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When I Was A Child, I Ate Like A Child

Something seems to happen when we become adults.  We seem to forget what our parents tried to instill in us all those years ago.  Some very good advice was shared by a new “lifetime” member at Saturday’s meeting.  She had just read an article (and I too remember reading about this) that we need to go back to our childhood when it comes to eating.

The article’s point was we need to eat more like we did when we were children.  Our parents encouraged us to eat our fruits and veggies and to make sure we drank our glass of milk.  As Weight Watchers members this fits right into the program since most fruits and veggies are zero points value.  We need to include at least 5 servings as part of our Healthy Checks.  Also we need anywhere from 2-3 servings of dairy a day (depending on age or whether you are nursing).  Drinking that glass of milk during your meal is an easy way to get at least 1 serving in.

Also children tend to eat smaller portions and more frequently.  This is another thing that we tend to forget as we get older.  We settle into the 3 big meals a day routine because of work/school/life.  It is better to have 5 smaller portioned meals or snacks between those 3 main meals than it is to try and cram all our calories into 3 sittings.

So embrace your inner child and eat like one!  Okay, maybe minus the bib and throwing strained peas across the room 😉


Being Sneaky

My husband has an absolute hatred for vegetables and fruit which makes it very hard to stick to a healthy diet let alone work the Weight Watchers plan.  However, I’ve become very adept at hiding things or being sneaky.

I’ve learned to blend fruits in protein shakes or if I chop up vegetables very fine and add them to sauces (making sure they are fully cooked [so the opposite of me] he really hates any kind of crunch) he doesn’t even realize what he is eating.  He has said on numerous occasions that he has really enjoyed my meals lately.  The other night he even said I outdid myself because he saw the different components before they were put together – once he had it all combined they tasted wonderful!

So when my co-worker this morning was sharing her roasted vegetables recipe I thought I would share it here too.

Courtsey of Ruth Vargas

Sweet potatoes – chopped into bite size pieces
Butternut Squash – chopped into bite size pieces
Carrots – chopped into bite size pieces
1 full head of Garlic
Onions (I’m thinking either red or Vidalia would be great) – chopped into bite size pieces

Some olive oil, cumin, coriander, salt and pepper to taste.  Roast in a 425 degree oven until potatoes and squash are done.

(my suggestion is if you don’t like sweet potatoes you can substitute something like Yukon Gold potatoes)

I did a preliminary calculation in the Recipe Builder on e-Tools and come up with 5 points per serving.

I like the idea of taking the head of garlic and squeezing it over the vegetables once they are roasted (roasted garlic is so mild and buttery).  Also maybe adding some red peppers to the mix.   I think I’ll puree it after they are roasted so I can use them as a sauce and my husband won’t be the wiser (unless he is reading my blog).  🙂

Asking Never Hurt Anyone

I overheard one member talking to another about her dinner out at Bonefish Grill (one of my favorite places).   Not only was her experience eye-opening for me but it came with good advice for any restaurant you eat in.

She decided not to use her points on carbs but got what she thought (and me too because I had it the last time I was there) was a healthy alternative – steamed vegetables.  Thankfully she mentioned to her server that she was on Weight Watchers.  The server said “Oh, I’ll tell them not to put the butter on the vegetables then!”  I guess I’m naive because I never would have thought that steamed vegetables came any other way but just steamed.

This got me to thinking.  Many restaurants are listing healthy alternatives on their menus.  Some even mark them with a symbol so you know which ones to choose.  But no matter what it is a good practice to get into – ASK!  Ask them if they can put salad dressing on the side, ask them if the steamed vegetables come with butter or some kind of flavoring or sauce on them (and if you don’t want it ask them to not prepare it that way), ask if you can have a salad or vegetable instead of a starch/carb at no extra cost.

It is your body, your wallet – don’t hesitate to ask.  If they don’t comply then vote with your wallet and go elsewhere.

I learned from her to not trust the menu and the words or symbols on it to be my guide.  I need to take control of my journey and asking is just one way I can do that.