Saturday, January 10, 2009

Chained to the Stove

It never fails to amaze me how much time I spend thinking about food and working in my kitchen while trying to lose weight and get healthy. On the surface the ideas seem to be at cross purposes but there are valid reasons.

Prior preparation prevents piss poor performance. You've heard this silly mouthful before, but it is still true. If I find myself unprepared, I could find myself calling for take away. Restaurant food can be fattening and unhealthy. Not all restaurant food is bad but for the most part it's loaded with sodium and who knows what.

Boredom. Who wants to eat the same boring food all the time? I don't ever want to feel like I'm missing out on fun and flavor, which would sabotage my efforts toward healthful eating. I have to admit that I just love researching recipes in books, magazines and online that use nutritious and delicious ingredients.

Cost. Eating healthfully and running my juicer daily can be expensive. I check my Publix flyer every week and plan my meals according to what is on sale. I also stock up on good quality produce for the juicer when it is on sale.

So sometimes I feel like I'm chained to the stove and sometimes I don't want to cook and plan but what I don't want more is to sacrifice my health for cost and convenience.

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