Meals with Family Questions I answered and now blogging
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Meal times with Family... Has your whole family always eaten healthy making it easier to lose weight by cutting back on portion sizes. Or has there always been your meal/their meal kind of thing going on?
Greg Answer: Kind of a mix of both. Family always eats a fruit, veggie and then main course(unless already merged). So sometimes it is the same thing I am eating or a version of it and other times not. I like my food spicier so I make them say steak fajitas I take the seasoned and grilled steak and chop it up and make them their fajitas then take the rest of the steak and add it to my mix of peppers and onions in a skillet and finish cooking it that way as they get their meals eaten. Works out ok because they eat slow and it allows me to finish getting their stuff served while mine finishes cooking. So when I sit down they are halfway done eating and I still get to join them and finish at same time. They like hotdogs but I do not so I grill them a hotdog and myself a lean hamburger or whatever is available. Again same prep way and such and gives them time to eat and me to finish my food and sit and eat together. I also find that if I take parts out of things I make they like them as well. Just a big give and take and understanding of what works. Plus they are more willing to try something new since daddy is eating it.
And, Structure... do you face the problem of being on the go making it much harder to find time to prepare a healthy meal and easier to just 'grab something quick' or 'dine out'? (I am pretty much guessing with smaller children this isn't an issue as one has to have structure in their life in order to no go insane.)
Greg's answer: Much is in the prep time and having a fallback plan. So if I have stuff prepped and ready to just warmup or whatever quick not much thought or effort needed. Just takes some planning sometimes or having a meal ready to go. Just like my days off from exercising I keep them fluid so if I need to change what days they are I do. Same with meals, prep them and if I need a quick meal then I use it, if I don't I either freeze it or just eat it and it just gives me more time for other things. Also at work I prep my lunch well in advance and even use it for dinner if needed. I keep backups ready both at work and home, be it could be a frozen dinner, eating at the Café or going out to subway. At home it could be as simple as a peanut butter and banana sandwich to pulling a meal I froze from another time.
Now when out with the family I just look at the menu and get what I want, which is usually healthy. Never hurts to ask when out to eat or over at a friend or family person's house. Sometime I just don't care and just live by "When in Rome" motto as long as it is not something that will make me sick. I don't believe in once a week cheat days but i know believe in just from time to time going with what the people around me are doing and just making do with whatever is put in front of me.
Long enough answers, lol. Feel free to ask me anything or for more on a specific if needed. I get long winded but hopefully in a meaningful and helpful way.