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I Sure Ain’t No Betty Crocker

May 17th, 2011

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The following blog was written by Sarah H., a recent client of Fork in the Road. Sarah is a periodic guest blogger here on the site, and she has promised to document her progress—and setbacks—for the benefit of our followers. Sarah’s vital stats: 29 years-old, married to Stephen, who is currently serving in the Marine Corps. Two daughters, Avery (2 1/2 years) and Ainsley (24 weeks!). Previous eating style: 80-90% organic, high dairy and healthier than average (slightly…on some days). Health/lifestyle goals: Provide a well-balanced diet for a picky toddler, add variety to the family table, develop food preparation skills and improve the quality of meals consumed.

In my first blog post here at Fork in the Road, I talked about how quickly New Year resolutions get pushed aside. Of course, most people, including myself, chalk the lack of success to losing motivation. I have been experiencing my own sort of derailment—not at all related to motivation. With my two girls, now 2½ and 6 months-old, I feel like I never sit down. Well, I don’t just feel like it, I truly don’t sit down much at all. Planning meals and preparing shopping lists on top of my already heavy to-do list has been difficult. I truly want to feed my family the healthiest diet I can. My problem is time! This is an easy excuse. Everyone is “too busy” for everything. But honestly, I can’t do everything in one day. My challenge is deciding what I can do and what I should leave for another day. My choices: make healthy meals: leave the living room in its obstacle-course state; bathe the girls: let dishes become crusty; take a shower: use back up disposable diapers instead of cloth; take the girls outside to play so they will sleep later: clean up the house while they make more messes. So what’s a mom to do?

I don’t know yet. I just know I’m glad I am not signed onto a diet. Instead, I’m committed to improving my family’s way of life. Perhaps I just need to cut myself some slack? The more I think about this the more I realize that there isn’t a box that needs checked when it comes to working with Sheree. Every bit of change that is for the better should be embraced as success. Whatever changes I make now will serve as a strong foundation for the years to come. I’m told that kids get a little easier after they hit age four. So maybe by then I will be able to make a “real” dinner instead of serving meals that resemble crudités (which I realize is not all that bad, but it doesn’t make me feel like Betty Crocker). In my next Skype meeting with Sheree I am going to ask her—again—for some advice. Her suggestions and easy recipes do help…I just sometimes need to be reminded and encouraged. This is why Sheree asks her clients to make six month commitments. These things take time.

Now I must get back to a sick toddler and a teething baby. My motivation to improve our diet is stronger than ever. After all, sugar, carbs and dairy are probably contributing to our persistent bouts of illness.

Here is a recipe Sheree gave me last time we met. I just found it again. It’s truly a five-minute thing and we all love it.

POPCORN

INGREDIENTS

1 head cauliflower            florets chopped into bite-sized pieces

2-4 tablespoons               nutritional yeast

1-2 teaspoons                 garlic powder

1 teaspoon                      sea salt

2 teaspoons                    extra virgin olive oil

Splash                            water

To taste                          black pepper

Put all ingredients into a gallon size zip lock bag (or a reusable Tupperware-type container) and shake until cauliflower is thoroughly coated with mixture.