After reading this on One Big Happy Family, I had to set my DVR to grab an episode which I watched while I was working out last night interestingly enough. I have mixed feelings about the show – it is an entertaining perspective on trying to eat healthy, but it’s also depressing. In last night’s episode, the teenage soon got emotional at the dinner table because his mother served healthy vegetables for a change and the dad acted like a big kid himself, getting up and leaving the family table pouting because dinner was apparently too healthy. In the grocery store, the dad couldn’t find fresh spinach because he had no clue what it looked like. It also brought to light again that eating healthy in this country is more expensive than eating processed crap as the mother complained about the grocery bill doubling from buying fresh produce and meat instead of boxed mac n. cheese and chips. I will probably watch a few more episodes rooting for the family to make positive changes, but tire of the series quickly if they don’t.
We’ve been shoveling out the computer graveyard known as our office closet, I came across an old backup hard drive and combed through the files on it. I found pictures from 2002, back when I was not as healthy as I am now, ate out a lot and carried a few more pounds. I did not look good and I recall not feeling good about myself then either. One of the problems back then was I was going to a public gym and found it challenging to go as often as I wanted. Plus I ate out way too much, there was a great local pasta joint we used to go to a lot that was no doubt responsible for some pounds. Strange that I did not look like me in those pictures, my face was wider and I was thicker in the neck area that was not attractive. I was not carrying that much more weight, maybe 10 or 15 pounds, but it changed the way looked dramatically to me. In my family, weight gain tends to happen in the stomach area more, not the hips or making a curvy, hourglass figure like it does for some women. And the stomach area is the worst place to carry it health-wise, something I need to be forever careful of. Fortunately that period in my life did not last long as I worked in a better exercise routine and diet into my schedule promising myself new clothes when stomach was flatter, which drove me to get back to my high school/college weight. I wouldn’t trade the increased energy or feeling better about myself now for those days.
But that period did get me thinking about One Big Happy Family, when I see people in such poor shape, I wonder how they tolerate it – the lack of energy, stares and general low self-esteem. But, in the case of the kids, they probably never had a choice or chance to really experience the alternative. The son probably would be less upset about eating healthier if he could compare to a healthier period in his life and know the benefits. The parents have been juggling so much with jobs and child-rearing, they’ve had little time for maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Anyway, the weather here has been cold, foggy and gloomy the past couple of days, I haven’t needed sunglasses at all this week. It’s the kind of weather that I find most challenging to maintain a raw diet, cold salad and soups just aren’t that appetizing when I’m already cold. I did maintain raw all day for two days of the week, but I’ve also felt like it’s impossible to warm up after a cold dinner. I broke down today and had steamed squash with my lunch salad and did a veggie-noodle stir fry stir fry with dinner.
I stir-fried spiraled daikon radish, yellow squash and carrots with broccoli chunks that needed to be eaten up. For the sauce, I tossed a little garlic, oranges, ginger and nama shoyu, using the veggie scraps from the spiral slicer to thicken the sauce in the Vita-Mix before pouring into the wok and it came out very good.