I cook so that my family and I can continue to live. That's the only purpose. As it stands, I don't cook for enjoyment. I don't cook to relax - in fact, it's quite the opposite. I consider it a blessing to have had a long-standing career with a company where I've learned a lot about cooking — to the extent that sometimes it's actually fun! If you're like me, you may have entered into the New Year with a set of goals, resolves if you will. Mine are planted deep in my desire to improve my health through diet and nutrition. After 13 years in this industry, I'm practicing what I preach, uh, market.
I'm pleased to let you know that my first week was phenomenal! Not one cheat or backslide. In fact, the only beverage I drank all week was water and that wasn't even one of my goals! So, as my grandmother used to say, I guess I was "feeling myself" when I decided to wing it on Wednesday night. I was alone. I had no one to feed but myself and to be honest I was worried. The old Jamie would have pulled into a drive-thru without a second guess but I was doing SO GOOD that I wanted to keep it up. I had worked a little late that night, making fast food look even more appealing. I didn't have anything at the house that would accommodate a single portion, which means if I was going to cook, I needed to stop at the grocery store. Can I just say how much I LOATHE the grocery store? It's rooted deep in my upbringing and I still blame my mother but that's another story.