Sunday, August 14, 2011

Taking Back My Health

I turned 40 this past year. Oh my! How can that be?

It's sad because I've always felt healthy and young...until I turned 40. The timing was amazing but as soon as that monumental birthday came, I started to feel older and more tired. I developed a weird rash that I've been fighting for months. I've had other issues where the words neurologist and cardiologist have come up in conversation with my doctor. And sadly, the pounds seem to stick with me a little harder these days.

I know I need to do a better job of eating more healthy foods and sitting down for regular meals during the day. Too often I don't fix something for myself because I'm busy washing dishes while the kids eat breakfast or doing laundry while they eat lunch and I don't actually sit down for a meal myself. Instead I just wait until they are done and eat their left overs as I'm cleaning up...and yes there are always leftovers. Unfortunately this means I often eat fattier foods than what I would likely choose for myself and I only eat enough to satisfy me for the moment. By the late morning and mid-afternoon, I usually end up with strong snack cravings and I don't have the best resolve at fighting them. This is where the unhealthy food choices and portion sizes come in the picture.

But I've decided that I want to take back my health and find that energy to truly savor these days with my little kids. I plan to make a point each day to fix a healthy breakfast and lunch for myself during the day. It's got to be quick and easy because I won't make it if there is too much fuss involved.

I just have to share with you what I had for lunch the other day. This is a
Marie Callender’s Fresh Flavor Steamers Chicken Teriyaki.



It comes as you might at first expect: A bowl of fresh chicken, carrots, broccoli, and rice that you warm up in the microwave.



It wasn't until this next step that I really realized that this was a little different than what I had expected.



Marie Callender's Flavor Steamers use tray-in-tray steaming technology keeps the sauce away from the rest of the food during cooking. It makes for perfectly steamed rice and crisp vegetables.

All you have to do now is just mix the two bowls together....



...and enjoy!



I think fresh tasting, easy to prepare meals like this can help me eat healthier food regularly throughout my day and keep me from getting snack cravings later in the day. It's just one small step towards taking better care of myself.

This meal was only 280 calories and cost only $2.75 at my local Kroger. That's a whole lot cheaper than a trip to a cardiologist!

Note: Marie Callender's and The Motherhood provided me with a free meal for review purposes and compensated me for my time involved in the review. However, the comments and opinions are all my own. I would not promote a product that I didn't sincerely want to recommend to others.

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