviar, 1 Green Smoothie (has 1 cup fruit, 1 cup packed spinach- see Healthy Recipes page for recipe.
I figure I added about 8 more servings of fruits and vegetables to my day but still made basically the same meals for my family.
So, what do you think? Is it realistic? Would it work for your family? I know if you try it, you'll feel better and see the scale start going down.