I still haven’t had time to finalize my 22 for 2022 list, which I started on New Year’s Eve. In a way I’m okay with it, because I feel like I’m sort of having a dry run/ trial week this week. I’ve been floating some of the ideas in my head, but not feeling any pressure to fully implement anything yet, exactly. So, it feels like I can just toy with the thoughts a little and see what feels right.
One family goal we have discussed though is to EAT MORE VEGETABLES. Especially Ivan and the boys. This isn’t on paper yet, but I also have this idea in my head for me to personally “eat a vegetable at every meal I can control”.
(Meaning, if we go out for pizza and garlic bread, I’m not going to go out of my way to order a random side of broccoli or something. Besides, we usually get green peppers and/or black olives on our pizza, so, those are veggies. 😜)
But if I’m in charge of my own meal (which is most of the time), I’ll make sure to add a veggie. Maybe other grown up people already do this naturally?? But I know I often do not have a vegetable. For example, for breakfast I might have an egg with a piece of toast and some blueberries. (no vegetable). Or on a “quick dinner” night, maybe we’ll have cheese quesadillas and some rice and pinto beans. (no vegetable.)
The key, I think, is going to be access to the veggies. If I have a good assortment of veggies that I like in the fridge, I will eat them! But sometimes when the (fresh) groceries start to get low, I stall/ avoid going to the store (because that’s my least favorite chore) and will end up making do with other staples…(e.g. the quesadillas. Cheese and tortillas last a long time.).
So far, doing good with this! I’ve been adding fresh spinach to my eggs in the mornings. I love salads for lunch, anyway, so that’s pretty easy. And then Monday I made a Mexican style chicken + zucchini+ potatoes + pinto beans simmered in salsa verde (a frequent style meal at our house, but I don’t always add a veggie!).
Last night I made a 99% lean ground turkey/ vegetable soup. I added onion, broccoli, carrots and tomato. It was quick, easy and really tasty! Everyone ate it up!
The biggest challenge of all with this whole thing: Landing on vegetables that everyone likes. Ivan and I pretty much eat them all (except I hate mushrooms). But Asher is VERY picky about veggies and it’s sooooo annoying. He hates zucchini, won’t eat things like asparagus or brussel sprouts, etc…. Neither of them likes cauliflower. Ethan is better, but won’t eat peas- which is one Asher WILL eat. OMG, seriously. It’s quite frustrating. Carrots and broccoli are two that are safe, so, we have that at least.
(When I ask Asher which veggie he wants for dinner, he always answers, “Corn.” To which I say, THAT’S NOT A VEGETABLE, it’s a grain. (Technically, it’s in the vegetable family, but it’s the carb-iest, starchiest vegetable around. Still has its benefits, but it’s no broccoli or brussel sprout…)
Daily Gratitude Challenge Day 5:
Name 3 Ways to Inject Gratitude into a Current Challenge:
- Reframe! Instead of focusing on what is hard/what you don’t have, pick apart the issue and pull out the positive things that are inevitably present underneath or intertwined. Literally make a list.
- Think about what you can learn from the challenge. How will it help you, in the long run? Will this challenge or problem even really matter in 5 years? Try to “zoom the lens out”.
- Pay attention to who is helping you through the challenge. Who are you leaning on? Who is your support? Who is your sounding board? Think about how lucky you are to have those people/ that support/ etc. in your life.