Years ago, I developed a healthy diet for myself and lost somewhere around 30-40 pounds. I felt good and was active, but then real life interfered with my good time and everything in my life went south. Eating became something I did to survive, grabbing whatever was quickest and easiest. Fatty and salt-laden foods were consumed relentlessly. It didn’t make me feel better, but it got me through.
A three-year hiatus from cooking made me feel like a bride again, totally hopeless in the kitchen but willing to learn. So, it became a challenge to wean myself from packaged or prepared foods to using fresh ingredients prepared at home. It didn’t help that I was using new ceramic cookware and a new glass top electric stove. I hadn’t cooked on an electric stove since the 1970’s. Unfortunately, there was no choice here in our all-electric community. Remember the Serenity Prayer? I quoted it daily while trying to cook on this stove.
But persistence, and extreme stubbornness, have paid off and now I am cooking almost daily. Before I really started cooking, I spent a month or more just studying all the new food trends to see which recipes met with my approval and my own personal food guidelines. I knew that my preference was for a diet with a Mediterranean bent but retaining some favorites from my childhood with less fat and salt.
After studying and learning, the next obvious step was to start making grocery lists. I started from scratch since I brought only a minimum of food from the apartment. It was time to shop. With my wallet screaming, I held fast and ordered all the stuff that the devil on my shoulder told me I’d never use. Hah! That lie has been shattered already. Cutting out a majority of sugar is tough for me, but the weaning has begun. Today, I made a healthy cherry crisp which is good but it’s really short on added refined sugar. I wonder if I next year I’ll think it’s too sweet, but this year, I’m thinking of heating it up and adding a little vanilla ice cream. And next year I’ll have a cherry pitter. Well, Rome wasn’t built in a day either.