For the next 8 weeks, Doctor Yum will feature guest blogger Stephanie Maldonado, office and events manager at Fredericksburg Parent & Family. Stephanie lives in the Massaponax area with her hubby and 3 children, Julia, Tyler, and Aiden. She is a self-proclaimed unhealthy eater and says that if Doctor Yum can convert her, she can convert anyone!
I was standing in line at a local convenience store one morning and for some reason paid particular attention to the purchases of the two young men in front of me. One had a can of Red Bull and a pack of cigarettes and the other a large case of beer and a tin of chew. As I stood there, I wondered if I was any different from them. Not that I am judging the purchases of these men; I looked at it as more of a reflection on myself. Here I was, quietly and secretly buying food that I knew to be unhealthy and against the meal plan that I had set for myself and my family. I was paying in cash so as to avoid my spouse having knowledge of the items that I would quickly devour in my car and when I was done I planned to find a trash can while out and about to dispose of my wrappers and such.
Wasn't I too fighting a daily battle to avoid putting harmful things into my body and failing miserably at it day after day as maybe these men were? For so long I have struggled with issues surrounding food known only to myself, my spouse (at the times that I choose to share with him) and my Higher Power. Having a degree in Psychology I know all too well that the addictions surrounding alcohol, drugs, nicotine, and gambling are ones that require a complete and solid abstinence to have a successful outcome. But how does one abstain from food - the very thing needed for survival and daily sustenance?
I was presented with an opportunity to be a part of a class being held by an organization that I deeply respect and look to for guidance and direction regarding healthy eating. The Doctor Yum Project was presenting an 8-week instructional class for parents on Parenting for Wellness that would incorporate healthy eating habits, recipes for on-the-go families, and tips and techniques for bringing joy back to the kitchen. What a great opportunity this could be for me to increase my knowledge and give me a kick-start to a healthier lifestyle!
Our first class was absolutely amazing! I left inspired and ready to start my life anew. I had visions of replacing dinners of chicken nuggets and French fries with those including fresh produce and organic, local products. My reality quickly came crashing in around though when I realized that I was going to need much more than a change in eating habits - I was going to need a complete change of heart. How could I expect my family to grow in their tastes and become excited about food when I held all this anxiety and deep-rooted emotion about it? How could I change them without first completely changing myself?
My hope with this blog series is that I will be able to sort through all the reasons that have led me to have such a bad relationship with food and share how I am working to overcome this both individually and with the help of a class that is built to uplift and encourage people like me.
Now let's get cooking ☺
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The snack of the evening
Not so sure!
It's pretty delicious!