I share pictures and recipes of healthy meals here, on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and a few other sites.
What y’all don’t see is the daily mental tug-of-war and the inner turmoil that I grapple with. Ugh! Oh Lord, the guilt of feeding my family unhealthy and processed foods. I hate it!
The other day I brought a package of Jennie-O Hardwood Smoked Turkey Kielbasa. My family likes them and I was struggling with what to cook for dinner, without repeating the same ole same meals.
I feel like I’m chickening them to death! I also needed to cook something that would last for a couple of days… Umm.. leftovers! I don’t have time to cook everyday nor do I want to.
I usually prepare the Kielbasa with garlic, stewed tomatoes, and tomato sauce served over some sort of whole wheat pasta… just the way they like it. :(
While hubby zoned out on the laptop at the kitchen counter, I read aloud the ingredients. He was not moved, surprised or even batted an eye. I don’t think– no, I know he was not listening, so I read the ingredients again, but this time a little louder… Lol!!
“Turkey, manufactured, turkey, water…
Me: “Hon!! Did you hear that?”
Him: “Huh?” “What?” (looking and sounding a little annoyed)
Me: “I just read the disgusting ingredients in this turkey I’m cooking for you guys!”
Him: “Well what else are we supposed to eat?!?”
Me: (Thinking) “Is he freakin serious?!?!?”
Me: “Well we could eat more vegan based meals.”
Him: (seemingly more annoyed) “What’s that?”
Me: “Ugh! Really? Plant based meals.”
OMG!! The look on his face. Like I just called him a pervert or something. LMAO!!
Welcome to my world!
The process entails pureeing or grinding the carcass left after the manual removal of meat from the bones and then forcing the slurry through a sieve under pressure. This puree includes bone, bone marrow, skin, nerves, blood vessels in addition to the scraps of meat remaining on the bones. The resulting product is a blend of muscle (meat) and other tissues not generally considered meat.
That’s foul! I’m not buying them anymore.
Manufactured turkey is pretty much the same as “mechanically separated meat.”
I just can’t!!
If you care about your health, you should read labels on everything you eat. While I continue to educate myself, I try to share my knowledge with my family. Actually, I will share with anyone, who expresses the slightest of interest. :)
Some days my family are not interested in my chatter, but I refuse to stop because I care. Caring is the frustrating part. As I continue to educate myself about food and nutrition, the need to share is only natural for me. I share with my family, my friends, my followers, and anyone else who cares to listen. Other than my household, I try not to give unsolicited info, but I have been busted for making faces. I’m working on this! Lol!
I don’t want to be the pain in the ass wife and mom; however, I do my best to paint the ugliest, nastiest, and graphic images (in their minds and mine) to drive the message home. Hahaha!!
Anything that’s good is not going to be easy and will demand more time and diligence from us.
Grocery shopping takes longer. Why? Because I am:
- Scrutinizing food labels
- Looking for healthier food options
- Checking prices
- Buying for two, sometimes three different meal plans
- Buying from several different stores
I cook two sets of meals, so cooking takes longer, but I’m cool with that.
The troublesome part for me is, even though I am pretty creative at introducing new food, subbing and swapping out bad ingredients for healthier options, my peeps still want processed foods like those nasty smoked turkey kielbasas. What am I supposed to do?
For now, I will continue to plug away at it and incorporating healthier meals for them. I do realize I am still helping them, but I just feel like it’s not enough. This past Sunday, I made baked ziti. I used whole wheat pasta, added zucchini and mushrooms but it still had three cheeses! They loved it!
I sucked on one noddle and was perfectly fine with that. :)
I’m dead serious.
Anyways, I would have never thought that in 2015, hubby would be eating avocados, flax seeds, chia seeds, and zucchini spaghetti, so I guess I am making a little progress. Hallelujah!!
Whatever you do, do not give up on your goals of living a healthier lifestyle; the benefits are endless and worthwhile.
Thanks for stopping by… and please… keep it movin! :)