What on earth is Simply Yum you ask? Well, food is very important to me. Happily, important in a healthier way now than in the recent past. In enjoying food and believing it need not be fancy or elaborate to be good; and that healthy can be good and full of flavor, I came up with Simply Yum. Food can be Simple and Yummy.
Let me start by being honest here…I have food issues. I was, not too far in the recent past, less healthy than I should have been and finally, through some turn of events, took ownership of that fact and started to move toward a better relationship with food. Yes, that’s right, food and I had a long talk and I said, “it’s not you it’s me” and we began to work on our relationship, slowly, carefully and not without setbacks. So, in that process I found planning food for the week was essential for me. It removes a decision process about what I will have for lunch or dinner each day, and it actually saves me a bit of dough (see what I did there) because you can’t get the simplest of salads in DC for less than ten bucks.
For me, food is joyful, fun, good for me and is a creative outlet. Food should not be feared, controlling or in charge. Moment by moment food and I have come to an understanding. Every now and again it gets a bit feisty and wants to take charge, but with patience, grace and forgiveness, food and I get back on track.
Come back and join me in my prep, see the process and check out the final product. I believe food shared is always more delicious. Sometimes it’s great, often it’s pretty good and now and again…nope…doesn’t work. But always, it’s fun, makes me feel like I am doing something positive for my health and well-being and makes me feel a bit accomplished…not a bad way to start the week.
Was having dinner with a friend this past week and we ordered bruschetta as an appetizer. When it arrived, I thought…hmmm, I like mine better. Then I thought again, hmm wonder how this would be as a pasta dish. So that is where I started for this week. Then I thought, I needed to bulk up on veggies so went veggie heave for breakfast and lunch, creating a new and happily very tasty smoothie for the morning and roasted veggies for lunch.
Vegetable Soup this week makes me feel like fall. Please remember too – making yourself a priority is not selfish…it is truly critical. Whether it’s in food prep, taking a walk, taking a great rebound class, or reading a book…. take that moment for you. Your well-being is more than food – it truly is body, mind and soul. Some days you are on it and others…not so much. Give yourself some Grace and simply go forward knowing you are worth every moment you give yourself.
It is all about flavor this week. Like I ask you to challenge yourself a bit when it comes to moving your body…. challenge yourself with food too. Try an ingredient you never thought you would like or try that recipe you thought you didn’t have time for previously or prep just one meal this week and see how it turns out.
What is the ingredient you have tried recently that surprised you?
Some weeks are harder than others in getting ready to meal prep if I am totally honest. Not for lack of desire but lack of time. Whenever I look at my own to do list – you know, that list I tell you to put yourself on top of, I try to fit in more of the must dos. Then I remember…I AM A MUST DO!
You know…it is ok to have “a day” every now and again. None of us do it all perfectly and if someone says they do….they are fibbing to you or themselves. Every day, every moment is a new opportunity to do something different, better, more interesting. I want to be health for many more years to come….I have plans, big plans
Never thought I would enjoy a mostly plant based diet….am I 100% there, no. However, I have gone further – with a great deal of appreciation and enjoyment – than I ever thought I would. Even my “fails” have taught me something. It is fun to try a bit of creativity and experimentation with my weekly prep.
What fun and fails have you had with your preps – be it for a specific meal or a week of meals? I can learn a lot from you too – let me know