Rethinking Dinner

May 18, 2010

We’ve had a heart-to-heart with Bunny, and one of her frustrations is her inability to find something healthy and easy and at least moderately tasty to have for dinner.

Weeknight dinners are a problem for Bunny. She knows she’s supposed to eat it, and heaven knows she has a long history of habitual eating at night, but she can’t find a satisfying solution.

Not Bunny's thing. Nice slippers, though.

We’ve discussed her struggles with preparing even the simplest chicken dishes.

We’ve discussed that she makes dinner for Buff every night, and that she has no interest in eating the same ridiculous, tasteless dinner he eats.

So, she has to prepare something separate. After a hard day at work. Before cooking Buff’s, because he eats too late.

She’s just not interested.

But she feels that she has to eat dinner. She knows skipping meals is bad. Weight Watchers told her she needs to eat all those points.

What has happened is that she has slid off the track, and has resorted to Lean Cuisine and Smart Ones.

A good solution, right?

Not so much.

Bunny’s friend at work just had a heart attack, and they’re blaming processed foods. Too much salt. Too many preservatives.

Oh, fine. There’s something wrong with everything.

Goodbye, marginally tasty but friendly frozen processed dinners.

Eat whole, healthy foods, they say. What about the chicken she buys from the market. Doesn’t that have preserva-doodles and yucky stuff? And they spray insecti-whatevers on the veggies before they send them to supermarket, don’t they?

What do these people want?


Bunny wants to know why she can’t have an apple for dinner.

Seriously. An apple.

It’s easy, it’s healthy, it’s a whole food. No sodium. Yes, they spray pesti-whozits on it, but don’t you people start telling her an apple isn’t healthy. It’s even cheap. Buff would like that.

She’ll buy them at the farmers’ market when she and Mollie go for their Saturday walk, okay? They promise that their food isn’t sprayed with anything except pure, blessed, God-given raindrops.

Anybody have a problem with raindrops?

What else?

Protein, you say? She should have protein with every meal.

Well, she gets protein in her breakfast shake, and she always has some protein with lunch. She’s a Bunnypausal woman with an office job, not an Olympic gymnast, but fine, ok, she’ll have an apple AND a piece of string cheese.

What else?

Variety, you say? She shouldn’t have the same thing every night. She should eat different foods, to enhance her nutritional experience.

Her nutritional experience is a train wreck, just for the record. We need to get this girl on the weight loss train. The older she gets, the more nasty things are lurking in the bushes. We’re not sweating the details here. We’re trying to find something she will eat and be reasonably happy about that will help her lose weight.

But fine, variety. An apple one night, some berries the next. Maybe an orange.

Is that okay? Can we try that?

It would certainly be less frustrating for her, and Bunny doesn’t really need a big meal at night, or even a not-that-big meal at night. She doesn’t want it, she cooks it because she’s supposed to have dinner and it’s dinnertime. That can’t be good.

What was that?

Hunger, you say? Bunny will be hungry? Well, hunger isn’t usually Bunny’s problem, but remember that nice Dr. Pamela Peake’s article that said that if you don’t wake up hungry, you overate the night before?

So maybe she’ll have a piece of whole-grain bread if she’s hungry. If she’s falling into the throes of starvation, perhaps she’ll add a dab of natural peanut butter.

All this stuff is easy and healthy. But Bunny feels like there must be a catch. She’s supposed to have a “real” dinner.

But why?

You lose weight faster if you don’t eat late, right?

We know there are holes in this theory, but we’re going to try it and see what happens.

Whole foods for dinner. Healthy snack foods. Two, maybe three.

Doesn’t that make a meal?

It can’t do any harm, anyway. Can it?

Bunny’s actually excited. It’s like we’re relieving her of a difficult task.

You go, Bunny. Happy appling!

3 Responses to “Rethinking Dinner”

  1. annod44 Says:

    Bunny, my friends tease me because I use my stove for extra counter space. I have been very bad lately (even for me) but am going to pick up some bell peppers(for mixed coulor) a red onion and a cucumber and a hunk of feta cheese. Cut them up and mix them together, got your veggies, calcium and protien in the cheese. Should make for dinner tonight and lunch tomorrow. to make it a fully balanced meal I will likely get my carbs via a cold beer 🙂

  2. annod44 Says:

    Maybe grape or cherry tomatoes, cutting up tomatoes make too mushy for lunch the next day.

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