Ditch the Mommy Project and Make Your Weight Release Journey a Family Affair
I am dedicating this post to ALL moms who have to decided to stand in their power and reclaim their sexiness but haven't quite figure out how to include their family into their healthy living "project." I know all to well about the mommy project to "skinny-hood" while excluding your family on the most important journey of your life.
Several years ago, I informed my family that I was on MY journey to wellness, I purchased separate meals, cooked separate foods and ended up burnout, stressed overwhelmed and overweight. I soon realized that living "separate" in my own home, was self sabotage, so instead of making my journey a mommy project, I made it a family affair and the results were beyond my wildest dreams.
I have put together this article to help you create a family affair that will go beyond your wildest dreams. Hope you find the tips and strategies helpful as you include your family into your weight release journey.
One of the most repetitive aspects of your life is meal planning. Yes, it just gets old, always trying to figure out what’s for dinner and if you attempt to make separate meals, you are setting yourself up for failure. Now that you have decided to make your journey a family affair, you are going to save alot of when it comes to meal planning and preparation.
The first thing you are going to need is a “go-to list” of meals with main ingredients listed for each one. Although setting up your initial list will take a bit of time, you’ll have dinner figured out from here on out and your meal planning will be streamlined. Practice the following strategies to save minutes and worry regarding planning healthful meals for your family.
Developing a Meal List
Having a Meal List means you’ll never have to spend time thinking too long about what’s for dinner. Plus, your Meal List will include the main grocery items you need to prepare the meal (there will be no separation of meals here).
It’s best to have about 10 meals on your Meal List. On the weekends when you have more time, you can prepare more elaborate meals, if you wish. Your Meal List will include complete dinners on the left side with the store list to make those dinners on the right side of the paper so you’ll quickly know the main ingredients to get at the grocery store.
Keep staples for the meals in your cabinet since you know you’ll be preparing them periodically.
How to Put Your Meal List to Proper Use
To best put your Meal List to proper use, practice these strategies:
1. Place copies of your Meal List everywhere. Once you develop your Meal List, place a copy in your car, briefcase, kitchen, and purse or wallet.
2. Share the Meal List with your spouse. Yes, you read correctly, give copies of your list to your spouse. If he makes a grocery store run or takes a turn preparing meals, he can refer to the list.
3. Make your Meal List durable. You might want to laminate the Meal List copy you put in your car. If you prefer, drop copies of your Meal List into those plastic sleeves to protect them.
4. Store your Meal List on your computer/smartphone. If you store your list on your computer and smartphone, you’ll be able to quickly access it to select which meal to prepare.
5. Consult your Meal List when grocery-shopping. During your weekly shopping, buy enough food for the meals you plan to eat at home that week.
For best results, vary your meal list from time to time or put plenty of quick-fix meals on it to choose from, so you don’t have to repeat each meal too often.
With meal lists, you’ll never have to obsess about what’s for dinner again and you’ll save time and energy. Just glance at your Meal List and choose a meal you know your family enjoys that you can easily prepare. A Meal List is the ultimate time-saver!
Here is where including your family on your journey gets super excited..
1. Double duty. Use time spent preparing meals to connect with your spouse. If both of you prepare dinner, you’ll save time, plus you’ll get to spend some time together. You cook the spaghetti and sauce while your partner sets the table and makes the salad.
2. Triple duty. If your kids are old enough to join you in preparing the meals, make it a trifecta! You’ll spend some great quality time preparing the meals as well as dining together. You can make the salad while your spouse makes the chili. The kids can set the table and get out the crackers and salad dressing.
Meal preparation doesn’t have to take hours every day. Apply some of the above strategies to accomplish other goals while cooking.
Whether it’s spending time with your spouse, visiting with your kids, planning ahead, or preparing food for two meals at once, quelling the chaos by using these strategies will ultimately help you save a lot of time and help you achieve balance.