My name is Jessica, I’m a 24 year old mother of 3 (with another on the way). My husband and I have been together for going on 8 years and we have a wonderful life together, but we’ve gotten on the track of easy, convenient eating. 5 years ago I was a vegetarian and had been for several years but the cravings of my second pregnancy were too much for me to handle. I gave in to a cheeseburger.
Now, as a lot of families have done, we’ve found that the cheapest, fastest way to feed our growing family was with processed foods, prepackaged meals and pop-in-the-oven-meals. And I’ll admit, it was easier than spending hours prepping and slaving away on a meal that my 3 year old was going to throw on the floor and my 6 year old would probably announce that he was sure it was going to make him sick if he ate it. I just didn’t know if it was worth it to actually cook healthy meals.
Wait, what was that last sentence? Seeing it written down just seems silly. Of COURSE it’s worth the time to cook healthy meals! It is my duty as a mother and a role model to my children to create healthy dishes. So why were we taking the easy route?
When we just had one child it was easier to whip up small meals that were healthy, but now with a growing business, 3 kids, errands, school activities, family obligations and our mounting bills.. it was difficult to find the time to shave my legs, let alone plan out a week’s worth of meals for our family. I gave it a go a few months ago, but we had a few hiccups that caused us to “relapse’ to easy food again.
First off, eating healthy CAN be affordable. Depending on where you buy and what you buy, home cooked meals are significantly cheaper per serving than buying a precooked restaurant meal.
Plus, if you plan ahead you can schedule leftover meals for those nights you just want to relax. Creating a meal plan can help you get a better idea of exactly what your family is eating, how much your family is eating and how much your family is spending on food. If you don’t already keep track of your family’s food budget, that amount can be quite a shocker.
So, why am I determined to get back to healthier eating habits? First, I’ll tell you that after I started eating fast food again I put everything I knew about what was IN that food in the back of my mind and didn’t think about it much. That was until my sister started dating someone was really into raw eating and a vegan diet.. and so slowly she started to adapt some of his behaviors and as many others who discover new information do.. she started to share that information with me. It was kind of a refresher course, a reminder of what I was putting not only into my own body, but what I was feeding my kids as well. It was a shock what I had voluntarily forgotten about our food.
So today I start this new journey and I’ll be documenting our progress here. I plan to share our recipes, tips, our meal plans, budgets and our general experiences here, with all of you and I hope that it will inspire you guys to make healthier eating choices for your family too!