After my visit to the dietician, I was a bit overwhelmed. Maybe even triggered into black and white thinking. Did I have to change my whole life? Or, could I focus on one small step.
There were several small changes I made. First of all, I started bringing more sandwiches to work. My favorite combination included wheat bread, turkey from the deli, muenster cheese, & cucumbers.
Later, I actually bought some proteins, and horrors, started cooking! I do not enjoy cooking. I don’t enjoy the clean up aspect, the worrying that I’m doing it wrong, am I going to die from eating raw, uncooked food?
Also, the touching.
I hate touching raw meat. If it has a bone? No way. Will. Not. Do. It.
A new grocery store opened up near my house. They have this $4-6 package deal where you can buy a portion/filet of any protein and it is accompanied by a vegetable or starch.
Some of my favorites have included:
Garlic Panko Tilapia with mixed vegetables
Boneless Pork Chop with Rosemary Potatoes
Lemon Pepper Chicken Breast with green beans
Italian Chicken Breast
Pecan Crusted Salmon
Sun-dried Tomato Chicken Breast
I’ve been using extra virgin olive oil or rosemary infused canola oil that I got at a Pampered Chef party.
This has worked very well for me for about three months. It felt really good to cut down on fast food & frozen dinners and trade them for real food that body actually needed and craved. Please note that I entrees I bought came with those veggies, and I did not marinade the proteins, they already came that way.
Here are some blog posts that have helped me in my exploration of cooking:
However, after awhile I got bored of eating the same thing. So, it was time to mix it up. Stay tuned to what happened next in the saga of learning to cook whole foods!
How do you get over your cooking fears?