My relationship with food has always been a strange one. It started back in my childhood (no, really, it did ... I'm not going all Jerry Springer on you) Relationships between my parents were strained and finances were tools. If we had groceries in the house, I knew my parents were getting along. That's as far as I'll go down that road - no need to break out the skeletons - but basically, when I have food in the house, I feel secure. If I have a little treat tucked away somewhere, I feel like everything's okay.
So there's that end of the spectrum.
On the other end, I'm screamingly busy. I'm the extremely lucky mother of four amazing children and I home school them. I'm also blessed to be working as the senior editor for Valor Publishing. I'm also an author and so I'm writing. From the time I get up in the morning until the time I go to bed in the ... usually early morning ... I'm on the go. I'm constantly moving from computer to dishwasher to laundry room to school table to computer ... you get the picture. While the kids are eating breakfast, I'm checking my e-mail for whatever might be going on that day. While they're eating lunch, I'm usually trying to accomplish something I couldn't do with them running around. And then around 4:00 in the afternoon, I realize I haven't eaten anything. I grab whatever I can find, and then the bulk of my meal consumption takes place between nine pm and midnight.
Um ... yeah .... I know that's bad. You did see my before picture, right? I'm in full recognition of the unhealthiness of this situation. I'm also sodium sensitive, which means that I need to consume around 1000 mg. of sodium a day, whereas the average person eats 6000 mg. And my thyroid doesn't work ... and my adrenals are gone ... you get the picture.
I have a plan.
First off, a comment (and apology) to Shanna. :) It's true that frozen meals do have a lot of sodium, but then I started thinking about the things I tend to grab when I'm about to faint from hunger. When I'm in my groove and I'm preparing my own meals, I eat around 1000 mg. of sodium per day, but when I'm crazy busy and life is skittering friskily all around me, sometimes the only thing I eat all day is a combo meal (coming in around 1600 mg.) So I did a little investigating and I've come up with a plan.
Breakfast: 1 egg (hard-boiled or scrambled) with either a little low-sugar cereal or another grain
Lunch: One Healthy Choice frozen entree - these cost $2.00 at Wal-mart for a food weight of 11.25 oz, which is a pretty decent size. On the average, they contain 16g of protein, between 260-350 calories, and between 5-8g fat. They do also contain around 600 mg. of sodium, but I've decided that's not as bad as what I've been doing.
Dinner: Another Healthy Choice entree.
Snacks: Fruits, vegetables, salads, a slice of cheese here and there, nuts, and my protein drink.
I went to Walmart last night and bought enough frozen meals to last me an entire month. Hence, the experiment begins. Questions to be answered:
1. Will Tristi learn how to eat regularly?
2. Does the fact that Tristi's food is pre-measured, is low-fat and low-calorie, and is very, very easy to make, increase her odds of actually eating?
3. Will the fact that Tristi is turning from empty calories and seeking out nutritious snacks do anything to impact her weight?
4. Does the fact that each entree comes with a little dessert keep Tristi from going overboard in the sweet department?
These are the questions that will be answered over the course of the next month. I shall check in and let you know how it all goes.