It really is a struggle to eat the way I know I should eat. When I live in NM I had access to a natural foods store (Sunflower Market) and that was the most awesome store ever. They had a huge selection of very good produce at affordable prices. They sold all the vegetarian and health food stuff that anyone could ever want. They had awesome incense....my favorite one that I love. It was just a feel good store and when you went in there the atmosphere was totally different than any other store I have been in. It had a new agey feel to it.
Here it's hard to find what I need to eat right. I do have directions to a natural food stores but it's not nearby and I have to drive a distance to get to it. I will check it out eventually. The only places to shop in this city is Wal-Mart and two smaller grocery stores. I've had luck at one of the stores finding some neat things like the African tea that I can't find anyplace else. I have considered shopping online. I want to try things like quinoa, bulger, whole flax seed, large grain couscous and a few more things. I'm hesitant about buying large sizes of these things in case I don't like them. Then if I do, I can buy a larger size which seem to be a much better deal online.
The other thing that could be a problem is that I don't want to cook two separate meals, one for Russell and one for myself. He has been pretty good about eating the stuff I've made. I want to be accommodating to him and I want him to have the things he likes. But.....a lot of things he likes (such as fried foods) are really bad for us. He thinks that since he's thin and gets a lot of exercise working, that he does not have any cholesterol problems and it's OK to eat that way. But it's not. He drinks a ton of coffee.....probably about a dozen cups a day and that can't be too healthy either. All that coffee has sugar it also and that fake creamer that has high fructose corn syrup as the 1st ingredient. I do buy half and half but he prefers the fake stuff. I think it's a matter of what we are used to.
In the home I grew up in, there were a lot of packaged food. Yes they did exist in those days but not as extensively as they do now. My mother was a horrible cook....No offense but it's true. She would whip up some boxed macaroni and cheese or a box of packaged spaghetti that comes with a small can of tomato sauce and call it lunch. Throw in lots of canned veggies, cereal, and canned things like chefboyardee and that is what our meals would consist of. Every once in awhile she'd cook something homemade but the taste of it was very bland. It's no wonder we preferred the junk stuff.
I had to learn to cook once I got married. It took quite some time and a lot of watching my then Mother In Law. She was a wealth of information when it came to cooking. But looking back, I now realize those meals were loaded with fat. So that's how I learned to cook. Now I am totally craving healthy stuff. I can barely look at meat anymore. I want spaghetti squash, zucchini, spinach, strawberries, blueberries etc and my favorite 9 grain harvest bread with all the seeds in it. I want to be able to grind my own wheat and make my own bread. I want to learn to make Ezekiel bread.
Now Russell's Mother cooked from scratch and is a good cook. His last ex didn't cook healthy stuff...that is when she did cook. Usually the kids had to do the cooking. Ramen noodles galore. Then he was alone with his son and his meals consisted of lots of pork chops and either fried potatoes or french fries.... or those prepacked meals like hamburger helper. And corn....good old faithful corn. I think that is the only veggie he liked to eat. He eats all kinds of veggies now.
I have tried to slowly make changes but it takes time. I buy real food. I buy Russell lots of avocados (when they are affordable), bananas and apples which he loves. He also wants hot pockets. So I do get them once in awhile. There has to be somewhere to meet in the middle in order for me to eat the way I want to eat and for him to not feel like he's starving. I'm sure we will come up with something. Any ideas?
How do you feel about prepackaged foods? Do you feel better when you eat more healthy food?