We're pretty lucky because my mom does most of the cooking for us and she enjoys it. We enjoy it even more. She makes a concerted effort to keep our meals healthy because she's got to watch her carb intake as well as salt. She's also pre-diabetic and has high blood pressure, not to mention high cholesterol. She tries to manage this with her diet and exercise as much as she can.
Last night, I noticed that the nishime dinner was really an example of how she manages our diet. Nishime is Art's FAVORITE dish but it is extremely labor intensive. My mother has to start preparation the night before and then work at it all day. She loves to make it for him because he's her favorite son-in-law... OK... only son-in-law. When you get right down to it, the ingredients are quite healthy for you.
We also have brown rice and a bowl of miso soup which she makes almost every night. She prefers making it from scratch to avoid the salt that most mixes have too much of. We used to make miso soup with the mix occasionally when we lived in Chicago but we would dilute it.
She also made stir fried pak choy which we really enjoyed. On many nights, I'll also add a green salad. Our desserts which we do have is usually fruit or a smoothie. During the day, if we feel hungry and need a snack, we always have nuts available to munch on. Art's nut's are NO salt. I'm sorry but I need a little salt with mine but it is reduced. Our drinks are either tea or water. I've gotten mom seltzer water at times which she really gets a kick out of. She says it's like drinking soda.
Therefore, all in all we eat pretty healthy and it helps to keep our weight down. We also use a smaller plate. It's a Corelle 10" size. I've heard that most dinner plates these days are 12" in diameter.
The only problem I have is that I still have a bit of a pot (belly) that I can't get rid of. Art doesn't have that problem but I'm not going to start running to get rid of it. I have my limits. I'll have to start walking again soon as soon as I get rid of this irritating, annoying cough/cold/whatever it is.