It’s not just me though. My whole family loves to eat.
At the beginning of 2014, my husband and I committed to making healthier food choices. It wasn’t really a New Year’s Resolution, but an overall we-need-to-pay-more-attention-to-what-we-eat. As a family, we don’t eat a lot of processed foods, and aside from our weekly dinner out, we don’t eat out much. However, as a busy mom of 3 small children, I often fall into the quick, microwave meal and grab a few kid’s meal in the drive-through on our way home trap. None of us really enjoy pre-packaged/fast food, and I usually have to beg my kids to eat their BK cheeseburgers… But when the day’s getting the best of me, at least I fed them something, right??? 😉
One of my friends suggested I start meal-planning as a way to help take the pressure off and avoid those quick meals. The first couple weeks, it was a real chore. I would spend my entire Friday night searching for healthy dinner options, googling recipes, making grocery lists… But it got easier. Way easier! Barely 2 months in, and it takes about 15-20 minutes to plan the menu and prep the grocery list for the week, and it definitely alleviates the stress of trying to figure out what to cook for dinner every night.
I also experimented with Paleo recipes and found that my family really enjoyed them. However, we eat a lot of rice–sticky, white rice–and although we’ve definitely reduced the amount of rice we eat, I can’t get rid of it. It’s honestly been the center of my diet for 34 years, and I love it. It loves me. We love each other. We will remain friends. Despite still eating delicious white rice (on occasion), and never feeling deprived, in the first two weeks, I LOST 2 LBS! Weight loss certainly wasn’t my goal when we started this, but it’s definitely an added bonus. I gained 8 lbs in the few months following my farewell to breastfeeding, and less than 2 months into our clean eating, I’ve lost 5 of those pounds. I should add that I took a 2 week hiatus from our healthy meal planning because my husband was out of town for work, and my boys celebrated their 5th birthday, and well… There was a lot of scrumptious cake to be eaten. 😉
So anyway, all this leads me to a fun addition to the website–FOOD. Before kids, I loved to cook. I loved experimenting with new recipes and whipping up new stuff. I spent hours prepping and cooking delicious dinners for my husband. We had friends over to eat on a regular basis. Planning dinner parties was honestly one of my favorite pastimes. But those of you with children understand… Once kids come along, you eat what you can, when you can! However, this whole meal planning thing has helped reunite me with food. Good, home-cooked, non-processed food. Which means I have recipes to share! Delicious, healthy recipes that the whole family will love.
Here’s a preview of recipes to come: