Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Whatever Happened to Parents Just Saying "No"?

When I was a kid, places like McDonald's was a treat. My mother cooked practically every day. Fruit was our snack food and we could drink all the water and milk we wanted. Juice was strictly for breakfast and kool-aid was for dinner. Occasionally, we had soda but it was a rarity too. Most of my friends grew up the same way and that's how many of them are raising their kids.

I know now that a lot of people feed their familes fast food because it's easy. I can respect that. I'm a victim of the "easy meal" too, but I also realize it was a conscious choice that I made that I am now paying for with weight gain. Obesity is a fact of life in the U.S. and no where is it worse than in Mississippi. It amazes me to see the drive thru lines at many fast food places and I wonder how many kids today even know what a home cooked meal really is?

What bought about this post was this news item - McDonald's Lawsuit. This organization is suing McDonald's because of the toys in the Happy Meals. They feel the toys are used to entice children to McDonald's and because of this, obesity is a problem. I have several issues with the lawsuit:

1. How are the kids getting to McDonald's? - Do you know a 5 year old that can drive?
2. Who is paying for this Happy Meal?

For both questions, the answer is the parents. While fast food shares some of the blame for the obesity problem, it is not theirs alone. It's the inactivity, the bad food choices, the consicous descisions that we make for ourselves and the kids. Instead of looking to pass the blame, it's time to really take a hard look in the mirror and accept our own responsibility in all of this. Why didn't the parents just say no? Mine did.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Clean Eating - Why Cooking Is The Thing To Do!

Several of the blogs I've looked at advocate clean eating. Now before you stress out and think clean eating means giving it all up, let me explain.

Clean eating is simply knowing what's in your food. The rationale makes sense because when we eat out (especially fast food!) and eat packaged food, we don't really have a clue what we are eating. How can we be healthy when we are putting unhealthy things in our bodies? The easiest way to solve this is by cooking your meals.

I know for many, cooking is a curse word! LOL I feel the same way! But I'm learning that it's better for my health (and wallet) to cook at home. This means fresh or frozen foods and fresh meats. Lucky for me, this time of year in Mississippi, the farmer's markets are exploding with wonderful fresh produce so it's easy and cheap. I'm actually learning how to can food so some of this summer goodness can be saved for winter!

Will cooking all the time be easy? No and I'm sure I'll be back on this topic again as I learn more. Consider Clean Eating and see could it be a change to make in your life.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Try It! They are great!!

A fellow blogger friend of mine bought up the idea of food triggers. I am a popsicle junkie. I found this recipe as a way to satify my craving but not destroy my diet! I hope you enjoy!

Watermelon-Blueberry Ice Pops

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Sharing Is Caring!

Today I was reading a post on a blog I follow "A Black Girl's Guide To Weight Loss". You don't have to be black or a woman to follow, just willing to read. She posted an article called " Handling Unsolicted Advice and Big Girl Guilt". After reading it, I really started thinking about how much guilt we all carry that really doesn't belong to us. There are times when I wonder am I a good daughter, sister, friend, wife, teacher, aunt and all of this just weighs me down. I'm learning that I bury my emotions with food instead of facing them directly. What I'm also coming to understand is the fact that I can't control perceptions about me and that I can only do what I can do. As direct as I can be, I hate to hurt feelings or have someone angry with me so I choose avoidance. Now I see I wasn't avoiding, I'm just redirecting all the negative into myself.

I know a lot of my angst stems from wanting to be in control and for a long time, I thought I could control most things. As I get older, I'm seeing that by me trying to hold it all together by myself, I was blocking any potential blessings because I wouldn't or couldn't get out of the way. It's hard to give it all up and let God take the wheel but I know as a step in this journey, I have to reconnect with my faith or it's pointless.

Baby steps, baby steps!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Reasons!!

My reasons for starting this blog is simple. It's time to rip the coverings off my weight loss journey. This is a struggle and I figured why not share this with like minded people. Anyone who feels losing weight is easy has never had to fight with it before. It's emotional and heartbreaking to know that you have lost so much control of an aspect of your life. My struggle is to regain that control and find the me I used to be before I got swallowed by the pounds. If you chose to share this ride with me, thank you!