Why You Need To Squash Your Excuses, Start Meal Planning, and Create an Easier Routine
Do you roll your eyes at other moms who say they meal plan? Do you think that meal planning is only for healthy, clean eating, crunchy moms?
What are your excuses?
Those last two...I heard them over the weekend...seriously…
“What’s in that salad you made, it looks good but I have funky taste buds.”
“My mom used to make her own everything, even peanut butter, and she still ended up diabetic, so I don’t do any of that. Besides, the kids get hives when they eat fruit.”
Now, I’m not discounting that, on some level, the very basics of these are true. But there’s more to it than funky taste buds and rashes from citrus...all of that is a gut health issue and if you have issues anything like this, I want you to take fixing your gut health seriously.
I’m also not here to tell you you’re a bad mom if you don’t feed your kids 100% organic and unprocessed all the time.
My point in talking about these comments, these reasons, these...let’s call a spade a spade here...excuses...is to tell you that there’s a work around.
I don’t care what situation you’re in, there is always a work around, if you want there to be one.
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So, mama, you're stressed to the max.
Tell me if any of these are you
Does that sound familiar? Some of it? All of it?
I get it..you have ZERO TIME. And, after the day at work you’ve had, you just want to order something and be done.
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How long is it going to take your order to get to you?
If you or your husband pick it up on the way home, it may add an extra 10-15 minutes to your travel time.
If you opt for the convenience of delivery, you’re waiting 45 minutes or more for the food to get to your door.
Then, after you eat you feel greasy and bloated and gross and don’t want to get off the couch or get up from the comfy chair, so all the plans you had for the evening of getting the bathrooms cleaned before the weekend or getting those three baskets of laundry put away (finally), are out the window, so right there you’ve wasted at least three hours because although it was great when you were eating, now you feel like shit.
How Do You Feel
Aside from the previously mentioned greasy, bloaty, gross feeling from ordering take out, from time to time you feel like shitty parent for letting your kids eat that garbage.
No judgement...I know the feeling.
Our kids get happy meals less than six times a year, I’d say. And each time, as much as they enjoy it, I feel terrible for taking the easy way out. For not feeding them something healthier.
The next morning you wake up and your feet and ankles hurt, you can barely get your ring on, your husband’s back hurts, the kids are cranky as hell, you and your husband might need that extra cup of coffee to get going in the morning, the kids need an extra something too, so you give in and give them that cereal that you usually save for the weekends.
And all day, all of you have brain fog. You walk into your boss’ office to ask a question and forget why you went in there quicker than it took to walk over there. Your kids’ teachers each have called or messaged you saying it’s been a rough day. Your husband is saying he hasn’t been able to concentrate all day.
YIKES….that’s a lot...and I can say from experience, it might not be entirely due to food, but what we eat has a lot to do with all of that.
How Do You Fix It
Some people like to buy white boards - you can get a generic one or a fancy one over on Etsy. If that’s your thing...totally cool.
Some people use an app such as EMeals or PlateJoy or MyFreezEasy or Plantoeat.com (I’m not an affiliate for any of these)
Personally, I’m a pen and paper kinda gal...I think it’s the writer in me...I like to print out the week and put it up somewhere. I used to put it up on the fridge, but because I sometimes do two or more weeks at a time, I put some sheet protectors on a poster board and each week gets put in a sheet protector.
Try one, or all, of these and just do what works for you.
I’ve linked to the template I use below...I print out a few at a time so I don’t have to print them weekly and then I take some time on Thursday or Friday and go through sale papers and recipes and make a plan.
Well, I used to block out time on Saturday to grocery shop and then most of Sunday was dedicated to cooking.
I’ve tried several different ways to see what fits our schedule and lifestyle.
I would cook large meals and separate them so that we’d have everything for this week and I’d freeze the rest , not for the following week, but for the week after.
I would cook only as much as we needed for the week, not cooking for anything further out.
Now we usually still have a couple of leftovers by Sunday, so we only cook a couple of meals on Sunday for the week, or we just plan super easy meals to throw together after work.
Last night was Chicken Sushi Roll, courtesy of The 131 Method (I am an affiliate) and it literally took five minutes to make. This, and the rest of the recipes we’ve tried (we haven’t tried them all yet) are amazing and if you want to get your health on track I totally recommend getting with the movement!
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But, you don’t have to do all of this. You don’t have to block out two, four, six, or more hours to cook for the entire week, if you don’t want to.
Make one meal that’ll be good for a dinner (or two) and maybe a lunch (or two). Then plan for a super easy meal like steamed veggies and chicken sausage, or rotisserie chicken...this would be one dinner and maybe leftovers for one lunch.
That’s half the week right there.
Maybe you want to do a stir fry one day...so just wash and chop the veg when you buy it so you don’t have to mess around with all the extra tasks and dishes during the week.
It feels good to be able to come home, change clothes, heat a pan on the stove or a sheet pan in the oven, throw everything in and viola! dinner in twenty minutes.
Benefits of Meal Planning
Whether you food prep or actually cook everything in advance
You need to do what’s best for you.
And it’s cool if you don’t want to cook on the weekends, but at the very least wash and chop the fruits and vegetables so you make your week easier.
You can even season and brown some ground beef or cook and shred some chicken if you want an impromptu taco day.
Just doing these last two things will guarantee you save at least 40 minutes a night on dinner.
You’ll feel good about everyone eating healthier, you’ll save money because eating out isn’t as cheap as it used to be, and everyone will physically feel better by minimizing the take-out and processed food.
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