Have any of you ever read Fed Up With Lunch: The School Lunch Project? It is a blog that I stumbled across yesterday and I LOVE it. The woman who writes the blog has vowed to eat school lunch where she works every day this year.
Today’s entry is a Q&A with a real “lunch lady” who wrote in and volunteered to answer questions from a first person perspective. It is SO insightful – and pretty much sums up what I already thought was happening behind the scenes. I work at a school, and I don’t blame the workers for the crappy food. I blame the powers-that-be.
My own school lunch project is going GREAT! My kids were very happy with their lunches yesterday, and wanted to make sure they still got to take their lunch today. I reminded them we were going to do this EVERY DAY and they were very happy. Even my oldest raved about how good her salad was and how her friends say they are going to start bringing their lunch, too. She loves being the trend-setter!
Last night I had two soccer practices AND had to mow the lawn. I was cutting it close on time after doing the yard work, so I knew I wouldn’t have time to grill the tilapia I had partially thawed. I threw the fish in the refrigerator so we could have that tonight, and instead I packed us a picnic dinner to take to soccer practice! Last week’s Hollie would have driven through the drive-through, but not the new and improved Hollie!
I made turkey and cheese sandwiches on whole-grain bread (the only kind I ever use). I had a few individual bags of chips leftover from our vacation that I threw in for convenience (and to get rid of them). I dug out my mini-cooler and filled it with ice and bottles of water. Oh, and I also brought along a container of grapes. The two oldest ate their food while I was practicing soccer with the baby and her team… then when my son practiced me and the baby ate our dinner. It worked out perfect!
Mowing the lawn is such a workout, I didn’t do my walk during practice yesterday. I was just so wore out. All I could think about when I got home was a hot shower and my bed! But I got our lunches packed, first, since that now has to be my routine. I have to admit… I do love the way our lunch bags look lined up in the ‘fridge when I am done! And getting the work done at night also gives me time to THINK about what I am putting in there. I really try to balance the protein, fat, and carbs.
For the past week I have been concentrating on getting out of the “diet” mindset, and get into more healthy patterns of eating. The food I am eating is DEFINITELY healthy, and I feel like I am making good choices. But there are certainly a few things that still need to be worked on.
One is tracking. I ordered a food journal off Amazon (because I can usually stick to written journals better than online journals). Hopefully, it will be here today or tomorrow, and even if it isn’t, my plan is to start tracking this weekend. I know I am eating A LOT more than I need to – even if it is healthy food. Tracking will hopefully make me more aware, and will also help me with the second thing I want to work on, which is…
Portion control! Oh, yeah… I definitely have portion distortion. I am they type that needs to measure everything to get it right. But I have the tools (including a new digital food scale)! Tracking and measuring will definitely help me get to wear I need to be.
Because I am not on a diet, I am not restricting myself to a certain number of calories. Right now, I just want to see what the numbers are, and if tracking alone can start helping me cut back and make better choices. I am starting slow – trying to do the things that I know will help me for a lifetime. I also want to be accountable.
Last goal to work on this weekend is to get my WATER drinking back to where it needs to be. I am either drowning in water or dehydrated... what's up with that?
I am also going to start trying something else new… but I will talk more about that later! (No, it’s NOT another diet!)