Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Clean eating is messy

Besides all my exercise I am also trying to eat better. More healthy and more fresh. Less processed. This means I can make a pizza instead of get the frozen pizza. Make breaded chicken for kids instead of frozen nuggets. Making things from scratch. Yes I feel that if I make tollhouse cookies it is BETTER than a processed store bought cookie. BUT that is another post.

My point is I have been cooking, baking, preparing MORE at home and what I realize is that it makes a big mess. My dishwasher is filled to the brim AND I always have some big bowl, pot or pan sitting there soaking.

I just made a chicken pasta dish and used half of the chicken to make a chicken salad. It feels very good to make something and prepare something for the next day. Today worked out but somedays when I am doing it, I HATE it. I hate the mess, I hate that the meal I made might taste like crap, I hate that if I didn't plan ahead the meat was too frozen and didn't cook well. AND some days I am just exhausted and when I see that sink full of dirty crap it makes me pissy.

I am realizing that it is all about PREPARING !!! If I remember to take the meat out of freezer, if I remember to have all the ingredients, if I give myself enough time to cook, and freezing or prepping for the night where I don't have the time. Life is better. BUT it seems so disciplined.

What about you ? How disciplined are you ? does it help ?


  1. i hear ya. and i have never ending loaded dishwasher syndrome too. each meal makes a load...crazy.

    i love weekly menu planning, so knowing each morning what we're having for dinner helps. I'll take out the frozen chicken that morning etc...that's if I remember too!!;-)

  2. I am with Anne Marie I try to cook most every night but I have to write out a general menu and having a basic guideline helps and I can adjust as the week goes on. and when I am trying out a new dish I try to make it after a night like tacos or lasgna where i know there will be leftovers just in case my new meal is a bust. Neverending dishes here to you are not alone.

  3. I waver back and forth between getting a lot prepared and having nothing at all. If I forget to take it out of the freezer, it doesn't get made. I am the laziest person when it comes to cooking. I do make my son's chix nuggets instead of buying and I make him homemade sweet potato fries (baked of course). Tons of quinoa in advance since I can use it for everything.


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