Valentine’s week was a little nuts for us. Not because of the sweets, but because of the hustle. We hustled to get ready for our camping trip. We hustled to get Valentine’s and treats for school. We had an unusual weekday soccer game and tournament. We were just in constant hustle mode. Coming off a crazy week, I hoped for a little reprieve, then life happened, again.
To help make my week successful, I meal prepped on Sunday. I even invited my mom and mother-in-law over to get in on the fun. My mom declined, which is another blog post all together, but my mother-in-law came over bags of groceries in tow. I gave her a list that included everything she needed to bring over for the recipes. The menu was based on Asian inspired recipes for lunch and dinner, and a few items for breakfast and snacks.
An Asian diet has many benefits. Since it’s packed with vegetables and light protein portions of chicken and fish, it is a heart healthy option. The diet follows the Asian Diet Pyramid which includes balanced portions of protein, fruit, whole grains, nuts, seeds, etc. Spices used in Asian food such as, turmeric and cumin, have shown to decrease obesity in people who use them regularly. The oils in place of butter also makes this a healthy option.
My greatest diet flaw is that I get bored and therefore, need a lot of meal options. Options can be time consuming when preparing various foods at once, or if you don’t prep, it can leave you wondering what to put on your plate when scavenging through your cabinets. So, my idea was to have healthy lunches and dinners based on a new theme each week. This week’s Asian theme incorporated many of the same ingredients, keeping my grocery bill low and eliminated confusion in the kitchen. My favorite was the Thai peanut chicken that I used in just about every recipe last week.
There was just one problem, LIFE. When the mom guilt set in and my kids begged me to have lunch with them at school, I stopped and bought us all Chick-fil-a. When I skipped the gym last week and my gym partner got lonely, I showed up to our lunch date fully showered, while she sat in wet gym clothes. When my family and I went to yoga and passed our favorite ice cream shop on the way home, we stopped for a homemade waffle cone. When the week got the best of me, I opted for pizza and beer on Saturday night, and Bloody Mary’s on Sunday.
I could sit around and count my flaws like calories, but that will only make me feel worse about myself. Why do we beat ourselves up instead of celebrating our accomplishments? I made home cooked meals for my family 5 days in a row. I ate most of the delicious meals I prepared for myself. More importantly, I spent a lot of quality time with my kids and volunteered at Special Olympics. I did things greater than my tiny flaws.
This week’s diet and exercise flaws resulted in smiling, ice cream eating kids and a happy Saturday night date who toasted me over a veggie pizza. Cheers to flaws!
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