The 3 Issues I Want to Address:
I want to lose weight - I've got about 15 pounds of baby weight/broken ankle right around Christmas which means you eat a ton and don't exercise at all but that was 9 years ago weight that I'd like to be rid of.
I want to eat better quality foods
I want to know more about what I'm doing instead of just following recipes
What I Plan to Do About It:
The more I've been thinking about it the more I think that all three are connected so instead of working on all items separately I'm working on a combined method and hopefully will accomplish all three instead of not accomplishing any!
1. Reevaluate HOW I grocery shop. When I was first learning to cook I had a bunch of people to feed, very little time, and a very tight budget. Now there are a whole lot less people, a lot more time, and a much less restrictive budget. However, cost and efficiency are still driving a lot of my shopping choices. I need to start looking at the quality of my ingredients and what I'm buying that I can just as easily make from scratch.
2. Know my limitations. This is connected to #1. While I need to identify the things I can make from scratch and stop buying them I also need to recognize things that I could technically make from scratch but won't. Things like salad dressings, pasta sauce, and dinner rolls are all things I need to stop buying because I can make them. However, sandwich bread and chicken broth? It's probably not happening. I might attempt to try sandwich bread but I doubt it'll be reliably replacing a store bought loaf anytime soon. As for the broth? If I know I'll be using a lot in a short time than I'll try and do it but I don't have the freezer space to make it in bulk.
3. Learn more about what I'm buying. Last year I switched to eggs from pasture raised hens and high fat European style organic butter and I've definitely noticed a change in my baking. But what about milk? Should I go organic in that? If so which kind? Where does my meat come from? What do all the different labels mean? What needs to be bought organic and what doesn't matter? I know the definition of eating seasonally but what are the seasons for specific vegetables and fruits? These are all things that I'm going to actively sit down and figure out before I go grocery shopping again.
4. Plan out what I'm going to have for lunches and snacks. I'm really good at menu plans and lists and all that. I make a menu plan every two weeks and a list based off that plan BUT when it comes to thinking about what I'm going to eat for lunch I'm awful about it and even worse when it comes to snacks. I don't mind eating the same thing for a few days in a row so it'd be easy to cook something healthy once and then eat from that for most of the week but I need to actually do it!
5. Take some online cooking classes. There are tons of online options from quick tutorials to full length classes and I'd really like to take more advantage of that. I did one last year on knife skills from Kathleen Flinn's website and it was amazing. It definitely improved my skill. My knowledge of cooking basics is shaky and this seems like an easy way to improve it.
And that's it! I'm hoping that if I'm more mindful about what I'm eating and make an effort to step away from processed food that not only will I be eating better tasting food and feeding my family healthier food but I'll be able to lose that last stubborn little bit of weight!
Have you made any changes to the way you eat this year? Anything you'd like to change?
I'm linking up with Weekend Cooking hosted by Beth Fish Reads