I hope you had a wonderful Christmas! We spent 8 hours in the van on Christmas Day traveling to see my in-laws. It might not be how everyone wants to spend December 25, but after opening gifts at home on Christmas Eve and worshipping with our church family that same evening, it’s fun to be able to open stockings on Christmas morning and then head to see a very excited grandma and grandpa!
While we were traveling, I read through a book called 100 Days of Real Food. In it, the writer Lisa Leake (who is also a popular blogger) shares how she transformed her family’s meals by changing their food choices to those that met very specific guidelines, including organic fruits and veggies, 100% whole grain, farm-fresh eggs, humanely raised meat with no added hormones and packaged foods with only 5 ingredients or less.
I liked the book (although we likely won’t follow it to the letter) and have been inspired to grow some new garden plants, try some new recipes and pack lunch box items that will be healthier choices for my kids! Our family is already doing decently well eating real food, but there is always room for improvement!
However, one thing I felt the book was short on was specific ideas on HOW to begin eating better and more real food and preparing it for my family. There were some tips for implementing a real food menu and excellent ideas for what kinds of foods to buy, getting your family on board, and delicious recipes, but nothing that focused on solving the problem of what I lack most when it comes to making consistent healthy choices for our family: the time to make it happen.
Let’s be honest, we’re all busy, and although I want to believe in the elusive “someday” that will allow me to take a lot of time planning and making healthy meals, I know in the back of my mind that day probably will not come.
Maybe that’s you too: busy in your own ways, and wondering if you really have time to fit in one. more. thing……like better meal planning and healthier, cleaner eating.
Where do we start? How do know what our family will eat? Is planning meals really going to eliminate our stress at dinner time or just add to it because we’re trying to master one more skill? (Because that’s sometimes what I think!)
What it comes down to is that we have to make the choice to act on what we know will help our families, even if we just do it little by little. Like the 100 Days of Real Food author says, “eating real food and making good choices isn’t about convenience, it’s about prioritizing so you can do what’s best for the health of your family.”
And when we make a small investment into learning (or re-learning) the skill of meal planning and cleaner eating, we know we’ll get a great return. We’ll feel better because the foods that go into our bodies will feed and nourish them. Our kids lunches won’t always default to PB&J. And when we plan our meals (or even cook them) ahead of time, we’ll save time each night doing dishes, at the very least!! :)
So. How do we take the steps we know we want to take toward these goals of healthier eating and meal planning? Without using up a ton of our precious time?
Here’s a quick win: The Meal Planning Bootcamp, a 10 day challenge with daily meal planning tips plus an action task (a very practical one, might we add) that will take 20 minutes or less.
We’ll cover everything from meal planning, to pantry clean outs, to the quickest-cooking veggie sides, to setting yourself up for success with batch cooking and freezer meals.
Friends, think of what you can do in a dedicated 20 minutes! Even with kids underfoot…..maybe they can help? :)
Implement all 10 challenges and, at the end of the bootcamp, you’ll find yourself with:
a better organized kitchen,
the strategies you need to tackle meal planning like a pro,
and on your way to that healthier 2018 you know you want.
The Meal Planning Bootcamp runs from December 30th to January 8th, and you’ll receive each day’s tip and task in your inbox bright and early every morning, so you can work it into your day whenever it’s most convenient for you.
Get FREE access to our Meal Planning Bootcamp by clicking here. I’ll be doing this right along with you!
Looking forward to taking healthy steps with you!
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