(I honestly ate this right out of the pan)
I loved processed foods. The more processed the better. Macaroni and cheese from a box? I loved that stuff. I’d boil the noodles in a pot and then drain them when they were done cooking. I’d rip open the package of “cheese” and sprinkle it on the noodles, stirring in 1/2 stick of butter at the same time. My mouth would water even before I used the stirring spoon to eat the first bite. I didn’t give my kids the boxed macaroni–that was a special treat for me while they slept.
I also loved frozen dinners. I’d stand in the grocery store aisle looking for the frozen dinner that promised the most food. Two big pieces of fried chicken, starchy mashed potatoes, fried apples and a chewy brownie won my heart time after time.
Sadly, I had also had a good relationship with boxed cookies, chips, and chocolate cereals like Cocoa Puffs.
Honestly, the only thing I really liked from scratch were desserts. I’d eat the boxed ones if that was all I had, but I usually made my own sweet treats.
I’ve really had a journey backwards when it comes to processed foods. I used to rely on processed foods, which were quick to prepare, easy to eat, and admittedly unhealthy. A lot of people increase the amount of processed foods they eat as they mature and get older, but I’ve done the opposite.
The longer I maintain my weight, the less I rely on processed foods. Instead of turning to the easy choice of processed foods, I now spend a lot of time making my own food from scratch. I make my own yogurt on occasion, make my own whole wheat tortillas, soups, bread, granola bars, and a whole host of other foods.The time I spend is well worth the payoff for health, weight management, and energy.
I was wondering what has changed for you with regards to processed foods? Are you on a backwards journey as well? Diane