It’s been a while. Don’t let my absence fool you, I have been in the kitchen cooking. It’s just that I haven’t been sharing.
This “full-time work thing” is ruining my blog. One of my tasks at work is to put out a weekly update for our downtown project. While the “Weekly Round-Up” has been quite popular with its recipients, I doubt anyone without project interests would care to read it. I balance what most would find to be boring construction facts with sharp photos and a touch of snark every Friday. I wait for the next 24-48 hours for the email from my company’s co-chairman that most often says, “Great edition of the Round-Up!” Once I receive that email, with a sigh of relief I resign myself to the next issue and start the next issue. The only problem I have with that is how it is sucking all of my creative juices out of me with my only desire by week’s end is to be on the couch in comfy pants.
So a couple weeks ago I had to decide whether or not I was going to renew my subscription with my web host to keep my blog going. I would hate to see all my hard work disappear, so I paid the renewal fee and set forth a new commitment to my blog.
A ton has changed in the past year (yes it’s been over a year since I posted), but I am still in the kitchen trying to solve all of life’s problems with food. One facet of that is cooking for my 16 year old who eats more in a day than I do in a week. His commitment to swimming has not let up and I am constantly thinking about how I can do my part to help him – with food.
We went to see a nutritionist because I wanted a professional to provide insight as to what, if anything, we could be doing in the kitchen to aid in his training and recovery. While in some ways this self-taught-know-it-all seemed to have it all down, I was a bit surprised to learn that there were some areas for great improvement. What I learned is changing my focus with the way I cook and plan for the week.
Some challenges we are facing:
- Constant hunger
- Stomach aches
- Feeling tired
The last one is tough – we are all tired. My son swims approximately 11 practices a week, so we are always up long before the sun. The house is empty save for one sweet little Yorkie-Poo by 6:30am everyday. Dinner isn’t until 7:45pm at the earliest. It is a LONG day, so yeah, we are all tired. BUT I am still going to do whatever I can food-wise to alleviate the above 3 challenges.
My Main Goals:
- Limit sugar and sodium
- Eliminate highly processed food
- Make everyone happy
Swim Food is going to be a new collection on my blog with recipes that are crafted to fuel my swimmer. I’m still that girl ordering a cheeseburger with a “lettuce bun” or the salad with the “dressing on the side,” but I am figuring out how to balance that with my 5,000 calories-a-day-son.
The thought of one day not having to pack a school lunch (and breakfast/snack bags) is soon to be my reality. Surprisingly, I am not looking forward to that. My husband sure is, even though he has one task each night. That ONE task is to put some lightly salted tortilla chips in a bag. That’s it, yet he groans every night. Anyway, I plan slow down and enjoy it while I can all the while knowing I am fueling my lil’ swimmer.