Day 662: Make Whatcha Eat, Eat Whatcha Make

What does a perfect me eat?

What we cook.

I mean, not to the exclusion of all else at all times, but — and we get back to this periodically — eating out with intention, not because it’s late or I’m tired or whatnot.

At its heart, this is more about planning and preparation than where the food comes from, but my bad habit is getting sucked into free / offered / available food. Because it’s there. It’s a problem.

So in the realm of “simple rules I find it tough to follow”: make whatcha eat, eat whatcha make. My wife and I tried on a resolution in January to not buy anything with more than two ingredients in it and strive to make most of what we consume, including sauces, crackers, etc.

We did a good three or four months hardcore, and a lot of it has stuck — instead of buying ketchup I’ll make hot sauce or a homemade barbecue sauce; we still get things like chips but as an exceptional treat. But I’ve also drifted into easy food, particularly sugar, and Faculty Sandwiches, over the course of the year.

So I’m not saying Perfect Me would do this to 1000%, but he’d pack a lunch and have a plan for dinner if he was going to be working late. He’d abstain at free-food events and stick to the plan for the day.

The last bit is where the “healthy” part comes in. It’s entirely possible to make all our own food and be a disaster. I find it easy!

But planning the day in the morning, making most of what you consume so you understand, intimately, what you’re eating, and sticking to that plan is paramount. That’s what Perfect Me would do. I’m not there yet, but it’s a goal!

Day 409: Get back on it!

WEIRD morning — I had a board meeting last night but had to make dinner for tonight. But for the morning so my wife can pack her dinner to take to work for a late shift. I got in late-ish yesterday evening and started something in the slow cooker overnight. And steel cut oats for breakfast this week.

It all went well, but I wound up staying up late waiting for my wife to come home from the late shift. I also WAY underestimated how many dishes I’d generate to wash this morning.

And, not to let myself off the hook, I got distracted by the cooking thing when I got up, and wound up dithering.

So I’m NOT sprinting successfully today. Half-assed exercise. Running late. Running all over the house. I can recover on food, though: I’ve had my breakfast, packed my lunch, and have already made dinner.

And I had a major triumph last night in that I had dinner, went to the board meeting, and came home and cooked for an hour without snacking.

So I’m riding high on that. It was a big sprint moment for me. Walking past the free sandwiches, not snacking while cooking… all very good things.

Motivation is still high, even if I didn’t do well on exercise this morning. I’ll be trying to jet out of the house momentarily and take a long route to work, maybe take a couple of quick walking breaks at work. Try to get some extra motion in my day.

I’d say “and maybe put 5k on the rower this evening,” but let’s be real.


Day 161: Sunday is Make Day

This is something we try from time to time, with varied success. We’re trying it again. Sunday is Make Day. This is the day we make All The Things for the coming week.

A few reasons for this:

  • Electricity is stupid expensive where we live. And there’s variable rates depending on load periods. So it’s cheaper to use electricity on evenings and weekends.
  • We’re both pretty serious about meal planning now, and having most of our food for the week prepped makes that easier.
  • We just plain like making our own stuff. It’s not always cheaper than buying. I thought it would be, but it’s actually not. But we know what’s what and can control ingredients.

It takes time! It’s a commitment. But it’s kind of fun, it’s something we can do together (or apart),

Sunday is Make Day. No day is snake day.

It’s important to stress that while Sunday is Make Day, there is no snake day. That would be terrible. We’re both kind of scared of snakes.

So on today’s rota…

  • Hamburger buns
  • Steel cut oats (breakfast for me for the week)
  • Soy milk
  • Vegan mozzarella
  • Coconut bacon
  • Buy and prep lettuce and vegetables for salads
  • Some sort of dessert for the week
  • Probably other stuff I’ve forgotten

This is one of those areas where I feel like privilege comes into play pretty heavy. I don’t have to work today, nor does my wife. We have a good kitchen and kitchen gear. We’re not wealthy, but we do okay enough that buying ingredients isn’t a problem. We don’t have kids, so we can choose our projects and project times.

So there’s a lot of lifestyle luck that goes into this, and I’m conscious of that. But there’s also an amount of choice. And sobriety is one of the things that’s giving me this choice. I wouldn’t be wrecked on Sundays or anything, but there were definitely Saturday nights that led to lost Sunday mornings. And different Sunday decisions when drinking was on the table.