OK, I am not a cook. This may surprise some people (unless you’ve eaten at my house before) but I just do not like cooking. It used to always bother me when I would hear kids say “when I go to college, I am gonna miss my mom’s homemade meatloaf, or spinach souffle, or hand made strawberry shortcake made from hand-picked berries”. Now I had plenty of chances to learn – my mom is an excellent cook. She has the magical ability to look into a pantry and take out several items and turn them into a meal. I just never had any interest in cooking.
Fortunately, I married someone who loves to cook. Cooking to my husband is therapeutic. Cooking to him is what shopping online is to me. He comes home from a bad day and will spend and hour or two in the kitchen with Run DMC blaring on his phone and his frustration just melts away. And then, my kids and I get to eat an incredible meal.
I will not lie, if it wasn’t for him I do not think I could stay on this diet plan as long as I have and been successful. My problem is that he is an assistant principal at our local high school so he doesn’t always get home to cook dinner. Sometimes it’s a baseball game, some nights it’s the school band performance, and sometimes I think he hides under his desk until it’s dark and then he heads home.
My point is, I have to face the music on these days and get dinner for me and my kids. Now, I know I CAN cook but I do not want to…AT ALL. So one these days, we often find ourselves heading towards the nearest fast food restaurant. I am sure you are all reeling by the fact that a mother voluntarily takes her children to a fast food establishment. Mothers with children who are involved in everything under the sun, know this feeling. Some days you may not even be able to eat until 9 or 10 at night or you have to grab dinner between a dance recital and a basketball game. I know there are moms that know that feeling.
Well, just because we eat at fast food restaurants doesn’t mean that I abandon my new way of eating. Heck no! I am on a serious path here. But you can eat at these restaurants without sabotaging yourself or your eating. You just have to look at the menus with different eyes. Bojangles? Roasted chicken bites salad with no croutons and no dressing (I always carry my own). McDonalds or Burger King? Burger or grilled chicken with no bun (I have asked and they have wrapped it in lettuce at both places) and mustard on the side. Chick Fil A? Grilled nuggets or grilled sandwich with no bun (again ask for the lettuce). Subway? You can order anything you want and ask them to put it in a bowl rather than bread. It’s that simple!
So if you find yourself at a local fast food establishment, do not give up and do not get discouraged. But do keep your defenses up because we all know how good hot french fries smell (my trick? I imagine them covered in dog poop and sitting outside). Hey…whatever works.
So remember, look at the menu with different eyes and give yourself a break!
Love you guys immensely!