Mamavation Monday

21 Mar

Orville Redenbacher’s Real Ranch Shakeables

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Wow, how fitting that this week’s blogging carnival is sponsored by Orville Redenbacher’s Gourmet Popping Corn ! My post was going to be grazing snacking. Doo doo doo dooooooooo Um, that was supposed to be the theme from “Twilight Zone” It sounds right in my head… 

I’m a snacker. Period.

I don’t usually eat meals. I snack.

Are you a sweet or savory snacker?  What do you look for in a healthy snack?

I’m an equal opportunity snacker. I can easily go sweet or salty. I’m making the transition from anything and everything snacker to healthy snacker. I usually go for fruits and veggies straight from the fridge. Even I can’t mess those up! I might even go so far as to make some popcorn. Thank goodness for the popcorn button on the microwave. I’d be lost without it! If I’m feeling a little fancy I’ll cut up some cheese and grab a few crackers. But my hands down, all time favorite snack is frozen fruit. Grapes, blueberries, peaches it doesn’t matter. I can eat for a meal. I almost feel like I’m cheating. It’s cold, it’s frozen…it’s like ice cream, but not so bad for me! The worst part is the waiting for the fruit to freeze. As a snacker I look for ease. If it requires the oven, stove or more than one button on the microwave, I’m out!

Part of my issue is that I dont’ cook. I don’t know how. I can make all of  about three things. I’ve tried broadening my horizons when it comes to the kitchen, but whatever I attempt to cook ends up burnt to a crisp AND raw. What I have is a rare, rare talent! My cooking skills are a total joke.  Seriously, the standing joke is something about me needing a recipe for ice and some how burning that. Ha. Ha. Ha. Can you feeeeeel the sarcasm?

 The options for feeding myself and B are limited. We can exist prepackaged food that has sky-high sodium levels, eat out and spend a significant amount of money, eat the three things I know how to make over and over and over and over, or snack.

B has incredibly odd eating habits. He gets up for work at 5am, is out the door and doesn’t eat until he gets home around 3. I don’t know how this man stays so slim. He eats from 3pm until about 7pm. It works for him, so I’m not going to knock it.

However, I cannot do that. On my days off, I’ll get up and eat something simple. Around 10 I’ll have a muffin or toast because I’m hungry. Lunch time for normal people rolls around and I’m hungry again. I can either make a sandwich or some other lunch type thing, or snack until B gets home and I make something or we go out. I generally choose snack. If B and I are going to eat an actual meal, I want to be hungry and eat with my husband.

I used to snack on the crap food we had in the house. Chips, cookies, whatever sounded good. I’d take the whole bag and sit my butt down on the couch and watch Lifetime until B got home and it was time to hand over the clicker.

I’m trying to change my snacking habits. My body has issues and couldn’t recognize the insulin it had so it would tell me I needed something sweet and sugary. It’s almost like being diabetic, except my body does make what it needs, it just doesn’t know how to recognize everything is there. My body still doesn’t know what it wants/needs, but my issues have been diagnosed and I’m on medication to help my body absorb what it needs.

My body is starting to work correctly, but my brain is still having some issues. My brain wants to still wants to eat those crappy things because they taste good. I have zero will power so I don’t keep the crap in the house anymore.  B isn’t too thrilled, but whatever. If he wants it, he can do the grocery shopping! Haha, right! If it isn’t in the house, it isn’t there for me to eat. I don’t miss it. I don’t miss the high calories. I don’t miss eating and being hungry again a few hours later. I don’t miss feeling sluggish. This new way of snacking is here to stay!


I’ve been slacking on my water intake and getting my sweat on this week. It’s time to give myself a kick in the slightly less toned rear and get it together! It sucks to fall down off the wagon. It’s hard to get back up and on, but I can do this! Anyone else have that song stuck in their head? I fall down, but I get up again. Ain’t nothing gonna keep me down…. Ugh.


16 Responses to “Mamavation Monday”

  1. Lisa @LisaVFitness March 21, 2011 at 11:16 am #

    Wow! I didn’t know that you couldn’t cook. I dunno what I would do if I couldn’t cook! So thanks for the healthy snack ideas that don’t require cooking!

    • smallworldbiggirl March 21, 2011 at 11:17 am #

      Like I can’t cook at all. Eggs and noodles are about all I can do. haha.

  2. MrsFatass March 21, 2011 at 11:29 am #

    Oh look! Another perma-snacker! I could graze my way through my whole life. In fact, it’s probably why I struggle sometimes. Because I graze.
    Anyway, now I want popcorn.

    • smallworldbiggirl March 21, 2011 at 12:51 pm #

      I have a love/hate relationship with popcorn. It’s pretty handy that it sticks around in your teeth for a while after, but it’s a pain in the ass that it sticks around in your teeth for a while…

  3. Jen @ Happy Little Homemaker March 21, 2011 at 1:10 pm #

    I am with you! Total grazer. I can cook but its hard to slice an apple with a baby :).

    Have a good week!

    • smallworldbiggirl March 21, 2011 at 2:02 pm #

      I can’t even imagine! I did the mommy thing for about a week and I have no idea how you moms do it!

  4. Andrea Kruse (@notimeMom) March 21, 2011 at 1:23 pm #

    Oh, dear! You gotta learn how to cook. Let me know if I can help you through a simple recipe. I am a firm believer that everyone should know how to cook for their own health. I wish it was taught as a life skill in school in the US.

    I wonder if something like the Cinch diet would help you… at least detox some of the sodium and preservatives out of your diet. Can you scramble an egg? Then you can do the fast forward part of the diet. It includes fruit parfaits and salad, too.

    Please let me know if I can help you with cooking. Want to make a good marinara sauce? Or roast some veggies? Let me know (@notimeMom)

    • smallworldbiggirl March 21, 2011 at 2:07 pm #

      Of all the classes I had to take at the private school I went to, Home Economics was not one of them. :/ I agree, it should be a graduation requirement.

      Scrambled eggs IS one of the three things I know how to make! I’m a sandwich, breakfast for all meals, anything with pasta and a jar of sauce (which my husband’s 100% Italian grandmother would roll over if she ever knew that…) and maybe a few things on the grill kind of chef.

      We don’t eat out nearly as much as we used to, but I’m SUPER picky. My system cannot handle fast food. Ew!

  5. Heather @ Not a DIY Life March 21, 2011 at 1:39 pm #

    If you’re snacking on healthy food, there’s nothing wrong with that. Just make sure it’s balanced (which from the sounds of it, it is). Do what works for you! (Or take cooing lessons, but who has time for that!)

    • smallworldbiggirl March 21, 2011 at 2:09 pm #

      I’m trying to figure out what balanced is. I’m definitely lacking in the protein and calcium- 2 things ever woman should make sure to get!
      Time? As in extra? You mean it DOES exist!? 🙂

  6. Amanda Odair March 21, 2011 at 6:01 pm #

    oh sweetheart please let me help me teach you how to cook! I went to cooking school so I am here to help! I can teach you how to make a classic sauce anything! email me! hugs honey

    • smallworldbiggirl March 21, 2011 at 8:59 pm #

      I’m not sure if sharing this with me was a good idea…I may become your annoying ‘best friend’ that you can’t get rid of… 🙂

  7. sunshine & starlitwishes March 21, 2011 at 11:30 pm #

    I love you a little more now. I can’t cook much of anything either. M makes fun of me all the dang time ’cause I don’t cook.
    Try being a mommy of a 3 year old. Not cooking is tough stuff ’round here.

    • smallworldbiggirl March 23, 2011 at 9:00 am #

      B makes fun of me, too. It was funny at first, now it’s old and hurts my feelings a bit. I know I can’t cook…I don’t need him reminding me everytime I step into the kitchen!

  8. Erin @wildlifebio March 23, 2011 at 7:53 am #

    Eating and being hungry again in a few hours is SO annoying. I hate it but I love the food that makes it happen. Darn it.
    Start simple w/the cooking, honestly the simplier it is, often the healthier it is! You know we are here for you if you need some help!

    • smallworldbiggirl March 23, 2011 at 8:58 am #

      Being hungry not long after eating is soooooo annoying, but I’m trying to stick with smaller, consistent portion sizes. My portion sizes used to be everything in sight and not a morsel shall pass these lips. Smaller, consistent and normal is my new plan! 🙂

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