Moms who have been following my blog will know that I’ve gone on a “real food challenge” 😀
Eating healthy food isn’t easy especially when you’ve got chocolate bars, KFC, McDonald’s, Pizza Hut and all the other bright and shiny places tantalizing you with their delicious foods.
However, a few events made me realize NOT to take my health (or my family’s) for granted:
1) Four years ago, my fit and healthy father died from cancer. We lost our dear father and every Christmas, my heart breaks because the kids no longer have Grandpa’s fun and cheery presence at Christmas. And Christmas really isn’t Christmas without my father…
2) Then, I was informed that I had pre-diabetes after the birth of my second child. Heck, I’m only in my mid 30s!
I’ve got to stay healthy and strong for both my kids because I want to be there when they go to school, when they get all grouchy in their teens and when they go to college (hopefully!) or do something useful with their lives. I’d definitely want to stick around to see their boyfriends and girlfriends….
3) Recently, I found out that one of my nicest friends died from a heart attack. He was only 40. I’d only spoken to him a few weeks earlier about his business and we were going to work on a project together.
In our world today, it’s hard to find a genuinely kind and sincere person – in most cases, someone wants something from you. You can imagine how devastated his parents are and the world has lost a wonderful person. Seriously, anyone and everyone who meets him will say that he’s truly a nice guy. Oh yeah, even boyfriends and husbands will like him…
4) When I started working, I had to eat truly awful foods in the common cafeteria that I ended up packing my own sandwiches! And, Hubby thought my sandwiches looked really yummy LOL
Due to all the above, I made a vow to include more fresh fruit and vegetables with our meals.
1. Here’s our first “healthy” breakfast:
- Deep fried egg on wholemeal bread (processed),
- slices of cheddar cheese (processed),
- fresh lettuce and tomato with tomato ketchup (processed) and
- French mustard (processed!)
Truly a baby step when I was pregnant but I must have done something right because my little girl loves eating cherry tomatoes and tomato slices 😀
2. A cheese, tomato and lettuce on wholegrain bread sandwich for lunch at work:
Both Hubby and the kids love to watch me prepare food in the kitchen, which is great, because it’s a wonderful chance to EDUCATE them about healthy eating.
I was surprised when Hubby said he wouldn’t mind sandwiches for lunch if I packed them for him LOL!
3. Salad for breakfast: Lettuce, carrots (organic!) and tomato with honey mustard and yogurt dressing
A week ago, I started having salad for breakfast. Hubby would chow down some salad before he rushed off to work while the kids looked on curiously.
My son wouldn’t touch the salad dip with a barge pole but my daughter loves dips! In the end, she chucked the organic carrots and went back to her tomato slices -_-
Yesterday, we had cherry tomatoes (perfect), celery (a bit yucky so I gave it all to the Hubs…) and zucchini (nice with dip). Neither the preschooler nor the toddler liked ANY of them!
I also had a huge bowl of iceberg lettuce but the boy told me he preferred the “dark, green leaves”. Okay!
We have been having fresh vegetables for at least one of our three meals for the past few weeks.
I feel more alert and I’ve also enjoyed the regular bowel movement (sorry for that!!!). Hubs has always loved fruits and veggies thus he’s happy to see his wife eating healthy.
But the best part?
On Mother’s Day, my son asked for the “big, green, one” nestled under a pile of deep fried squid! Both of us were puzzled and when Hubby held up the big slice of lettuce, he nodded!!!
You cannot imagine my joy when he ACTUALLY took the lettuce, took a huge bite, chewed it and ate it. I was ECSTATIC! I took photos and the imp graciously posed for the pic holding a lettuce and a thumbs-up sign LOL He even volunteered himself for a video but I said, no, it’s OK.
Holding my breath throughout the rest of the meal, I watched him crunch it up and even shredded pieces of it to go along with his udon. He finished a HUGE lettuce leaf that was almost as large as his head!
Can you imagine my joy? I have been trying for nearly 5 years trying to get this kid to try lettuce!
When I asked him why he suddenly decided to try it, he said he saw Mummy eating it for breakfast 😀
Imagine me doing the happy dance OK.
I started on this healthy eating journey mostly for Hubby and I – I never thought it would have such a great effect on the kiddos.
If you’re thinking of a healthy diet too, start TODAY. You’ll never know what surprises you’ll get 😉