Breaking Bad Habits
It was easy, quick, didn’t cause a lot of thought, and cheap. The call of fast food had my number, especially since my ex-husband worked for a well-known fast-food franchise and could use his employee discount to knock off some of the prices. My kid’s first vegetable was potatoes in fry form. Their first meats were fried nuggets and burgers. Their favorite foods were chicken nuggets and fries. And the sad thing was I didn’t see any issues with this habit as I was right there with them.
In no time I was nearly 100 pounds overweight, the fat that I collected from being pregnant with all three of them seemed to hold on to my midsection with dear life. My body was no longer my own and I didn’t like who I was turning into. When my son was diagnosed with a high metabolism, our initial reaction was to encourage him to eat more burgers and eat more often. But he still wasn’t growing like he needed to. Then I spoke to a nutritionist and found out that the foods we were eating wasn’t the type of food we needed, particularly my young children.
So I tried to incorporate my cooking skills, which were rusty at best. But with trial and error I became more proficient in my cooking. This did not sit well with my ex-husband who loved to eat his company’s food and would often bring bags of fries, nuggets, and burgers. I tried to get him to bring healthier foods, such as salads, home from work, but he would only bring one for me and not for him or the kids. The only good thing that came from my changing our eating styles was that my children grew an appreciation for salads, vegetables, and healthy portions.
Now that I am divorced from him, it has become easier to buy organic and healthy foods than it is to drive by a local fast-food restaurant. Burgers, nuggets and fries are now used as rewards for good behavior or good grades at the end of the week. With a small salad beforehand for them all. And I am pleased to say I have lost 30 pounds in the past year, maintained the same body type for nearly two years with plans to keep loosing weight to get to where I was before I married my ex-husband and gave birth. I want to be at a healthy weight when my fiancé and I set a date for our own marriage and am glad that I have shed the bad habit of eating fast food.