Health has been on my mind lately. Let me just start by saying that I'm in no way a health nut kinda person. I usually zone out when people start talking about food/dieting trends because it all just seems like too much work. Immediately after Luke was born, I made the decision to loose weight and one of the things I felt was holding me back was meat consumption. I noticed that after eating red meat of any kind I felt sick and unhealthy. It's been 8 years since I've eaten a single bite and I don't miss it at all. Meat substitutes do make a big difference in transitioning out of all the many ground beef recipes we didn't want to quit. All of us enjoy Ives veggie ground in tacos and spaghetti sauce or veggie dogs when I have a craving for a hot dog. I continue to eat fish and poulty, although this year I'm thinking about eliminating chicken/turkey. Before I make that kind of commitment though, I think it's pretty essential to re-think the way I've been eating entirely. We all know the body needs fat and protein, of which meat is an excellent source. I also have the added challenge in that I'm allergic to nuts, pine nuts, tree nuts, peanuts, and even sensitive to coconut. So many healthy recipes include forms of these allergens and sometimes there aren't any obvious alternatives.
Sometimes it feels like "health" food isn't very me friendly. Still, this month I've been pushing past that feeling and trying to include foods I know are good for me and that I already love into my days. I've jumped on the smoothie craze and am making those for breakfast instead of quick cereal or toast. I'm challenging myself to include vegetables in with the fruit and it's not half bad. Isn't it funny to read how DELICIOUS a blend is online only to try it and think, we have very different definitions of "DELICIOUS". It takes a change in perspective to enjoy certain good for you foods.
Another change is to include more fish into our family dinners. I grilled wild salmon in foil packets last night with lemon and garlic along with sautéed spinach. It was pretty well received (well, Luke wasn't thrilled). My goal is a dinner that includes fish twice a week - not including fish sticks. Stuck indoors for most of our days, it seems like a good opportunity to learn how to be a better, health conscious cook. I'm certainly not getting much exercise with this ridiculous cold.