Re: Motivation and Time
I completely understand what you mean! I feel overwhelmed enough from other things that I really don't want to have to worry about food. I would love to learn how to cook, but I usually need to eat right away after getting home from work in order to finish everything else I need to get done in the evening. Although sometimes I get tired of eating similar things, I usually try to focus on buying a lot of things from the produce section, lean meats, and other healthy things, and avoid too many unhealthy snacks. I've been buying plain almonds and other plain nuts for snacks and light popcorn and enjoy that rather than having chips. I try to just throw things together rather than have to cook it. I also do buy some things that are already cooked and just need to be heated up. I just make sure to read the nutrition label to make sure it's low in sodium and additives. My grocery store has some great options that are pretty good for you. Recently I have been buying a delicious southwestern tilapia that just needs to be put in the oven for a bit. My husband and I are not big fish eaters, but we really have enjoyed this one. I also like buying rotisserie chickens. Some may still be higher in sodium, but I don't eat the skins and it's still much better for you than fried chicken, etc!
An interesting trick I learned is for most grocery stores, to focus on buying foods around the perimeter of the store. There are good options in the aisles too, but also more items with preservatives and not-so-healthy stuff. Most of all, I would just focus on making little changes at a time! If you try to do too much at once, it's way too overwhelming and hard to stick with in the long run. Just try little things at a time. Maybe try adding more fruits and vegetables to your day first, or something similar, then come up with a new goal later. Good luck!
PS - After dealing with chronic pain for a while now, I had been reading a lot about fibromyalgia. My doctor diagnosed me with myofascial pain syndrome, so a bit different than fibro. I feel exhausted many days and just don't have the energy I used to. I'm only 25 but feel like I've doubled in age in the past couple of years. I am sure you feel tired and achy from the fibro, so that's definitely another reason to make little changes and not stress over it. I have thought about making a good list for recipes and preparing ahead of time, but it just doesn't happen!
Last edited by tUrRrRa; 11-06-2011 at 08:51 PM.