It started with my WW meeting (I lost 1.6 lbs!! Yay. Core is really working for me). And as I sat there, my leader talked about how, for Easter, instead of having a traditional bakeshop cheese and fruit danish, she made a diet bagel, with diet cream cheese, with sugar-free jam. And it was "delicious."
Maybe this is why I struggle to lose weight. You cannot EVER convince me that those two items taste remotely like one another. And I would almost rather not eat than choose B over A. And that's basically what I try to do: quality over quantity. Sometimes, though, I forget the quantity thing, and, well that's where the problem lies. But, I just don't like the fake stuff. And I'm convinced that the huge amounts of mediocre, processed, fake food laden with chemicals we can't identify or pronounce (and trust the government--because they're so trustworthy--to vet for us) is a huge part of the reason that we can't recognize quality anymore--and thus just eat more of the really bad, really unhealthy foods. And end up at WW, trying to convince ourselves that the diet versions of the mediocre foods are actually "delicious." When, really, if we'd just eaten one bakeshop danish once in awhile, we would've been okay.
(Don't get me started on artificial sweeteners.)
After that (and despite my rant, I still value my meetings), I went to a Pampered Chef party, almost the complete opposite of my WW meeting. There, the same bunch of women (literally, 3 of them were my WW buddies) learn about food gadgets to make preparation of meals simpler/easier/quicker and hostess items to make presentations of said meals, particularly for all the hostessing we're imagined to be doing, more aesthetically pleasing (though considering the mean age of all our children, there should be more plasticware for serving in the PC catalog--I only entertain with kids and can't use ceramic dishes. And since we cook together too, I generally need stainless steel, not glass, prep ware). This is all about the enjoyment of food that you make yourself--hand chopped, baked in stoneware, served on glass platters. And the party was interactive--the consultant had us do everything ourselves, which was much more fun than sitting and watching (and I bought more this time). Interesting thing about PC, though, is it assumes, really, that we don't like the task much and need to get through it quickly. So, at WW food is a danger, at PC it's a chore. Both can be overcome with the right a). mindset and b). products.
If anything, what both of these activities prove is that food is a problem for women, because that is the overwhelming audience for both of these gatherings. It's a problem to prepare, a problem to eat. I do spend a lot of time in one day thinking (worrying) about what I'm going to eat so it's healthy, what I'm going to serve the kids so it's healthy and they'll eat it, and when in the world I'm going to have time to cook dinner (and how there are about a million other things I'd rather do than make a meal under this pressure). So, I went to my WW meeting and am jazzed about another week on Core and hopefully losing another pound or two. And I liked the PC party (the hostess, friend J, is a hostess par excellence and her friend the consultant was entertaining, low-pressure) and bought a new chopper at PC because, really, my knife skills are poor and it slows my food prep down (DP says my knife skills won't improve if I don't practice. I say knife skills are not one of my life's goals. She has excellent knife skills). Plus some covered custard cups. For the fat-free, sugar-free mediocre, processed diet food that I eat because I want something and can't eat a danish every night. Obviously, I'm conflicted: intellectually I see the manipulation at work here and, as a feminist, object to it; but as an actual, practicing SAHM, I value what is being offered. I'm working to reconcile the dichotomy inherent in all of it.
And so how did the day end? We all went to Friendly's for ice cream after a nice trip to the nature center where we saw animals and played on the incredible, castellated wooden playground. DS chanted all the way to the restaurant "strawberry ice cream, chocolate candies." DD fantasized about "chocolate and chocolate candies." And we got there and they ate their sundaes with obvious relish.
And I had one too. And we all had a grand time.
But it all starts again tomorrow.
At least I got a nice recipe from PC, that I can turn Core for WW!!
Cheeseburger Salad (from memory)
2 hamburger buns
1 lb ground beef
1 red onion, chopped
pickles, chopped (I don't recall how many spears--4-6?)
3/4 cup ketchup
1 tablespoon mustard
lettuce, chopped in bite-size pieces
1 cup cheddar cheese
Cut hamburger buns into slices (though cubes would be easier to eat). Toast hamburger buns (can be done in 450F oven til brown).
Brown ground beef.
Combine onion, pickles, ketchup, and mustard. Add beef.
Layer lettuce, cheeseburger mixture, cheese, and hamburger bun croutons.
Hey, I was very close. Here's the "real" recipe:
4 sesame seed hamburger bun tops
1 small red onion (1/2, sliced into circles for the salad, 1/2 chopped for meat mix)
2 plum tomatoes, sliced for salad
3/4 ground beef
1/2 cup finely diced dill pickles
3/4 cup ketchup
1 TBL yellow mustard
8 cups thinly sliced romaine lettuce
1 cup (4oz) shredded cheddar cheese
The quick directions:
~slice and toast the hamburger buns (@ 8min on bar pan at 425 degrees)
~set out platter and put sliced lettuce on platter
~mix chopped onion, diced pickles, ketchup and mustard together with browned meat
~spread meat mixture over lettuce
~top with sliced onions, sliced tomatoes
~sprinkle with cheese and put toast sticks around the platter