To Cook or Not To Cook? To Change or Not to Change?

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Ukali and I realized a little while back that each time we chose not to cook dinner and to spend the money to eat out instead, that we just weren’t demonstrating very much wisdom in the finance area.  And we also were not setting a great example for our children either.  We spent so much time saying that we just couldn’t afford to eat healthy.  It simply costs too much and we couldn’t afford it.  But that wasn’t the truth. The truth was that we chose to spend our money on fast food (pizza, Chik-Fila, Subway, chinese) instead of on food that we could prepare at home.   But something changed this year.  Not something….us! We decided to change our eating habits, so we just did it!  And we have learned a few things along the way.

Here is something that we COMPLETELY REMOVED from our diet!

McDonald’s Hamburger Happy Meal and a cream cake my daughter brought home from church. This picture was taken 6 days after the Happy Meal was purchased. 

This food sat on my kitchen counter for 5 weeks and DID NOT deteriorate at all.  The food shriveled up into some sort of ‘plastic’ feeling substance and just sat there.  Not one single bug was attracted to this, not even the gnats that come out of nowhere when food is left exposed.  So needless to say, we do not spend our money here anymore, or at other places like this. Oh, and the little blackened pieces are apples…who knew!?

Now here are just a few of the things we’ve learned and have put into practice this year. As a result of these changes, along with other healthy practices we have adopted, our household has witnessed 65 lbs. disappear. I want to share a few pics of some of the things we eat on a regular basis…no recipes, just pics. Be sure to read the captions for a description. 😀

Delicious fresh fruit salad made of strawberries, kiwi and red grapes!
A wonderful green salad made with mixed Romaine and organic spinach, with black beans, onions, sweet corn, cucumber, tomato, and green peppers. Seasoned lightly with sea salt and pepper and drizzled in olive oil! One of these accompanies almost every meal outside of breakfast.
Oatmeal made with Steel Cut Oats sweetened with honey and peaches, or honey and cinnamon.
Fruit Smoothie! Add a little Almond Milk and it’s perfect!

Changing some things is a good thing to do, especially when those things are habits that have been proven to be detrimental to our health.  We are always looking to learn how we can do things even better.  What are your ‘get healthy’ habits? How did your family adjust, or has this always been a way of life?  We would love to know what changes have you made this year?

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5 thoughts on “To Cook or Not To Cook? To Change or Not to Change?

    iwilltransform said:
    April 25, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    Congrats on implementing a healthy change. I hate hearing how heathy food is so expensive. I did notice though that this was usually said by people who buy a lot of processed foods.

    My brother and I grew up in a home where 2 to 3 home cooked meals where served a day (by our lovely mom of course). Snacks were up to us. Often we made our own breakfast as well. We both stayed skinny to our early 20’s. Though, once we left the house we both started to gain weight. Our mom forgot to teach us how to cook for ouselves, oops, haha. I’m learning.

    Anyway, this new improvement will serve your kids well, forever. Well done.

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      Joyfully Submitted responded:
      April 26, 2012 at 10:08 am

      Thanks so much for the encouraging response! I think when we were kids there was more of an emphasis on home cooked meals than there is today. Now the emphasis is on convenience…but convenience has a cost too, and with all of the preservatives and additives and non-food chemicals, the cost a lot of times is our health! Keep learning! It will pay off!!!

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    Drive Thru Guy said:
    April 26, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    Fast food is awful, and food you cook at home is Waaaaaay better! 🙂

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      Joyfully Submitted responded:
      April 27, 2012 at 12:23 am

      Absolutely!!!! I just watched a documentary on Netflix called FOOD FIGHT…you should check it out 😀

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