I generally try to provide healthy meals for my family and model healthy eating myself. I mean, this blog is called "Good Food for Great Health," right? Meals always have a fruit or a vegetable and usually both, I limit sweets for my kids and for me, and enjoy finding recipes that take advantage of seasonal, delicious produce in low-fat, low-calorie ways.
Until this summer. Holy wow are we off the rails around here. We have had cheese-focused Snack Dinner more than once (twice in a week during a heat wave), we have had ice cream for lunch at least once, and I have kind of shrugged my shoulders if they reject my vegetable offerings. We've grilled a LOT of sausage (some of it's chicken sausage, but still). More often than I like to admit, I have loaded sugary breakfast pastries into my cart, justifying myself with "But it's summer!"
And my kids, who are very active, have survived pretty much unscathed. Me, on the other hand? I'm a good five pounds over where I was on Memorial Day. This has got to stop. And the new school year starting, with our new schedules, cooler weather, and general busy-ness, is the time to make it happen.
Yep, I am getting back on track; no fluffy white stuff, no sugar overload, no fatty meat. It's back to whole grains, lean and delicious proteins, fresh, snappy vegetables, and luscious fruit. Sure, the produce offerings are not as lovely as summer's, but lots of the good stuff will be in season for another month or so. Time to go cold turkey (literally) on the sugar and get back to what I know works for me.
Do you let things slide in summer? How do you plan to get back on track?