Ok readers, it’s time for me to ask you for a little diet help. But it’s not for me; it’s for my mom, whom I’m visiting to celebrate Mother’s Day, since I was on final exam lockdown last weekend. Mom went to the same Tony Robbins seminar that made me want to give up meat, and Tony had the same spellbinding (brainwashing?) effect on her. Just like me, Mom cut the meat out of her diet. Unlike me, she replaced it with garbage.
Caitlin, the author of one of my favorite blogs (Healthy Tipping Point), decided to go vegetarian just a few weeks ago. I found this quote of hers interesting: “One thing I’ve kind of accepted is that if you’re a vegetarian, there will be times when you have to basically eat junk food instead of a healthy meal…” This is something that I haven’t experienced at all since I gave up meat! Obviously there’s no issue when you’re cooking at home; what Caitlin is referring to is eating out. But even then, I’ve almost always been able to find a grilled veggie wrap or something to tide me over until I get back to my veggie-marathoner friendly home.
But my mom has certainly experienced what Caitlin is talking about. And for Mom, those “times when you have to eat junk food” are all the time. Perhaps I shouldn’t say she has replaced meat with garbage; rather, meat was about the only non-junk food in her diet, so now all that’s left is garbage. Case in point: yesterday I suggested that we get some real food for breakfast instead of the cookies that she normally eats. She excitedly responded, “Ok, we can go to McDonald’s and get an Egg McMuffin with no meat!”
I guess when you don’t cook at home, that’s what “real food” is.
So here’s what’s going down. My mom has asked me to help her eat better by giving her a two-week diet plan. She’s never eaten healthily in her life, so even though I hate the temporary diet mindset as opposed to the lifestyle mindset, I think that two weeks of eating well would at least show her how much better you feel when fuel your body with real food instead of dumping processed, preserved crap down your throat.
Sounds easy, right? Can’t she just read this blog and make whatever I make for dinner? Nope. She never learned to read.
Kidding! Illiteracy jokes are still ok, right? The real problem is that she just opened a new deli and has to spend a lot of hours there, which means no cooking at home. She has a small grill at the deli (a panini press, really) and a slow-cook oven that only gets up to about 300 degrees.
I’ve accepted the challenge of getting her to cook and eat healthily with just this minimal equipment. Failure means a certain return to meat-eating, or the slow demise of my mother. And either of those would make me very sad indeed.
This is why I need your help. I don’t have many ideas for what she can make. I’ll have her drink a smoothie with fruit, yogurt, flax, and a little protein powder each morning. And some fruits and vegetables for snacks. Other than that I’m stuck. She can’t eat a grilled veggie sandwich on whole wheat bread for lunch and dinner every single day.
So send me your ideas for what she can make! Maybe there are even some raw foodies among you who have some no-cook suggestions? I’ve been wanting to try eating some more raw meals myself. Help me save my mother! Or, if that doesn’t motivate you, help me save the thousands of animals she’ll eat for the rest of her life if this doesn’t work!