What? Carrot sticks and cottage cheese for dinner AGAIN?
July 22, 2011 1:34 PM Subscribe
How do you diet as the primary cook for a family of non-dieters?
posted by otherwordlyglow to health & fitness (22 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I really have to recommit myself to losing weight. Pictures of me from a recent vacation do not make me happy.
How do those of you who cook for a family manage it? Does everyone eat the same (presumably healthy diet-appropriate) thing or do you make separate meals? I feel like this is the biggest hang-up for me since in the past when I was dieting I could just eat my weird food by myself and not have to inflict my choices on others.
I do most of the cooking and with a somewhat picky 3-year old and a husband who can eat whatever and however much be wants to accommodate, I often default to stuff that probably isn't in the best interests of myself. And then as soon as I get off-track because of a family meal, I find it hard to get back on track since I've already screwed things up. And then I also make the mistake of eating what my daughter doesn't finish since I hate to waste food.
In fact, balancing my own interests with others is often the problem with lots of things so I'm not surprised about the food stuff. But I also don't really want to be making two menus for every meal.
I'm guessing the answer lies in find stuff that everyone can eat and like and that doesn't put me over my Weight Watchers points for the week. How? What?
I usually plan dinner meals in advance so anything that can work with that sort of system would help. Also, I work full-time and can definitely try to make time at work be more diet-friendly since I don't have to accommodate anyone else's food preferences in my breakfasts and lunches during the week.