Hello, and welcome to Hurry To The Table!!
While the primary focus of this blog is to share the recipes I have (mostly) successfully tried, I want to provide you with some back story. Most of my life I was a healthy weight, and it didn’t take much for me to do that. Throughout college I lived a completely unhealthy lifestyle filled with too much beer, wine, and junk food. I was still a size 6. When I got pregnant in 2012, I took that as a sign that I needed to eat more ice cream (actually, my go-to was a large vanilla shake with a side of onion rings). After I had my daughter in February 2013, I tried to eat a little healthier but didn’t make too much of an effort.
Then, in early 2014 I started throwing away my pre-maternity clothes thinking “I am never going to fit into these again, and that’s OK because I had a baby.” Then I started buying size tens. Then twelves. Then fourteens. Then the fourteens became too small and I blamed the clothing stores because it obviously wasn’t my fault. Obviously.
My family and I took a vacation during July 2014 to South Dakota where we hiked (aka: my husband hiked and I slowly trailed behind complaining about how hard it was), and took some family photos. It was lack of energy during the hike combined with the photo on the left that provided me with a much needed wake-up call.
Like I said, the left was July 2014. The right is March, 2015. Starting in August of 2014 I started cooking clean(ish) meals and incorporating morning workouts into my routine a couple of days a week. Morning workouts were tough, but when I started I read somewhere that it takes three weeks to make a habit. Three weeks, I told myself, that was all I had to get through. Then it would become easier. And you know what? It did. Now, even on days I think about skipping my morning workout I usually don’t because I know how much better I will feel once it’s over. Also, the workouts normally only take 30 minutes out of my day. And if I use the elliptical at the gym, I can catch up on my TV shows during that 30 minutes so no time lost there!!
What DO I do? I fuel my body with more nutritious AND delicious food (aka, very few of those pre-packaged and/or frozen meals, spice packets, or pre-made sauces). And it’s that nutritious and delicious food that I want to share with you.
I do have a few “healthy eating” cooking tips that I’ve learned on my journey:
- Greek yogurt is a great replacement for sour cream and mayonnaise. (It’s also a great way to sneak protein into a meat-hating toddler’s diet)
- Roasted vegetables win against any other vegetables.
- Not every meal needs to contain a starch.
- Healthy can be quick AND taste delicious!
- Weekends are a great time to experiment with new and time consuming recipes
- Making homemade sauces (such as marinara and enchilada) aren’t actually as complicated as I assumed they were and taste SO MUCH better than the canned stuff!
- Using home-made taco seasoning, poultry seasoning, etc. is a great way to cut out some extra sodium without sacrificing flavor.
- Utilizing a crock-pot is a great way to ensure a healthy meal will be waiting for you during busy weeks.
So, to summarize:
- Clothing stores aren’t usually the culprit when you’re having to constantly move up in size
- Healthy eating can be delicious
- Healthy eating can also be quick.
Thanks for stopping by! Feel free to leave comments and or shoot me a message at anytime. I look forward to continue sharing my healthy(ish) eating journey with you!!