The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #165433   Message #4002971
Posted By: wysiwyg
01-Aug-19 - 11:45 AM
Thread Name: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
Lunch Retraining Time!

Years ago at my peak salary, I was briefly able to afford Jenny Craig. It had its points, good and bad. Later, I couldn't afford to try Nutrisystem, but how I longed to! I knew instinctively how it would have served my chosen but unpredictable, clergy-household lifestyle.

Now, though, I'm old enough to qualify for reduced-cost senior services.

For about $50/month, weekday meals are delivered every Thursday morning. This is not your typical Meals on Wheels, as pix here demonstrate. I LOVE IT, despite its weak points, because it's proven to be a huge Missing Link.

It's giving me the opportunity to completely remediate my food program: the weekly delivery of gluten-free, low calorie but filling lunches, once I add romaine lettuce. While physical therapy is making meal prep painfully difficult, I can actually remember to grab and nuke the simple meal elements, and then actually sit at a table and cut up every element to create the tiny bites necessary to eat veerrrrry sloooooowly. With the addition of table condiments, the bland elements actually aren't bad.

I regret the amount of plastic this program generates, so I look forward to applying the new habits this program supports-- going off the weekly deliveries and incoporating lunch shopping/prep -- as soon as I'm able. But for now, I like knowing that I have gluten-free lunch bins in the fridge and freezer to use up each week. I finally get to learn what Mom never taught me and which I never built a day's habits around. Until now. Now I have all the pieces to out together to thrive, I think.

My other meal habits were pretty good, but this Missing Link is the keystone holding up the arch I stand upon.

Here's today's lunch. (Two veg pouches today because I was out of romaine.)