What I learned over the course of this semester and learning project is a reflection of just how little I knew about healthy eating, but how important it is.
Going into this, my learning project was not just about myself, it was also something I needed to learn to be able to take care of a loved one, who at times was not well enough to take care of them-self.
The salt-free step was a big one for us, because we come from a family that puts seasoning salt on eeeeeevvverything, but also are a bunch of fancy eaters. We love our food. And we love it seasoned, and we especially don’t like to mess with tried and true recipes. But the lemon for salt replacement in soup was actually genius. I would have never thought that could work, but thanks to the internet, and this learning project, I think I may have been converted? Going to keep sneaking in sub’s like this and seeing if my family notices. It’s like feeding kids….don’t tell them what it was until after they’ve eaten it right? (aaaand that’s also the story behind how I ate squid for the first time).
Coming from a family who has cupboards full of Company’s Coming cookbooks, using the internet for recipe ideas is not something I would typically do in my first attempt to find a recipe. I got my first Kids Can Cook book when I was about five. We had fiddle-diddles alllll the time, my blood is 1% cocoa, I’m telling ya! What most impressed me about the sites and apps I found though was the ability to tell it what ingredients I had on hand, and it would spit a recipe back at me. Imagine doing that with a cookbook?!
Another really cool thing I figured out was the Mrs. Dash secret! I’m a tried and true Back Eddy fan, so it truly was a matter of health necessity to convert me away from that, but it happened. Now when I go to the grocery store and down the spice aisle I find myself looking at the Mrs. Dash section looking for any blends I don’t already have, and at home my regular seasonings have been pushed back in the cupboard. From the post I made, I know there is a world of Mrs.Dash I have yet to acquire, so I’ve made it my mission!
Finally, the low-carb diabetic friendly cookies recipe I found and tweaked is a life saver (quite literally) for both of us. I’m quite sure my sweet tooth is inherited from Spare Parts (aka my mom) because pre-transplant it wasn’t uncommon to find her in bed with pieces of pie and cake and sweets, and don’t even get me started on how we’d fight over Turtles chocolates at Christmas time (eventually everyone got their own box in their stocking). So learning how to seek out recipes that don’t mess with blood sugar was a really beneficial thing for both of us.
Before this project started, I was kind of floundering at the idea of how I was going to figure out how to feed my mom. I considered joining one of those meal delivery programs but dang it if I’m not an impoverished student. Taking on this project forced me to figure this out, but also to document how I have genuinely learned things during this process. I also became hyper aware of just how bad processed foods are for you! I’m actually feeling really glad that 1) we had this assignment, 2) that I chose this topic for my project and 3) that I really did learn stuff instead of muddle through it (and possibly make risky mistakes) with blood sugar and sodium readings.
Cheers to a healthier year!